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Fifth Circuit Defends Prior Rulings that Ponzi Scheme Trade Creditors Do Not Provide Value Under Bankruptcy Code and Fraudulent Transfer Law Beyond Texas

Fifth Circuit Defends Prior Rulings that Ponzi Scheme Trade Creditors Do Not Provide Value Under Bankruptcy Code and Fraudulent Transfer Law Beyond Texas, After Texas Supreme Court Says They Do Under Texas UFTA if They Fully Perform in the Ordinary Course at Market Rates For nearly twenty years, R. Allen Stanford operated Stanford International Bank, …

A Receiver Has Standing to Pursue Fraudulent Transfer Claims on Behalf of Receivership Entity

As set forth in Scholes v. Lehmann and adopted by courts across the country, a Receiver has standing to pursue fraudulent transfer claims because the receivership entity in whose shoes the Receiver stands is deemed to be creditor of the Ponzi scheme or other fraudulent enterprise that was placed in receivership.  That seminal case and its ever-growing progeny …

Debtor/Transferor’s Actual Intent to Defraud May be Established Through Ponzi Scheme Presumption Based on Fraud Determination in Prior Action Against Debtor/Transferor

Application of the Ponzi Scheme Presumption To satisfy the intent element of a claim for actual fraudulent transfer for purposes of surviving a motion to dismiss, the plaintiff must either plead the facts establishing the debtor’s intent to hinder, delay or defraud its creditors with particularity (in Federal Court, pursuant to Rule 9 of the …

Stay Relief Is Seldom Granted in Receivership Cases

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, in SEC v. Wencke, 742 F.2d 1230 (9th Cir. 1984), set forth the three factors commonly applied by federal courts in determining whether to lift the stay in a receivership case: (1) whether refusing to lift the stay genuinely preserves the status quo or whether the moving party will …

Receivers’ Fraudulent Transfer Claims Are Not Barred by In Pari Delicto Doctrine: A Survey of Federal and State Court Decisions

A growing list of federal and state courts have determined that fraudulent transfer claims brought by an equity receiver are not barred by the doctrine of in pari delicto. While the following list includes many of the significant and most frequently-cited decisions setting forth or upholding this proposition of law, it is by no means …