This means no more juicy details will be forthcoming. That’s probably why they settled.
This is an interesting story on Jump Trading, which has a long-standing interest in my website.
Jump’s co-founder Paul Gurinas is also named in the Shirley vs. Jed Capital and Harada court case. As a previous business partner of John Harada, he may very well have insights into NTKN’s operations and the advantages it provided to Jed Capital.
This case promises to offer interesting insights on the relationship between strange news agencies and proprietary trading firms, but, wow!, has it ever been taking a long time to get the information out. So, given that justice seems to be delayed, here are some court documents to tide you all over until next month’s hearing. (Discovery to be completed by 4/13/2012. Status hearing by telephone set for 4/18/2012 at 8:45 a.m.) First off, it seems that since I last posted documents, Jed Capital has countersued Christopher Shirley and his brother, John Shirley. Here’s the Counter-Defendants’ Answer to the Counterclaim and Third-Party Complaint to get things started: Shirley v. Jed Capital and John Harada: An Update More documents to come…
March 10, 2012
Here are the witnesses as named in a document filed on February 4, 2011: The Plaintiff, Christopher Shirley, in the above entitled matter files this document in compliance with the initial disclosure requirements of Local Rule 26.
I. WITNESSES KNOWN TO PLAINTIFF AT THIS TIME: A. Christopher Shirley Mr. Shirley is the Plaintiff in this matter and will provide testimony relevant to allegations of the Complaint, Answer, Affirmative Defenses and Counterclaims. B. David Oosterbaan Mr. Oosterbaan will testify concerning the finances of Jed Capital; payment of expenses; the financial relationship between Jed and Need to Know News (NTKN). Mr Oosterbaan will also testify concerning the London Stock Exchange and ISO Projects. Mr Oosterbaan will also testify concerning Plaintiff’s ongoing complaints concerning lack of resources and internal charges. C. Michael Pelech Mr. Pelech will testify concerning his authority and responsibility as a manager of JED. Mr. Pelech will testify concerning the management of JED by John Harada and will further provide information concerning the financial aspects of Plaintiff’s investment in JED. Mr. Pelech will also testify concerning the relationship between JED and NTKN. D. Christopher Keating Mr. Keating will testify that Christopher Shirley and John Shirley did not and were unable to sabotage the JED software. He will further testify concerning the relationship between JED and NTKN. E. Madala Rao Mr. Rao was a member of JED and an employee. His employment was terminated. Mr. Rao will testify concerning the relationship between JED and NTKN. F. David Berger Mr. Berger will testify concerning the fact that he was on the JED payroll but never worked for JED. It is anticipated that he will testify that he worked for NTKN. G. Jeff Gomberg Mr. Gomberg was a partner of EV. EV had a business relationship with JED. EV filed suit against JED alleging mismanagement of JED. H. Ben Jackman Mr. Jackman was a partner of EV Financial Systems. EV had a business relationship with JED. EV filed suit against JED alleging mismanagement of JED. I. Paul Horak Mr. Horak will testify concerning the use and management of the LRP Program subsequent to August, 2009. J. Pedro Espinoza Mr. Espinosa was an employee of JED. He was a system operator of the LRP Program and will testify concerning the mechanics of the LRP operation. K. Vlad (Last name is not known at this time.) This witness (Vlad Pasman?) will testify as to the operations of JED and the relationship between JED and NTKN. L. Mark Lupei Mr. Lupei was the accountant for JED. He will testify concerning the finances and financial records of JED Capital. M. John Harada Mr. Harada will testify in his own defense. N. John Shirley Mr. Shirley will testify that the allegations of the Counterclaims are false. O. Kenneth Alpart From Harrison Trading. Mr. Alpart is a previous business partner of Mr. Harada. P. Doug Gerard From Harrison Trading. Mr. Gerard is a previous business partner of Mr. Harada. Q. Elrick Williams From Allston Trading. Mr. Williams is a previous business partner of Mr. Harada. R. Robert Jordan From Allston Trading. Mr. Jordan is a previous business partner of Mr. Harada. S. William DiSomma From Jump Trading. Mr. DiSomma is a previous business partner of Mr. Harada. T. Paul Gurinas From Jump Trading. Mr. Gurinas is a previous business partner of Mr. Harada. U. Eddie Linker From JED Capital. Mr. Linker was a partner when JED was formed. V. Doyle Olsen From Maverick Trading. Mr. Olsen managed Maverick Trading while Plaintiff was employed there. W. Clint Rhea From Maverick Tracing. Mr. Rhea worked at Maverick Trading and later worked with Mr. Harada and NTKN. X. Erik Strom Mr. Strom was my employer at SG Cap Trading. Y. Robert Nawrocki Mr. Nawrocki entered into a business relationship with Mr. Harada that went sour. Mr. Harada continued the project without including Mr. Nawrocki.
I have posted Christopher Shirley’s complaint against JED Capital and John Harada on Scribd. Cutting and pasting is not possible, but there are some juicy bits about how NTKN was funded including on page 6. Read it yourself and feel free to reference the best sections in the comments.
Shirley’s asking for $20 million, but when I was a working journalist, they used to tell us not to report these figures, which are essentially meaningless given that the plaintiff can ask whatever he wants (so long as he’s not worried about pissing off the judge.)
The timing of this case involving NTKN’s John Harada is indeed interesting.