Welcome to the latest issue of The Anti-Fraud Network Newsletter:

Letter from the Editor, October 2014

When the perpetrator of a fraud appears to be beyond reach, there are usually other claims that can be pursued.  Prompted by the rise in interest in third party litigation typified by the attempts by the victims of Bernard Madoff’s US$65 billion Ponzi scheme to seek damages from the SEC and Mr Madoff’s banks, this month we are taking a look at third party litigation.  Matthew Blower outlines the type of claims that may be brought under English law against third parties.

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Nick Burkill

In This Issue:

Third party claims: What to do when you can’t make a claim against the fraudster

There are many reasons why a claim against the most obvious perpetrator of a fraud is either not possible or is unlikely to result in recovery by the claimant.  This could be because the wrongdoer cannot be traced, is based in a jurisdiction in which a judgment cannot easily be enforced, or is known to have no assets.  Even when the primary wrongdoer may appear to be beyond reach, however, there are usually other claims that can be pursued and careful consideration should therefore be given by potential claimants as to which other individuals and companies may be liable.

Third party targets might include the principal wrongdoer’s employer or the employer’s parent company, or banks, accountants and auditors if their actions can be shown to have contributed to the claimant’s loss.  If others are involved in the fraud, there may also be a basis for bringing a claim for conspiracy.

These types of third party claims have received a lot of coverage recently, particularly with the high profile attempts by the trustee for the liquidation of Madoff Investment Securities LLC to obtain compensation from a number of banks whose accounts were used by Mr Madoff.

There are a number of claims that may be brought under English law against third parties.  They can all be brought as an alternative to, or in addition to, a claim against the principal wrongdoer. Continue reading

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