Legal

USA v. Federal Express et al: ‘John Doe’ Summonses Petition

Ex Parte Petition for Leave to Serve 'John Doe' Summonses as part of an IRS investigation into U.S. taxpayers who are suspected of tax evasion using the services of Panama Offshore Legal Services, described as "a Panamanian law firm that has been providing offshore services since 2000", allegedly offering legal structures formed in several jurisdictions, including Belize, the British Virgin Islands, Delaware, Nevis, Nevada, Panama, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, and Switzerland, in USA v. Federal Express Corporation, a.k.a. FedEx Express; Fed Ex Ground Package System, Inc., a.k.a. FedEx Ground; DHL Express (USA), Inc., United Parcel Service, Inc., the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, The Clearing House Payments Company LLC, HSBC Bank USA, N.A., Citibank, N.A., Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., and Bank of America, N.A. at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

USA v. Western Union: ‘John Doe’ Summons Petition

Ex Parte Petition for Leave to Serve 'John Doe' Summons as part of an IRS investigation into U.S. taxpayers who are suspected of tax evasion using the services of Panama Offshore Legal Services, described as "a Panamanian firm that assists clients in concealing their beneficial ownership of assets", in USA v. Western Union Financial Services Inc. at the U. S. District Court for the District of Colorado.

USA v. MoneyGram: ‘John Doe’ Summons Petition

Ex Parte Petition for Leave to Serve 'John Doe' Summons as part of an IRS investigation into U.S. taxpayers who are suspected of tax evasion using the services of Panama Offshore Legal Services, described as "a Panamanian firm that assists clients in concealing their beneficial ownership of assets", in USA v. MoneyGram Payment Systems Inc. at the U. S. District Court for the District of Minnesota.

Morten Høegh et al v. Taylor Wessing LLP et al: Complaint

Amended Claim Form and Particulars of Claim alleging negligent advice regarding tax liabilities in the United Kingdom of plaintiffs who were associated with "offshore investments" and "offshore structures" in Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, and Guernsey in Morten Høegh and Thomas Høegh, described as Norwegians who were "tax resident in the UK and domiciled in Norway" v. Taylor Wessing LLP, a law firm, and MSR Partners LLP, f.k.a. Moore Stephens LLP, an accounting firm, at the High Court of Justice for England and Wales.

VR Global Partners LP v. Stuart Newberger: Discovery Application

Application by VR Global Partners LP, of the Cayman Islands, to take discovery from Stuart Newberger, described as "a partner in the law firm of Crowell & Moring", for legal proceedings in the Isle of Man involving Broadsheet LLC (in Liquidation) and claims against the Government of Pakistan, filed at the U. S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

USA v. Carlos Kepke: Criminal Indictment

Criminal Indictment alleging tax fraud conspiracy involving accounts or companies in Belize, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Nevis, and Switzerland in USA v. Carlos E. Kepke, who was described as "an attorney specializing in creating and maintaining foreign trusts and companies for his clients", at the U. S. District Court for the Northern District of California.

‘Court order prohibits publication of Clyde Allen’s name,’ writes Cayman Deputy Solicitor General

Letter to the Editor from Claire Allen, Deputy Solicitor General of the Cayman Islands, essentially claiming that OffshoreAlert was in breach of a Cayman court order by identifying local attorney Clyde Allen when recently publishing an anonymized judgment in which he was suspended from practicing law for six months for professional misconduct regarding his representation of an American couple injured in a vehicle accident in Cayman.

Polygon Global Partners LLP v. Kohlberg Kravis Roberts et al: Discovery Application

Application by Polygon Global Partners LLP to take discovery from Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. LP law firm, Jason Carss, described as KKR's "Managing Director of Legal", and Terence Gallagher, described as KKR's "Managing Director on the Finance team", for use in legal proceedings in Spain "brought to challenge administrative decisions of the Spanish National Securities Market Commission (Comisión Nacional del Mercado de Valores, hereafter "CNMV"), by which the CNMV authorized Lorca Telecom BidCo, S.A.U. to take over and delist Spanish telecommunications company, MasMovil Ibercom, S.A.", filed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

The Ferraro Law Firm et al v. Timothy Scrantom et al: Complaint

Complaint involving litigation funding in The Ferraro Law Firm and Total Asset Recovery Services LLC v. Huddleston Capital Partners VIII LLC, of Delaware; Timothy Scrantom, Scrantom Dulles International PLLC, of South Carolina; Ten State International Law PLLC, of South Carolina; Kenneth Platt Elder, and G3 Analytics LLC at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

Cayman Islands AG v. Clyde Allen: Judgment

Judgment finding that Cayman Islands attorney "has acted unprofessionally" to the detriment of a "vulnerable" client in The Attorney General v. Clyde Allen, a lawyer, at the Grand Court of the Cayman Islands.

Lance Ranger v. Charles Pycraft: Judgment

Judgment in Lance Dorian Ranger, described as "a practising solicitor in England & Wales, and the owner and Managing Director of Attendus Trust Company AG, a global fiduciary company providing professional trust, legal and business services, based in Switzerland" v. Charles Pycraft, described as "a former photo-journalist", at the High of Justice, in London, England.

Robert Ellison et al v. Steve McField: Complaint

Complaint alleging unpaid rent in Robert Ellison and Sally Ellison v. Steve McField, a lawyer, trading as A. Steve McField & Associates, at the Summary Court of the Cayman Islands.

Mohammed Zina et al: Criminal Proceedings

Press Release by the United Kingdom's Financial Conduct Authority announcing it has "commenced criminal proceedings" against brothers Mohammed Zina, who was employed as an analyst with Goldman Sachs International, and Suhail Zina, who was a lawyer with Clifford Chance, for suspected insider dealing involving ARM Holdings Plc, Alternative Networks Plc, Punch Taverns Plc, Shawbrook Plc, HSN Inc., and Snyder's Lance Inc.

Food Delivery Holding 12 Sarl v. Barnes & Thornburg LLP: Discovery Application

Application by Food Delivery Holding 12 Sarl, of Luxembourg, to take discovery from Barnes & Thornburg LLP "for use in an international arbitration brought by Mr. Ebrahim Al-Jassim against FDH (and two other respondents) pursuant to the arbitration rules of the Dubai International Finance Centre-London Court of International Arbitration", filed at the U. S. District Court for the Central District of California.

Sakab Saudi Holding Company et al v. Citibank et al: Discovery Application

Application by Sakab Saudi Holding Company, Alpha Star Aviation Services Company, Enma Al Ared Real Estate Investment and Development Company, Kafa'at Business Solutions Company, Security Control Company, Armour Security Industrial Manufacturing Company, Saudi Technology & Security Comprehensive Control Company, Technology Control Company, New Dawn Contracting Company, and Sky Prime Investment Company, all of Saudi Arabia, to take discovery from Citibank NA, HSBC Bank USA NA, Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP, and Jonathan Wainwright for use in legal proceedings in Canada alleging "a massive fraudulent scheme perpetrated by a former high-ranking government official in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Saad Khalid Al Jabri, which resulted in at least $3.5 billion (USD) being stolen from the Applicant companies and used for the personal benefit of one man, Al Jabri, and his family and associates", filed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Whistleblowers International v. Global Litigation Consulting Services LLC et al: Notice of Removal

Defendants' Notice of Removal, including a copy of the complaint seeking damages "for breach of fiduciary duty, tortious interference with business relations, breach of contract and declaratory judgment to set aside an unlawful and unethical contract entered into with Defendants to share the proceeds of a law firm with a non-lawyer independent contractor", in The Roberto Gonzalez Law Firm, d.b.a. Whistleblowers International, of the District of Columbia v. Global Litigation Consulting Services LLC, of Puerto Rico, and Christopher Piacentile, described as a resident of Puerto Rico and New York, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Walkers law firm overturns Brazilian bankers’ Cayman judgment

Walkers law firm in the Cayman Islands has successfully appealed a summary judgment that was entered against it in favor of former clients - two Brazilian bankers and related companies - who are seeking damages of up to $400 million for alleged breaches of trust, loyalty, and confidence.

Omar Alghanim v. Milbank LLP: Discovery Application

Application by Omar Alghanim, described as "a Kuwaiti businessperson", to take discovery from Milbank LLP, described as "a major law firm in Manhattan", for use in "litigation in a Kuwaiti court with his father, Kutayba Alghanim, also a Kuwaiti businessperson", filed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Walkers v. Arnage Holdings Ltd. et al: Appeal Judgment

Judgment allowing Cayman Islands law firm Walkers' appeal against summary judgment that was previously obtained by two Brazilian bankers and related companies in Walkers v. Arnage Holdings Limited, Brooklands Holdings Limited, East Farthing Holdings Limited, Katia Rabello, and Fernando Toledo at the Court of Appeal of the Cayman Islands.

Germany: Hamdi Kocoktepe et al

Application for the appointment of a Commissioner to collect evidence from First Citizens Bank and Trust Co. - pursuant to a request for judicial assistance from Germany - for a criminal investigation into Hamdi Kocoktepe, described as a "German attorney"; Afnan Qovanaj, and Wincash AG for suspected money laundering.

Mossack Fonseca & Co. et al v. Netflix Inc.: Order Striking Complaint

Order Granting Defendant's Special Motion to Strike Plaintiff's Second Amended Complaint alleging defamation and trademark infringement regarding the movie 'The Laundromat' about the 'Panama Papers' investigation by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists in Mossack Fonseca & Co. SA, Bufete MF & Co., Jürgen Mossack, and Ramón Fonseca, all of Panama v. Netflix Inc. at the U. S. District Court for the District of Connecticut.

Phoenix Law Chambers: License Revocation

Public Notice by the Bermuda Monetary Authority that it has "revoked the corporate service business provider" license of Phoenix Law Chambers.

Hine & Ogulluk LLP v. Gholam Golsorkhi et al: Summons with Notice

Summons With Notice regarding alleged unpaid legal fees in Hine & Ogulluk LLP, a law firm based in New York, NY v. Gholam Reza Golsorkhi, of New York, NY, and Pelmadulla Stiftung Vaduz, "c/o Dr. Guido Meier", of Liechtenstein, at the Supreme Court of the State of New York, County of New York.

St. John’s Trust Company (PVT) Ltd. v. James Watlington et al: Ruling

Ruling regarding the A. Eugene Brockman Charitable Trust in St. John's Trust Company (PVT) Limited v. James Watlington, Glenn Ferguson, Cabarita (PTC) Limited, of Nevis, as Trustee of The Waterford Charitable Trust; The Attorney General, and James Geoffrey Stephen Gilbert, as Defendants, and Medlands (PTC) Limited and Conyers Dill & Pearman Limited, as Non-Parties, at Bermuda Supreme Court.

USA v. Carlos Gonzalez-Suarez: Motion To Compel

Motion to Compel the production of "medical records" for a lawsuit that "Dr. Gonzalez's patient, Carlos Loumiet", described as "a banking attorney who was outside counsel for the now-defunct Hamilton Bank, N.A.", filed against the USA alleging "emotional distress" as a result of "a 2006 enforcement action brought against him by the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, charging that he helped conceal the crimes of Hamilton's senior executives who were convicted of orchestrating illegal transactions to hide tens of millions of dollars in losses to the bank", in USA v. Carlos P. Gonzalez-Suarez at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

Instant Access Properties Ltd. v. Mark Phillips QC: Complaint

Complaint seeking damages of £16.7 million alleging breach of contract and negligence in Instant Access Properties Limited (in Liquidation) and Kevin Murphy and Richard Toone, as Joint Liquidators of Instant Access Properties Limited, at the High Court of Justice, for England and Wales.

David Molner v. Reed Smith LLP et al: Notice of Removal

Notice of Removal by Reed Smith LLP in David Molner, "former manager" of Aramid Entertainment Fund Limited v. Reed Smith LLP, of New york, NY; James C. McCarroll, of New York, NY; Geoffrey Varga, of New York, NY; James L. Sanders, of Los Angeles, CA; Francisca Mok, of Los Angeles, CA; Kurt Gwynne, of New York, NY; Jordan W. Siev, of New York, NY; David Bree, of the Cayman Islands; Roger Hanson, of the Cayman Islands; Donald M. Seymour, of the Cayman Islands; Jess Shakespeare, of the Cayman Islands; Kinetic Partners, of New York, NY; Duff & Phelps LLC, of New York, NY, and DMS Governance Ltd., of the Cayman Islands, at the U. S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York.

Collector’s Coffee Inc. et al v. Debevoise & Plimpton LLP et al: Complaint

Complaint alleging "Defendants abysmally failed in their duties to represent Plaintiffs in a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission investigation, undertook acts of concealment, fraud, and allegedly violations of law, causing damages of catastrophic nature to their former clients, effectively destroying the Corporation and its principal's life" in Collector's Coffee Inc., a.k.a. Collector's Cafe Inc., and Mykalai Kontilai, individually and as CEO of Collector's Coffee Inc. v. Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, described as a law firm based in Washington, D.C.; Andrew J. Ceresney, described as a partner of Debevoise & Plimpton; Dustin Brockner, described as an associate of Debevoise & Plimpton, and Miheer Mhatre, described as a former associate of Debevoise & Plimpton, at the U. S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

Multiflora International Ltd. et al v. Jacobi International, Inc. et al: Discovery Application

Application by Multiflora International Ltd., of the British Virgin Islands; Agrícola Industrial Entre Ríos, S.A., of Guatemala, and Agrícola Esperanza Jacobi, S.A., of Guatemala, to take discovery from Jacobi International, Inc., Cart Investments, Inc., Bank of America N.A., Morgan Stanley Bank, N.A., and Jonathan Feuerman, a lawyer with law firm Therrel Baisden, LLP, for use in "ongoing civil and criminal legal proceedings that are pending in Guatemala" that involve "Christian Rasch's misappropriation of funds and other assets belonging to Applicants and others", filed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

Katherine Hitchins v. Babbé LLP: Guernsey Tribunal Decision

Decision by the Employment and Discrimination Tribunal, in Guernsey, in the Channel Islands, finding that a partner in Babbé law firm was "constructively dismissed and that it was an unfair dismissal" following a "false" and "maliciously motivated" allegation by another partner, Robert Varley, in Katherine D. Hitchins v. Babbé LLP. Editor's Note: In an action that indicates either preferential treatment or a legal challenge, the 'Extended Reasons' for this 'Decision' were published on the 'Tribunal Decisions 2020' part of the Government of Guernsey's website and then removed, meaning it is the only published Decision for 2020 that does not include this information. When asked why this had been done, a Tribunal spokesperson told OffshoreAlert today: "I am not in a position to comment on the reasons the Tribunal's full decision was taken down. I will advise you when they are back up on the site." OffshoreAlert obtained the 'Extended Reasons' separately, from a 'concerned individual'. The Decision was reinstated to the website on March 1st, 2021. Meanwhile, Robert Varley, a funds and corporate lawyer whose "false" allegation was determined to have been "motivated by frustration, revenge, or possibly anger", left Babbé in 2018 and became a partner of Appleby law firm, in the British Virgin Islands, a position he left the same month the Tribunal Decision was published.

Jihad Quzmar v. Dechert LLP et al: Amended Claim Form

Amended Claim Form and Particulars of Claim alleging "serious wrongs committed by the Defendants against Mr Quzmar in relation to a purported investigation led by Mr Gerrard into alleged frauds committed against the Ras Al Khaimah Investment Authority by its former Chief Executive Officer Dr Khater Massaad" in Jihad Abdul Qader Saleh Quzmar, a citizen of Jordan imprisoned in Ras Al Khaimah, in the United Arab Emirates v. Dechert LLP, a law firm in England, and Neil Gerrard, a lawyer in England, at the High Court of Justice, in London, England.

CKR Law LLP v. Anderson Investments International LLC et al: Petition to Compel Arbitration

Petition to Compel Arbitration regarding allegations of fraud in CKR Law LLP, formerly Crone Kline Rinde LLP, a California company based in New York v. Anderson Investments International LLC, described as a Nevis company based in Dubai; Paramount Services LLC, a.k.a. Paramount Services Ltd., described as a Nevis company based in Dubai; Intech Holdings (HK) Limited, a.k.a. Intech International Group Co. Limited, a.k.a. Intech Holdings Inc., of Hong Kong; White Rock Electronic Trading LLC, of Dubai; BMR Consulting, of Dubai; Ravi Rach, a.k.a. Edmund White, of Dubai; Gulzhan Namazbaeva, of Dubai, and Satyabrato Chakravarty, of Dubai, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Martin LLP v. Sussex Investments BVI Co. et al: Complaint

Complaint in Martin LLP, a law firm in Connecticut v. Sussex Investments BVI Co., of the British Virgin Islands, and Maggie Ann Stocker at the Superior Court for the Judicial District of Stamford-Norwalk, in Stamford, Connecticut.
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