Texas investors appeal recently dismissed $7.2 billion Stanford Ponzi case against Proskauer law firm

NEW ORLEANS – Texas investors who for years have accused Proskauer Rose LLP of nurturing the $7.2 billion Robert Allen Stanford Ponzi scheme, appealed their case five days after it was dismissed by a federal judge who said the firm was entitled to attorney immunity.

Lead plaintiffs Sandra Dorrell and Philip Wilkinson filed their appeal Nov. 7 in the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans.

The appeal followed quickly on the heels of the case’s dismissal the previous Thursday, Nov. 2, in the Dallas Division of the Northern District of Texas, which rejected plaintiffs’ arguments that attorney immunity should not apply in their case against Proskauer Rose.

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Chadbourne Says Stanford Receiver Deal Nixes Investor Suit

Chadbourne & Parke LLP told a Texas federal judge on Wednesday that investors accusing it of facilitating Robert Allen Stanford’s $7 billion Ponzi scheme no longer have a viable claim after agreeing to a $35 million settlement and bar order with the receiver overseeing recovery for victims of the scheme.

The investors, the bulk of whom are Mexican citizens, claim Chadbourne as well as Proskauer Rose LLP and the firms’ attorneys aided the Ponzi scheme, in which Stanford’s foreign bank sold investors sham securities called certificates…

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Investors file second class action against law firm for alleged role in Stanford Ponzi scheme

Last week, victims of Robert Allen Stanford’s Ponzi scheme filed another class action lawsuit against the law firm that, they allege, helped the former chairman and CEO conceal the fraudulent scheme from government regulators.

The named plaintiffs, Sandra Dorrell and Phillip A. Wilkinson, both Texas residents, filed their complaint in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas, Dallas Division, April 28.

The defendants include Proskauer Rose LLP, an international law firm that is headquartered in New York City and has 13 offices worldwide, and Thomas V. Sjoblom. Sjoblom was a partner at Proskauer from 2006 to 2009.

“All of the Plaintiffs and members of the putative class invested in the Stanford Financial Ponzi scheme by purchasing SIBL (Stanford International Bank Ltd.) CDs or placing their money in other investment accounts with SIBL,” the investors explained in their 96-page complaint. “Over the years that Plaintiffs and the members of the putative class purchased and maintained investments in SIBL, Plaintiffs and the members of the putative class were repeatedly and uniformly told, either directly by their Stanford Financial FAs or via Stanford Financial promotional materials, that, inter alia: (1) an investment in SIBL was safer than investing in U.S. banks because SIBL did not make loans but instead held its funds in a safe and highly liquid portfolio; (2) Stanford Financial was a U.S.-based business regulated by the U.S. Government; and (3) that an investment in SIBL was completely safe and secure because it was guaranteed and insured by Lloyd’s, was thoroughly regulated, was audited by an ‘outside’ audit firm and subjected to regular, ‘stringent’ risk management examinations.

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Proskauer, Chadbourne Can’t Invoke Americold, Investors Say

Investors who accuse Chadbourne & Parke LLP and Proskauer Rose LLP of facilitating Robert Allen Stanford’s $7 billion Ponzi scheme told a Texas federal court Monday that a U.S. Supreme Court ruling on jurisdiction for nebulous legal entities can’t help the firms escape the suit.

The law firms claim the court lacks jurisdiction since most of the investors were foreign and because the firms were stateless for legal purposes, and say the Supreme Court’s March 7 holding in ConAgra Foods et al. v. Americold Logistics et……..

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New York law firms win Stanford fraud appeal, dismissal of lawsuit

Convicted financier Allen Stanford, who faces up to 230 years in prison for his $7 billion Ponzi scheme, arrives at Federal Court in Houston for sentencing in this June 14, 2012 file photo. REUTERS/Richard Carson/Files

Two big New York law firms that represented the now-imprisoned financier Allen Stanford persuaded a federal appeals court on Thursday to throw out a lawsuit claiming that they helped conceal his $7.2 billion Ponzi scheme.

Reversing a lower court ruling, the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans said Chadbourne & Parke and Proskauer Rose were immune from liability for losses that 18,000 former Stanford investors blamed in part on Thomas Sjoblom, a lawyer who had represented the financier and worked at both firms…………………………..

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