Editor note – Repeats information from 01-31-2014 in paragraph 1, 4, 5, 6. Corrects information, Adds information in other paragraphs.
Washington D.C. February 10, 2014 (NEWSTRACK). On January 31, 2014 NewsTrack reported on continuing legal issues surrounding GDR Privee, Inc. and Charles Gregoire de Rothschid (AKA Aaron Berdah) due to a press release issued relating to a "Settlement" with Rothschild Continuation Holdings, Rothschild North America, and other associated Rothschild family owned enterprises http://www.prweb.com/releases/2013/11/prweb11315416.htm). NewsTrack has continued to investigate the validity of this press release as well as the international background of the man at the center of this situation, and has found additional information surrounding this story.
NewsTrack has been provided the legal and criminal case history of Charles Gregoire de Rothschild from the French Government. On February 5, 2005, the 31st Criminal Chamber of the Court of First Instance of Paris found Arron Berdah alias Charles Gregoire Rothschild guilty of counterfeit, illegal reproduction of a Trademark (Rothschild name) without authorization, in both France and Switzerland. In the Judge's ruling, it was stated that Aaron Berdah aka Charles Gregoire de Rothschild, "..has used this name for commercial purposes in the field of financial and real estate investments, seeking to benefit from the reputation attached to the name 'Rothschild' and to take advantage of the confusion in the public mind."
The Rothschild Family and Companies, who initiated this criminal action against Berdah, specifically stated that Berdah is not a member of the Rothschild Family in their court briefs.
On July 25, 2012, Rothschilds Continuation Holdings AG, Rothschild North America Inc., Rothschild Inc., Rothschild Asset Management Inc. filed an Opposition to a Trademark filed by Charles Gregoire de Rothschild FKA Aaron Berdah. The link to the case file on the USPTO Website is: http://ttabvue.uspto.gov/ttabvue/v?pno=91206235&pty=OPP&eno=1
Within the Opposition filing, the attorneys for the Rothschild family state that Charles Gregoire de Rothschild was "not a member of the Rothschild Family", and that he changed his name from Aaron Berdah to Charles Gregoire de Rothschild. The Rothschild attorneys further stated "..in or about 1991, Applicant changed his name from Aaron Berdah to 'Charles Gregoire Rothschild'" to create the false and fraudulent impressions in third persons that (a) he was a member of the Rothschild family."
In item 55, the attorneys for the Rothschild's stated, "Applicant (Berdah), through the use of his assumed "Charles Gregoire de Rothschild" name and the mark Charles Gregoire de Rothschild, has deceived or confused the managers and owners of a number of companies in the United States and Canada and investors and potential investors. Applicant (Berdah) has thereby caused such persons to (a) believe that Applicant (Berdah) is a member of the Rothschild Family and connected with Opposers' businesses, (b) purchase business advisory and financial services from the Applicant (Berdah), (c) invite Applicant (Berdah) to join their boards of directors."
Through additional research, NewsTrack has found that Aaron Berdah AKA Charles Gregoire de Rothschild, and his company, GDR Privee Inc., has never received any operating or regulatory license to offer any financial services or consultative financial services in the United States via any regulatory body such as the SEC, FINRA, or other Federal / State oversight entities. Additionally, Berdah appears to have no secondary or advanced education credentials in the United States or Europe.
However, the name Aaron Berdah (and aliases) does appear as a defendant on a number of financially related lawsuits within the United States since 1995. Further information points to Berdah and his company as subjects of additional current investigations globally.
Representatives for the Rothschild family told NewsTrack, "We have concerns that the public does not know the true linage of this person. He continues to use our family name to create a false impression with people and companies here in the United States, who are completely unaware that he has no connection to the Rothschild family in any respect. This man is not a member of the Rothschild family. We obviously will do whatever is possible or required to protect the public from any deception and misuse of our family name."
A source involved in one of the continuing US investigations, speaking under the condition of anonymity, stated, "This individual is not licensed by any State authority or the US Federal Government to provide financial services of any kind. Frankly, he has never had any licensing anywhere globally to our knowledge. He continues to misrepresent himself and his true background to both private and public companies, receiving financial benefits from this deception. This has been shown in the recent State Supreme Court Case in New York, the French criminal judgment, as well as in the recent USPTO actions. A large number of complaints have been received regarding this individual's activities since 2007, some which are international in nature. Many of the complaints allege that this individual has also 'manufactured' records and documentation, including financial information about himself and his companies. This goes beyond issues raised in 2009 and 2010 stemming from his involvement with the Brewer Investment Group. We are closely working with the EU financial regulators on all of this, and the Rothschild family has been extremely cooperative."
Additional information may be appended to this report on an as needed basis.
Filed – NewsTrack – 2-10-2013