Madoff family lawsuits blocked

A federal judge yesterday blocked several lawsuits against relatives of Bernard Madoff from going forward, in a victory for the court-appointed trustee trying to recover money for victims of the imprisoned Ponzi schemer. US bankruptcy judge Burton Lifland said the plaintiffs should be pursuing their claims against the estate of Madoff’s investment firm, Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC, rather than against Madoff’s family, including his wife Ruth, his children and a daughter-in-law.