COViSAL is formed by 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.
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COViSAL protests the proposed settlement with Hunton & Williams LLP for $34 million, of which $8.5 million is for attorney’s fees.
COViSAL For Restitution ___________________________
September 20, 2017
Clerk of the Court
United States District Court
Northern District of Texas
1100 Commerce Street
Dallas, Texas 75242
ATTN: Chambers of the
Honorable David Godbey
SEC Civil Action: 3:09-CV-0298-N
We write to you in order to express our objection and protest the settlements by the U.S. Receiver, the Official Stanford Investors Committee, and others related to Stanford’s case. These settlements generate millions of dollars in fees for attorneys and only pennies for the families affected. In this instance we strongly protest the proposed settlement with Hunton & Williams LLP for $34 million, of which $8.5 million is for attorney’s fees.
During the past 8 years Stanford’s depositors have received less than one percent of losses from announced distributions while being subject to a waiting period of almost a year per distribution. At the same time, they have to endure a lack of response to inquiries they make to the receiver’s claims administrator, Gilardi & Co. - a company that has been paid millions of dollars for its services. At this rate of less than one percent per year of recovery, one could deduce that depositors might have to wait 50 years to receive not even fifty percent of their savings, or 100 plus years to be made whole. Unfortunately, many people affected are between 60 and 80 years of age, with a life expectancy of 15-20 years. All of them will be dead by then.
When Stanford Financial Group was seized by the U.S. authorities in 2009, the world changed dramatically for the many families in Latin America and around the world that had deposited their life savings in a promise of safety under the protective umbrella of the United States. It seemed a wise decision considering the volatile nature of many of their own governments, and it was on this principle that they were sold their certificates of deposit. They entrusted their savings to a company belonging to an American conglomerate regulated and supervised by U.S. regulatory agencies. However, their trust was rewarded with a betrayal that resulted in devastating loss. Families that had hope for the future are now living off charity from neighbors, people are ill and unable to pay for their medical treatments, lives are being lost because of an inability to pay for lifesaving operations.
Unfortunately, the sad reality is that injustice continues for people affected by Stanford’s fraud as the administration of the receivership continues to generate fees for themselves, their attorneys, and other professionals, while negotiating paltry sums for the depositors. So far, they are the primary beneficiaries, charging millions of dollars and dragging out the process to their own advantage. Attorneys and professionals have received over $195.8 million dollars, and Stanford’s depositors less than 4 pennies on the dollar.
There were 75 lawsuits awaiting ruling by the court, listed in the Receiver’s and Examiner’s sixth joint advisory to the court, 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, “…These lawsuits seek to recover in excess of $680 million in total, …the claims are the single largest potential source of funds which may be recovered for the benefit of the eligible claimants…” However, 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 extremely low percentage of the original amounts sought, what hope do we have of receiving a meaningful recovery?
We only see a prolonging of the proceedings, which simply benefits the attorneys managing the receivership. Mr. Janvey is getting paid a generous $550 per hour, and lives very comfortably in Dallas. It is obvious that there is not a sense of urgency; his family is not in this predicament. The victims are strangers in a foreign land far away, a fact that explains his indifference. The victims just become billable hours without the human factor to affect his conscience. Why rush to help families in need and desperation when you are guaranteed a paycheck as long as the process continues?
We ask the court to closely examine the manner in which these class actions are being negotiated to determine whether the deals were the result of an arm’s-length process, and to demand meaningful settlements for depositors and quicker distributions for the families of this terrible fraud - a fraud that never seems to end.
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COViSAL Por Restitutio Traducción al español de la versión original en inglés 20 de septiembre, 2017 Secretaría del Tribunal United States District Court Northern District of Texas 1100 Commerce Street Dallas, Texas 75242 ATN: Cámara delHonorable David Godbey SEC Acción Civil: 3:09-CV-0298-N Honorable Juez: Le escribimos para expresar nuestra objeción y protesta sobre los acuerdos del Administrador Judicial, el Comité Oficial de Inversionistas de Stanford y otros, relacionados con el caso Stanford. Estos acuerdos generan millones de dólares en honorarios para los abogados y centavos para las familias afectadas. En esta instancia protestamos enfáticamente el acuerdo propuesto con Hunton y Williams LLP por $34 millones de dólares, de los cuales $8,5 millones son para honorarios de abogados. Durante los últimos 8 años los ahorristas de Stanford han recibido menos del uno por ciento de sus pérdidas de las distribuciones anunciadas y han tenido que esperar casi un año por cada distribución. Al mismo t…
Restitution ___________________________________ 23 de diciembre, 2017 Estimados amigos: Anexo un resumen del estatus del caso Stanford
en USA y en Antigua. ADMINISTRACION JUDICIAL DEL STANFORD FINANCIAL
GROUP, U.S.A. (Liderada por el síndico Ralph Janvey, su
abogado líder Kevin Sadler, su agente de distribución Gilardi & Co., y los
abogados del comité oficial de inversionistas) 1.Recuperaciones - $407,8 millones (al
30 de abril, 2017) 2.Honorarios profesionales y gastos -
$195,8 millones (al 30 de abril 2017) 3.Distribuciones a depositantes - $94,2
millones Hasta la
fecha hemos tenido cuatro distribuciones oficiales: a) Primera
distribución interina de $55 millones (de dinero en efectivo
disponible en el patrimonio) fue aprobada el 30 de mayo, 2013; 16 listas de
pagos fueron publicadas desde el 20 de agosto 2013 hasta el 27 de abril 2017. A
la fecha han distribuido $41,2 millones del total y todavía hay depositantes
por recibir su pago de esta distribución. b) Segunda