When Crazy, Libelous, Crazy Came to Bankruptcy

May 2, 2022
Hosted by Ted Gavin

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Episode Description

Alex Jones claimed on his show, InfoWars, that the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School were fake; that the families of the twenty-six victims were "crisis actors." Unsurprisingly, they took offense - sued Jones for defamation, and won default judgments when Jones refused to produce information in response to a court order. On the eve of trials in Connecticut and Texas to set the amount of damages to which the plaintiffs will be entitled, entities owned by Jones file for bankruptcy protection in what is widely viewed to be an abuse of the bankruptcy process. Because why would this part of the story be any less unhinged than everything else involving Alex Jones? We'll explore just how much of an abuse of the bankruptcy process Jones' scheme is with Daniel Gill, bankruptcy reporter for Bloomberg Law. Buckle in, like everything else involving InfoWars, it's going to be a wild ride.

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Anyone can pay attention to financial ratios and textbook principles, but the best way to make use of this data is by giving them context. What are the stories others have created with their business challenges? From starting a new business from scratch to reinventing oneself for their second third act, this show explores how these personal stories translate into the business context. Everybody loves a good fraud story. Everybody loves a good war story. We can delight in the lessons provided by others’ experiences, both good and bad, funny and tragic, and even dumb. They all plant the seeds for good, compelling, interesting stories. Join us as we ask “What were they thinking?” and dive into the minds of business leaders who are out there, doing it every day. We’ll explore businesses as diverse as space to podcasting, sovereign citizens to Ponzi schemes. Our goal will be to make sure you enjoy it every step of the way, as we challenge the things you thought you always knew.

Ted Gavin

Ted Gavin is a turnaround specialist and understands corporate distress from all sides. He’s never been a big fan of business books and business shows. What he loves are war stories, and there are lessons to be learned from others’ interesting experiences and observations.

Ted is Founding Partner and Managing Director of Gavin/Solmonese LLC, a national boutique corporate turnaround, restructuring and litigation advisory firm. He was the 2018-2019 President of the American Bankruptcy Institute and is presently the ABI board’s Chair. Ted holds a Master of Dispute Resolution degree and a Master of Legal Studies degree from Pepperdine University School of Law, is a frequent expert witness in bankruptcy litigation and a practicing mediator. Ted has also developed expertise in lawyers’ professional ethics, helped amend a Federal Rule of Bankruptcy Procedure, and formed some task forces, one of which, the ABI Veterans and Servicemembers’ Affairs Task Force, was instrumental in getting the HAVEN Act passed, helping disabled veterans who need a fresh start relief of chapter 7 bankruptcy.

Ted lives in Chilmark, Massachusetts on Martha’s Vineyard. He works wherever his firm’s clients need him to be. He’s a husband, father of two adult daughters, person to four rescue cats, and an okay rhythm guitarist and bassist.

Ted’s moonlighting job is being the rhythm guitarist for The Indubitable Equivalents, the house band of the American Bankruptcy Institute.

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