pdvsa us litigation trust
David Boies legal career has been referred, almost unanimously, as that of a very successful professional, a superstar lawyer with an exceptional attention to detail who has gotten a choice of cases that have catapulted him, and his firm, to the very top.
The Department of Justice should activate established cooperation channels with the Swiss, and make sure that evidence of rampant corruption related to this case cements other ongoing probes. DoJ should exploit the opportunity presented by Boies' decision to get in bed with the likes of Wilmer Ruperti. It is a gift. The actionable intelligence that could be gotten, put to good use, can help remediate one of the hemisphere's worst humanitarian and political crises.
There's something rotten about PDVSA US Litigation Trust's legal adventures. If complaint filed by David Boies in a Florida court is to be believed, PDVSA entered into an agreement in July 2017 with Boies' law firm, tasked with suing 49 co-conspirators (Morillo, Baquero, Helsinge, Trafigura et al) in a fraud scheme said to have cost over $5 billion. The Engagement Letter, that set the conditions governing the parties' division of (possible) proceeds, remains hidden.
It doesn't get any more brutal than this really, a Florida Judge - U.S. Magistrate Judge Alicia Otazo-Reyes- is questioning the whole legality of PDVSA US Litigation Trust.
Further to recent lawsuit pitting PDVSA against some of world’s largest oil traders, leaked documents show that PDVSA wanted to establish a trading company in Geneva, under a “non-incorporated Joint Trading Venture” with Trafigura, one of the 49 defendants named in PDVSA’s lawsuit.