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ponzi scheme Bernie Madoff linked case settles in Dublin after notorious fraudster dies in US prison

The 82-year-old former Wall Street investor was involved in a U$65 billion fraud in the US

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Bernard Madoff, the financier who ran the largest Ponzi scheme in history, died of natural causes in US federal prison. Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images

Bernard Madoff, the financier who ran the largest Ponzi scheme in history, died of natural causes in US federal prison. Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images

Bernard Madoff, the financier who ran the largest Ponzi scheme in history, died of natural causes in US federal prison. Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images

A marathon High Court case due to begin in Dublin this week concerning the Ponzi scheme run by Bernie Madoff was settled shortly after the fraudster died in prison on Wednesday.

The 82-year-old former Wall Street investor who defrauded thousands of investors out of billions had been in the 12th year of his 150 year prison for the Ponzi fraud.

A British Virgin Islands (BVI) registered investment fund, Defender Ltd had sued HSBC Continental Europe (formerly HSBC France) of Grand Canal Square, Dublin, in the High Court.

Reliance Management BVI Ltd and Reliance International Research LLC, Defender's investment manager, had been joined by HSBC as third parties.

Defender claimed negligence and breach of contract regarding HSBC's alleged role as a custodian of funds lost as a result of fraud by its alleged sub-custodian Bernie L Madoff Securities LLC.

That company was operated by Madoff, who was involved in a U$65 billion Ponzi scheme in the US.

It was alleged the Reliance companies had full knowledge of all risks associated with funds being entrusted to the Madoff company and of all risks associated with that.

The claims were denied.

The case was due to begin on Tuesday before Mr Justice Mark Sanfey and scheduled to last a marathon 24 weeks.

The judge granted adjournments to allow the talks to proceed and was told at 4pm on Wednesday by Dermot Gleeson SC, for Defender, it had been resolved by agreement on confidential terms.

Counsel asked for an adjournment to next month when it is expected the court will be requested to make final orders.

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The judge congratulated the parties on their hard work and adjourned it to May.

He also said counsel may not have been aware but Mr Madoff had just passed away.

Counsel said they were.

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