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Sears Estate Sues Eddie Lampert, Saying He Stripped Assets (1)

April 18, 2019, 3:11 PMUpdated: April 18, 2019, 5:17 PM

The bankrupt estate of Sears Holdings Corp. sued Eddie Lampert and his hedge fund ESL Investments Inc., claiming they wrongly transferred $2 billion of company assets beyond the reach of creditors in the years leading up to the retailer’s bankruptcy.

“Had defendants not taken these improper and illegal actions, Sears would have had billions of dollars more to pay its third-party creditors today and would not have endured the amount of disruption, expense, and job losses resulting from its recent bankruptcy,” lawyers for the estate said in a court filing.

Eddie Lampert
Photographer: Gregory Bull/AP Photo

The complaint, filed as part of the retailer’s ongoing ...