Breach of Fiduciary Duty.


Byline: Derek Hawkins

7th Circuit Court of Appeals

Case Name: Michael Alonso, et al. v. Leslie J. Weiss, et al.

Case No.: 18-1740; 18-1791

Officials: SYKES, SCUDDER, and ST. EVE, Circuit Judges.

Focus: Breach of Fiduciary Duty

This appeal centers on the performance of the court-appointed receiver of financial advisory firm Nutmeg Group, LLC. The district court appointed the receiver after the Securities and Exchange Commission initiated an enforcement action against Nutmeg and its managing member, Randall Goulding. Against the Commission's allegations of ongoing fraud and misappropriation of client assets, the district court presiding over the SEC matter entered a temporary restraining order prohibiting Goulding from operating Nutmeg and appointed a receiver to oversee all aspects of the firm's business.

This civil suit followed. Goulding and a group of limited partners in one or more of the Nutmeg funds alleged that the receiver breached her fiduciary duties and, in doing so, reduced the value of the...

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