COViSAL is formed by innocent families from Latin America, U.S.A., Canada, and other countries who were affected by the collapsed of Stanford Financial Group when it was seized by United States authorities in February of 2009 Our objective is to fight for the recovery of our savings, and demand an immediate restitution from the US Government. Our rights must prevail over judicial manipulations, and good conscience must be the instrument to impart justice and to stop a never-ending fraud.
miércoles, 1 de julio de 2015
COViSAL's objection to BDO's proposed agreement
COViSAL For Justice
July 1, 2015
Clerk of the Court
United States District
Northern District of
1100 Commerce Street
Dallas, Texas 75242
ATTN: Chambers of the
Honorable David Godbey
Case 3:09-CV-0298-N, Case
No. 3:12-CV-01447-N and Case No. 3:11-cv-01115-N.
We object to the BDO settlement amount in Case No. 3:12-CV-01447-N
and Case No. 3:11-cv-01115-N, for $40 million, of which attorneys will receive
$10 million dollars, and innocent families pennies.
The lawsuit was originally seeking actual damages of $10.7
billion, and the proposed settlement of $40 million is less than one half of 1
percent. Why are the attorneys accepting such meager amounts?
There are 75 lawsuits awaiting ruling by the Court listed in
the Receiver’s and Examiner’s sixth joint advisory to the court regarding
pending motions that have been fully briefed in cases filed by the Receiver or
the Official Stanford Investors Committee (“OSIC”).
According to the US Receiver Ralph Janvey, in his open
letter concerning Asset Recovery Litigation dated February 14, 2014 to all
affected by the Stanford fraud, “…These lawsuits seek to recover in excess of
$680 million in total …Nonetheless, the claims are the single largest
potential source of funds which may be recovered for the benefit of the
Despite the enormous potential for recovery, Janvey has been
largely unsuccessful in retrieving this money. If the US Receiver and the
Official Stanford Investors Committee’s attorneys continue to settle cases for
less than half a percent of the original amounts sought, what hope do we have
of receiving a meaningful recovery?
We understand that the attorneys have been working thousands
of hours on this case, most of them at a profit of over $600 per hour. In
contrast Stanford’s depositors have endured over 55,224 hours of pain and
suffering, for less than 2 cents on the dollar of compensation.
This settlement is but a miniscule portion of the $7.2
billion in actual losses from the scheme, and Janvey has admitted that for the
most part, “the money is gone.”
"I think about the victims every day," Janvey told
CNBC in an exclusive interview, his first since being appointed five years ago.If that is the case, does it make sense
for his attorney's fees to be 25%, when in the past courts have authorized 20%?
So far, expenses and attorney's fees have consumed nearly half of the money
recovered. Considering the low return to investors, these fees seem exorbitant.
Courts must closely examine the manner in which a class
action has been negotiated to determine whether the deal was the result of an
The settlement negotiations must also involve all the right
people. If members of the class have divergent interests and plaintiffs’
counsel cannot fairly represent the interests of all class members, then
plaintiffs’ counsel should identify potential subclasses and appropriate
representatives who can be brought into settlement discussions.
Currently, the Official Stanford Investor's Committee is
made up entirely of attorneys. How can the victims' interests be represented
when they have little to no representation on the committee? If the Committee's
purpose is to offer oversight to the recovery process, it appears they have
conflicting interests when attorneys’ are taking such a large portion of the
In addition, the efficacy of the negotiations seems
questionable when so little time was invested. “The mediation lasted a full day
with numerous back and forth offers and demands, ultimately resulting in the
$40 million settlement for which approval is sought…” an OSIC attorney
declared. (See Appendix in Support of Motion to Approve Settlement Agreement; page
12, paragraph 23; Case 3:0-9-cv-00298N Document 2138-2 Filed 05/15/15, Page ID
59823; APP 0088).
How many hours of real negotiations took place? Is it
possible that the settlement was negotiated wisely in such a short amount of
time? Is this a fair and reasonable settlement? For whom?
The lawyers are reaping huge fees while handing out paltry
benefits to the innocent depositors.
I am enclosing a recent letter from COViSAL titled: “The
U.S. Receivership and Liquidation Processes - Hope, Punishment or Fraud? That
speaks for itself.
We ask the Court to demand meaningful settlements for the families
of this horrendous fraud.