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Peregrine Financial trustee claims 'viable’ claims against two banks

Monday, May 13, 2013

From Precy Dumlao, Opalesque Asia – Peregrine Financial’s court-appointed trustee Ira Bodenstein claims he has viable claims against JPMorgan Chase & Co and U.S. Bancorp, and said the banks did harm to clients of the now-defunct brokerage, Reuters reported last week.

In a filing before a federal bankruptcy court in Chicago, Bodenstein told the court that the lawsuit filed by former Peregrine clients against Peregrine’s founder and CEO Russell Wasendorf Sr. and his son Russell Jr. could interfere with his efforts to recover funds and return them to the brokerage’s customers and creditors.

According to Bodenstein’s statement of cash as of April 15, JPMorgan holds $18.2m and U.S. Bank holds $6m of Peregrine Financial's funds. But the banks said not all the money belong to Peregrine.

No decision has yet been made to pursue the banks, according to a court document filed late Wednesday, said The WSJ. Bodenstein on Thursday secured more time to decide, after a Chicago bankruptcy court agreed to put on hold for 60 days a separate lawsuit filed by former clients of Peregrine against the banks, as well as Russell Wasendorf Sr.

Peregrine Financial Group collapsed in the summer 2012.

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