MassMutual hedge fund sued in loss

Boston Globe – A Boston law firm has filed a class-action lawsuit against a hedge fund controlled by Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Co. for placing all of the fund’s assets with Bernard Madoff, who is facing life in prison for conducting a massive fraud.

The lead plaintiff is Lawrence J. Rothschild, a Needham businessman who invested about $1.1 million with the Rye Select Broad Market XL Fund, according to the lawsuit, filed yesterday in Massachusetts Superior Court.

The suit alleges that Rye did not explicitly say that it placed all of its assets with Madoff, and that the firm’s parent, Tremont Partners Inc. (also part of MassMutual), ignored red flags about Madoff’s activities.

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