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YS GM Marfin II LLC et al v. The Clearing House Payments Company LLC et al: Discovery Application

April 03, 2020 - Application by YS GM Marfin II LLC, YS GM MF VII LLC, YS GM MF VIII LLC, YS GM MF IX LLC, and YS GM MF X LLC to take discovery from The Clearing House Payments Company LLC, Bank of America, Bank of China, The Bank of New York Mellon, BNP Paribas USA, Citibank, Commerzbank AG, Deutsche Bank Trust Company Americas, HSBC Bank USA, JPMorgan Chase Bank, Societe Generale, Standard Chartered Bank, UBS AG, and Wells Fargo Bank for use in "pending and contemplated proceedings" in England, Malaysia and other countries regarding "a brazen $89.2 million multinational maritime fraud" allegedly by Muhammad Tahir Lakhani, and his two sons, Muhammad Ali Lakhani and Muhammad Hasan Lakhani, who are described as "British and Pakistani dual nationals ordinarily resident in England, Pakistan and//or the United Arab Emirates", and involving several jurisdictions, including Nevis, Marshall Islands, Palau, and Panama, filed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

JSC United Chemical Company Uralchem v. TD Bank: Discovery Application

April 03, 2020 - Ex Parte Application by JSC United Chemical Company Uralchem, of Russia, to take discovery from TD Bank NA for use in legal proceedings in Russia "against majority shareholders, management, and de facto management of Togliattiazot" regarding an allegedly fraudulent scheme involving Nitrochem Distribution AG, of Switzerland, filed at the U. S. District Court for the District of New Jersey.

Nigeria seeks US bank records for investigation into '$10B fraud by BVI shell entity'

March 26, 2020 - Nigeria is seeking records from ten banks in the United States for a criminal investigation into an alleged $10 billion bribery and fraud scheme committed by a "shell entity" in the British Virgin Islands that was set up and operated by citizens of Ireland and the United Kingdom.

InfraRed Environmental Infrastructure GP Ltd. et al v. Spain: Complaint

March 25, 2020 - Complaint to register an arbitral award in InfraRed Environmental Infrastructure GP Limited, European Investments (Morón) 1 Limited, European Investments (Morón) 2 Limited, European Investments (Olivenza) 1 Limited, and European Investments (Olivenza) 2 Limited, all of England v. Kingdom of Spain at the U. S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

Nigeria v. Citibank et al: Discovery Application

March 25, 2020 - Application by the Republic of Nigeria to take discovery from Citibank, N.A., Allied Irish Banks, HSBC Bank USA, Standard New York, Inc., Deutsche Bank Trust Company Americas, J.P. Morgan Chase, United Bank for Africa, Bank of Cyprus, Fortis Private Banking Singapore Limited., and Standard Chartered International (USA) Ltd. for use in "criminal investigations" in Nigeria regarding "a fraudulent scheme to defraud FRN of almost $10 billion ... carried out by Process & Industrial Developments Limited, a British Virgin Islands shell entity with no technical capabilities, virtually no employees, and no demonstrable financial resources", filed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Newbrook Shipping Corporation et al v. Global Marketing Systems Inc. et al: Discovery Application

March 24, 2020 - Application by Newbrook Shipping Corporation, of the Netherlands, and Falcon Confidence Shipping Ltd., of Liberia, to take discovery from Global Marketing Systems Inc. and Anil F. Sharma, both of Maryland, for use in legal proceedings in Nevis and South Africa, filed at the U. S. District Court for the Northern District of Maryland.

Kazakhstan v. King & Spalding LLP: Discovery Application

March 19, 2020 - Application by the Republic of Kazakhstan to take discovery from King & Spalding LLP for use in criminal proceedings in Kazakhstan regarding suspected fraud, tax evasion, and money laundering involving Anatolie Stati and Gabriel Stati and "their group of affiliated companies which they have owned or controlled", including Ascom Group SA, of Moldova; Terra Raf Trans Traiding Ltd., of Gibraltar, and Hayden Intervest Limited, of the British Virgin Islands, filed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Hedrick House Ltd. v. eMblaze ONE Inc. et al: Opposition to Discovery Application

March 16, 2020 - Opposition by eMblaze ONE Inc. and Jaspreet Mathur to Application to Conduct Discovery in Hedrick House Limited, of the British Virgin Islands v. eMblaze ONE Inc. and Jaspreet Mathur, a.k.a. Jas Mathur, for use in legal proceedings in England, filed at the U. S District Court for the Central District of California.

Juan María Rendón et al v. Abbott Laboratories Inc.: Discovery Application

March 16, 2020 - Application by Juan María Rendón, a citizen of Italy residing in Portugal, and Roberto Maurice Ventura Crispino, a citizen of Italy residing in Panama, to take discovery from Abbott Laboratories Inc. for use in legal proceedings in Colombia and Switzerland involving "a group of sellers who entered into a stock purchase agreement with CFR International SpA, as purchaser, and CFR Pharmaceuticals S.A., as warrantor, for purposes of transferring control over one of the largest pharmaceutical groups in Colombia, named Lafrancol", filed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

Marcelo Bombau v. Bank of New York Mellon Corp.: Discovery Application

March 16, 2020 - Application by Marcelo Bombau to take discovery from The Bank of New York Mellon Corporation for use in divorce proceedings in Argentina brought against him by "his former wife, María José Tomatis Cernusco", filed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

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