Legal

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.

Robin Maki v. Alan Hanke et al: Complaint

Complaint alleging the defendants "utilized phony transactional documents to induce both sophisticated and unsophisticated investors to wire funds across state lines, only to see said funds disappear without a trace" in Robin Maki v. Alan J. Hanke, of Illinois; Carlo Sperduti, of Florida; Sidney Mills Rogers III, an attorney, of Georgia, and IOLO Global LLC, of Wyoming, at the U. S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida.

Batios Holdings Ltd. et al v. White Summers Caffee & James LLP: Discovery Application

Ex Parte Application by Cosimo Borrelli, as Receiver of Batios Holdings Limited and Brasspoint Trading Limited, both of the British Virgin Islands, to take discovery from White Summers Caffee & James LLP, described as a California law firm that "served as former counsel to Batios and Brasspoint, and has refused requests by Petitioner to turn over the BVI Entities' client file, including any information regarding millions of dollars of funds belonging to the BVI Entities that were apparently transferred to the White Summers' client trust account shortly before Borrelli's appointment as Receiver", for use in legal proceedings in the British Virgin Islands that, inter alia, involve claims in Cyprus regarding an allegedly "fraudulent scheme" by Mikhail Abyzov, of Russia, that caused Russian bank Alfa-Bank "more than $120 million in losses", filed at the U. S. District Court for the Northern District of California.

Jihad Quzmar v. Dechert LLP et al: Claim Form

Claim Form alleging "serious wrongs committed by the Defendants against the Claimant 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 Massaad and others" 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.

ASW Law Ltd. v. Stavanger Ltd.: Writ of Summons

Specially Indorsed Writ of Summons for $175,000 in allegedly unpaid legal fees, plus interest, in ASW Law Limited, a Bermuda law firm v. Stavanger Limited, of the Isle of Man, at Bermuda Supreme Court. Editor's Note: Research by OffshoreAlert in the Isle of Man Companies Registry showed that Stavanger Limited was incorporated in the Isle of Man on March 10th, 2014 and that its sole director is Kleino Limited, also of the Isle of Man. Kleino Limited was incorporated in the Isle of Man on December 30th, 2010 and its directors are Mark Jonathan Lewin, Christopher James Tushingham, and John Craig Brown, all of the Isle of Man.

Fraud charges brought against three Axiom Legal Financing Fund insiders

Three UK nationals - Timothy Schools, Richard Emmett, and David Kennedy - have been criminally charged with fraud over their involvement with Cayman Islands-domiciled Axiom Legal Financing Fund, whose £100 million litigation funding-based investment scam collapsed after being exposed by OffshoreAlert eight years ago.

BVI v. XR Association: Discovery Application

Application by the Attorney General of the British Virgin Islands to take discovery from XR Association, whose CEO was identified as Elizabeth A. Hyman, for use in contemplated legal proceedings in the BVI against Elizabeth Hyman's father, Lester Hyman, involving suspected fraud and corruption, filed at the U. S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

Harneys v. Nicole Pineda de la Ballina: Writ of Summons

Writ of Summons seeking "An injunction restraining the Defendant from commencing proceedings against the Plaintiff in the United States or otherwise outside the Cayman Islands" in Harneys, a Cayman Islands law firm v. Nicole Pineda de la Ballina at the Grand Court of the Cayman Islands.

Mary Ann James de Holguín v. Shutts & Bowen LLP et al: Discovery Application

Application by Mary Ann James de Holguín, of Colombia, to take discovery from Shutts & Bowen LLP and Maria del Pilar Rubio, described as "a tax attorney with Shutts & Bowen LLP in Miami, Florida, "for use in a forthcoming civil probate action in Colombia, for the distribution of assets that belong to or are traceable to the estate of Mr. Rodrigo Ernesto Holguín Lourido", filed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

Dorset Charles v. Reynold Benjamin: Judgment

Judgment against lawyer Reynold Benjamin for failing to pass on to his client any of the $100,000 that he collected from the Grenada Government as partial payment of a $1.6 million judgment in Dorset Charles v. Reynold C. Benjamin, a lawyer trading as R.C. Benjamin & Co., at Grenada High Court.

Marshall Diel & Myers Ltd. v. Cameron Hill: Final Ruling

Ruling regarding an application to restrain an attorney from representing Andrew Crisson due to alleged conflict of interest in Marshall Diel & Myers Limited, a Bermuda law firm v. Cameron Hill, an attorney, at Bermuda Supreme Court.

Etienne Blake et al v. Cayman Islands AG et al: Petition

Petition in Etienne Blake and J. Samuel Jackson, who are both Cayman Islands-based attorneys v. The Attorney General of the Cayman Islands, Cabinet of the Cayman Islands, Cayman Islands Legal Practitioners Association, and Cayman Attorneys Regulation Authority at the Grand Court of the Cayman Islands.

Richard Gleinn et al v. DLA Piper et al: Class Action Complaint

Class Action Complaint by "investors who collectively have lost millions of dollars in a Ponzi scheme orchestrated and perpetrated by the principals of EquiAlt, a private real estate investment firm based in Florida" in Richard Gleinn, Phyllis Gleinn, Cary Toone, John Celli, Maria Celli, Eva Meier, Georgia Murphy, Steven J. Rubinstein, Tracey F. Rubinstein, as Trustees for the Rubinstein Family Living Trust Dated 6/25/2010; Bertram D. Greenberg, as Trustee for the Greenberg Family Trust; Bruce R. Hannen, and Geraldine Mary Hannen v. Paul Wassgren, DLA Piper LLP, and Fox Rothschild LLP at the U. S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida.

Henry Orren Merren IV et al v. Cayman Islands Attorney General et al: Petition

Petition in Henry Orren Merren IV, Hanson Phillip Ebanks, and Alric Jeremy Lindsay v. The Attorney General of the Cayman Islands, the Premier of the Cayman Islands, the Cabinet of the Cayman Islands, the LegislativeAssembly of the Cayman Islands, the Cayman Islands Legal Practitioners Association Ltd., and the Cayman Attorneys Regulation Authority at the Grand Court of the Cayman Islands.

Peter Levine v. Ian Peck: Complaint

Complaint for $130,406 in allegedly unpaid legal fees in Peter M. Levine, a lawyer based in New York, NY v. Ian S. Peck, described as "the director of Art Capital Bermuda and the director of Bluefin Servicing, each a Bermuda exempted company", at the Supreme Court of the State of New York, County of Westchester.

Elko Broadband Ltd. v. HaiderMota BNR et al: Notice of Removal

Notice of Removal, including a copy of the complaint alleging professional malpractice regarding a proposed transaction involving Warid Telecom International, of the United Arab Emirates, in Elko Broadband Ltd., of Reno, Nevada v. HaiderMota BNR, described as a law firm in Pakistan, and A.F. Ferguson & Company, described as an accounting firm in Pakistan, at the U. S. District Court for the District of Nevada.

Treasures London Ltd. et al v. Poonam Keswani: Complaint

Complaint alleging fraud in Treasures London Limited and Harjit Singh Athwal, a lawyer, both of London, England v. Poonam Keswani, of New York, NY, at the U. S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York.

SPS Corp I – Fundo de Investimento em Direitos Creditórios Não Padronizados v. Citibank et al: Discovery Application

Application by SPS Corp I - Fundo de Investimento em Direitos Creditórios Não Padronizados, described as "a Brazilian special purpose fund owned by passive investors and exclusively managed by the company SPS Capital Gestão de Recursos Ltda.", to take discovery from Citibank, N.A., The Bank of New York Mellon Corporation, Société Générale, HSBC Bank USA, N.A., BNP Paribas USA, JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A., Barclays Bank, Bank of America, N.A., Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., The Clearing House Payments Company LLC, The Claridge's Company LLC, Manhattan Skyline Management Corp., Gabrielle Miranda Fischer, LIM College, Katherine Holman, Humphrey Willard, Andrew M. Klinger, Langen & Langen, P.A., Katz & Matz, P.C., and Tellulah LLC for use in legal proceedings in São Paulo, Brazil involving Eduardo Fischer, described as "a well-known figure of the Brazilian advertising industry" who is suspected of "concealing his assets to defraud his creditors" using entities in Angola, Argentina, Brazil, British Virgin Islands, Colombia, Delaware, Florida, and Portugal, filed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

BITO Storage Solutions US, Inc. v. Henry Roske et al: Discovery Application

Application by BITO Storage Solutions US, Inc. to take discovery from Henry Roske, a.k.a. Hendrik Roske, a lawyer, and H. Roske & Associates LLP, a law firm, both of New York, "for use in (i) an ongoing criminal investigation conducted by the Public Prosecutors of Duisburg, Lueneburg, and Hamburg, Germany with regard to a fraud scheme of which Applicant is a victim, and (ii) a civil action to be filed by Applicant before the German civil court to recover the funds diverted from Applicant through the aforementioned fraud", filed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Benthos Master Fund Ltd. v. Aaron Etra: Petition to Confirm Arbitration Award

Petition to Confirm Final Arbitration Award of $5 million regarding "a purported sale of Bitcoin that turned out to be a scam" in Benthos Master Fund Ltd., a Cayman Islands fund based in San Francisco v. Aaron Etra, described as "an attorney licensed to practice law in New York", at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Steven Goodman v. DMS Governance Ltd.: Appeal Judgment

Judgment regarding an appeal against a lower court's dismissal of a claim against a Cayman Islands-based corporate services provider regarding Axiom Legal Financing Fund, described as having committed "a very substantial fraud in which over US$ 120 million ... was misappropriated by Tim Schools", in Steven Goodman, a lawyer specializing in litigation funding v. DMS Governance Limited at the Court of Appeal of the Cayman Islands.

Courteau & Associates v. Tattersalls Ltd. et al: Complaint

Complaint alleging breach of contract, unjust enrichment, fraudulent inducement, and intentional misrepresentation in Law Office of Diana L. Courteau Inc., d.b.a. Courteau & Associates v. Tattersalls Ltd., described as "a blood-stock auctioneer", and Bracher Rawlins LLP, a law firm, both of England, at the U. S. District Court for the Central District of California.