In an action alleging claims for fraud and conspiracy to commit fraud (among others), a New York appellate court upheld the trial court's conclusion that the "defendants are subject to jurisdiction under New York's long-arm statute because they were part of a conspiracy that involved the commission of tortious acts in New York," including agreements between defendants relating to Plaintiff.
The conspiracy's overt acts included defendant Weston Capital Management's "approval of a Gerova proxy statement on which they are listed and which seeks approval of the sham acquisition of a reinsurance company, their receipt of 'hush money' to ignore certain red flags and Gerova, and their failure to correct misrepresentations or disclose material information to the public." The Court also found that, even if the individual defendants – directors of Gerova – did not themselves include misrepresentations in the public filings, by their positions "one can rationally infer... they knew of the falsity of the facts therein, did not disclose material information, and allowed the misrepresentations to be publicly stated."
Plaintiff, the alleged target of the conspiracy, had standing to bring the fraud claim, as it sought recovery for damages for the theft of its assets.
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