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2002 marked the beginning of an era for tenant in common (TIC) scams. That year, the IRS issued a revenue rule that said TIC investments qualified for deferred taxation under Section 1031 of the tax code. It wasn’t long before Wall Street and several slick promoters jumped on the bandwagon. People and companies like Carlton Cabot, Gemini, DBSI, Provident and Tony Thompson… By ...
When a whistleblower that filed cases under the False Claims Act is successful, he or she can anticipate a large check and the lawyers can get substantial legal fees too. Sometimes, however, the court orders the whistleblower to pay legal fees. Those cases are rare but a federal judge in Virginia this week sanctioned a whistleblower $109,000 in legal fees.
Last month DaVita Inc. agreed to settle a long running Medicare fraud case filed by several whistleblowers. The company was accused of overusing certain dialysis drugs. The settlement occurred after the company was called on the carpet for witness coaching. DaVita, and its subsidiary Gambro Healthcare, owns several medical clinics that provide dialysis to patients with kidney problems.
Technically, there have not been any new bailouts in recent months but banks and bankers have pretty short memories. Already, we see some lenders again making risky loans and Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are once again poised to bear the costs of any loan failures. In 2008, Fannie and Freddie, the then two private mortgage insurance companies, needed $187,500,000,00.
For the last several months the nation’s attention has been drawn to stories of police brutality and use of lethal force — and wondering what an ordinary citizen can do when violence comes at the hands of police. With the announcement on May 1 that charges have been filed against six Baltimore police officers in the death of Freddie Gray — a death that sparked a wave of protes ...
Operating as a seller in Amazon Marketplace, you may one day find yourself in receipt of a notice or claim of trademark infringement. This claim might come from several places – it could be from Amazon itself, from another seller, or from a manufacturer or other merchant – one that may not even operate on Amazon’s Marketplace.
Yes, but very rarely. Federal law currently does not allow for the discharge of student loans in bankruptcy except in extreme circumstances. Absent a physical or mental inability to support yourself or a showing that repaying the student loans would take food off the table, a student loan survives bankruptcy. An attempt to discharge student loans is an uphill battle.
When most people think of the term “burglary,” they think of a person breaking into a home to steal money or property. However, under Illinois law,1 the criminal offense of burglary encompasses many more potential scenarios than the traditional idea of a burglary. All burglary charges can be extremely serious, therefore, anyone who is suspected of committing burglary under any ...
UBS Under Investigation for Selling Currency and Foreign Exchange Products Posted on Friday, May 1, 2015 at 11:19 AM From the Desk of Jim Eccleston at Eccleston Law LLC: The U.S. Justice Department is investigating UBS Financial Services, unsuitable recommendations and sales of currency and foreign exchange products, including the UBS V10 Enhanced FX Carry Strategy.
You may have heard or even been told that bankruptcy doesn’t “apply to” past due child support. So, you may be thinking that bankruptcy can’t help at all when it comes to past due child support. While it is true that you cannot “discharge”, i.e., wipe out, child support obligations in a bankruptcy, a bankruptcy case can still be the most effective way to deal with past due child support.
I previously discussed the value of an owner recording a Notice of Contest of Lien under Florida Statute s. 713.22 to shorten a lienor’s statute of limitations to foreclose a construction lien to 60 days from the date the lien is contested. For more information on recording a notice of contest of lien please look at this posting and this posting.
By: Robert J. Nahoum A debt collector with a New York state court judgment has a powerful tool at is deposal to enforce the judgment and collect money from the judgment debtor called a restraining notice. A restraining notice is a judgment enforcement device that restrains anyone holding property of the judgment debtor from releasing that property.
Imagine your company has to recall almost a million bicycles n the US and Canada. How do you handle that efficiently and in a timely matter? Chris Zane, the founder of Trek, has a novel approach—add more customer service staff, give owners of recalled bikes a gift certificate as recognition of the problem, and turn it into an opportunity to strengthen the customer-business relationship.
On Sunday, May 24, 2015, from 10am to 2pm, Chief Counsel Joshua Prince from the Firearms Industry Consulting Group, a division of Prince Law Offices, P.C., and Attorney Eric Winter from Prince Law Offices, P.C. will present on federal and state firearms law issues at the Heritage Guild of Easton, 70 Hilton Street, Easton, PA 18042.
Oil and Gas Company and Founder Plead Guilty to Ponzi Scheme Posted on Thursday, April 30, 2015 at 2:52 PM From the Desk of Jim Eccleston at Eccleston Law LLC: The SEC accused GC Resources, LLC and its owner and sole operator, Brian J. Polito, of defrauding investors through the sale of interests in oil and gas wells that the company never owned.