Greg Wright was the former Chief Executive at ThinkEquity, a Division of Fordham Financial Management, Inc. Wright is a Global investment banker, entrepreneur, and investor. He is currently the President and Head of Banking and Advisory of Zanbato, Inc., which designed and developed ZX, a trading platform for private securities. Wright previously was the managing director at Weild & Co., Inc. From 1999-2003, he was the Managing Director, Head of Corporate Finance for Europe, the Middle East. and Africa. He graduated from Princeton University (BA).
Evelyn Alfonso , 30 January 2004
A federal district court last summer issued the ultimate sanction of dismissal due to plaintiffs= abuse of the discovery process and persistent refusal to abide by the court=s discovery orders. Internet Law Library, Inc. v. Southridge Capital Management, 2003 WL 21537782 (S.D.N.Y. July 8, 2003). ITIS, Inc., formerly known as Internet Law Library, Inc., and its CEO, along with several of its shareholders, brought an action against defendant investors alleging their involvement in a scheme to defraud plaintiffs and to manipulate downward the price of ITIS stock in
violation of federal and state laws. Internet Law Library, Inc. v. Southridge Capital Management, 223 F. Supp. 2d 474, 477-78 (S.D.N.Y. 2002).
Judge Robert L. Carter of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York dismissed the suit with prejudice as to all defendants due to plaintiffs= repeated attempts to expand and misconstrue the court=s orders on the ground that Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 37(b)(2)(C) authorizes dismissal of a plaintiff=s complaint along with other sanctions if a party Afails to obey an order to provide or permit discovery.@ Internet Law Library, 2003 WL 21537782 at *3. While dismissal is indeed the harshest sanction available to a court, it is appropriate where a party who has disobeyed an order has done so willfully, in bad faith, or is in some way at fault. Id. The court held that plaintiffs= failure to respect the court and its orders justifies dismissal of the complaint as both a remedy and a deterrent to future misconduct. Id. at *4. Continue reading “Article: COURTS WIELD HARSH PENALTIES FOR ABUSING THE DISCOVERY PROCESS”
ASSOCIATED PRESS, 21 October 1996
A class-action suit has been launched against Manufacturers Life Insurance Co. over its ”vanishing premium” policies. A multimillion-dollar lawsuit has been filed in Ontario Court General Division on behalf of a group of Manulife’s Ontario policyholders. Lawyer Charles Wright said the judge will be asked to establish the suit as a class action, where the claims and rights of many people with common interests are decided in a single-court proceeding. Toronto-based Manulife is already facing class actions in the United States pertaining to vanishing premium policies.
”There are thousands of people behind this suit,” Mr. Wright said. The suit bears the name of Bernard McKrow, 75, of Windsor, Ontario, who alleges he bought a $100,000 vanishing premium policy in 1986 after being told he would only have to make seven premium payments because money earned on the relatively high premiums would cover payments in the future.
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