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Dewey trustee sues to recover money from creditors

The firm allegedly paid $5.7 million to certain creditors even though it was already insolvent

Dewey & LeBoeuf’s liquidation trustee is suing for the return of $5.7 million that the firm paid to certain creditors shortly before filing for bankruptcy.

Alan Jacobs argues that Dewey gave the money to Bank of America, several law firms and additional vendors in the 90 days before its Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing, even though it was already insolvent. Bankruptcy code stipulates that no creditor is entitled to preferential payment in the 90 days before a debtor seeks bankruptcy protection.

Any money recovered would return to a pool going to creditors, so the companies could recover at least some of their cash, Am Law Daily reports.

Meanwhile, Allan Diamond, who Dewey enlisted to help recover assets in the bankruptcy, has begun sending demand letters to partners who did not join a February clawback settlement with the firm. Diamond told Am Law the partners will likely pay the trustee more money than they would have paid under the firm’s plan.

For more InsideCounsel coverage of the Dewey bankruptcy, see:

Judge OKs $19.5 million Dewey mismanagement deal

Former Dewey & LeBeouf chairman agrees to settle mismanagement claims

Dewey liquidation plan wins court approval

Dewey will pay to shred old client files

Dewey creditors can pursue claims against firm execs, judge rules

Dewey trustee objects to proposed $165,000 bonus

Former Dewey partner accuses Citibank of concealing firm’s financial troubles

Infographic: The timeline of Dewey’s downfall

Former Dewey partner sues management, claims they were “running a Ponzi scheme”

 

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