• Rest in Peace – TIC Scams

      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 ...

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  • Whistleblower Ordered to Pay Legal Fees

    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.

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  • Dialysis Clinic Accused of “Witness Coaching,” Settles Medicare Fraud Claim

    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.

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  • Wall Street Bailouts Are Finally Over, Right? (Whistleblower Post)

    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.

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  • Can a Student Loan Be Discharged In Bankruptcy?

    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.

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  • When Can You Be Charged with Burglary in Illinois?

    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 ...

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  • UBS Under Investigation for Selling Currency and Foreign Exchange Products

    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.

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  • Can Bankruptcy Help Me with Past Due Child Support?

    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.

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  • What is the New York Exempt Income Protection Act?

    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.

    The Law Offices of Robert J Nahoum- 5 readers -
  • Firearms Law Seminar – May 24, 2015!

    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.

    Joshua Prince/ Prince Law Offices, P.C.- 2 readers -
  • Oil and Gas Company and Founder Plead Guilty to Ponzi Scheme

    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.

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  • Hostile work environment claims: the ‘severe-or-pervasive’ seesaw

    Hostile work environment sexual harassment claims come in many forms. A small number of incidents can give rise to a claim if they are sufficiently severe. But what about the opposite scenario? What about a long string of minor incidents, any one of which might not be considered harassment on its own? In this arti ...

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