HSBC Holdings Plc, UniCredit SpA, Merrill Lynch and hundreds of other defendants in lawsuits filed by the liquidator of Bernard Madoff’s defunct firm are finding that their best ally may be U.S. District Judge Jed S. Rakoff.
HSBC Holdings Plc, UniCredit SpA and Merrill Lynch joined more than 400 defendants in lawsuits brought by the liquidator of Bernard L. Madoff’s brokerage filing papers in the past week to beat a deadline for asking that their cases be moved to district court from bankruptcy court.
Bankruptcy judges can’t rule or recommend rulings on so-called fraudulent-transfer suits by the liquidator of Bernard L. Madoff’s brokerage under the U.S. Constitution, defendants said in a brief to U.S. District Judge Jed S. Rakoff in New York.
Roomy Khan, the former Intel Corp. executive twice convicted of passing illegal tips to Raj Rajaratnam, was ordered to serve one year in prison for obstructing justice after she agreed to help the U.S.
ABN Amro Bank NV and investment funds sued by the liquidator of Bernard Madoff’s brokerage succeeded in moving their cases to a district judge who may cut the amount of money the Madoff trustee can try to reclaim.