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Judge Rejects Bid For Defense Extension In $1B Fraud Claim

Law360, London (May 3, 2019, 5:29 PM BST) -- A London judge refused on Friday to give a Ukrainian businessman more time to file his defense against breach of trust allegations linked to a $1 billion damages claim, rejecting arguments that he might be unable to sign documents because he is in detention in Russia.

Oleg Mkrtchan, who is named as a defendant in a complex suit involving 26 individual and businesses, faces charges of fraud in Russia, and his lawyers fear he will not have access to vital legal documents.

Judge Robin Knowles said that Mkrtchan must file his defense no later than June 4. The judge rejected the...

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