Securities and Exchange Commission v. Nadel et al
RESPONSE in opposition to Wells Fargo Motion Docket No. 794 filed by Burton W. Wiand. (Cohen, Jonathan)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
MIDDLE DISTRICT OF FLORIDA
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE
CASE NO.: 8:09-cv-0087-T-26TBM
ARTHUR NADEL, SCOOP CAPITAL, LLC,
SCOOP MANAGEMENT, INC.,
SCOOP REAL ESTATE, L.P., et al.
THE RECEIVER’S AND WIAND GUERRA KING P.L.’S RESPONSE IN
OPPOSITION TO WELLS FARGO BANK, N.A.’S MOTION FOR LEAVE TO
REPLY IN SUPPORT OF ITS MOTION TO DISQUALIFY (DOC. 794)
Less than 48 hours before the Court’s hearing on the Receiver’s claims determination
motion and Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.’s (“Bank”) efforts to stop it from proceeding, the Bank
moved to disqualify the Receiver and his counsel, Wiand Guerra King P.L. (“WGK”), and
sought other related relief (“Motion”). As WGK’s, the Receiver’s, and the Securities and
Exchange Commission’s (“SEC”) responses to that Motion demonstrate (“Oppositions”)
(Docs. 786, 788, 792), the Motion has no merit and is simply the Bank’s latest effort to stop
this Receivership from (i) contesting the Bank’s purported interests in several Receivership
properties and (ii) holding it accountable for its role in the Ponzi scheme underlying this case
(“scheme”). Significantly, the Bank’s efforts to date have delayed this Receivership’s ability
to provide relief to investors victimized by that very scheme.
The Bank’s efforts have involved a large number of filings: in only approximately
the last 80 days, it has filed 10 legal memoranda consisting of 120 pages of argument and
472 pages of exhibits and declarations. The Motion alone is 25 pages with another 44 pages
of exhibits and a declaration. Plus, the Bank has filed papers in U.S. v. Arthur Nadel,
No.1:09-cr-433-JGK (S.D.N.Y.), and it even presented argument on its Motion during the
45-minute hearing held on March 2, 2012 (Doc. 774). Unquestionably, the Bank has had
every opportunity to present all possible arguments and supporting information it has relating
to its disputes with the Receiver and WGK in its 592 pages of filings and 45 minutes of
Those efforts have not only burdened the Court, but they have also burdened the
Receivership estate, the SEC, the Southern District of New York U.S. Attorney’s Office, and
now also WGK. Notably, they have also negatively impacted the innocent victims of the
scheme, not only by costing Receivership resources, but also by delaying relief to the many
victims who are depending on this Receivership to provide some relief through claims
process distributions. Although that process is now again on track (see Doc. 776), the Bank
still has been successful in delaying the Court’s resolution of, inter alia, the dispute between
the Receivership and the Bank relating to Receivership real property commonly referred to as
the “Rite Aid Property.” In turn, that delay is jeopardizing the arrangement currently in place
to sell that property for the Receivership estate’s benefit.
Not content with 592 pages of filings and the negative impact on this Receivership of
its conduct to date, the Bank now seeks leave to file a 20-page reply in support of its Motion
(Doc. 794), to essentially “reply” to everything submitted by the Receiver, WGK, and the
SEC in the Oppositions. From the Bank’s perspective, everything in the Oppositions is
“incorrect” or “misrepresents” the law and the facts. But the Oppositions did not raise any
novel or unforeseen matters, and the Bank does not even try to explain why it did not
affirmatively address those matters in its original Motion.1 There is nothing in the Motion
and Oppositions which the Court is incapable of determining without additional briefing and
delay. A reply is especially unwarranted in light of the many opportunities the Bank has had
– and of which it has taken advantage – to present its arguments to this Court in its more than
592 pages of submissions.
Further, a reply is unwarranted because, quite simply, the Motion lacks merit.
Perhaps most striking, Michael Goldberg, a partner at Akerman Senterfitt – the Bank’s law
firm here – in his capacity as receiver took the same steps as the Receiver here when faced
with similar circumstances: when Akerman Senterfitt, acting as Mr. Goldberg’s counsel, was
faced with a conflict, Mr. Goldberg did not ask to be removed from that receivership or even
from matters involving Akerman Senterfitt’s client, and he certainly did not volunteer to
return his or his law firm’s fees.2 Rather, he simply retained special counsel to replace
Akerman Senterfitt in receivership matters relating to that client. That is precisely what the
Receiver has done here. Indeed, unlike in that receivership, any conflict here has evaporated
because the Bank is no longer a client of WGK.
WHEREFORE, the Bank’s motion for leave to reply (Doc. 794) should be denied so
the Court can resolve the Motion without delay and then address the merits of the Bank’s
claimed interests in Receivership properties, so the Receiver and his counsel can return their
entire focus to continuing to move the Receivership forward for the benefit of Nadel’s
The Bank’s motion for leave to reply appears to refer to correspondence relating to the Receiver’s efforts to
negotiate a resolution of the Bank’s loan in connection with offers the Receiver had accepted for the sale of the
Rite Aid Property. Those matters did not become adverse until the Receiver denied the claim in December
2011 and, in any event, as Docket 788 addresses, WGK did not even represent the Bank between September
2010 and the end of August 2011.
See SEC v. M. Lauer et al, No. 03-80612-cv-Marra (S.D. Fla.) (discussed in SEC’s submission at Doc. 790).
CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE
I HEREBY CERTIFY that on March 15, 2012, I electronically filed the foregoing
with the Clerk of the Court by using the CM/ECF system.
I FURTHER CERTIFY that on March 16, 2012, I will mail 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
s/ Jonathan B. Cohen
Jonathan B. Cohen, FBN 0027620
Terry A. Smiljanich, FBN 145349
Megan E. Davis, FBN 0068584
James, Hoyer, Newcomer & Smiljanich, P.A.
One Urban Centre, Suite 550
4830 West Kennedy Blvd.
Tampa, FL 33609
Tel: (813) 397-2300
Fax: (813) 397-2310
Attorneys for the Receiver, Burton W. Wiand
Richard A. Gilbert, FBN 180600
Patrick J. McNamara, FBN 699837
de la Parte & Gilbert, P.A.
Post Office Box 2350
Tampa, Florida 33601-2350
Attorneys for Wiand Guerra King P.L.
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