A related issue that could arise is the question of exactly how bound the admitting parties are by their admissions. The Harbinger defendants’ Consent specifically recites that nothing in the agreement affects the defendants “right to take legal or factual positions in litigation or other proceedings or other legal proceedings in which the Commission is not a party.” In effect, the Harbinger defendants seemed to have tried to preserve the right to argue that while they made certain admissions for purposes of the SEC enforcement action, they did not make those admissions for all purposes and for the benefit of all other parties who might seek to rely on them. The Harbinger defendants might well argue that notwithstanding their admissions in the Consent, they have the right to contest the factual matters in other proceedings, including for example, in the context of an insurance coverage dispute.
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