Blank Rome Document Production Case Nearing Resolution
The case in which the receiver of a financial services company, which turned out to be a Ponzi scheme, has sued Blank Rome in an effort to compel the production of client files the firm has related to one of the scheme's lenders is almost resolved, according to a federal judge's order.
U.S. District Judge Juan R. Sanchez of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania issued a September 4 order continuing until further notice both Blank Rome's deadline to respond to the receiver's motion to enforce the subpoena and an in-person conference scheduled for September 6 because the parties have informed the court that the "matter appears to be nearing a resolution."
The receiver's July 23 motion to enforce the subpoena in Gordon v. Blank Rome alleged that Blank Rome said it would turn over at least some of the client files, but had yet to do so.
The files at issue deal with Blank Rome clients as well as a real estate company partially owned by a former Blank Rome partner in Boca Raton, Fla., who has since moved to Greenberg Traurig.
According to the motion to enforce the subpoena, an arbitrator has already found that the documents in question from 2006 and 2007 are not protected by attorney-client privilege. Receiver Robert D. Gordon argued in the motion that he needed the documents quickly to prepare for an upcoming arbitration in a related case.
On August 12, the parties agreed to a stipulation to extend the time Blank Rome had to respond to Gordon's motion from August 9 until August 21, which Sanchez approved.
Sanchez also issued an order that same day scheduling an in-person conference for August 28.
But on August 21, the parties signed another stipulation to extend Blank Rome's time to respond to the motion until August 30 because the firm had "begun producing the responsive documents and expects to complete its production over the next week, seeking to obviate the need to file a written response to the motion, and mooting it."
Sanchez approved the second stipulation and rescheduled the August 28 in-person conference for September 6.
But on September 4, Sanchez issued an order continuing the conference and Blank Rome's response deadline until further court order, directing the parties to provide a written status update by September 30.