Court allows Stanford Ponzi scheme suits _lowres

Associated Press file photo by DAVID J. PHILLIP -- R. Allen Stanford arrives in custody in August 2010

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court says class-action lawsuits from investors who lost billions in former Texas tycoon R. Allen Stanford’s massive Ponzi scheme can go forward.

The justices on Wednesday ruled against individuals, law firms and investment companies that allegedly aided Stanford’s fraud. They wanted the lawsuits thrown out.

Federal law says class-action suits related to securities fraud cannot be filed under state law, as these suits were. But a federal appeals court said these could move forward because the main part of the fraud involved certificates of deposit, not stocks and other securities.

The high court agreed in a 7-2 decision.