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REID COLLINS FEATURED IN NATIONAL LAW JOURNAL’S SPECIAL REPORT

Reid Collins is honored to be featured in The National Law Journal’s Special Report for our win in the bankruptcy category at the 2019 Elite Trial Lawyers awards earlier this year. This accolade recognizes U.S. based law firms that have performed cutting edge work on behalf of plaintiffs. This latest honor comes as Reid Collins celebrates its 10th anniversary and marks one of the most successful years in its history.
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REID RECOGNIZED AS A “TRAILBLAZER” BY TEXAS LAWYER

Reid Collins is thrilled to announce that William T. Reid, IV, a founding partner of the firm, has been recognized by Texas Lawyer in its inaugural Trailblazers series. This series spotlights individuals that are sincerely innovators and thought leaders in their practice.
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Eight Reid Collins partners named to the 2019 Lawdragon 500 Leading Plaintiff Financial Lawyers in America

Reid Collins is pleased to announce that eight of its attorneys have been named to the Lawdragon 500 Leading Plaintiff Financial Lawyers in America for 2019. This Guide, first published in 2007, presents a curated look at the best of the U.S. plaintiff bar who specialize in representing individual investors and shareholders, as well as businesses and other organizations harmed by corporate misconduct or other failures. Congratulations to Bill Reid, Jason Collins, Lisa Tsai, Eric Madden, Rachel Fleishman, Joshua Bruckerhoff, Nathaniel Palmer, and Craig Boneau.

Reid Collins Partner Rachel Fleishman Moderated Panel at the Benchmark Women in Litigation Forum in New York City

Rachel Fleishman moderated a panel on “Managing Complex Litigation for Successful Outcomes” at the Benchmark Litigation Women in Litigation Forum in New York City on September 17th. The panel addressed risk assessment, cost management strategies, alternative fee arrangements, mediation and arbitration as alternatives to litigation, and communicating with in-house counsel and stakeholders.
See event here.

REID COLLINS FILES $300 MILLION LAWSUIT AGAINST FORMER OFFICERS AND DIRECTORS OF AEGEAN MARINE PETROLEUM NETWORK

On September 12, 2019, Reid Collins filed suit in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York against former officers and directors of Aegean Marine Petroleum Network, Inc. (“Aegean”) on behalf of the Aegean Litigation Trust. The suit alleges breach of fiduciary claims against Aegean’s former officers and directors arising out of the gross negligence and bad faith of those officers and directors in allowing Aegean’s former CEO Dimitris Melisanidis to plunder more than $300 million from Aegean, ultimately leading to Aegean’s financial destruction.
Read complaint here.

REID COLLINS PARTNER SPEAKS AT ADVANCED BUSINESS VALUATION CONFERENCE

On August 26, 2019, Angela Somers spoke at the American Society of Appraisers, Joint ASA 2019 Advanced Business Valuation and International Appraisers Conference in New York City. The Conference presented the views of thought leaders, academics and service providers on new trends/innovation and best practices. Ms. Somers’ session, entitled “Valuation in Litigation: Destruction of the Company Damages” addressed issues involved in retrospective valuations. The presentation addressed equipment valuation as well as business valuations used to measure damages caused to a destroyed business.

REID COLLINS FILES AMICUS BRIEF IN TEXAS SUPREME COURT

On September 11, 2019, Reid Collins filed an amicus brief for the National Association of Bankruptcy Trustees in an appeal pending before the Texas Supreme Court related to the $7 billion Ponzi scheme perpetrated by Allen Stanford and Stanford International Bank. The Court is addressing a certified question—at the request of the Fifth Circuit—regarding the “good faith” defense under the Texas Uniform Fraudulent Transfer Act. Specifically, the Court is considering whether a transferee who is aware of suspicious circumstances, but does nothing to investigate those suspicions, may later avail itself of a “good faith” defense by arguing that an investigation would have been futile. The answer to this question will have a significant effect on fraudulent transfer litigation, not only in Texas, but also in other jurisdictions around the country.
See brief here.

REID COLLINS PARTNER SPEAKS AT ABI’S SOUTHWEST CONFERENCE

Eric Madden recently spoke at the Southwest Bankruptcy Conference hosted by the American Bankruptcy Institute. He spoke as part of a panel presentation entitled “Commercial Workshop on Evidence,” which addressed best practices and evidentiary issues regarding the testimony of expert witnesses.

BENCHMARK LITIGATION HONORS REID COLLINS ATTORNEYS

Reid Collins is pleased to announce that Benchmark Litigation has named Joshua Bruckerhoff, Brandon Lewis, and Nate Palmer to its annual 40 & Under Hot List. Compiled by the only publication dedicated exclusively to identifying elite litigation attorneys, the list recognizes the most notable up-and-coming trial lawyers in the United States.
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REID COLLINS LAWYERS NAMED TO BEST LAWYERS IN AMERICA

Bill Reid, Lisa Tsai, and Eric Madden were selected again this year for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® for 2020. Selection to this group is based on an exhaustive peer-review evaluation. The methodology is designed to capture, as accurately as possible, the consensus opinion of leading lawyers about the professional abilities of their colleagues within the same geographical area and legal practice area.
See profile here.

Reid Collins Defeats Second Attempt to Dismiss $100 Million Fraud and Trade Secrets Suit

On August 7, 2019, Reid Collins defeated a second attempt by Pearl Energy and AVAD to dismiss a $100 million case involving claims for fraud and theft of trade secrets. The suit asserts that despite entering into a non-disclosure agreement, the defendants misused the plaintiffs’ trade secrets and confidential information in order to short-circuit the due-diligence and bid process for an oil and gas property, ultimately purchasing it out from under the plaintiffs.
In August 2018, Reid Collins successfully defeated a motion to dismiss the claims under the TCPA -Texas’s Anti-SLAPP legislation – brought by defendants Billy Quinn, Pearl Energy Investment Management, LLC., Pearl Energy Investments, L.P., and Pearl’s portfolio company AVAD Energy Partners, LLC. The defendants then appealed the trial court’s ruling to the Dallas Court of Appeals. The Court of Appeals affirmed the trial court’s decision, holding that the TCPA does not apply to plaintiffs’ claims. Having now survived two attempts at dismissal, all of the claims will now proceed to discovery.

Reid Collins Defeats Demurrer Seeking to Dismiss $100 Million Breach of Fiduciary Duty Case

On August 7, 2019, Reid Collins defeated a demurrer filed by Levine Leichtman Capital Partners and the former directors and officers of Pacific World Corporation that sought to avoid over $100 million in liability for defendants’ breaches of fiduciary duty. The claims arose in connection with the defendants’ orchestration of an over $200 million dividend recap transaction that lined their own pockets at Pacific World’s expense. In overruling the demurrer, the Court rejected defendants’ arguments that the claims were untimely and that the company lacked standing to pursue its claims under the Bangor Punta doctrine, which denies stockholders the right to seek damages from former directors for corporate mismanagement. Discovery in the case is ongoing.

REID COLLINS OBTAINS CHAPTER 15 RECOGNITION FOR WHITE OAK FUNDS

On July 19, 2019, the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of California recognized the White Oak Funds’ liquidation proceedings in the Cayman Islands as foreign main proceedings. The White Oak Funds are Cayman Islands exempted limited liability entities. In addition to recognition, the Court granted several forms of additional relief to assist the White Oak Funds’ Joint Official Liquidators.

REID COLLINS WINS 2019 ELITE TRIAL LAWYERS BANKRUPTCY AWARD

Reid Collins is honored to have won the bankruptcy category of the National Law Journal’s 2019 Elite Trial Lawyers awards. This accolade recognizes U.S. based law firms that have performed cutting edge work on behalf of plaintiffs. It follows the National Law Journal’s recognition of William T. Reid, IV – one of the firm’s founding partners – as a Plaintiffs’ Lawyers Trailblazer earlier this year.
This latest honor comes as Reid Collins celebrates its 10th anniversary and marks one of the most successful years in its history.
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REID COLLINS WINS KEY RULING DENYING PROVIDENCE HEALTH & J.A. THOMAS‘S MOTION TO DISMISS CORE QUI TAM CLAIMS EXCEEDING $188 MILLION

In a key ruling on July 16th, the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California denied motions to dismiss core qui tam claims against Providence Health and J.A. Thomas brought by Reid Collins client Integra Med Analytics LLC alleging that the hospital group and its clinical documentation improvement consultant caused over $188 million in false claims to be submitted to Medicare in violation of the False Claims Act through systematic upcoding of encephalopathy, respiratory failure, and severe malnutrition.
See Decision here.

REID COLLINS NAMED AS A FINALIST FOR “2019 ELITE TRIAL LAWYERS” BY THE NATIONAL LAW JOURNAL

Reid Collins is thrilled to have been named a finalist in the bankruptcy category for the National Law Journal’s “2019 Elite Trial Lawyers.” Editors and reporters from ALM and The National Law Journal reviewed more than 300 submissions across more than 20 categories to arrive at this list. This would not be possible without our incredible team’s dedication and success in cutting edge work on behalf of plaintiffs.
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Reid Collins WINS DECISIVE TRIAL VICTORY IN DELAWARE CHANCERY COURT

Reid Collins has won a major victory in the Delaware Court of Chancery ordering dissolution of Inspirion Delivery Sciences, LLC (“IDS”), a company that developed a promising technology to make opioid painkilling medications more difficult to abuse. RCT brought the lawsuit on behalf of Founder Ray DiFalco to dissolve the company in September 2018 and proceeded to trial within three months.
In his May 17, 2019, decision, Chancellor Andre G. Bouchard resolved all four claims tried in a December 2018 bench trial in favor of RCT’s client and ordered the extraordinary remedy of dissolution. RCT’s clients, Ray DiFalco and Manish Shah, developed IDS’ promising technology, which makes opioid painkilling medications more difficult to abuse, and formed a company with the defendant. IDS holds the patents to the abuse-deterrent technology. The founders of IDS came to “loggerheads over issues of fundamental importance” to the Company, Chancellor Bouchard wrote. RCT’s client sought dissolution of IDS to free the intellectual property from the dysfunction and discord at IDS. Chancellor Bouchard ruled a liquidating trustee should be appointed for IDS within five days. RCT and its clients are hopeful that this ruling will facilitate development of new products using the technology, thereby helping to solve the opioid crisis currently plaguing this country. “This is an important victory for our client that will hopefully free up the technology so desperately needed to help those affected by the opioid epidemic,” said William T. Reid, IV lead counsel and co-founder of Reid Collins & Tsai. “We’re grateful that this court took the rare step of ordering a dissolution of the dysfunctional company.”
Read the decision here.

RCT FILES SUIT SEEKING OVER $500 MILLION FROM STERLING PARTNERS ON BEHALF OF THE ADEPTUS LITIGATION TRUST

On May 17, 2019, RCT filed suit in the Delaware Court of Chancery against entities and individuals affiliated with Chicago-based private equity firm Sterling Partners on behalf of the Adeptus Litigation Trust. The suit alleges breach of fiduciary duty of loyalty that Sterling Partners owed as a controlling stockholder, unjust enrichment, and aiding and abetting breaches of fiduciary duty. The Adeptus Litigation Trust is the successor-in-interest to Adeptus Health, Inc. (“Adeptus”), a publicly traded operator of free-standing emergency rooms that filed for bankruptcy in April 2017. The suit alleges that, not long before Adeptus’s bankruptcy, Sterling Partners obtained $566.5 million in connection with offerings of Adeptus stock and Adeptus’s purchase of limited liability company units from Sterling in self-dealing transactions, constituting a windfall. Certain former Adeptus officers and directors are also named as defendants in the suit.
Read complaint here.

RCT FILES SUIT SEEKING OVER $50 MILLION IN DAMAGES FROM FORMER OFFICERS OF FIRST CHOICE ER, LLC ON BEHALF OF THE ADEPTUS LITIGATION TRUST

On May 17, 2019, RCT filed suit in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas against former officers of First Choice ER, LLC (“FCER”) on behalf of the Adeptus Litigation Trust. The suit alleges breach of fiduciary duty claims against former officers of FCER. The claims arise out of the officers’ alleged gross negligence and bad faith in causing FCER to advance over $100 million to backstop losses of joint venture entities, despite the lack of any obligation to cover those losses.
Read complaint here.

RCT FILES SUPREME COURT BRIEF TO DEFEND $380 MILLION JUDGMENT AGAINST CREDIT SUISSE

On May 3, 2019, RCT filed a response brief in the Texas Supreme Court on behalf of Claymore Holdings to defend its $380 million fraud and breach of contract judgment against Credit Suisse. To this point, Credit Suisse has lost this dispute three times—before a jury that found Credit Suisse fraudulently induced Claymore, before a trial court that found Credit Suisse materially breached its contractual obligations, and before the Texas Court of Appeals that affirmed the judgment in its entirety. Credit Suisse’s petition represents a last-ditch effort to avoid paying Claymore and its defrauded investors who have been waiting for redress for nearly 12 years. But as Claymore argues in its response, the unanimous decision by the Texas Court of Appeals, which applied longstanding New York substantive law, and enforced the plain and unambiguous terms of the underlying agreement, does not warrant review by the Texas Supreme Court.

REID RECOGNIZED AS A “TRAILBLAZER” BY THE NATIONAL LAW JOURNAL

RCT is thrilled to announce that William T. Reid, IV, a founding partner of the firm, has been recognized by the National Law Journal in its Plaintiffs’ Lawyers Trailblazers series. This series spotlights “a handful of individuals . . . that are truly agents of change” on the plaintiffs’ side of the docket.
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RCT Revives Billion Dollar Fraudulent Transfer Suit in In Re Boston Generating

The BosGen Liquidating Trustee engaged RCT to pursue over $1 billion in fraudulent transfer claims that have been pending for over seven years in the Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York. The claims were presumed dead as a result of the application of the section 546(e) safe harbor. Using its experience from Merit Management and other fraudulent transfer cases, RCT thoroughly analyzed the transactions in light of recent developments in the law and repleaded the claims to avoid the section 546(e) defense. On Thursday April 25, 2019, Judge Wiles of the SDNY granted RCT’s motion for leave to amend the complaint, which now sets up a motion to dismiss battle. With prejudgment interest the value of this case now exceeds $2 billion. RCT is, once again, on the cutting edge of the law concerning the pursuit of complicated fraudulent transfer claims.
See Third Amended Complaint here.

MADDEN ELECTED TO AMERICAN BANKRUPTCY INSTITUTE’S BOARD OF DIRECTORS

RCT is pleased to announce that Eric Madden, a partner in the firm’s Dallas office, has been elected to the American Bankruptcy Institute’s board of directors, where he will serve a three-year term. Madden is a long-standing member of the ABI, and this new role is the culmination of those many years of service. His election was announced in April 2019 at the ABI’s annual meeting in Washington, DC. The ABI is the nation’s largest association of bankruptcy professionals, with over 12,000 members.
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R. Adam Swick speaks at the GRR Live Offshore Conference in Grand Cayman

R. Adam Swick, Partner at Reid Collins & Tsai LLP, recently spoke as a panelist at the GRR Live Conference on March 12, 2019.
Adam’s panel discussed recent developments on COMI. The session included interviews with lawyers and other professionals who worked on cases involving COMI determinations about how decisions were taken, drawing out the dynamics and pressure at work behind the scenes.
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RCT Tries Dissolution Case Involving Inspirion Delivery Sciences LLC (IDS)

RCT recently tried a case to dissolve IDS to the Delaware Chancery Court. IDS holds a patent to technology that gives abuse deterrent characteristics to common opioid painkillers. The FDA has approved two such products thus far, including the only immediate release abuse deterrent opioid product approved by the FDA to date. Unfortunately, deadlock and governance dysfunction within IDS have crippled the company and no progress has been made on new product development. By dissolving IDS, RCT’s client, the innovator of the technology, hopes to get the promising technology back on track to help solve the opioid crisis and maximize value for IDS’s investors.

RCT FILES $500 MILLION LEGAL MALPRACTICE SUIT AGAINST REED SMITH

On December 21, 2018, RCT filed suit in the New York Supreme Court against Reed Smith LLP on behalf of the Cayman Islands liquidators of the Bear Stearns Funds. The suit alleges legal malpractice, breach of fiduciary duty, and breach of contract claims seeking over $500 million of damages. The claims arise out of, inter alia, Reed Smith’s failure to meet the statute of limitations in a lawsuit it filed on behalf of the liquidators against the credit-rating agencies.
See complaint here.

RCT FILES SUIT ON BEHALF OF KAINOS CAPITAL CO-FOUNDER SARAH BRADLEY

On January 25, 2019, RCT filed suit in Delaware Chancery Court on behalf of Kainos Capital co-founder Sarah A. Bradley against Andrew Rosen, Robert Sperry, David Knickel, and Kainos Capital LP. The suit alleges, inter alia, fraud and breach of fiduciary duty claims seeking millions of dollars of damages and the return of Ms. Bradley’s 25% interest in the fund manager.
See complaint and exhibits here.
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RCT FILES $42 MILLION FRAUDULENT TRANSFER ACTION AGAINST SUN CAPITAL

On January 17, 2019, RCT filed a fraudulent transfer action in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida on behalf of the liquidating trustee for the Limited Stores Company (d/b/a “The Limited”), which operated hundreds of mall-based women’s apparel stores throughout the country. In this action, the trustee seeks to recover $42 million in highly leveraged dividends paid to several affiliates of Sun Capital, a large Florida-based private equity firm.
See complaint here.

RCT NAMED AS A FINALIST FOR 2019 PLAINTIFF FIRM OF THE YEAR

RCT has been named as one of five finalists for 2019 Plaintiff Firm of the Year by Benchmark Litigation, a leading guide to litigation firms and attorneys in the United States and Canada. The winner will be announced at a ceremony in New York on February 28, 2019.
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RCT PARTNER FEATURED ON SHOW ANALYZING LATEST JUDICIAL OPINIONS

On November 27, 2018, Eric Madden was featured as a guest on “Eye on Bankruptcy,” a monthly online show analyzing the latest judicial opinions. He appeared alongside Professor Charles Tabb (University of Illinois College of Law) and Judge Michelle Harner (Bankr. D. Md.). They discussed various judicial opinions, including recent opinions addressing the Ponzi presumption and the mere conduit defense in fraudulent transfer litigation.
See video here.

RCT DEFEATS MOTION TO DISMISS IN $500 MILLION CASE AGAINST EVANS-FREKE, MAYO, AND CELTIC

On November 15, 2018, RCT defeated the motions to dismiss filed by defendants Stephen Evans-Freke, John Mayo, and their Celtic group of entities. The motions sought to avoid liability for the fraud and breach of contract claims asserted by plaintiffs, a group of funds managed by Highland Capital Management. The court rejected both the personal jurisdiction and merits-based defenses asserted by defendants. Plaintiffs’ suit asserts that Evans-Freke, Mayo, and their companies breached their obligations to pay principal and interest due on notes purchased by plaintiffs and issued by one of defendants’ shell companies. Plaintiffs also assert that Evans-Freke and Mayo used the Celtic corporate structure to bleed out the assets of the issuing entity and the related guarantors in an attempt to ensure plaintiffs could not recover the payment due on the notes. Plaintiffs seek to recover over $500 million owed on the notes. The case will now proceed into discovery.

RCT PARTNER SPEAKS ON IN-HOUSE COUNSEL AS WITNESSES

On November 15, 2018, Eric Madden spoke at the 37th Annual Jay L. Westbrook Bankruptcy Conference, which was sponsored by the University of Texas School of Law. His presentation was entitled “In the Hot Seat: Use of In-House Counsel as Witnesses.”

RCT Profiled in LawDragon Article

RCT was recently profiled in a special article by LawDragon, a legal media company that publishes a well-known list of the nation’s leading lawyers. In the article, RCT was described as “the special forces unit of high-stakes, complex commercial litigation.”
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RCT FILES $300 MILLION SHAREHOLDER DERIVATIVE ACTION IN NEW YORK STATE COURT

On July 19, 2018, RCT filed a shareholder derivative action in New York state court on behalf of Renren, Inc., against Joseph Chen, its CEO, Chairman, and largest shareholder, and David Chao, one of its directors. The complaint asserts claims for, among other things, breach of fiduciary duty in connection with Renren’s spin-off of its most valuable assets to a private company owned and controlled by Chen, Chao, and other insiders for far less than fair market value. The complaint seeks to recover more than $300 million in damages.

BENCHMARK LITIGATION NAMES REID A TOP 100 TRIAL LAWYER IN AMERICA

William T. Reid IV has been named both a “Top 100 Trial Lawyer in America” and a “Litigation Star” in the 2019 edition of Benchmark Litigation. In addition, Eric D. Madden has been named as “Future Litigation Star” by Benchmark Litigation. A leading guide to litigation firms and attorneys in the United States and Canada, Benchmark Litigation determines rankings through detailed peer reviews and case examinations.
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RCT NAMED A TOP 10 PLAINTIFFS FIRM AND TOP 20 TRIAL FIRM BY BENCHMARK LITIGATION

RCT is pleased to announce that it has been named a “Top 10 Plaintiffs Firm in America” and a “Top 20 Trial Firm in America” in the 2019 edition of Benchmark Litigation. A leading guide to litigation firms and attorneys in the United States and Canada, Benchmark Litigation determines rankings through detailed peer reviews and case examinations.
See announcement here

RCT DEFEATS CHALLENGE TO WORLD MARKETING LAWSUIT

On September 26, 2018, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois ruled in favor of RCT’s client, the World Marketing Liquidating Trust, by denying a motion to dismiss malpractice claims against the debtor’s former counsel related to its failure to advise the debtor to provide notice under the WARN Act before terminating over 300 employees located in several states. The court’s opinion addresses important issues related to the Barton Doctrine, as well as claim and issue preclusion. See Newman v. Crane, Heyman, Simon, Welch & Clar, — F. Supp. 3d —, 2018 WL 4616349 (N.D. Ill. Sept. 26, 2018).
See story here

RCT FEATURED IN THE NEW YORK TIMES AND REUTERS RELATED TO $360 MILLION TRIAL WIN

On July 11, 2018, RCT was featured in The New York Times and Reuters stories entitled “Credit Suisse Nears $360 Million Deadline in Fraud Suit Built on a Hunch.” The stories focus on RCT’s successful and innovative representation of Dallas-based hedge fund Highland Capital Management, who aggressively pursued legal action against Credit Suisse Group AG, which arranged the financing and appraisals for the high-end property development Lake Las Vegas that collapsed during the 2008 financial crisis.
See story here.

RCT DEFEATS TCPA MOTION TO DISMISS $100 MILLION IN FRAUD AND CONTRACT CLAIMS

On August 10, 2018, RCT defeated, in their entirety, the motions to dismiss filed pursuant to the Texas Citizens Participation Act by Pearl Energy Investment Management, LLC, Pearl Energy Investments, L.P., Pearl’s principal Billy Quinn, and Pearl’s investment partner AVAD Energy Partners, LLC. Plaintiffs’ claims that the Pearl entities, Billy Quinn, and AVAD defrauded them, misused their confidential information, and breached a NDA all to steal a deal for the purchase of an oil and gas property will now proceed into discovery. Plaintiffs seek to recover the damages caused by Pearl’s, Quinn’s, and AVAD’s conduct, which are in excess of $100 million.

BENCHMARK LITIGATION HONORS FOUR RCT ATTORNEYS

RCT is pleased to announce that Benchmark Litigation has named Joshua Bruckerhoff, Brandon Lewis, Nate Palmer, and Greg Schwegmann to its annual 40 & Under Hot List. Compiled by the only publication dedicated exclusively to identifying elite litigation attorneys, the list recognizes the most notable up-and-coming trial lawyers in the United States.
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RCT FILES $500 MILLION SUIT AGAINST CELTIC GROUP OF COMPANIES

On May 18, 2018, RCT filed an amended complaint in the Supreme Court of New York on behalf of affiliates of Highland Capital Management, L.P. against Stephen Evans-Freke, John Mayo, and a group of entities they created. The complaint asserts claims for, among other things, breach of contract for defaulting on notes issued by one of the Celtic entities and guaranteed by a number of the other Celtic entities. The complaint alleges that Stephen Evans-Freke and John Mayo used their web of Celtic entities to reduce the assets available to satisfy the notes, which were due in 2012 and remain unpaid, and that they are liable for the debt owed by their entities as alter egos. The suit seeks to recover both the principal and interest owed on the notes, totaling over $500 million.

RCT WINS APPEAL IN THE NINTH CIRCUIT

On June 6, 2018, the Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit reversed the District Court’s dismissal of RCT client ChinaCast Education Corporation’s claims against two individuals that directly benefited from the unlawful sale over 2.4 million shares of stock stolen from the company. The Ninth Circuit remanded the case back to the District Court for further proceedings allowing ChinaCast to continue to pursue its claims for over $17 million in damages against Defendants.
See decision here.

RCT ARGUES AGAINST ISSUANCE OF EXTRATERRITORIAL INJUNCTION IN OCEAN RIG’S CHAPTER 15 CASE

On June 6, 2018 Bill Reid and Craig Boneau argued to Chief Justice Ingram of the High Court of the Marshall Islands that their clients’ claims should survive defendants’ motion to dismiss. The claims assert that defendants, including George Economou and a group of his companies, received hundreds of millions of dollars in fraudulent conveyances while Ocean Rig UDW was a Marshall Islands company. The Court has asked for additional briefing and set the matter for further argument on August 29, 2017.
Listen to argument: Part 1 | Part 2

RCT ADDS INSOLVENCY LITIGATION PARTNER MICHAEL YODER

Michael Yoder has joined RCT as a partner assigned to the Dallas office. Michael, who earned his J.D., cum laude, from Harvard Law School in 2006, has extensive experience representing bankruptcy trustees, litigation trustees, and similar clients, in pursuing claims against directors and officers, law firms, banks, auditors, and other third parties, for fraudulent transfers, professional malpractice, breach of fiduciary duty, and other business torts.

RCT Recognized as a Top Litigation Firm by Chambers USA

RCT is pleased to announce that it has been ranked as a top litigation firm in the 2018 edition of Chambers USA, a well-known guide to the leading lawyers and law firms in the United States. In addition, Bill Reid has been ranked in the 2018 guide as a leading lawyer in the field of general commercial litigation. Rankings are based on interviews with lawyers and clients, as well as extensive independent research.

RCT Defeats Challenge to $1 Billion Lawsuit

On March 27, 2018, the U.S. District Court for the District of New Hampshire ruled in favor of RCT’s client, the GTAT Litigation Trust, by denying a motion to dismiss its $1 billion lawsuit against certain officers of GT Advanced Technologies Inc., a former publicly traded company, related to its failed contract with Apple. That failed contract resulted not only in the company’s bankruptcy, but also a series of criminal and regulatory investigations regarding its sudden demise.
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RCT FILES $100 MILLION OIL AND GAS SUIT FOR MISUSE OF CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION.

On March 2, 2018, RCT filed a lawsuit in Dallas County on behalf of Gravitas Resources Corp. and Alan Pinto against Pearl Energy Investment Management, LLC, Pearl Energy Investments, L.P., Pearl’s principal William Quinn, Pearl’s investment partner AVAD Energy Partners, LLC, and Anadarko Petroleum Corp. for the misuse of Gravitas’s trade secrets and confidential information related to an oil and gas property. RCT alleges that, despite an NDA governing the shared information, Pearl and its partner AVAD used Gravitas’s information to short-circuit the due-diligence and bid process and usurped Gravitas’s deal with Anadarko to purchase the property, all with Anadarko’s full knowledge. The suit seeks to recover a minimum of $100 million in losses incurred by plaintiffs as a result of defendants’ conduct.

RCT WINS LANDMARK DECISION IN THE U.S. SUPREME COURT

On February 27, 2018, the United States Supreme Court unanimously affirmed the Seventh Circuit’s holding in Merit Management Group v. FTI Consulting, Inc., restricting the scope of the “safe harbor” defense under section 546(e) of the Bankruptcy Code. This decision preserved RCT’s victory in the Seventh Circuit, and overturned long-standing and expansive interpretations of the defense by five circuit courts.
See decision here .

RCT Wins Appeal Affirming $287 Million Judgment Against Credit Suisse

On February 21, 2018, the Texas Court of Appeals affirmed a $287.5 million judgment in favor of RCT’s client, an affiliate of Highland Capital Management, LP, against Credit Suisse AG and Credit Suisse Securities (USA), LLC. The judgment relates to claims against Credit Suisse for fraud and breach of contract in connection with a grossly inflated appraisal for a $540 million loan to the developers of the Lake Las Vegas resort. The judgment is subject to post-judgment interest, which has already accrued to nearly $64 million.
See story here.

RCT Obtains $23.6 Million Settlement of Fraudulent Transfer Claims Against Banks

On November 16, 2017, the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Illinois approved a global settlement between Central Grocers, Inc., the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors, and a group of six lenders, including PNC Bank, Bank of America, and U.S. Bank. RCT represented the Committee in pursuing fraudulent transfer claims against the lenders related to certain pre-petition liens obtained in the months leading up to bankruptcy. RCT secured a settlement of those claims in exchange for a cash payment and other consideration valued at more than $23.6 million.
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RCT Wins Acquittal in Pro Bono Federal Bribery Case

On December 19, 2017, after a hard-fought, seven-day trial, RCT won an acquittal on all counts in a federal bribery case against Olga Hernandez, a former San Antonio ISD trustee. After learning the underlying facts of this case, RCT agreed to represent Ms. Hernandez on a pro bono basis. RCT’s trial team included Bill Reid and Brandon Lewis. This was the first criminal defense case that Mr. Reid, a former federal prosecutor, has undertaken since leaving the U.S. Attorney’s Office more than 17 years ago.
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See Bill’s closing argument here.

RCT ARGUES AGAINST THE ISSUANCE OF AN EXTRATERRITORIAL INJUNCTION IN OCEAN RIG’S CHAPTER 15 CASE

On November 16, 2017, RCT argued to the SDNY Bankruptcy Court that Ocean Rig’s attempt to use Section 1521 of the Bankruptcy Code to obtain an injunction preventing Highland Capital Management from pursuing $74 million in fraudulent transfer claims in the Republic of the Marshall Islands should fail. Ocean Rig’s motion implicates a novel application of Chapter 15 and RCT’s response challenges Ocean Rig’s indirect attack on RMI jurisdiction as an improper use of Chapter 15. The Court has not yet issued its ruling.
See briefing here

RCT Handles Landmark Case Before U.S. Supreme Court

On November 6, 2017, the United States Supreme Court heard argument in Merit Management v. FTI Consulting, Inc., to resolve a circuit split about whether section 546(e) of the Bankruptcy Code bars a trustee from avoiding securities-related transfers that merely pass through a bank, but where neither the debtor nor the transferee is an entity protected by the statute. Five circuit courts have held that it does. RCT, however, convinced the Seventh Circuit to reject the opinions of those courts, thereby creating a circuit split to be resolved by the Supreme Court.
See transcript here | analysis

Reid Defends $287.5 Million Judgment in Dallas Court of Appeals

On October 18, 2017, the Dallas Court of Appeals heard oral argument in Claymore Holdings, LLC v. Credit Suisse, AG, et al. Arguing on behalf of Claymore, RCT Partner Bill Reid asked the appellate court to uphold the fraud and breach of contract findings below and affirm the $287.5 million trial judgment against Credit Suisse.
A recording of the argument can be found here.

RCT Files Suit in the Republic of the Marshall Islands to Recover $74 Million Fraudulently Transferred from Ocean Rig UDW, Inc.

On August 31, 2017, RCT filed a lawsuit in the Marshall Islands on behalf of affiliates of Highland Capital Management, L.P. against George Economou, his nephew, Antonios Kandylidis, and a number of entities controlled by Economou – DryShips Inc., Ocean Rig Investments, Inc., TMS Offshore Services Ltd., Sifnos Shareholders, Inc., and Agon Shipping Inc. As alleged in the complaint, Economou and the other defendants received over a $100 million in fraudulent transfers from Ocean Rig UDW, Inc. The suit seeks to claw back $74 million of those transfers.

RCT PARTNER TO SPEAK ON LITIGATION AND TRIAL ETHICS

Eric Madden will speak at the 37th Annual Midwestern Bankruptcy Conference, which is sponsored by the American Bankruptcy Institute, on October 27, 2017. He will speak as part of a panel presentation, along with a senior bankruptcy judge, entitled “Litigators Behaving Badly: Ethics and Trial Tactics.”

RCT Files $1 Billion Lawsuit Related to Failed Apple Deal

On April 19, 2017, RCT filed a $1 billion lawsuit against the officers of GT Advanced Technologies Inc., a former publicly traded company, related to its failed contract with Apple, which resulted in the company’s bankruptcy and a series of criminal and regulatory investigations regarding the company’s sudden demise.
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RCT Secures $21.5 Million Settlement of D&O and Fraudulent Transfer Claims

On April 27, 2017, the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware approved a global settlement among Fresh & Easy, LLC, its former insiders, and the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors. RCT represented the Committee in pursuing claims against the insiders—including billionaire supermarket magnate Ronald Burkle—for breach of fiduciary duty and fraudulent transfer of certain assets. After obtaining a temporary restraining order preventing the insiders from further disposing of the assets, RCT secured a settlement of those claims in exchange for a $21.5 million cash payment and the release of $104 million of insider claims against the estate, thereby doubling the projected distributions to unsecured creditors in the case.
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RCT BRINGS CLASS ACTION AGAINST ADVOCARE

Reid Collins Tsai has filed a class action lawsuit alleging an over $100 million fraud against Advocare International, LP and its high-level promotors. Advocare is a company that sells shakes, nutritional supplements, and powdered energy drinks. The lawsuit alleges that Advocare operates an illegal pyramid scheme by focusing not on selling products to retail customers, but on endlessly recruiting participants who purchase Advocare products at wholesale prices on an ongoing basis in exchange for the right to receive compensation for recruiting other participants to do the same. According to the lawsuit, Advocare entices people to participate in the scheme with the prospect of large financial rewards when, in fact, hardly any participants make money, the vast majority lose money, and the vast majority of money paid to participants comes from other participants, not retail customers. The claims made in the complaint, brought on behalf of individuals who lost money participating in the scheme, allege that Advocare’s operation as a pyramid scheme violates both state and federal law, including the Racketeer Influenced & Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act.
The lawsuit (Case No. 3:17-cv-00691-B) was filed in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas by RCT partners Adam Swick and Ben King. If you have lost money selling Advocare products and would like more information, please fill out the information below and someone will contact you.
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Plaintiffs Firm Touts Texas-Sized Bonuses to Top Cravath

Reid Collins & Tsai, a small trial firm based in Austin, has paid merit bonuses to associates and junior partners ranging up to $229,000 in 2016, exceeding both the big-firm market rate for year-end bonuses set by Cravath, Swaine & Moore and the higher bonuses paid by another Texas litigation firm, Susman Godfrey.
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RCT Named as 2016 Elite Trial Lawyers by National Law Journal

The National Law Journal has selected RCT as 2016 Elite Trial Lawyers in the category of financial institutions litigation. Each year, the NLJ recognizes law firms that achieved high-dollar recoveries for their clients and performed the most creative and significant plaintiff’s work. RCT is proud to be honored among 35 law firms in the country across nine separate categories of plaintiff’s work. To qualify, each law firm was required to have at least one significant win in the prior year and possess an impressive track record of wins within the past three to five years. A “significant win” means prevailing in a bench or jury trial or in a major public settlement where the stakes were high.
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ABI Journal Publishes Article by RCT Partners

The ABI Journal recently published the article, Circuit Split Deepens on Scope of § 546(e) by Recognizing Limits on the Application of the Safe Harbor, written by RCT partners Josh Bruckerhoff and Greg Schwegmann. The article describes RCT’s recent victory before the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals in which the Seventh Circuit held that the § 546(e) safe harbor only applies where the debtor or the transferee-defendant is one of protected entities listed in the statute.
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RCT OBTAINS $212 MILLION JUDGMENT ON BEHALF OF INVESTMENT FUNDS

On August 29, 2016, RCT won a $212 million judgment on behalf of four offshore investment funds and a Massachusetts pension fund against Alphonse Fletcher Jr. and Fletcher Asset Management Co. in New York State Supreme Court. RCT’s clients asserted contract and various tort claims against Mr. Fletcher and his wholly owned management company for their mismanagement of the offshore funds.

RCT Wins Landmark Bankruptcy Decision in the Seventh Circuit

The Seventh Circuit overturned the dismissal of a $16.5 million fraudulent-transfer action under section 546(e) of the Bankruptcy Code in FTI Consulting v. Merit Management. The Seventh Circuit rejected the opinions of five other Circuit Courts of Appeal to hold that the section 546(e) safe harbor only applies where the debtor or the transferee-defendant is one of protected entities listed in the statute. This opinion opens additional avenues in the Seventh Circuit for trustees to seek recoveries on behalf of creditors. RCT represents FTI, in its capacity as a litigation trustee, in the action.
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Law360: Trial Pros: Reid Collins’ Bill Reid (Q & A)

William T. Reid IV is a founding member of Reid Collins & Tsai LLP, which is a 28-lawyer contingency fee commercial plaintiff’s trial firm. Reid has tried a wide range of cases to verdict before judges and juries over the course of his 24-year legal career. From 1997-2000, Bill served an assistant U.S. attorney general, where he focused on complex drug and corruption prosecutions, trying 25 cases to verdict (and getting 24 convictions). Since returning to private practice, Reid has made the NLJ top-100 jury verdicts for his plaintiff clients on several occasions…
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RCT Partner Speaks at ABI’s Annual Spring Meeting

Eric Madden recently spoke at the Annual Spring Meeting of the American Bankruptcy Institute in Washington, DC. He spoke as part of a panel presentation, along with a senior bankruptcy judge and a long-time bankruptcy mediator, entitled “War and Peace: Recent Trends in Bankruptcy Litigation and Mediation.” The conference was attended by over 1,000 attorneys, financial advisors, and other professionals from around the country.
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RCT Named to 2016 National Law Journal Litigation Boutiques Hot List

On February 8, 2016, the National Law Journal named RCT to the 2016 Litigation Boutiques Hot List. Each year, the NLJ recognizes the 10 best litigation boutiques in the country with up to 50 lawyers who made standout accomplishments in the prior year, either by securing a key monetary victory or establishing important precedent at the trial or appellate level.
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RCT Wins First Department Appeal Against Marcum

On January 28, 2016, the Appellate Division, First Department, ruled in favor of RCT’s clients, the Joint Official Liquidators of the AJW Offshore Funds. The JOLs sued Marcum for $25 million in connection with Marcum’s role as the funds’ auditor. The First Department held that Marcum could not rule out the application of the “adverse interest” exception to the defense of in pari delicto, and that the AJW Offshore Funds had successfully pleaded that their claims were timely.

RCT Partner Honored as 2016 Pathfinder by TCWLA

On January 20, 2016, Lisa Tsai was honored as a 2016 Pathfinder by the Travis County Women Lawyers’ Association.  Each year, the TCWLA selects and honors women lawyers who are “role models and trailblazers” in the legal profession.  At the awards luncheon, Lisa encouraged young women lawyers to “stay in the game.”

RCT Wins Appeal in $350 Million Lawsuit Against Credit Suisse

On December 22, 2015, the New York Appellate Division, First Department, revived $350 million in fraud claims brought by RCT’s clients, a group of funds that invested in five Credit Suisse-arranged real estate loans to the developers of Ginn Clubs & Resorts, Park Highlands, Rhodes Homes, Turtle Bay Resort, and Yellowstone Mountain Club. In overturning the lower court’s dismissal, the First Department held that the funds had adequately pleaded that Credit Suisse committed fraud by causing appraisers to issue inflated appraisals of the collateral supporting the loan transactions.

RCT settles $36 million fraudulent transfer case against Barclays

In December 2015, the Grand Court of the Cayman Islands approved a confidential settlement between ICP Strategic Credit Income Master Fund, Ltd. and Barclays Bank PLC in connection with a $36 million fraudulent transfer action filed by RCT on behalf of the ICP Funds against Barclays in New York bankruptcy court.

RCT Partner Speaks at ABI’s Winter Leadership Conference

Eric Madden recently spoke at the Winter Leadership Conference hosted by the American Bankruptcy Institute.  He spoke as part of a panel presentation entitled “A Road to Recovery:  How to Navigate the Twists and Turns of Insider Litigation,” which focused on D&O litigation in the context of a bankruptcy case.

RCT Defeats Challenge to $50 Million Action

On September 30, 2015, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York ruled in favor of RCT’s client, Neogenix Oncology Inc., by denying six motions to dismiss Neogenix’s $50 million lawsuit against its former officers, directors, and outside counsel for breaches of fiduciary duty, malpractice, and fraud. Once a promising biotechnology company developing genetically engineered cancer treatments, Neogenix is now in bankruptcy and pursuing claims against those who caused its downfall through the sale of securities by unregistered brokers. In prevailing over the motions to dismiss, Neogenix defeated arguments that its claims were barred by the Wagoner Rule, in pari delicto, and the business judgment rule. See Neogenix Oncology, Inc. v. Peter Gordon, et al.,— F. Supp. 2d —, 2015 WL 5725182 (E.D.N.Y. Sept. 30, 2015).
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RCT Wins $287.5 Million Judgment Against Credit Suisse

On September 4, 2015, following a jury trial and a bench trial, a Texas state court entered a judgment for $287.5 million in favor of RCT’s client, an affiliate of Highland Capital Management, LP, against Credit Suisse AG, Cayman Islands Branch, and Credit Suisse Securities (USA), LLC.  More than two years ago, RCT, on behalf of a group of Highland-managed funds, brought claims against Credit Suisse for fraud and breach of contract in connection with a grossly inflated appraisal of the collateral supporting a $540 million loan to the developers of Lake Las Vegas.  In December 2014, a Texas jury found that Credit Suisse had fraudulently induced the Highland-managed funds to invest in the loan by making affirmative misrepresentations, and following a bench trial in May and June 2015, a Texas court ruled against Credit Suisse on breach of contract, breach of duty of good faith and fair dealing, aiding and abetting fraud, and unjust enrichment.
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RCT Lawyers Named to Best Lawyers in America

Bill Reid and Eric Madden were recently selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® for 2016.  Selection to this group is based on an exhaustive peer-review evaluation.  The methodology is designed to capture, as accurately as possible, the consensus opinion of leading lawyers about the professional abilities of their colleagues within the same geographical area and legal practice area.

This recognition follows other professional accolades that RCT has received this year, including being named as a “Litigation Department of the Year Finalist” by Texas Lawyer.

RCT OBTAINS RECOGNITION FOR ONE OF THE LARGEST CHAPTER 15 CASES

On July 17, 2015, in one of the largest Chapter 15 cases, the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York recognized Saad Investments Co. Ltd.’s insolvency proceeding in the Cayman Islands as a foreign main proceeding.  SICL is the main holding company of a group of Saad entities controlled by Maan Al-Sanea, a Saudi Arabian billionaire once ranked by Forbes magazine as the world’s 62nd richest person.
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RCT Secures $110 Million Judgment on Appeal over AJW Notes

On behalf of the Joint Official Liquidators of the AJW Funds, New York’s Appellate Division, Second Department, ruled that the Liquidators can collect more than $110 million owed under promissory notes and personal guaranties.  Former management of the AJW Funds sold convertible debentures to Bronson’s companies in return for the notes, which were never repaid. The appellate court reversed the trial court’s finding that there were factual issues concerning the amount of damages owed.

Tibanne, Parent of Bitcoin Company MtGox Granted Recognition of Its Japanese Proceeding

On April 2, 2015, the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York granted foreign main recognition under Chapter 15 of the Bankruptcy Code of the Tibanne Co., Ltd bankruptcy proceeding pending in Tokyo, Japan.  RCT represented Taro Awataguchi, the Trustee of Tibanne in his effort to obtain recognition. Tibanne is the parent company of MtGox, a company that reportedly lost over 750,000 customer bitcoins worth in excess of $400 million.

State of Tennessee Intervenes in $140 Million Qui Tam Suit and Retains RCT

On February 6, 2015, the State of Tennessee’s Consolidated Retirement System formally intervened in a $140 million suit filed by RCT on behalf of relator, Integra REC LLC, against numerous investment banks, including Merrill Lynch, Citigroup, Royal Bank of Scotland, and Credit Suisse, for financial fraud in connection with knowingly misrepresented residential mortgage-backed securities purchased by the state’s retirement system. In connection with its intervention, the state has retained RCT to prosecute the case.

RCT Brings Class Action Against Pyramid Scheme

MXI is a company that sells supposed “healthy” chocolate products, including chocolate skin care products, through the brand Xocai (pronounced “sho-sigh”).  RCT has filed a class action alleging that MXI is a scam that operates as an illegal pyramid scheme by focusing not on selling chocolate products to retail customers, but on endlessly recruiting participants to commit to purchasing MXI chocolate at wholesale prices on an ongoing basis in exchange for the right to receive compensation for recruiting other participants to do the same.  The lawsuit alleges that MXI entices people to participate in the scheme with the prospect of large financial rewards when, in fact, hardly any participants make money and the vast majority lose their investments.  MXI, of course, fails to inform its participants that they are almost certain to lose money.

Thelen Partners Found Liable for Claw-Back Payments

In accordance with a Memorandum Opinion issued in November 2014, the Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York ruled in favor of RCT’s client on claw-back actions commenced against former partners of Thelen LLP. The ruling found that former partners are liable for excess draw payments. Yann Geron, the chapter 7 trustee of Thelen LLP tapped RCT to handle 76 of the former partner actions, representing those partners who were hold outs and refused to participate in an earlier settlement. RCT settled most of the actions and proceeded to litigate to judgment against the remaining group.

D&O Action in Empire Broker-Dealer Case Settled

RCT obtained approval of a settlement on behalf of Deborah Piazza, the chapter 7 trustee of Empire Financial Group, Inc. resolving actions against former directors and officers. Empire was a broker dealer and a former subsidiary of Jesup & LaMont Inc. Both Empire and Jesup had cases pending in the Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York where the settlement was approved.

RCT WINS TENTH CIRCUIT APPEAL

On November 13, 2014, RCT prevailed against an international insurance company in an appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit concerning a $112 million abusive tax shelter. RCT convinced the court that the insurance company’s attempt to use federal interpleader was—as the court concluded—a “thinly veiled attempt to cap its potential liability” to RCT’s clients. In obtaining this favorable ruling, RCT successfully distinguished two prior Tenth Circuit cases involving similar facts that have been binding precedent for almost 60 years. See Aviva Life and Annuity Company v. White (In re Millennium Multiple Employer Welfare Benefit Plan), — F.3d —, 2014 WL 6056941 (10th Cir. 2014).

RCT CLIENT SETTLES CLAWBACK ACTION FOR $32.2 MILLION

On October 15, 2014, RCT client Sheila M. Gowan, Post-confirmation Plan Administrator for Dreier LLP, settled her clawback action against the Westford family of hedge funds for $32.2 million. The settlement, which is still subject to Bankruptcy Court approval, ends the last in a series of litigations Ms. Gowan brought against hedge funds that had invested in a massive Ponzi scheme operated by disgraced former attorney, Marc S. Dreier.
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Virginia intervenes in $1.15 billion RMBS lawsuit filed by RCT

On September 16, 2014, the Commonwealth of Virginia formally intervened in a $1.15 billion suit filed by RCT on behalf of the relator, Integra REC LLC, against numerous investment banks, including J.P. Morgan Securities, Merrill Lynch, and Morgan Stanley, which knowingly misrepresented residential mortgage-backed securities purchased by the Virginia Retirement System.
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RCT FILES $200 MILLION CLAIM AGAINST CHINACAST EDUCATION CORPORATION’S FORMER OFFICERS AND DIRECTORS

On August 25, 2014, RCT filed claims seeking over $200 million in the Court of Chancery of the State of Delaware against five of ChinaCast’s former officers and directors on behalf of the Company for breaches of their fiduciary duties. As alleged in the lawsuit, ChinaCast’s former officers and directors breached their fiduciary duties by, among other things, looting millions in cash and assets from the Company and its subsidiaries over the course of several years.
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RCT Files Malpractice Claims Against Nixon Peabody and Mintz Levin

On July 22, 2014, RCT filed a lawsuit in New York federal court against Mintz Levin, Nixon Peabody, and former insiders of Neogenix Oncology, a publicly reporting biotechnology company. As alleged in the complaint, the company’s former CFO, with the knowledge and consent of the company’s outside counsel, paid finder fees for sales of Neogenix stock, regardless of whether the “finders” were licensed to sell securities. This practice violated securities laws, triggered an SEC inquiry, and caused the company’s bankruptcy.
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RCT Files $25 Million Claim Against Marcum

On July 22, 2014, RCT filed a $25 million claim in New York Supreme Court against Marcum LLP on behalf of the Joint Official Liquidators of the AJW Offshore Funds. As alleged in the lawsuit, Marcum provided negligent audit reports that allowed the manager of the funds, The N.I.R. Group, LLC and its principal, Corey Ribotsky, to receive improper management and performance fees.

RCT Wins Jury Verdict

In April 2014, following a two-week jury trial in Texas state court, RCT obtained a judgment in favor of its client, Petroleum Wholesale, LP, a full-service gasoline distributor with operations in nine western states. RCT prevailed on its client’s breach-of-contract claims and successfully defended against counterclaims that its client breached a fuel supply agreement. The court awarded $740,000 to RCT’s client and nothing to the defendants on their $10 million counterclaim. RCT tried the case against Chris Bell, a former U.S. Congressman and Texas gubernatorial candidate.

RCT FILES $64 MILLION RMBS CLAIM AGAINST INVESTMENT BANKS

On April 2, 2014, RCT filed a $64 million petition in Travis County District Court on behalf of The Texas County and District Retirement System against numerous investment banks, including J.P. Morgan Securities, Merrill Lynch, and Morgan Stanley, which knowingly misrepresented residential mortgage-backed securities. The Texas County and District Retirement System is a multibillion-dollar governmental entity created by the Texas Legislature that serves more than 655 Texas county and district employers, ranging from sheriff’s offices to water and hospital districts.
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RCT WINS REVERSAL IN THE SECOND CIRCUIT

On March 24, 2014, the Second Circuit reversed the trial court’s summary judgment ruling in an interpleader action, United States v. Barry Fischer Law Firm, LLC, et al., holding that the long-standing penal law rule barred Federative Republic of Brazil from asserting rights arising from a Brazilian criminal judgment. RCT represents the Joint Official Liquidators of Trade and Commerce Bank, a claimant in the interpleader action seeking the approximately $7 million in interpleaded funds.

RCT FILES $50 MILLION CLAIM AGAINST BUDDY FLETCHER AND OTHERS

On March 31, 2014, RCT filed a lawsuit in New York State Supreme Court against Alphonse “Buddy” Fletcher, Fletcher Asset Management, and others related to their alleged mismanagement of various offshore funds whose claims were pooled pursuant to a confirmed plan of reorganization that was approved by the bankruptcy court on March 27, 2014.

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