Questions: In July 2006, my stock broker messed up one of my stock trades, causing me $300,000 in damages in one day. I was forced into bankruptcy as a result in May.2007. The matter was investigated by IDA (Investors Dealers Association), and the broker was found guilty, and they offered me a settlement of $100,000, if I sign a document that promises not to sue them. I am still in bankruptcy, as one of my creditors has opposed my discharge.
My questions include:
1. Since the broker’s actions caused my bankruptcy, and they were found guilty, is there any way for me to have the bankruptcy annulled?
2. My trustee wants me to sign the settlement, however, I consider the settlement to be insufficient. Is there a way for me to have the right to sue the broker transferred back to me?
3. If the trustee refuses to pursue a better settlement offer from the broker on my (and the creditors) behalf, do I have any legal recourse?
Answer: You are asking some very involved questions. We recommend you consult a lawyer with experience in bankruptcy law.
In general, yes, it is possible to have a bankruptcy annulled. You would apply to bankruptcy court for the annullment. The most common reason for annulling a bankruptcy would be that all of the creditors have been repaid in full. If you are not able to repay the creditors in full with the settlement, it will probably be difficult to get an annullment.
The other option would be to file a proposal. The proposal, if accepted by your creditors, has the effect of annulling the bankruptcy. Your trustee can provide you with more detail, or you can consult another trustee. If you file a proposal, any proceeds received from the settlement would go to you (which you may then use to fund your proposal).
Again, as for your legal rights regarding your trustee, you should seek detailed legal advice.