Life Partners Holdings, Inc. (Nasdaq GS: LPHI)
announced today that the United States District Court for the District of Nevada has issued summary judgment in favor of the company’s operating subsidiary, Life Partners, Inc. dismissing a variety of claims brought by a group of LPI clients and upholding a judgment issued by a Texas state court involving the same parties and issues.
On October 26, 2012, a Texas state court granted judgment in favor of LPI declaring, among other things:
- that LPI did not breach any contractual duties to Plaintiffs,
- that LPI disclosed that the life expectancy and rate of return were estimates only,
- that LPI adequately informed Plaintiffs of the risks involved in the investment,
- that LPI breached no contractual duties to Plaintiffs related to the life expectancies or rates of return, and
- there is no fiduciary or special relationship between LPI and Plaintiffs.
The Texas court also awarded attorney’s fees against Plaintiffs.
In issuing its order, the Nevada Federal District Court found:
- there was no genuine issue of material fact that the Texas state court entered a prior final judgment on the merits in the action between Plaintiffs and LPI,
- the Federal case is based on the same claims that were or could have been raised in the Texas state court action; and
- The Plaintiffs’ claims in the Federal case are barred under claim preclusion.
Based on these findings, the court ordered that Judgment is entered in favor of Life Partners, Inc. and against Plaintiffs.
Life Partners CEO Brian Pardo commented, "We are very gratified to see justice done. The claims in this case are the same as those raised in other cases and we will continue to defend ourselves against these frivolous lawsuits. We will also be seeking to recover our attorney’s fees, both against the Plaintiffs as well as their attorneys.”