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Wells Fargo, Greenberg Traurig Sued for Real Estate Investment Fraud

Banking giant Wells Fargo and international law firm Greenberg Traurig are defendants in a lawsuit by an investor who claims the two firms concocted a scheme to hide the shaky financial status of a loan brokerage.

Investor David Nolan claims in his lawsuit, filed in Alameda County, that the loan broker – RE Loans, LLC, failed to disclose its poor liquidity status. Greenberg Traurig, RE Loans’ outside counsel, is accused of conspiring with Wells Fargo to conceal its shortage of capital by getting Wells to extend the broker $50 million worth of credit. This is despite the fact that both firms knew that RE Loans was forbidden in its investor agreements from taking on third party debt.

As a result of the deception, Nolan alleges that he lost about $665,000 that he had invested with RE Loans. His causes of action against Greenberg Traurig include aiding and abetting breach of fiduciary duty, fraud by misrepresentation, fraud by concealment, and secondary liability for securities fraud.

Read the original article in American Lawyer.

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