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Parmalat Capital Finance Ltd. v. Grant Thornton International

United States Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit

June 25, 2014

PARMALAT CAPITAL FINANCE LIMITED, Plaintiff-Appellant,
v.
GRANT THORNTON INTERNATIONAL and GRANT THORNTON S.P.A., Defendants-Appellees. ENRICO BONDI, Plaintiff-Appellant,
v.
GRANT THORNTON INTERNATIONAL, et al., Defendants-Appellees

Argued May 27, 2014

Appeals from the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Eastern Division. Nos. 04 C 6031, 06 C 47 -- John W. Darrah, Judge.

For PARMALAT CAPITAL FINANCE LIMITED, acting by its Joint Provisional Liquidators, G. James Cleaver and Gordon J. MacRae, Plaintiff - Appellant (13-2245): J. Gregory Taylor, Attorney, Diamond Mccarthy Llp, Dallas, TX.

For Grant Thornton International, Defendant - Appellee (13-2245): Catherine M. Masters, Attorney, Schiff Hardin Llp, Chicago, IL; James L. Bernard, Attorney, Stroock, Stroock & Lavan Llp, New York, NY.

For ENRICO BONDI, Extraordinary Commissioner of Parmalat Finanziaria S.p.A., Parmalat S.p.A., and other affiliated entities, in Extraordinary Administration under the laws of Italy, Plaintiff - Appellant (13-2253): Sanford I. Weisburst, Attorney, Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, Llp, New York, NY.

For GRANT THORNTON INTERNATIONAL, an Illinois corporation with worldwide headquarters in the United Kingdom and with member and affiliated firms located in the United States and abroad, Defendant - Appellee (13-2253): Catherine M. Masters, Attorney, Schiff Hardin Llp, Chicago, IL; James L. Bernard, Attorney, Stroock, Stroock & Lavan Llp, New York, NY.

For GRANT THORNTON LLP, an Illinois limited liability partnership with its headquarters in Illinois, Defendant - Appellee (13-2253): Bruce Roger Braun I, Attorney, Linda T. Coberly, Attorney, Winston & Strawn Llp, Chicago, IL.

For DELOITTE TOUCHE TOHMATSU, a Swiss Verein (association) with its headquarters in New York and with member and affiliated firms located in the United States and abroad, Defendant - Appellee (13-2253): Robert W. Tarun, Attorney, Latham & Watkins Llp, Chicago, IL.

For DELOITTE & TOUCHE USA LLP, a Delaware limited liability partnership with its headquarters in New York, Defendant - Appellee (13-2253): Alan Salpeter, Attorney, Kaye Scholer Llp, Chicago, IL.

For DELOITTE & TOUCHE S.P.A, a Societa per Azioni under the laws of Italy, Defendant - Appellee (13-2253): Gabor Balassa, Attorney, Kirkland & Ellis Llp, Chicago, IL.

Before POSNER, EASTERBROOK, and HAMILTON, Circuit Judges.

OPINION

Posner, Circuit Judge.

These appeals arise from litigation relating to the collapse in 2003, following a decade of wild growth and mounting losses,

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of a large Italian food and dairy company named Parmalat. Parmalat entered bankruptcy in Italy and Enrico Bondi was appointed " extraordinary commissioner," the Italian equivalent of a bankruptcy trustee. The litigation ...


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