Judge Bars 3rd-Party Suits Against Madoff Relatives

Law360, New York (February 9, 2011, 7:07 PM EST) -- A bankruptcy judge Wednesday barred 10 groups of plaintiffs from pursuing suits against family members of Ponzi schemer Bernard L. Madoff, contending the claimants are intruding on the turf of a litigation trustee overseeing recovery actions.

Judge Burton R. Lifland of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York imposed a preliminary injunction on the suits, filed by various parties against Madoff's sons Andrew and the now-deceased Mark, and his brother Peter.

The third-party suits “seek to recover potential estate assets to redress...
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