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If the Department of Justice is looking to stop Asbestos Trust Fraud – Investigate the dealings of 2 Asbestos Lawyers – Alan Brayton and Steven Kazan!

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Steven Kazan – The Face of Asbestos Fraud – has misappropriated billions from asbestos victims.

These 2 disgraceful attorneys (Steven Kazan and Alan Brayton) serve as Fiduciaries/Trustees on nearly EVERY asbestos Trust in the Country. Here’s a simple rundown of Kazan and Brayton’s fraud and corruption:

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IT DOESN’T BE MUCH BETTER THAN THIS – JUSTICE DEPARTMENT HAS THEIR ‘EYE’ ON ASBESTOS TRUSTS –

https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/justice-department-files-statement-interest-new-asbestos-trust-proposal

Department of Justice

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Forbes contributing writer Dan Fisher nailed it!

Check out his new article detailing Asbestos Trust Fraud, Insider Dealing and the Misappropriation of Funds –

Here’s a link to the article –

https://www.forbes.com/sites/legalnewsline/2018/06/06/art-imitates-life-billions-describes-six-figure-part-time-jobs-on-asbestos-trusts/#7186b504301b

These corrupt lawyers involved don’t think we (those representing victims) don’t know?

To be sure they read the article – I made sure to e-mail each a link to the article – Here’s the e-mail – ;-P

LET THESE “LOSERS” (FIDUCIARIES) BELOW KNOW EVERYONE KNOWS THE FUNDS THEY ARE STEALING FROM ASBESTOS VICTIMS – 

From: Michael Mandelbrot <mandelbrot@asbestoslegalcenter.org>
To: Alfred Wolin <awolin@saiber.com>; Bethany P. Recht <brecht@kmklaw.com>; Bob Capritti <rcapritti@verusllc.com>; Marc E. Wolin <mwolin@saiber.com>; Suzanne Barkoff <sbarkoff@saiber.com>; Mary Ellen Nickel <mnickel@delcpf.com>; Melissa Metzfield <mmetzfield@claimsres.com>; Dan Myer <dmyer@verusllc.com>; Sander L. Esserman <esserman@sbep-law.com>; Mike Rooney <mfrclaims@mfrclaims.com>; Kathleen Campbell Davis <kdavis@camlev.com>; Marla R. Eskin <meskin@camlev.com>
Cc: Molly Spieczny <mspieczny@diiasbestostrust.org>; Nancy Freeman <nfreeman@diiasbestostrust.org>; Jared Garelick <jgarelick@claimsres.com>; Jason C. Rubinstein <jrubinstein@fklaw.com>; Marcellene Malouf <mmalouf@diiasbestostrust.org>; “ustpregion16.la.ecf@usdoj.gov” <ustpregion16.la.ecf@usdoj.gov>; Peter D’Apice <dapice@sbep-law.com>; Tom Florence <thomas.florence@ankuraconsulting.com>
Sent: Friday, June 8, 2018 11:21 AM
Subject: Asbestos Trust Funds – Recent Article

Notice – copy to blog/U.S. Trustee

Hi – Happy Friday.

Just wanted to be sure each of you “Fiduciaries” had seen the recent article below relating to Asbestos Trusts.

We all know what is taking place at every Trust in the Country. Favoritism  (by a pack of “pliable” Fiduciaries); Misappropriation of Victim Trust Funds (hundreds of millions to ‘favored parties’ and to yourselves..i.e… I have a receipt showing Brayton used victims Trust funds to pay for his wedding bills…); Sham Audits by interested parties like Ankura/Morgan Lewis (…”let’s deceive the U.S. Trustee that we are properly auditing claims after misappropriating billions….and hey, let’s fund Tom Florence – an interested party…”); Concealment of Asbestos Sites (at every Trust) harming Future and Present Victims of due Compensation. Asbestos Victims just want this conduct and vast misappropriation to stop.

Please be sure to share with each of your ‘Fiduciary’ friends. I’ve also attached another recent article with shows where victims money is going. Page 7 has a wonderful graphic.

I added some of my favorite quotes from the article below. “Pliable”

Have a nice weekend.

Art Imitates Life: ‘Billions’ Describes Six-Figure, Part-Time Jobs On Asbestos Trusts

Art Imitates Life: ‘Billions’ Describes Six-Figure, Part-Time Jobs On Asbestos Trusts

By Legal Newsline

Trustees, like the father of “Billions” co-creator Brian Koppelman, can make substantial salaries for …

“Trustees, typically selected by plaintiff lawyers, can earn several hundred thousand dollars a year for part-time jobs overseeing the management and dispensing of claims from the trusts….”

“In exchange, they (Kazan, Brayton and other Plaintiff Lawyers) want control over anybody who has a say about how this money is handed out,” said David Christian with DCA Law, who has represented numerous insurance companies in the often-adversarial process of determining who will ultimately foot the bills for asbestos claims. “They want somebody who is pliable.”

“Koppelman’s co-trustee on two trusts is Alfred M. Wolin, a retired federal judge whom the Third Circuit ordered off of several asbestos cases after insurers complained he had held hundreds of ex parte meetings with plaintiff lawyers. The court didn’t accuse Wolin of wrongdoing but cited the appearance of impropriety. Now in private practice, Wolin serves on seven asbestos bankruptcy trusts..” (…added text: …laughable to assume to there is not insider dealing in the selection of Wolin).

“The THAN trust was dominated by frequent fliers on the asbestos bankruptcy scene including Koppelman and Wolin, as well as an expert witness who has testified on the value of asbestos claims in nearly every bankruptcy in the past decade or so. The Future Claims Representative was Samuel Issacharoff, a NYU Law School expert on class actions and civil procedure who swore that future claimants were well protected under the first plan of distribution….

“Once in business, the trust started paying claims at 100% of estimated value, quickly transferring $325 million to current claimants  and their lawyers (i.e. Kazan and other “Favored Parties”), who typically collect 30% or more of any claim.”

After the highest-value claims had been paid (to “favored parties” such as Kazan/Brayton), the trust announced a 16-month halt, then readjusted its estimates to reduce the payout to 30%, citing the need to preserve assets for the future against a higher-than-expected $2.5 billion in claims.” (here, every future THAN victim got ‘screwed’ while Plaintiff lawyers and Fiduciaries got rich…complete fraud…)

Christian, the lawyer who frequently represents insurers at odds with plaintiff lawyers, co-wrote a 2011 article blaming plaintiff lawyers and their hand-picked allies on the bankruptcy trusts for what happened at the THAN Trust. He and his co-authors concluded that “thousands of claims were suddenly manufactured and voted on,” giving plaintiff lawyers overwhelming control over the process….(..with no Fiduciaries – just ‘buddies’ of favored parties overseeing the process…)

 

Thanks,

Mike

Mandelbrot Law Firm/Asbestos Legal Center

1223 Grant Ave. Suite C

Novato, CA 94945

(415) 895-5175 

(415) 727-4700 (fax)

Mandelbrot@asbestoslegalcenter.org

www.mesothelioma.pro

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Art Imitates Life: ‘Billions’ Describes Six-Figure, Part-Time Jobs On Asbestos Trusts

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Updated June 2018

Mary Ellen Nickel (mnickel@dcpf.com) and The Corrupt Women of Asbestos Litigation – Bad Lawyers/Disgraceful Thieves from Asbestos Victims

The “Corrupt Women of Asbestos Trust Litigation” – a pack of low-esteemed, dishonest, poor quality lawyers, who have conspired with their male Fiduciary superior  (typically male) to funnel “billions of trust dollars” back to the Superiors/Fiduciaries while harming the true Beneficiaries/Victims of the  Trusts.

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“The Dirty 30” – 30 Asbestos Bankruptcy Trust Lawyers Engaging in Fraud, Collusion, Breach of Trust, and Misappropriation of Trust Funds

They are all guilty. Every one of them. Collusion, Breach of Trust, Favoritism and Fraud.

Each solely has one goal in mind – Misappropriate as much as they can from Asbestos Trust Funds — the 30 Billion Dollars for asbestos victims. And misappropriate they have…..at least a BILLION DOLLARS. All monies that should have gone to victims has gone in these lawyers (and one Judges) pocket. Some even paint themselves as ‘victims advocates’ (i.e. Steven Kazan, Alan Brayton…)….but they are far from it – “Traitors” to the core who have stolen hundreds of millions from victims. Every asbestos victims gets less money because of these lawyers. Every one. All with one goal in mind….to line their pockets with as much money from Asbestos Trust Funds as they can…These are greedy and dishonest lawyers — each who has breached their Fiduciary and Ethical Duties and  have collectively misappropriated and assisted in the misappropriation of at least One Billion Dollars from Asbestos Trust funds.

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“The Dirty 30” – 30 Asbestos Bankruptcy Trust Lawyers Engaging in Fraud, Collusion, Breach of Trust, and Misappropriation of Trust Funds

They are all guilty. Every one of them. Collusion, Breach of Trust, Favoritism and Fraud.

Each solely has one goal in mind – Misappropriate as much as they can from Asbestos Trust Funds — the 30 Billion Dollars for asbestos victims. And misappropriate they have…..at least a BILLION DOLLARS. All monies that should have gone to victims has gone in these lawyers (and one Judges) pocket. Some even paint themselves as ‘victims advocates’ (i.e. Steven Kazan, Alan Brayton…)….but they are far from it – “Traitors” to the core who have stolen hundreds of millions from victims. Every asbestos victims gets less money because of these lawyers. Every one. All with one goal in mind….to line their pockets with as much money from Asbestos Trust Funds as they can…These are greedy and dishonest lawyers — each who has breached their Fiduciary and Ethical Duties and  have collectively misappropriated and assisted in the misappropriation of at least One Billion Dollars from Asbestos Trust funds.

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2017 Exemplified Asbestos Trust Fraud and the Concealment of Asbestos Job Sites. Defined it.

Fiduciary Fraud took place at nearly EVERY Asbestos Trust in the Country in 2017. The goal of the Fiduciaries? Divert as much money to the themselves, interested parties and “favored” Asbestos Claimant’s Committee Members. The leaders in the fraud? The “Asbestos Trust Mafia” (see my prior posts). The leaders? Steven Kazan, Alan Brayton, Tom Florence, Stephen Snyder, Gary Fergus, Michael Ahrens and a host of other “crooks” misappropriating Asbestos Victims’ funds. Despicable lawyers? Without question! But in 2017 – the fraud continued. Robust and Rampant.

Name the Trust and I will show you fraud. Owens Corning? Yes. Western Asbestos? The ‘billion dollar’ fraud! Thorpe Insulation? Concealment of thousands of ships. Other Trusts where thousands of Asbestos Sites Concealed to Defraud Present and Future Victims? ACandS, Yarway, Plant Insulation, A.P. Green, Fibreboard, USG….just to name a few.

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How Steven Kazan and Alan Brayton Misappropriated Billions from Asbestos Trust Funds in 4 Simple Steps

The “Methods” of Corruption of 2 California Asbestos Lawyers

Every present and future victim of asbestos diseases will receive less money because of 2 very corrupt lawyers – Steven Kazan and Alan Brayton. Look in any Asbestos Trust By-Laws and Trust Distribution Procedures and you will find them. Collectively, Steven Kazan and Alan Brayton control nearly every Asbestos Trust in the Country (approximately 30 Trusts totaling nearly $30 BILLION dollars). They are “Fiduciaries” for the victims of asbestos diseases. But on each Trust, Kazan and Brayton breach that “Fiduciary Duty”. Insider dealing? Yes! Concealment of Asbestos Trust sites? Yes. Collusion? Yes. The net result? The misappropriation of BILLIONS of dollars to Kazan and Brayton.