New York Federal District Court, Applying “Faithless Servant” Doctrine, Allows Morgan Stanley to Recoup Entire Compensation Paid to a Former Hedge Fund Portfolio Manager Who Admitted to Insider Trading

On December 19, 2013, the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York allowed Morgan Stanley to recoup more than $31 million paid in compensation to a former portfolio manager who admitted to insider trading.  Morgan Stanley originally sued former FrontPoint Partners, LLC portfolio manager Joseph F. “Chip” Skowron III (Skowron) in October 2012 to recoup compensation paid to him.  Morgan Stanley based its allegation of the right to claw back such compensation upon Skowron’s 2011 guilty plea to insider trading and obstruction of justice charges.  See “Morgan Stanley Sues Former FrontPoint Partners Portfolio Manager Joseph F. ‘Chip’ Skowron III for Losses Allegedly Caused by Skowron’s Insider Trading and Subsequent Cover-Up,” Hedge Fund Law Report, Vol. 5, No. 44 (Nov. 21, 2012).  After prevailing on some of its claims and losing on others, Morgan Stanley moved for partial summary judgment, based on New York’s “faithless servant” doctrine.  This article summarizes the faithless servant doctrine and the Court’s analysis.

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