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Friday, May 1, 2015

Ad Funds Paid to Network Recoverable as Fraudulent Transfer

Fraudulent transfer statutes like the Texas Uniform Fraudulent Transfer Act (TUFTA) generally provide an affirmative defense for transferees who can prove that they accepted a transfer in good faith and gave the debtor "reasonably equivalent value" in return. In the context of a failed Ponzi scheme, this defense may fall short if the goods or services provided by the transferee served to perpetuate the scheme in some way. In Janvey v. Golf Channel, 780 F.3d 641 (5th Cir. 2015), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit considered whether approximately $5.9 million in advertising fees accepted in good faith by the Golf Channel Inc. could be recovered as a fraudulent transfer by the court-appointed receiver of the failed Stanford International Bank Ponzi scheme.

A three-judge panel of the court clarified that the threshold question of whether "value" was given under TUFTA must be answered from the standpoint of creditors, rather than from a market perspective, and held that "services furthering a debtor's Ponzi scheme provide no value to the debtor's creditors" as a matter of law. Accordingly, the court rejected Golf Channel's affirmative defense, reversed the district court's dismissal of the receiver's complaint, and rendered judgment in favor of the receiver....................

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