Firm stands by local record company OM Records in legal battle with former hedge fund manager
May 8, 2012 -- The Daily Journal featured an article on PE&G's representation of long-time client OM Records in litigation with former hedge fund manager Lawrence R. "Larry" Goldfarb and his wholly-owned business entity, LRG Capital Group. Goldfarb, arraigned in federal court last month on one count of wire fraud, has been accused by the federal government of "secretly diverting" approximately $12 million from a hedge fund he managed -- part of which allegedly ended up as an "investment" by LRG Capital in OM Records. In a judgment entered against him and one of his related business entities, Goldfarb was ordered to pay the amount of the allegedly "diverted" money together with interest and penalties into a court-established fund. (In a related administrative proceeding, Goldfarb was barred from the investment advisory business.) To date, he has failed to do that, and now faces the possibility of contempt of court, following a hearing at which United States District Judge William H. Alsup repeatedly referred to Goldfarb as a "fraudster." OM Records has been engaged in litigation with Goldfarb and LRG Capital related to this history and those parties' efforts to extract consideration from OM Records, including membership on its board of directors. In that action, San Francisco Superior Court Judge Loretta M. Giorgi entered an order last year finding that OM Records had "raised sufficient concerns on the current record as to how... Goldfarb acquired his directorship, i.e., by fraud." Goldfarb was also the subject of a recent sanction for failing to appear for his deposition in the case. The court has set a November trial date in the matter.
UPDATE -- June 26, 2012 -- In a blistering order, Judge Alsup found Goldfarb in civil contempt and imposed several remedial sanctions, including the appointment of a receiver to take control of his business and financial affairs. The order appointing the receiver stays all further proceedings in the OM Records case. The client is currently engaged in negotiations with the receiver in the hope of resolving this litigation.