Receivers, Ponzi schemes, and evil zombies.

The Court released a revised opinion in Janvey v. Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, No. 11-10704 (originally issued October 23, 2012; revised March 18, 2013).  The expanded opinion withdraws the earlier holding that a federal equity receiver has standing to assert creditors’ fraudulent transfer claims arising from a Ponzi scheme.  The Court now holds that the receiver only has standing to assert the claims of the entities in receivership, but those entities are not considered to be “in pari delicto” with the operator of the scheme: “The appointment of the receiver removed the wrongdoer from the scene.  The corporations were no more [the perpetrator’s] evil zombies.”  Id. at 6 (quoting Eberhard v. Marcu, 530 F.3d 122, 132 (2d Cir. 2008), and citing Scholes v. Lehmann, 56 F.3d 750 (7th Cir. 1995) (Posner, C.J.)).