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Friday, April 18, 2014



 Dr. Gaytri D. Kachroo 
225R Concord Avenue 
Cambridge, MA 02138 

Telephone (617) 864-0755 
Facsimile (617) 864-1125 

April 17, 2014 



We write to update you with important information regarding customer claims to the Stanford Liquidator in Antigua. As we detailed in our update on March 20, 2014, attached below, the Antiguan Liquidator has recently sent notifications regarding alleged “Preference Payments” to many Stanford investors, including a number of our existing clients.

Time is running out to appeal against the preference payment allegations made by the Liquidator, as KLS needs the time to individually handle each clawback appeal separately. Please be aware that if you do not appeal against the Liquidator’s decision, YOU WILL NOT BE ELIGIBLE FOR ANY DISTRIBUTIONS FROM THE LIQUIDATOR UNLESS YOU PAY THE ALLEGED PREFERENCE PAYMENT. 

Unless you have signed the Stanford Preference Payments engagement letter previously sent to you, KLS cannot represent you in this matter.

As always, should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us. Thank

Very truly yours,

KLS Stanford Team 
Kachroo Legal Services, P.C.

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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Stanford's Ponzi case could mean millions for KC law firm

Kuckelman Torline Kirkland & Lewis has landed a high-profile contract that could net the firm as much as $30 million in legal fees. The Overland Park litigation boutique will continue work that's related Allen Stanford’s $7 billion Ponzi scheme. Stanford was sentenced to 110 years in prison in 2012 for orchestrating one of the world’s largest Ponzi schemes, second only to Bernie Madoff. KTKL will handle litigation against a number of insurance companies in an effort to recover money for the estimated 28,000 people who invested in Stanford’s scheme.

 So far, those victims have had little to no luck recovering their investments. In March, CNBC conducted an exclusive interview with Dallas lawyer Ralph Janvey, the court-appointed receiver in the case. As of that date, Janvey said he had recovered only about $263 million, about half of which had been depleted by expenses.

 Janvey recruited KTKL to handle the insurance litigation, probably because of its partners’ success in handling insurance litigation related to the 9/11 terrorist attacks. In that case, Mike Kuckelman was one of the lead lawyers who helped broker a settlement that recovered $1.2 billion for one of the primary property insurers of the World Trade Center. In the Stanford case,

KTKL will go after insurance policies that had been bought to protect against a variety of losses, including directors and officers insurance and professional indemnity insurance.

 But not everyone was in support of the hire.

 According to its contract, KTKL agreed to work on a contingency fee basis, meaning it will be paid only if it secures a recovery. However, if it does recover money, the firm will receive one-third of all recovered funds.
“The proceeds of the Lloyd’s of London insurance policy, with a face value of $100 million, are one of the last remaining major assets of the (Stanford) estate … ,” one group wrote in opposition to the appointment. “A one-third contingency fee is excessive given the policy amounts and the minimal amount of recovery the Receiver has obtained for investors to date.”

 However, a judge approved the firm’s hire. KTKL will begin work immediately on the case, which is being prosecuted in Dallas. Stanford still denies any wrongdoing and is appealing his sentence.

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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Claw Backs Sought From 329 Brokers Who Worked For Ponzi Schemer

The court-appointed receiver for the defunct Stanford Financial Group has asked the U.S. Supreme Court for help in clawing back money from brokers who worked at the firm.

 The receiver, Ralph Janvey, has been pursuing 329 former Stanford Financial brokers for a total of $215 million in commissions and recruitment bonuses that the brokers got from Stanford Financial.

 Janvey contends the money was derived from the fraudulent sales of CDs and has to be returned.

 Allen Stanford, founder of the firm, was convicted in 2012 on 13 fraud counts involving the loss of $7 billion in investor funds through sales of the CDs.

 The former Stanford brokers have so far forestalled the receiver’s court claim against them, arguing that Janvey must pursue each broker individually in arbitration hearings. The brokers say Stanford agreed to arbitrate disputes.

 Last August, Janvey lost a critical case before the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans, which ruled that he could only pursue claims on behalf of the various Stanford companies, not investors or other Stanford creditors.

 If upheld, the ruling will likely force Janvey to pursue the brokers in Finra-run arbitrations, which could make recovery more difficult.

 In January, Janvey asked the Supreme Court to hear the issue and allow him to represent Stanford investors and other creditors of Stanford.

 The Stanford brokers are opposing the receiver’s petition to the high court. Janvey’s “argument is fundamentally flawed,” the brokers said in a March filing with the Supreme Court, citing what they claim is “an unbroken line of [legal] authority dating back 75 years.”

 Janvey simply wants to avoid arbitration, said Bradley Foster, a lawyer at Andrews Kurth LLP in Dallas, who represents 115 of the brokers.

 “What’s really at stake is the extent to which we are stuck with contracts signed by a Ponzi schemer,” countered Kevin Sadler, a partner at Baker Botts who represents the Stanford receiver. “In our view the receiver is not bound by those [arbitration agreements] and is free to pursue litigation.”

 Separately, the trustee overseeing the Madoff case has also asked the Supreme Court to decide a similar issue about how much power the trustee has to sue third parties.

 The Madoff trustee, Irving Picard, acting on behalf of the SIPC, wants to pursue claims against several big brokerage firms and feeder funds that he claims contributed to the fraud. But a federal appeals court ruling last June limited Picard’s asset recovery to just the Madoff brokerage firm and Madoff’s estate.

 Picard petitioned the high court to hear the case last October, and in January, the court asked the U.S. Solicitor General for an opinion on issues raised in the Madoff case. “It is fortuitous that the same issue has arisen in both the [Stanford] receivership and [Madoff] bankruptcy contexts at roughly the same time, and that this Court may consider and resolve them in tandem,” Janvey told the Supreme Court.

 A decision by the Supreme Court on whether to take up the cases could come within the next few months. 

Due to the nature and complexity of the Stanford fraud, recoveries so far have been minimal. Janvey’s lawsuits against various outside parties like the former Stanford brokers had as of February netted only about $21 million.

 All told, Janvey seeks recovery of $686 million from defendants like the Stanford brokers.

“Asset recovery litigation is difficult, protracted, and expensive,” Janvey wrote in a January update. “Nevertheless, such claims are the single largest potential source of funds which may be recovered for the benefit of Stanford’s victims.”

 Janvey, who has been criticized for spending about half the $263 million he’s recovered so far, told CNBC in March that the ultimate payouts to defrauded

Stanford investors will end up being just “pennies on the dollar.” Stanford was a large firm and costly to close down, Sadler said, and “most of the money was gone” by the time the receiver was appointed.

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Thursday, April 3, 2014

ITALBANK Questions and Answers

I have today spoken to one of the directors of ITALBANK. I am asking all victims that have any questions or problems with the system that the bank have set up for payment to please post your queries on this forum.

I will then get an answer directly from ITALBANK and you will be able to share their answer with all of the other victims via this forum and the blog. Please let other victims know that this forum will be helping you to get the answers you are looking for and we will also get you any help you may need in completing the necessary forms for a payment.

Please keep this posting strictly for questions and answers concerning registration or payments with ITALBANK.

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