N.Y. Trustee Seeks $1 Billion From 7 International Banks

NEW YORK - (AP) Seven global banking institutions enabled disgraced financier Bernard Madoff's Ponzi scheme by "creating and offering derivative investment products linked to various Madoff feeder funds," a court-appointed trustee alleged Wednesday. Trustee Irving Picard announced a lawsuit...

Madoff Trustee Gets 'Game Changing' $7 Billion Settlement

NEW YORK - (AP) The widow of a Florida philanthropist who had been the single-largest beneficiary of Bernard Madoff's colossal Ponzi scheme has agreed to return $7.2 billion in bogus profits to the victims of the fraud, she and authorities announced Friday. The trustee recovering money for Madoff's...

'Largest Single Forfeiture In U.S. History' Announced In Madoff Lawsuit

NEW YORK - (Mealey's) In what is being called the "largest single forfeiture in U.S. history," the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York and others announced Dec. 17 that they have reached a $7.2 billion settlement with the estate of deceased investor Jeffrey M. Picower to...

‘Largest Single Forfeiture In U.S. History’ Announced In Madoff Lawsuit

NEW YORK - (Mealey's) In what is being called the "largest single forfeiture in U.S. history," the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York and others announced Dec. 17 that they have reached a $7.2 billion settlement with the estate of deceased investor Jeffrey M. Picower to...

Bernie Madoff News: NY Mets and JP Morgan Chase

The past week has led to two new stories related to Bernie Madoff's massive Ponzi scheme. I'm going to provide a short blurb and a link to an article in case you want to read more. First, the NY Mets are being sued for about $1 billion in a clawback suit by the trustee in the Madoff case...

Meet the Mess, Cont'd -- Former Governor Cuomo Asked to Mediate Madoff Trustee's Lawsuit Against Mets Owners

Judge Burton Lifland , the bankruptcy judge overseeing the liquidation proceedings of Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC ("BLMIS") made a shrewd decision last week in appointing, on his own initiative, former Governor Mario Cuomo to act as mediator in the lawsuit brought by Irving...

Top SEC Lawyer Named In Madoff Lawsuit

NEW YORK - (AP) The top lawyer at the Securities and Exchange Commission has been named as a defendant in a lawsuit by the trustee who's trying to recover money for victims of Bernard Madoff's Ponzi scheme. The lawsuit was filed by Irving Picard against David Becker, and claims Becker's family...

Podcast: Ben Feder Of Kelley Drye & Warren On Madoff Trustee Lawsuit Against Mets Owners

In this podcast, Benjamin D. Feder of Kelley Drye & Warren LLP discusses the background of the lawsuit filed by Irving Picard, trustee of Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC, against the Wilpon Group, owner of the New York Mets. Mr. Feder explains the issues involved in the lawsuit and the...

Madoff's Dealings with the Mets: Lookin' Shady to Me

The New York Mets have made the news recently but, unfortunately for them, it's not because their spring season is boding well for the rest of the season. Instead, the Mets are finding serious opposition is coming from the trustee in the Madoff case, Irving Picard, who is suing the Mets' owners...

Madoff Trustee's Amended Complaint - More Bad Stuff 'bout the Mets (Owners)

Irving Picard, the trustee overseeing the liquidation of Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securites ("BLMIS") , has filed an amended complaint (the "Amended Complaint") that seeks to buttress his allegations against Fred Wilpon and Saul Katz, the owners of the New York Mets, and...

Fraud Professionals are the Real Winners in Madoff Case

The fees paid to fraud professionals such as attorneys, consultants and accountants to clean up the mess that Bernie Madoff's famous Ponzi scheme left is projected to reach over $1 billion! According to the Washington Post the fees paid to such professionals last year were almost $300 million...

Looks Like Fred Wilpon Picked the Wrong Week to Quit Drinking

The well known travails of Fred Wilpon, the principal owner of the New York Mets, have all converged this past week. He, his partner Saul Katz and their families and affiliated enterprises (the "Wilpon/Katz Group") lost several hundred million dollars when Bernard Madoff's long running...

New York Mets Owners Challenge Madoff Trustee Lawsuit

NEW YORK - (AP) New York Mets executives argued Thursday that a lawsuit claiming they should have heeded warning signs of a 25-year fraud carried out by jailed financier Bernard Madoff is "a fiction" and should be thrown out. "There were no warnings," lawyers for Mets owner Fred Wilpon...

Mets' Owners Swing for the Fences Against Madoff Trustee

Fred Wilpon, Saul Katz, and their families and affiliated enterprises (the "Wilpon/Katz Group") last week formally requested the dismissal of the adversary proceeding commenced by Irving Picard, the trustee of Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC ("BLMIS") . In a two hour...

Five Weeks Until Pitchers and Catchers Report, Eight Weeks Until Lawyers Report - Madoff Judge Confirms Mid-March Trial For Trustee's Claims Against Mets' Owners

Judge Jed S. Rakoff this week denied the request of Irving Picard, the trustee of Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC ("BLMIS") , to pursue an immediate appeal of Judge Rakoff's recent decision to dismiss most of the counts set forth in Picard's adversary proceeding against...

Madoff Trustee Asks the Second Circuit to Overturn Standing Rulings

by Kathy Bazoian Phelps Irving Picard, the trustee in the SIPA bankruptcy proceeding of Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities, LLC, has asked the Second Circuit Court of Appeals to overturn two decisions from the Southern District of New York dismissing his common law claims against financial...

Madoff Trustee Agrees To $162M Settlement With New York Mets’ Owners

NEW YORK - (Mealey's) The owners of Major League Baseball's New York Mets and the liquidation trustee of Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC (BLMIS) agreed on March 19 to a $162 million settlement of claims relating to the defendants' alleged profiting from Madoff's massive...

Madoff Trustee Agrees To $162M Settlement With New York Mets’ Owners

NEW YORK - (Mealey's) The owners of Major League Baseball's New York Mets and the liquidation trustee of Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC (BLMIS) agreed on March 19 to a $162 million settlement of claims relating to the defendants' alleged profiting from Madoff's massive Ponzi...

Wall Street Journal Talks with “The Ponzi Book” Co-Author Kathy Bazoian Phelps about Madoff-NY Mets Settlement

The Wall Street Journal's Bankruptcy Beat blog yesterday featured a conversation with bankruptcy attorney Kathy Bazoian Phelps of Danning, Gill, Diamond & Kollitz, LLP, co-author of the The Ponzi Book: A Legal Resource for Unraveling Ponzi Schemes and author of the The Ponzi Blog , about the...

Stockbroker Safe Harbor Defense in Ponzi Schemes Remains Unresolved Following Picard v. Katz Settlement

The stockbroker defense in § 546(e) of the Bankruptcy Code creates a safe harbor for recipients of certain types of transfers and can bar fraudulent transfer claims brought by a trustee. In Picard v. Katz , this was a $1 billion issue, and one that will now not go up on appeal due to the settlement...

Ponzi Victims Pitted Against Each Other: Madoff Trustee v. California Attorney General

"An under-appreciated evil of substantial frauds . . . is how they pit their victims against one another." United States v. Dreier , 682 F. Supp. 2d 417, 418 (S.D.N.Y. 2010). In the typical Ponzi case, some victims may employ strategies to seek advantage over other victims. These may...

NY Times Column Criticizing Madoff Trustee Flawed on Many Levels

A recent New York Times article by Andrew Ross Sorkin severely and unfairly criticizes Irving Picard, the trustee for the Bernard L. Madoff Ponzi scheme. It states, "Mr. Picard has had much more success collecting money for himself and a dozen law firms and consultants than any victim of Mr...

Madoff’s Brother Agrees to $90M Settlement in Trustee Lawsuit

NEW YORK - (Mealey's) The brother of convicted Ponzi scheme mastermind Bernard L. Madoff has agreed to pay more than $90 million to settle claims that he participated in his brother's massive Ponzi scheme but could escape any payment under a consent order filed Feb. 6 in a New York federal...

Trustee’s and Lawyers’ Fees Top $800 Million in Madoff Case – So Far

The outsized breadth and scope of the Madoff Ponzi scheme has required an outsized effort to investigate it and to respond to it, and that has required attorneys – a lot of them, spending a lot of time, over the past five years. The law firm of Baker & Hostetler LLP is primary counsel to...

A Pretty Good Couple of Days for Madoff Victims, Courtesy of JPMorgan

It has been a pretty good couple of days for Madoff victims. J.P.Morgan Chase reached a $2.05 billion settlement with federal prosecutors over its failure to properly exercise oversight of Bernard Madoff and his operations; $1.7 billion of that is expected to go directly to Madoff victims. And...