Securities and Exchange Commission v. Nadel et al
Unopposed MOTION for leave to file to Respond to LandMark Bank's Objection to Proposed Objection Procedure by Burton W. Wiand. (Morello, Gianluca)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
MIDDLE DISTRICT OF FLORIDA
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE
Case No. 8:09-cv-87-T-26TBM
SCOOP CAPITAL, LLC,
SCOOP MANAGEMENT, INC.
SCOOP REAL ESTATE, L.P.
VALHALLA INVESTMENT PARTNERS, L.P.,
VALHALLA MANAGEMENT, INC.
VICTORY IRA FUND, LTD,
VICTORY FUND, LTD,
VIKING IRA FUND, LLC,
VIKING FUND, LLC, AND
RECEIVER’S UNOPPOSED MOTION FOR LEAVE TO RESPOND TO
LANDMARK BANK’S OBJECTION TO PROPOSED OBJECTION PROCEDURE
Burton W. Wiand, as Receiver (the “Receiver”), recently filed a motion relating to
claims determinations and the claims process (the “Motion”) (Doc. 675). Among the claims
addressed in that motion were two submitted by LandMark Bank (“LandMark”). As the
Motion details (at 59 to 66), those claims involve a line of credit extended to a principal and
officer of three of the funds used to perpetrate the scheme underlying this case, Christopher
Moody (“Moody”), by a bank whose Chairman was Moody’s accountant, and, specifically,
to that bank’s attempt to recover purported security interests in Moody’s (1) “investment” in
one of those funds and (2) Bonds.com stock and notes.1
As the Motion also details,
LandMark’s claims should be denied for five independent reasons, including that LandMark
had actual notice of fraud when it received Moody’s Bonds.com interests and that transfer of
those interests violated the Temporary Restraining Order and Order Appointing Receiver.
LandMark subsequently filed an objection (the “Objection”) to the Motion’s
Proposed Objection Procedure (Doc. 677), complaining that procedure does not permit
discovery, “imposes unrealistic time schedules,” and violates due process. In its place,
LandMark seeks a burdensome, lengthy, and, in many cases, potentially unnecessary
procedure which favors claimants.
The Receiver respectfully seeks leave to file a reply to address various issues raised
by the Objection, including:
(1) its failure to understand and appreciate the Proposed Objection
Procedure’s efficiency (which gives the Receiver and the objecting claimant
an opportunity to resolve the objection – and exchange information – in a
relatively expedited fashion and without the cost of full-blown discovery);
(2) its failure to understand that if the Receiver and a claimant cannot resolve
an objection, it will be submitted to the Court, and the Court can then set
tailor-made procedures before ruling on that objection (rather than relying on
the more burdensome “one-size-fits-all” approach advocated in the
(3) its unsupported contention that the Proposed Objections Procedure violates
(4) its unworkable contention that the Receiver should have to sue each
claimant whose claim is being denied in any part based on a fraudulent
Moody’s Bonds.com interests were the subject of a dispute between the Receiver and
LandMark presented to the Court in 2009. See Docs. 154, 155, 166, 168, 169.
(5) its failure to recognize authority – including a Report & Recommendation
in one of the Receiver’s “clawback” cases – holding that the Ponzi scheme
presumption for fraudulent transfers applies not only to transfers in
“furtherance” of the scheme, but also to certain other relevant transfers of
(6) its contention relating to the appropriate burden of proof in circumstances
like here where the claimant – not the Receiver – has asserted a claim; and
(7) its focus on fraudulent transfers and its failure to recognize the impact the
other four independent bases for denying LandMark’s claims would have on
The Receiver believes his additional briefing will assist the Court with resolving the
Objection, and thus requests leave to file a six-page reply within seven days of an order on
LOCAL RULE 3.01(g) CERTIFICATION
Counsel for the Receiver has conferred with counsel for LandMark. LandMark does
not object to the Receiver having leave to reply.
CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE
I HEREBY CERTIFY that on December 15, 2011, I electronically filed the
foregoing with the Clerk of the Court by using the CM/ECF system.
I FURTHER CERTIFY that on December 15, 2011, I mailed the foregoing
document and the notice of electronic filing by first-class mail to the following non-CM/ECF
Arthur G. Nadel
Register No. 50690-018
Federal Correctional Institution
P.O. Box 999
Butner, NC 27509
Gianluca Morello, FBN 034997
Michael S. Lamont FBN 0527122
Jared J. Perez, FBN 0085192
Wiand Guerra King P.L.
3000 Bayport Drive
Tampa, FL 33607
Tel: (813) 347-5100
Fax: (813) 347-5198
Attorneys for the Receiver, Burton W. Wiand
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