Judge Bounces Berger Singerman From Rothstein Bankruptcy Suit

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In a blow to the lead counsel in the Rothstein bankruptcy case, Judge Raymond Ray disqualified the Berger Singerman law firm from representing the trustee in a clawback suit against Qtask, a California company in which Scott Rothstein invested millions of dollars in alleged Ponzi proceeds.

The ruling, more than anything, shows what a small world Rothstein operated in as he ripped off dozens of people of hundreds of millions of dollars.

Ray found that Berger Singerman has a conflict because the law firm's IT director, Reinaldo "Rey" Leon, was formerly married to Scott Rothstein's sister, Ronni Leon, and had pushed Rothstein to invest in Qtask. Ronni Leon also worked payroll at the Rothstein Rosenfeldt Adler firm. In addition, Rothstein showered Rey and Ronni Leon with as much as $337,503 in gifts, according to the judge's ruling.

Rothstein paid Rey Leon for "payment of property taxes, cars for his wife and children, payment of American Express bills, college tuition for one of his children, and trips to the Super Bowl and other travel," Judge Ray wrote.

The judge found that Rey Leon could become a clawback target for the trustee and could also be called as a witness in the Qtask case. That presented a conflict of interest for Berger Singerman.

The judge also mentioned the fact that Berger Singerman's Paul Singerman is an investor in Gibraltar Bank, which is another major target in a clawback suit. The firm Genovese Joblove & Batista, back-up counsel for the bankruptcy trustee, filed that suit.

Inside, Obama to concede Florida in 2012? Can't be.

I can't fathom that Obama will concede the great state of Florida, which he won, in the coming 2012 election, but that's apparently what Broward Democratic officials discussed at a leadership conference on January 29.

I got hold of some notes taken by a participant at the meeting. Here's the text: 

Avg Democratic turnout in a primary 16.85% A Statewide Democratic candidate needs a 180,000 vote plurality in Broward in order to win.  Alex Sink got 130,000, and lost by 60,000 votes.

Bill Nelson running in 2012,  will have no other statewide democratic candidates to share resources with.

Barack Obama may concede Florida to the republicans in 2012 and not campaign here.

The only day of the year that  a democratic precinct captain has to perform is on election day.  Do not spend the day making $120 working for Brenda Snipes inside of the polling place.

Allan West would not have won if Broward had even an average democratic turnout.

Redistricting:  we will not know the new district boundaries until May of 2012.

Other than the Obama news, which again I don't believe will happen, all the rest is what we knew anyway: The big bad Democratic Party in Broward County laid an egg on election day, paving the way for the likes of Rick Scott and Allen West.

It doesn't reflect well on lobbyist Mitch Ceasar, who chairs the Democratic Executive Committee.

But Ceasar is trying to rebound with a big Unity Dinner next month -- and he's landed the esteemed U.S. senator from Minnesota as the event's keynote speaker.

Unfortunately it's not Al Franken, the former SNL funnyman turned senator. It's Minnesota's other white senator, Amy Klobuchar.

Who the hell is Amy Klobuchar?

I already told you, she's Minnesota's other senator. If you want to know why Ceasar chose her to speak at the March 9 dinner, you'll have to ask him.


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Peggy
Peggy

I WAS WATCHING "AMERICAN GREED TONITE ON CNBC & THEY ANNOUNCED WED FEB. 23rd @ 10:00pm THEY ARE SHOW CASING SCOTT ROTHSTEIN! ~~~~~~~ BRING OUT THE POPCORN & SETTLE IN FOR A GOOD NITE OF ENTERTAINMENT!~~~~~~~

Ethical
Ethical

Berger Singerman is corrupt. They fought to be counsel to Stettin (Rothstein bankruptcy trustee) but never disclosed their connections to Qtask or to Gibraltar Private Bank. Berger Singerman had to have known both companies would need to be investigated and likely sued by Stettin, but still they said nothing. Paul Singerman even told the judge he and his firm had no conflicts. Then it came out that Berger Singerman and its partners were the biggest client group of Gibraltar AND that Singerman invested millions in Gibraltar himself. Oops. Now it comes out that a senior Berger Singerman employee was tied to Qtask long before. What frauds. The Bar Association should conduct an inquiry. The chain of corruption is getting longer. How can the judge and the trustee in the Rothstein case even allow Berger Singerman to remain involved in ANY way after they failed to disclose two different major conflicts?

unowho
unowho

Its Freaky Friday Any freakin arrests today???

Goldilocks
Goldilocks

http://www.moneylaunderingconf...

International conference at a hyper-local (some may say apropos) venue ... surprised they did not bring in a local speaker with hypo-local (extending way beyond local to the extreme) reach, as we have enough insiders to show 'em how to do it from the inside-out.

WhiskeyForMyMenBeerForMyHorses
WhiskeyForMyMenBeerForMyHorses

I have been told that that Cindi Hutchinson the one that turned herself in at the Main Jail and the CEO of the Riverwalk FTL Trust has been placed on a "Temporary Supension". Can someone please explain this to me? So does that mean she's collecting a paycheck? Funny she was partying it up last night at Tarpon Bend as if she didnt have a care in the world - some sort of wedding shower she attended.

Who is protecting her? Why hasnt anyone given a statement to the press about this. This is a NON PROFIT - hello!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Constituents have a right to know whats going on. I'll never give that organization another dime! Nor attend their events.

TK421
TK421

To flaunt is to show off: you flaunt your new necklace by wearing it to work. “Flout” has a more negative connotation; it means to treat with contempt some rule or standard. The cliché is “to flout convention.” Flaunting may be in bad taste because it’s ostentatious, but it is not a violation of standards.

Swampting1968
Swampting1968

Good for the judge. Berger Singerman never met a conflict they couldn't explain away...

Knows more than he should
Knows more than he should

PS - QTask was no ordinary investment vehicle for Rothstein. It was the very heart of how the rest of the racket would be strung.

Knows more than he should
Knows more than he should

This blog makes it sound as though QTask is just another ordinary California company.

You can go to the bank with this . . . buried inside the bowels of QTask is a treasure trove of information regarding the entire Affaire d'Rothstein.

Spun off from gaming software giant Prolific Publishing, Inc. (think Bally & other slots & gambling companies), QTask boasts Baron RK Von Wolfsheild as its Chief Architect, CTO and co-founder of Qtask. (Even my creative mind couldn't make THIS up.)

I have no idea when or if it will come to pass that the QTask data bases are adequately mined, but if so, a lot of powerful people will be involved. For those who found the Rothstein affair interesting so far haven't seen anything yet.

Patti Lynn
Patti Lynn

If the Democratic Party is to remain relevant in Florida. there MUST be change in the Broward County Democratic Party. True, I am a thorn in their side, but to have party leaders cavorting with Republicans, or "Independents," does not speak well of their commitment to the Democrats in Broward. Supporting one Democrat over another in a "non-partisan" race, and claiming that they could, because the candidates couldn't declare a political party, is a blatant flaunting of the rules. WE FAILED TO MOTIVATE DEMOCRATIC VOTERS in the 2010 elections. So, who is responsible? Who is the "WE" who failed??? Dumb question, Democratic Leadership...those folks at the "Leadership Conference," looking to lay the blame elsewhere.

therealyaz
therealyaz

That was me therealyaz,yaz,what ever.

mld621
mld621

I just tried to post something on Mrs. Pulps sight with sunsentinal. It put up the start of my answer to a fake Brenda Lee. I know her very well, as do Mr. and Mrs. . Some where i am going to find you hacker!!! Trust me!!!

GhostOfMcLovin
GhostOfMcLovin

"If you want to know why Ceasar chose Amy Klobuchar to speak at the March 9 dinner, you'll have to ask him."

He probably wants to give her a back rub

Truth
Truth

Your creative mind is very creative indeed.  Creating beliefs and then acting as if they are true is a sign of insanity.  Seek help.

Joshmo
Joshmo

Is there any information in there as to just how deep the rabbit hole goes with Berger Singerman? After all,that firm may be the only firm in S. Florida to grow at the same ridiculous pace as did RRA. And to see the political ties which could have made that happen, just watch the HBO movie "Recount"

cindermaggi
cindermaggi

I LIKE YOUR MIND! But im just a wittle peon!

Randi Krotch
Randi Krotch

My friend John deGroot says Broward Democrats have created a party structure driven by greed, ethnicity and ego.But what the hell does he know?

Guest
Guest

Very well said and I could not agree more!

Patti Lynn
Patti Lynn

He probably knows what's going on!!!

janey
janey

The Broward DEC is a train wreck fueled by the personal power struggles of the leadership. In 2010 they proved that they are not interested in getting out the vote. The problem here lies with the state party for not acting on the many grievances filed and the appearances of impropriety when a state committewoman has to be granted immunity from prosecution. For sure she had to do something to be immune from.

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