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Picard is suing the Mets owners -- Fred Wilpon and his Sterling Equities associates -- for between $300 million and as much as $ 1 billion for allegedly ignoring clear warning signs of fraud as they continued to cash in over the years.
Wilpon and others deny any wrongdoing, claiming the trustee is trying to force them into an unfair settlement. Judge Lifland claims there are 'special issues' that call for the involvment of an experienced mediator like Cuomo.
Meanwhile, reporters from more than 20 news organizations filed a written complaint with Judge Lifland Thursday for allowing the trustee and defense parties to keep court documents and filings sealed without any apparent legal finding or explanation in what is the biggest financial fraud case in history.
Federal law and the First Amendment requires a presumptive right of access to judicial records. Since the Mets case is now going into mediation, the Judge Thursday ordered "no documents relating to the matter to be mediated shall be filed with the Court."
But numerous other filings about alleged wrongdoing by major banks in the Madoff case remain filed under seal with the bankruptcy court.