Legal

Susan Devine v. Spears & Imes LLP: Judicial Assistance (Liechtenstein)

Ex Parte Request for Judicial Assistance by Susan Elaine Devine, described as "a citizen of the United States and Brazil and a resident of Florida" and a former wife of Florian Homm, a German citizen who was indicted in California in 2013 for alleged investment fraud and is currently a fugitive, to obtain evidence from law firm Spears & Imes LLP for use "in connection with criminal proceedings that have been launched against Ms. Devine in Liechtenstein relating to alleged money laundering" involving "nine hedge funds that were incorporated in the Cayman Islands", namely Absolute Activist Value Master Fund Limited, Absolute East West Fund Limited, Absolute East West Master Fund Limited, Absolute European Catalyst Fund Limited, Absolute Germany Fund Limited, Absolute India Fund Limited, Absolute Octane Fund Limited, Absolute Octane Master Fund Limited, and Absolute Return Europe Fund Limited, filed at the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

BCT Ltd. et al v. Evatt Tamine et al: $28M Judgment (Robert Brockman Case)

Judgment awarding $16.8 million, $5.395 million, and £5 million against the defendants in BCT Limited, a Cayman Islands subsidiary of Maples Group, as Trustee of the A. Eugene Brockman Charitable Trust, and Spanish Steps Holdings Limited, of the British Virgin Islands v. Evatt Tamine, an Australian barrister, and Tangarra Consultants Limited, of Bermuda, at Bermuda Supreme Court.

LTC (BVI) Ltd. v. BraunHagey & Borden LLP: Complaint (‘$2.8M Spoofing Loss’)

Complaint alleging a law firm's negligence caused a client to transfer $2.8 million to an "imposter" who had "spoofed" an email address in LTC (BVI) Ltd., of the British Virgin Islands, described as "an investor and investment manager" v. BraunHagey & Borden LLP, a law firm in California, at the Superior Court of the State of California, County of San Francisco.

Palantir Technologies Inc. v. Williams & Connolly LLP et al: Discovery Application (‘Attempted Litigation Fraud’)

Application by Palantir Technologies Inc. to take discovery from Williams & Connolly LLP, a law firm, and laywers Barry S. Simon, and Stephen L. Wohlgemuth for use in "two German proceedings: (i) a patent entitlement litigation before the Regional Court of Munich, Federal Republic of Germany between Palantir and Williams & Connolly's client, Marc L. Abramowitz, and (ii) a criminal investigation by a German public prosecutor of Abramowitz, Simon, and Wohlgemuth" for suspected "attempted litigation fraud", filed at the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.
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Conyers fined $2.1M by Bermuda regulator for AML breaches

The Conyers legal and corporate services group, which is one of the offshore industry's biggest professional service providers, has been fined $2.1 million by the Bermuda Monetary Authority for failure to comply with anti-money laundering regulations and legal "obligations".

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP v. Great Mercury Ltd.: Liquidation Application

Originating Application alleging unpaid legal fees incurred while representing PPlive Sports International Limited, described as a subsidiary of Great Mercury Ltd., in a lawsuit brought in England by The Football Association Premier League Limited in Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP v. Great Mercury Ltd. at the British Virgin Islands High Court.

USA v. Acisclo Valladares Urruela: Criminal Information

Criminal Information alleging money laundering in USA v. Acisclo Valladares Urruela, a Guatemalan attorney and former Economics Minister of Guatemala, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

Samir Andrawos v. Damian Gomez et al: TRO Motion

Chapter 11 Trustee's Motion for an order enforcing the automatic stay and granting a preliminary injunction in Lawrence Katz, as Chapter 11 Trustee for the Bankruptcy Estate of Samir Andrawos v. Damian Gomez and Charles Mackay, both lawyers in the Bahamas, at the U. S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Maryland.

Samir Andrawos v. Damian Gomez et al: Complaint

Complaint to enforce an automatic stay and compel turnover of asset alleging fraudulent transfers and unjust enrichment in Lawrence Katz, as Chapter 11 Trustee for the Bankruptcy Estate of Samir Andrawos v. Damian Gomez and Charles Mackay, both lawyers in the Bahamas, at the U. S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Maryland.

USA v. Moshe Strugano: Criminal Indictment

Criminal Indictment alleging insider trading in shares of U.S Goethermal Inc. via a company in the Seychelles and bank accounts in Switzerland in USA v. Moshe Strugano, described as an Israeli "corporate lawyer" whose "law practice specialized in registering and establishing offshore companies and trusts, and opening related financial accounts", at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

VTB Bank v. Sergey Taruta et al: Judgment (‘Refusing Ogier’s application to stop acting for Russian state-owned bank’)

Judgment on i). Ogier's application to stop representing VTB Bank following Russia's invasion of Ukraine, ii). whether a Receivership Order requires "the Governor's licence" due to sanctions, and iii) whether Arrowcrest is subject to the Court's jurisdiction in JSC VTB Bank, a Russian state-owned bank v. Sergey Taruta and Arrowcrest Ltd. at the British Virgin Islands High Court.

Atkins Investment Partnership et al v. Duff & Phelps: Complaint

Complaint "for aiding and abetting fraud, aiding and abetting breach of fiduciary duty and negligent misrepresentation against Duff & Phelps for enabling a massive fraud orchestrated by Brendan Ross through a $789 million private investment fund structure managed by Direct Lending Investments, LLC" in Atkins Investment Partnership et al v. Duff & Phelps at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Walkers Corporate Ltd. v. Cayman Islands Minister of Financial Services and Commerce et al: Originating Summons

Originating Summons in which a Cayman Islands corporate services provider plaintiff "seeks the determination of the Court as to the meaning and effect of Section 255 and Section 281 D of the Companies Act (2022 Revision)" in Walkers Corporate Limited v. The Minister of Financial Services and Commerce, The Registrar of Companies, and The Attorney General of the Cayman Islands at the Grand Court of the Cayman Islands.

Carolina Lane v. Morgan Stanley et al: Discovery Application

Application by Carolina Andraus Lane to take discovery from Morgan Stanley, RBC Bank, Citigroup, Inc., Deutsche Bank AG, Safra Bank of New York, and law firm Fox Horan & Camerini LLP for use in legal proceedings in São Paulo, Brazil, "her former husband and business partner Gilberto Miranda Batista", filed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.
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Mourant applies to liquidate MultiBank FX (BVI)

Mourant Ozannes law firm has applied to liquidate MultiBank FX International Corporation in the British Virgin Islands over alleged unpaid legal fees of $77,711. The alleged debtor is part of the MultiBank Group, which claims to have companies or offices in Australia, Austria, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, China, Cyprus, Egypt, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Kuwait, Malaysia, Mexico, Nigeria, Philippines, Spain, Turkey, USA, and Vietnam.

Caetano Rosa Holding Corp. v. Kravitz Law PA et al: Complaint

Complaint alleging breach of contract in Caetano Rosa Holding Corp., described as a Marshall Islands company owned by Jobelino Locatelli, who "died on February 17, 2020" and was "the patriarch of the Locatelli family; a prominent family from Sao Paulo, Brazil, with extensive business interests" v. Kravitz Law PA and Genilde Guerra at the Circuit Court of the 11th Judicial Circuit, in and for Miami-Dade County, Florida.

Travers Thorp Alberga v. Kurt Scott: Writ of Summons

Writ of Summons for $1.1 million, plus interest, in allegedly unpaid legal fees and expenses in Travers Thorp Alberga, a law firm v. Kurt Scott, of Milton Keynes, England, at the Grand Court of the Cayman Islands.

Solicitors Regulation Authority Ltd. v. MdR Solicitors et al: Judgment

Judgment imposing a fine of £25,000 and costs of £32,500 against MdR Solicitors and dismissing allegations against Elizabeth Ellen in Solicitors Regulation Authority Ltd. v. Elizabeth Ellen and MdR Solicitors, formerly known as Mishcon de Reya Solicitors, at the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal.

Radical Investments Ltd. v. Charles Stein et al: Stein’s Motion to Dismiss

Motion to Quash Service and Dismiss Complaint by Charles Stein and Davidovich Stein Law Group LLP regarding an alleged $6.7 million fraud involving “non-existent doses” of a COVID-19 vaccine “for the purpose of vaccinating nearly 300,000 citizens of the island of Barbados” in Radical Investments Ltd., described as a St. Lucia company based in Barbados v. Good Vibrations Entertainment LLC, of Florida; Alex Lee Moore, a.k.a. Flex Moore; Prestige Pegasus LLC, of Colorado; Moniladae Coley, a.k.a. Moniladai Coley; Charles Stein, a.k.a. Charlie Stein, a lawyer in California, and Davidovich Stein Law Group LLC, a law firm California, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

Mishcon de Reya LLP: £232K Fine

Decision by the Solicitors Regulatory Authority for England and Wales imposing a fine of £232,500, plus costs of £50,000, on Mishcon de Reya LLP, a law firm, for regulatory breaches.

Geoffrey Willcocks v. Wakefield Quin et al: Writ of Summons

Generally Endorsed Writ of Summons alleging breach of fiduciary duty, breach of trust, fraudulent disposal of trust property by trustee, dishonest appropriation of property, and conspiracy to defraud in Geoffrey Lynn Randall Willcocks v. Joseph E. Wakefield, a lawyer, and Wakefield Quin Limited, a law firm, at Bermuda Supreme Court.

China AI Capital Ltd. v. DLA Piper LLP et al: $180M Complaint

Shareholder Derivative Complaint alleging legal malpractice that "caused the Company to suffer damages in excess of USD$180,400,000" in China AI Capital Limited, of the British Virgin Islands, derivatively on behalf of Link Motion Inc., f.k.a. NQ Mobile Inc., described as a Cayman Islands-domiciled, China-based "technology business" v. DLA Piper LLP, a law firm domiciled in Maryland, and Caryn G. Schechtman, an attorney with DLA Piper, in New York, as Defendants, and Link Motion Inc., as Nominal Defendant, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Carlington Dawson: CI$2.5K Fine

Sentencing Hearing for 'statutory contempt of court for acting as a lawyer when not entitled to' in the matter of Carlington Dawson at the Grand Court of the Cayman Islands.

IIG Global Trade Finance Fund Ltd. et al v. Chaffetz Lindsey LLP et al: $23M Complaint

Complaint "to obtain the proceeds from a settlement following arbitration" in IIG Global Trade Finance Fund Ltd. (in Official Liquidation) and IIG Structured Trade Finance Fund Ltd. (in Official Liquidation), both of the Cayman Islands v. Chaffetz Lindsey LLP, a law firm in New York; IIG TOF B.V., of the Netherlands; Trade Finance Trust, of Delaware; IIG Bank (Malta) Ltd., of Malta, and TriLinc Global Impact Fund - Trade Finance Ltd., of the Cayman Islands, at the U. S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York.

Hunters Investments Ltd. v. Sanne Holdings Ltd. et al: Judgment

Judgment granting an application to remove Carey Olsen as legal representatives of four of the five defendants due to a conflict of interest in a case regarding allegations of fraud involving the valuation of Sanne Holdings Limited and Sanne Fiduciary Services Limited in Hunters Investments Limited v. Geoffrey Crill, Simon Young, Peter Machon, Sanne Holdings Limited, Sanne Fiduciary Services Limited, formerly known as Sanne Trust Company Limited, at the Royal Court of Jersey, in the Channel Islands.

Rolloco Holdings Inc. et al v. Baker & Hostetler LLP: Complaint

Complaint alleging fraud regarding an investment "of $2.81M in a purported condominium development project to be built in Desert Hot Springs, California" in Rolloco Holdings Inc., of Canada; Cathy Rollo, and Tony Rollo at the U. S. District Court for the Central District of California.

Apex Financial Services (Trustees) Ltd. v. Wiggin Osborne Fullerlove: Complaint

Complaint for damages of £353,002 alleging professional negligence involving 'Inheritance Tax' liabilities of a trust settled by Lance Uggla, described as a "UK resident but foreign domiciled for income and capital gains tax purposes", in Apex Financial Services (Trustees) Ltd., of Jersey, in the Channel Islands v. Wiggin Osborne Fullerlove, a law firm based in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England, at the High Court of Justice for England and Wales.

Global Distressed Alpha Capital I Ltd. v. AAAF Management Ltd. et al: Judgment

Judgment regarding defendants' application to set aside the plaintiff's claim on the grounds of "bye-law indemnity" for directors in Global Distressed Alpha Capital I Limited, of Bermuda v. AAAF Management Limited, Michael John Shone, described as "a former director and shareholder of the Plaintiff" and funder of "the Commercial Intelligence Fund Group" who "has absconded and his whereabouts are not known"; Christian Michelsen Herman, described as a former director of the plaintiff, and Walton Law Eddlestone, described as a former "de facto director of the Plaintiff" and who appears to be an English lawyer, at Bermuda Supreme Court.

Estate of Osama Ismail Abudawood v. Gibson Dunn et al: Discovery Application

Application by Michael Pearson, as Administrator of the Estate of the late Sheikh Osama Ismail Abudawood, of Saudi Arabia, to take discovery from Jeffrey M. Trinklein, a lawyer, and Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP, a law firm, for use in legal proceedings in the Cayman Islands, filed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

British Virgin Islands AG v. Signature Bank: Discovery Application

Application by the British Virgin Islands Attorney General to take evidence from Signature Bank for use in legal proceedings in the British Virgin Islands "against Lester S. Hyman", described as "a now-suspended member of the District of Columbia and Massachusetts Bars" for "for fraud and deceit and breaches of trust and loyalty and of his contractual obligations owed to the BVIG", filed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.
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BVI to add 3 more US defendants to ‘Miami Airline’ fraud lawsuit

The British Virgin Islands Government intends to add three more US citizens - Scott Weisman, Jerry Willoughby, and Bruce Bradley - as defendants to a lawsuit it filed against "now-suspended" US lawyer Lester Hyman alleging fraud and corruption involving plans to operate an air service between the BVI and Miami.

British Virgin Islands AG v. Pauline Jones: Discovery Application

Application by the Attorney General of the British Virgin Islands to take discovery from Pauline E. Jones for use in legal proceedings in the British Virgin Islands against Lester S. Hyman, described as "a now-suspended member of the District of Columbia and Massachusetts bars", for "fraud and deceit and breaches of trust and loyalty and of his contractual obligations owed to the BVIG", filed at the U. S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

Radical Investments Ltd. v. Good Vibrations Entertainment LLC et al: First Amended Complaint

First Amended Complaint alleging a $6.7 million fraud involving “non-existent doses” of a COVID-19 vaccine “for the purpose of vaccinating nearly 300,000 citizens of the island of Barbados” in Radical Investments Ltd., described as a St. Lucia company based in Barbados v. Good Vibrations Entertainment LLC, of Florida; Alex Lee Moore, a.k.a. Flex Moore; Prestige Pegasus LLC, of Colorado; Moniladae Coley, a.k.a. Moniladai Coley; Charles Stein, a.k.a. Charlie Stein, a lawyer in California, and Davidovich Stein Law Group LLC, a law firm California, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

Lindsey Crits et al v. Berger Singerman et al: Complaint

Complaint alleging "an illegal nationwide, advanced-fee, student loan debt elimination telemarketing scam, operated and devised by the Defendants, that leaves vulnerable debtors, like Plaintiffs, tens of thousands of dollars poorer, and worse, in exchange for broken promises about impossible legal services that never are, and never could be, actually performed" in Lindsey Crits, Evan Wendt, Elizabeth Ripoli, and Jennifer Coley v. GM Law Firm LLC, Chantel L. Grant, National Legal Staffing Support LLC, Gregory Fishman, Julie Queler, Kevin Mason, Resolvly LLC, Backend Resolve LLC, JG Factor LLC, P. Benjamin Zuckerman, and Berger Singerman LLP at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

Radical Investments Ltd. v. Good Vibrations Entertainment LLC et al: Complaint

Complaint alleging a $6.7 million fraud involving "non-existent doses" of a COVID-19 vaccine "for the purpose of vaccinating nearly 300,000 citizens of the island of Barbados" in Radical Investments Ltd., described as a St. Lucia company based in Barbados v. Good Vibrations Entertainment LLC, of Florida; Alex Lee Moore, a.k.a. Flex Moore; Prestige Pegasus LLC, of Colorado; Moniladae Coley, a.k.a. Moniladai Coley; Charles Stein, a.k.a. Charlie Stein, a lawyer in California; Davidovich Stein Law Group LLC, a law firm California, and RDS Cargo Group DWC LLC, described as a Polish company based in the United Arab Emirates, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

4 New Square Ltd. et al v. Person or Persons Unknown: Injunction Order

Injunction Order regarding "a cyber-attack on the Applicants on or about 12 June 2021 and/or who has threatened to disclose the information thereby obtained" in 4 New Square Limited, a law firm based in London, and The Members of 4 New Square v. Person or Persons Unknown at the High Court of Justice for England and Wales.

Enigma Diagnostics Ltd. v. Harvey Boulter et al: Amended Complaint

Amended Complaint alleging fraud and dishonest assistance involving the Cayman Islands-domiciled "Porton Group" in Enigma Diagnostics Limited (in Liquidation), Paul David Allen, and Geoffrey Lambert Carton-Kelly, as Liquidators of Enigma Diagnostics Limited, all of England v. Harvey Boulter, DLA Piper UK LLP, a law firm, and Charles Cook, a lawyer, all of England, at High Court of Justice for England and Wales.