Jon Corzine's Got Money To Burn

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A bankruptcy judge said MF Global can use existing insurance policies to pay potential "wrongful act" legal-defense fees for former Chief Executive Jon S. Corzine and other executives, even as commodities customers continue to argue that they are entitled to at least some of the money. Judge Martin Glenn of U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Manhattan approved the request by MF Global to free up insurance money from two separate entities: a total of $150 million in potential coverage from a subsidiary called MF Global Assurance and as much as $225 million from U.S. Specialty Insurance Co. With $375 million in proceeds potentially available, Judge Glenn said he will place a "soft cap" of $30 million for the defense costs, with the parties required to come back to court for approval of further use of the funds. He overruled several customer objections. [WSJ, related]

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