The United States successfully seized the M/Y Galactic Star, a valuable yacht, in connection with a massive bribery scheme involving Nigerian government officials. The Fifth Circuit agreed with the district court that the majority shareholder of the yacht’s corporate owner lacked standing to complain: “LightRay chose to maintain Earnshaw as a separate corporate entity, thereby securing all the attendant advantages of doing so, including an attempt by its principals to support the argument that LightRay is an innocent owner. We agree with the Eighth Circuit that ‘[a] court of equity will not disregard a corporation’s exclusive ownership of assets and claims ‘where those in control have deliberately adopted the corporate form in order to secure its advantages.’’” United States v. The M/Y Galactic Star, No. 20-20471 (Sept. 13, 2021) (citations omitted).
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