List of 40 Bronfman-Funded Lawsuits – She Claims They Were Meritorious – Victims Said They Were Used as Weapons to Destroy Them

William Savino, attorney with his client Clare Bronfman.

One of the considerations in the sentencing of Clare Bronfman to 81 months in prison was her history of vexatious litigation. Her attorney, Ronald Sullivan argued that every lawsuit was meritorious and that she won most of her lawsuits.

Sullivan told the court, without providing evidence, that “most of the litigation claimed to be vexatious was, in fact, successful in courts of competent jurisdiction.”

Her victims said she funded litigation against them for years for no purpose other than to destroy them. Four women in particular spoke at her sentencing to discuss the relentless nature of Bronfman-funded litigation. They were Toni Natalie: here ; Susan Dones: here; Barbara Bouchey: here; and Kristin Keeffe: here

They claim that Bronfman could afford a battery of attorneys and sue in various courts making her opponents spend all their money – and causing them great emotional and psychological damage.

Since there is a wide disparity between what Clare’s attorney claimed and what her victims say – and since the sentence is going to be appealed – let us take a look at Clare’s record of funding lawsuits.

Of 40 lawsuits, Clare was victorious in three cases.

Most cases were dismissed without a victor, other than the lawyers.

The following list of cases are ones where either Clare was a party or she funded the lawsuit, usually along with her sister, Sara.

  1. Raniere v. Natalie – Intervention in bankruptcy case. Judge Robert Littlefield sized up Raniere’s litigation against Toni Natalie as follows: “The individual challenging the Debtor’s [Natalie] discharge is her former boyfriend; this matter smacks of a jilted fellow’s attempt at revenge or retaliation against his former girlfriend, with many attempts at tripping her up along the way.” 
  2. Salzman v. Natalie – Intervention in bankruptcy case [Dismissed]
  3. Natalie secured a restraining order against Barbara Jeske, a longtime member of Raniere’s inner circle, after she’d videotaped Jeske tampering with her mail.
  4. NXIVM v. Rick Ross [Dismissed]
  5. NXIVM v Morris Sutton, Rochelle Sutton, Stephanie Franco, a spin-off from the Rick Ross case [Dismissed]
  6. NXIVM v Paul Martin, PhD., and Wellspring Retreat, Inc., a spin-off from the Rick Ross case [Dismissed]
  7. NXIVM v John Hochman M.D., a spin-off from the Rick Ross case [Dismissed]
  8. NXIVM v. Interfor, a spin-off from the Rick Ross case [Dismissed]
  9. NXIVM Et Al v. O’Hara, Rutnik, and Polit [Dismissed]
  10. NXIVM v Douglas Rutnik [Settled for $100,000, a victory]
  11. Bronfman v. O’Hara – Intervention in bankruptcy case [Dismissed]
  12. NXIVM v. Metroland [Dismissed]
  13. People v. O’Hara – Albany County Criminal Case [NXIVM/ESP and Clare Bronfman sought to have O’Hara indicted in Albany County (NY). NXIVM made arrangements for Nxivm’s in-house Legal Liaison to be placed in the Office of the Albany County District Attorney as an unpaid Legal Intern. The indictment was dismissed on June 19, 2007 by Albany County Court Judge Thomas Breslin who noted that the instructions that were given to the Grand Jury by the District Attorney’s Office were “…so brief as to fail to provide appropriate legal instruction – and “…inadequate to comply with…Criminal procedure Law”.  [Dismissed]
  14. Sitrick and Company Inc. v. NXIVM Corporation – Unpaid bill [Stiffed company so they won.]
  15. Salzman v. Continental Airlines – [Nancy Salzman alleged Continental lost her laptop – and sued for $700,000 for lost data in the laptop. [Dismissed.]
  16. Bronfman v. O’Hara – Intervention in bankruptcy case [Dismissed]
  17. Precision v. Plyam Et Al [Clare won but got no money  because they bankrupted the defendant.]
  18. Bronfman v. Yuri Plyam – Intervention in bankruptcy case [Settled for a fraction of the money spent in legal fees, a victory]
  19. NXIVM v. Dones – Intervention in bankruptcy case. Judge Brian D. Lynch said, “NXIVM’s claims and litigation tactics were disproportionate and largely lacking in merit,” in dismissing nearly all claims against Dones.  [Dones won.]
  20. NXIVM v. Woolhouse – Intervention in bankruptcy case [Judge Lynch chastised NXIVM. He wrote: “Her ‘sin’ was to attempt to walk away after discovering that NXIVM was not what she thought or hoped. In return, she was labeled as ‘suppressive,’ a term that NXIVM applies to former associates who leave the company or whom NXIVM perceives to be its enemies, and subjected to protracted litigation from two large law firms and a phalanx of attorneys.”  [Woolhouse won]
  21. NXIVM v. Bouchey – Intervention in bankruptcy case [Dismissed]
  22. NXIVM v. Bouchey – NYS Supreme Court – Dismissed
  23. Bronfman v. Bouchey – NYS Supreme Court – Dismissed
  24. NXIVM v. Bouchey – California SLAM case  – Dismissed
  25. Bronfman filed a complaint against Bouchey with FINRA (Financial Industry Regulatory Authority) – Dismissed.
  26. Bronfman filed a complaint against Bouchey with Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc. – Dismissed
  27.  Bronfmans pressed for criminal investigation by the district attorney of Saratoga County to charge Bouchey with extortion – Declined.
  28. NXIVM/Raniere attempted to get Toni Natalie indicted on bank fraud with US Attorney Western District – Declined
  29. Raniere et al filed a complaint against Toni Natalie with the New York State Liquor Authority/Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control – Dismissed
  30. The Bronfmans sisters filed complaints against Yuri Plyam with the National Futures Association (NFA) – and the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC). Both complaints were denied because the Bronfman sisters never had any trading accounts with Mr. Plyam. It should be noted that the Bronfman sisters “loaned” approximately $65 million to First Principles, Inc. in order to cover Mr. Raniere’s losses in the commodities account that had been established in that entity’s name. [Ddismissed]
  31. Clare Bronfman v. Parlato – NYS Supreme Court, Civil case. Bronfman alleges there was no written contract covering a $1 million load/advance she had paid to Parlato. Parlato is countersuing for $7 million. [Pending]
  32. Clare Bronfman filed a criminal complaint against Parlato in the Western District of New York. Contradicting her sworn affidavit in the civil case, Clare told the Grand Jury there was a written contract covering the same $1 million loan/advance she had paid to Parlato. – [Bronfman charges dismissed]
  33. NXIVM v. Canaprobe – Montreal, Canada: Clare Bronfman alleges that after she hired Canaprobe to spy on U.S. federal judges and others and obtain their bank records and other personal information, the company provided her with fake records. [Dismissed]
  34. NXIVM v. Toni Natalie, Vanity Fair, Albany Times Union, Jim Odato, Suzanna Andrew, John Tighe. Joseph O’Hara, Barbara Bouchey, and others – Civil Computer Trespass Case [Bronfman perjury caused the judge to dismiss the case].
  35. People v. Natalie Et Al – Criminal Computer Trespass Case [Case dismissed] [Bronfman perjury caused the prosecutor to drop the case.] Tighe pled guilty to this and other charges. [Partial victory]
  36. Raniere v Keeffe [child custody] Raniere denied he was the father of a male child and created an elaborate story about the child being an orphan. Keeffe and the child fled from Raniere in 2014. Raniere then, claiming he was the father, sued Keeffe for custodial rights. [Dismissed]
  37. Raniere v. Microsoft & AT&T [US Court Northern District of Texas] Raniere claimed he invented a technology these companies use. Was unable to prove ownership of patents. Created a fictitious document transferring ownership from the true patent holder. Was caught. Case dismissed. Raniere was admonished by the judge for lying and sanctioned $1.2 million. [Dismissed]
  38. Raniere v Global Technologies. Raniere sued in Washington State Court to prove he owns patents that were not issued in his name. He had no written contract or documentary proof. He alleges he made a verbal agreement more than 20 years ago. The patents are the same ones he was admonished for lying about in federal court in Texas. [Dismissed]
  39. NXIVM [Mexico] v. Toni Zarattini, [and Toni Natalie, Joseph O’Hara, Barbara Bouchey, and others] alleging criminal extortion. Mr. Zarattini’s ‘offense’ was quitting ESP and allegedly telling others about the practice of branding women etc. [Dismissed]. Clare forwarded letters to her Mexican attorney to threaten whistleblowers.
  40. NXIVM/Clare Bronfman attempted to bring criminal charges in Vancouver against Sarah Edmondson. [No action taken]

The results of 40 lawsuits and over $30 million in legal fees are that Clare won three cases and lost 36, with one pending.

However, if you judge a victory as ruining the life of your adversary, Clare, arguably was very successful.

Toni Natalie, Joe O’Hara, Susan Dones, Kim Woolhouse, Barbara Bouchey, John Tighe, Jim Odato, Kristin Keeffe, Toni Zarattini, Sarah Edmondson, Suzanna Andrews, a number of DOS members, and myself, experienced significant financial losses fighting Clare’s inordinate wealth and less than scrupulous litigation style.

In the end, Judge Nicholas Garaufis seemed to side with the victims who claimed Clare abused the legal process – using her wealth in order to ruin enemies financially and emotionally.

If you count the 41st case she was involved in, the only case she did not initiate, her criminal case, she lost that one.

She is now a loser in the same arena she sought to destroy so many others.

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  • That is a very important and useful list. In days when often rich people and many others think they can change the past/distort things to change what is read on-line having provable facts is all the more important.

  • “Sitrick and Company Inc. v. NXIVM Corporation – Unpaid bill [Stiffed company so they won.]” Does this mean that Sitrick sued NXIVM for an unpaid bill, won the case, but then NXIVM stiffed them anyway? If so, this should have moved into a contempt of court charge and forced NXIVM to pay up. LOL

    Also, NXIVM did most of the suing, so every single case that was dismissed was a legal win for the defendant even though it was a financial loss – that’s the beauty of good anti-SLAPP laws, the defendant can recover their legal costs and in some cases countersue for harassment and a frivolous lawsuit that led to mental anguish, etc. LOL

    This arrangement keeps abusive entities from suing others in the first place. LOL

    By the way, there is no federal anti-SLAPP law, some states have weak or no such laws, and others have strong to very strong laws, and New York State has a law, but it is very weak, it has a grade of “D,” the lowest grade possible unless a state has no law and these are assigned an “F”: LOL

    Scott wishes the strong Texas law existed when the Amway scam sued him in 2010, because he could have not only kicked Amway’s corporate butt with the resulting Settlement Agreement which can be found here: but also exercised the anti-SLAPP law to recover his tens of thousands of dollars in legal costs. LOL

  • Frank, why do you permit so many irrelevant — and lengthy — comments? People should not be allowed to hijack the forum to make lengthy statements on unrelated matters.

      • You agree and yet you (or someone else working for you) approves the comments. LOL

        You have even stated you will not publish unrelated comments and then they are published. LOL

        The “we” you are referring to is yourself or someone being directed by you, simply don’t publish the off-topic comments, easy-peasy. LOL

        Some would say that you are at best confused. LOL

        • It takes time to change policy and it is imperfect. I would like for a certain well-liked commenter to possibly stop posting about Joe Biden. Not because what he is posting is untrue but because the stories are not about Biden. There should be a tie in to the story. I would also like it if commenters did not try to be snarky with other commenters. I want new commenters to feel encouraged to comment based on ideas.

          • How hard is it to change that policy? LOL

            If the comment is off-topic either don’t publish it or publish it as it’s own story. LOL

            Imperfect? LOL

            It’s blatantly obvious to me, would you like some help? LOL

            It’s been several months since you announced it, should we expect it to take years or decades to implement? LOL

            Snarky is good, would you rather we be fake? LOL

            Very few people reading any website make comments. LOL

      • Oh, good. Obviously there will always be some banter only loosely related to the topic, which is OK, but when you post something about, say, Bronfman’s sentence appeal and someone responds with one…two…three long comments (with photos and links) about Senator Smith’s speech at the debates concerning the new Reciprocal Investments in China and the East (RICE) Treaty…well, then it’s time for some intensive comment moderation. I know…good help is hard to find!

    • On-line, I just don’t read what I don’t want to and prefer no censorship (within reason) as a basic principle.

  • Rudy Giuliani explains how the Joe Biden Crime Family divvies up the Loot!
    (The Joe Biden Crime Family has ties to the Whitey Bulger Crime Family of Boston.)
    The BIDEN CRIME FAMILY’S Payoff Scheme | Rudy Giuliani’s EXCLUSIVE Reaction

  • Rudy Giuliani explains how Joe Biden is a Gangster who runs an international extortion ring and how he, Giuliani, came to possess Hunter Biden’s laptop.
    (Hunter Biden has more weiner pictures than Anthony Weiner.)

    EXCLUSIVE: Rudy Giuliani on the NEW Hunter Biden Leaks!

    • Shadow, where is JFK Jr.? Today was the day he was supposed to take over as VP.
      I sure hope he hasn’t died again….

  • The Hunter Biden Laptop case is about to get Real.
    Real like Keith Raniere-Cami-NXIVM Real.

    Hunter Biden laptop subpoena possibly signed by FBI child porn investigator

    This analysis also suggests the subpoena was served by an FBI agent based out of the bureau’s satellite office in downtown Wilmington. The name of the agent, though not 100% legible, appears to be “Joshua Wilson.” Over the past decade, a number of news outlets have quoted or described an FBI agent with the same name.

    Last year, The Star-Ledger newspaper described him as “an FBI agent based in New Jersey who has spent nearly five years working full time on child pornography.” In 2012, the same Joshua Wilson signed a criminal complaint that charged a New Jersey man with collecting and distributing child pornography. The signature on that complaint clearly matches the unreversed signature on the subpoena published by the New York Post.

    It’s unclear whether the FBI employs more than one agent named Joshua Wilson. But the available evidence seems to show the Joshua Wilson who signed the subpoena for Hunter Biden’s laptop and the Joshua Wilson who investigates child pornography for the FBI are the same person. This raises the possibility, not explored by the Post, that the FBI issued the subpoena for reasons unrelated to Hunter Biden’s role in Ukraine and Burisma.

    So the sexual predator who sniffs little girls has a son who’s likely being investigated by child porn specialists at the FBI.

    Gee, what a surprise.

    From the US Senate Homeland Security Committee

    Hunter Biden paid nonresident women who were nationals of Russia or other Eastern
    European countries and who appear to be linked to an “Eastern European prostitution or
    human trafficking ring.”

    a much broader array of questionable financial transactions involving Hunter Biden, other
    members of the Biden family, and their associations with foreign nationals. These foreign
    nationals have questionable backgrounds that have been identified as being consistent with a
    range of criminal activities, including but not limited to organized prostitution and/or human
    trafficking, money laundering, fraud, and embezzlement.

    There is extensive public reporting concerning Hunter Biden’s alleged involvement with prostitution services. Records on file
    with the Committees do not directly confirm or refute these individual reports. However, they do confirm that Hunter Biden sent
    thousands of dollars to individuals who have either: 1) been involved in transactions consistent with possible human trafficking;
    2) an association with the adult entertainment industry; or 3) potential association with prostitution. Some recipients of those
    funds are Ukrainian and Russian citizens. The records note that it is a documented fact that Hunter Biden has sent funds to nonresident
    alien women in the United States who are citizens of Russia and Ukraine and who have subsequently wired funds they
    have received from Hunter Biden to individuals located in Russia and Ukraine. The records also note that some of these transactions are linked to what “appears to be an Eastern European prostitution or human trafficking ring.”

    Hunter Biden, Burisma,
    and Corruption:
    The Impact on U.S.
    Government Policy and
    Related Concerns

    U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland
    Security and Governmental Affairs
    U.S. Senate Committee on Finance
    Majority Staff Report

  • Clare is really coming along in her pursuit of reality and repentance. Look at the way she’s making her lawyer lie to give her a longer sentence in future trials.

    Good job, Clare. That will show them you’re committed to staying in prison as long as possible.

  • Compelling piece, Frank. It really brings it all home in a glaring light. We tend to forget this isn’t a few isolated incidents.

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His work to expose and take down NXIVM is featured in books like “Captive” by Catherine Oxenberg, “Scarred” by Sarah Edmonson, “The Program” by Toni Natalie, and “NXIVM. La Secta Que Sedujo al Poder en México” by Juan Alberto Vasquez.

Parlato has been prominently featured on HBO’s docuseries “The Vow” and was the lead investigator and coordinating producer for Investigation Discovery’s “The Lost Women of NXIVM.” Parlato was also credited in the Starz docuseries "Seduced" for saving 'slave' women from being branded and escaping the sex-slave cult known as DOS.

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