• Personal Injuries and Social Media

      One of the wonderful things about technology is that it serves us in so many ways. It keeps us up to date on current events, it keeps us in contact with loved ones and friends, and it enables us to let others know what is happening in our lives. So many aspects of social media are truly wonderful tools for us.

      Eric Block/ jacksonvillepersonalinjury.attorney- 3 readers -
    • Is this Collection Email a Scam or Legitimate?

      I get asked all the time by clients and potential clients whether a collection email or call is legitimate. This is an example of a document emailed to a client who wanted to know if this was legitimate or not. I also have clients ask me whether collection calls threatening a “warrant” unless the client calls back.

      Bond and Botes- 3 readers -
  • Former Citi Broker Charged With Outside Business Activity

    Former Citi Broker Charged With Outside Business Activity Posted on Monday, May 4, 2015 at 11:11 AM From the Desk of Jim Eccleston at Eccleston Law LLC: FINRA has accused David Lee Shafranek, a former broker with Citigroup Global Markets, of outside business activity. That is when a broker solicits a client to purchase securities not held or offered by his or her brokerage firm.

    Eccleston Law Offices- 3 readers -
  • 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 ...

    Due Diligence- 4 readers -
  • 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.

    Due Diligence- 2 readers -
  • 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.

    Due Diligence- 3 readers -
  • 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.

    Due Diligence- 2 readers -
  • 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.

    Dove Bankruptcy Law- 7 readers -
  • 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 ...

    criminaldefenseattorneyinchicago.com- 3 readers -
  • 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.

    Eccleston Law Offices- 4 readers -
  • 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.

    Ed Woods/ Bond and Botes- 5 readers -
  • 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- 6 readers -
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