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    MF Global Payout Approved for Unsecured Creditors

    NEW YORK—A judge on Wednesday approved a payout to MF Global’s unsecured creditors, who have waited nearly three years as customers of the collapsed brokerage already had their money returned. Judge Martin Glenn of U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Manhattan said James W. Giddens, the trustee in charge of winding down the brokerage, could pay the unsecured creditors about $295 million. A lawyer for Mr. Giddens said distributions to the unsecured creditors could begin as soon as the order is final. He also said settlements of unresolved claims could soon result in “very substantial” creditor distributions beyond the one approved Wednesday. More in the Wall Street Journal here.

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    Judge Holds Off Approving MF Global Payment to Creditors

    NEW YORK—MF Global’s creditors, who have waited nearly three years to get paid, will have to wait a little longer after a bankruptcy judge Monday held off approving its bid to repay them $295 million. Judge Martin Glenn of U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Manhattan was uncomfortable with one part of the proposal: MF Global’s request to estimate certain unresolved claims at zero dollars. The judge said he was “not happy” that he didn’t have enough information on some of the claims. “I think I’d like to know what the claim is before I estimate it at zero,” Judge Glenn said, his voice raised. More in the Wall Street Journal here.

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    PwC must face $1 billion lawsuit over MF Global advice

    A federal judge on Wednesday ordered PricewaterhouseCoopers to face a $1 billion lawsuit claiming that its bad accounting advice was a substantial cause of the October 2011 bankruptcy of MF Global Holdings Ltd, a brokerage run by former New Jersey Governor Jon Corzine. U.S. District Judge Victor Marrero in Manhattan said PwC’s [PWC.UL] advice on “repurchase-to-maturity” transactions through which Corzine bought $6.3 billion of European sovereign debt affected how MF Global implemented its strategy and in turn contributed to its alleged losses. More on Reuters here.

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    MF Global Seeks Permission to Repay Creditors

    MF Global Inc. wants court approval to pay $295 million owed to its creditors, now that it has paid back most of its customers. In a Tuesday filing with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Manhattan, trustee James W. Giddens said he wanted to distribute $295 million to creditors, who have waited nearly three years as all but a few individual brokerage and commodity customers received 100% of payments owed. The bulk of the money is earmarked for unsecured creditors, who would receive a first distribution of about 20% of what Mr. Giddens has agreed to pay. Holders of secured, administrative and priority claims that have been resolved will get 100% of their money all at once if the request is approved. More in the Wall Street Journal here.

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    Check Out JPMadoff.com — The True Horror Series Starring Fraud Street and You!

    Forget House of Cards, Game of Thrones, Madmen, and all the other series you can’t wait to restart. There’s a new series out that beats them all. It went live yesterday on this channel. It’s free for the viewing, well, actually for the reading. It’s as shocking and scary as anything you’ll see in The Walking Dead.
    No, there no pretend zombies eating your mother-in-law. Instead, there are real-life, crooked felons eating your lunch. They star, in Season 1, the JPMorgan Chase bankers who spent two decades laundering Bernie Madoff’s money without a single one going to jail or, it seems, even losing his job. Season 2 may feature other JPMorgan bankers (all of whom are not just walking the streets, but still managing people’s money) whose financial malfeasance has produced over $28 billion in JP Morgan fines over the past four years. Seasons 3 and beyond? No one knows. But Citigroup, Bank of America, Morgan Stanley, and Goldman Sachs and their bankers will, no doubt, play leading roles. More on Forbes here.

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