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Judge Rakoff Squeezes Strike Zone for Madoff Trustee

Judge Jed S. Rakoff last week largely sided with Fred Wilpon and Saul Katz, the owners of the New York Mets, and their families and affiliated enterprises (the “Wilpon/Katz Group”) on their motion to dismiss the adversary proceeding brought by Irving Picard, the trustee of Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC (“BLMIS”). Judge Rakoff’s decision will … Continue Reading

Mets’ Owners Swing for the Fences Against Madoff Trustee

Fred Wilpon, Saul Katz, and their families and affiliated enterprises (the “Wilpon/Katz Group”) last week formally requested the dismissal of the adversary proceeding commenced by Irving Picard, the trustee of Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC (“BLMIS”). In a two hour hearing before U.S. District Court Judge Jed Rakoff, the Wilpon/Katz Group argued that Picard has … Continue Reading

Looks Like Fred Wilpon Picked the Wrong Week to Quit Drinking

The well known travails of Fred Wilpon, the principal owner of the New York Mets, have all converged this past week. He, his partner Saul Katz and their families and affiliated enterprises (the “Wilpon/Katz Group”) lost several hundred million dollars when Bernard Madoff’s long running Ponzi scheme finally unraveled at the height of the financial crisis … Continue Reading

Madoff Trustee’s Amended Complaint – More Bad Stuff ’bout the Mets (Owners)

Irving Picard, the trustee overseeing the liquidation of Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securites (“BLMIS”), has filed an amended complaint (the “Amended Complaint”) that seeks to buttress his allegations against Fred Wilpon and Saul Katz, the owners of the New York Mets, and their families and affiliated enterprises (the “Wilpon/Katz Group”). Among other things, the Amended Complaint … Continue Reading

Meet the Mess, Cont’d — Former Governor Cuomo Asked to Mediate Madoff Trustee’s Lawsuit Against Mets Owners

Judge Burton Lifland, the bankruptcy judge overseeing the liquidation proceedings of Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC (“BLMIS”) made a shrewd decision last week in appointing, on his own initiative, former Governor Mario Cuomo to act as mediator in the lawsuit brought by Irving Picard, the BLMIS trustee, against Fred Wilpon and Saul Katz, the … Continue Reading

Madoff Trustee vs. the Wilpons – Meet the Mess

Fred Wilpon, the owner of the New York Mets, was a close friend of Bernie Madoff, and it has been generally believed since the outset of the scandal that Wilpon, his family and affiliated enterprises lost hundreds of millions in the great Ponzi scheme. It has also been known that the Wilpon group was a so-called … Continue Reading

District Court Takes on Responsibility of Defining Dischargeable Environmental “Claims”

The ongoing debate about the treatment of cleanup orders in bankruptcy looks to be getting a lot more interesting in the Second Circuit. In a decision (.pdf) that could signal important precedent in the making, the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York granted the government’s motion to withdraw the reference … Continue Reading
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