Category Archives: General
CFPB sues Top Notch Funding for lying in loan offers to NFL players, Deepwater Horizon victims and 9/11 first responders
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau wants to prevent Top Notch, owner Rory Donadio and his business associate John “Gene” Cavalli from ever offering or providing such products in the future.
A copy of the proposed consent order filed in federal district court is available at: http://files.consumerfinance.gov/f/documents/201709_cfpb_top-notch_proposed-consent-order.pdf
A copy of the complaint filed in federal district court is available at: http://files.consumerfinance.gov/f/documents/201709_cfpb_top-notch_complaint.pdf
The Bureau also ordered them to pay $70,000 in civil money penalties to the …
CFPB lawsuit isn’t Donadio’s first brush with the law; He also avoided prison in 2013 by pleading guilty in $33.7MM kickback conspiracy
Sheldon admitted that from about February 2005 to July 2009 he conspired …
NJ firm fined for allegedly scamming NFL vets, 9/11 first responders
The company, Rory Donadio, its owner and operator, and John Cavalli, a Donadio business associate, agreed to the filing of a federal court consent order without admitting or denying the allegations. They could not immediately be reached for comment. More info
Baltimore law firm leads class-action against Equifax
Maryland is one of the first states to file a class-action lawsuit against Equifax for its massive data breach exposing personal information for 143 million people.
Will Equifax be held accountable?
It will likely be toward the end of the year when the many class actions come before a multi-district litigation panel and are moved into one proceeding, according to Francis.
After that, the group can be certified as a class.
If you are part of the …
US Justice Department investigating Equifax execs who dumped shares before announcing breach
The U.S. Justice Department is said to be investigating the questionable sale of stock by Equifax executives in advance of the company’s public announcement of its massive data breach.
The investigation is said to include U.S. prosecutors in Atlanta …
SecMash: Equifax faces criminal probe after executives sold off stocks before disclosing data breach – Vox
— The Clairvoyant (@clairvoyant_the) September 18, 2017
U.S. Justice Department investigating Equifax execs who dumped shares before announcing breach https://t.co/Anxn7yh6E8
— Patriotic Lady (@Stips620) September 18, 2017
Equifax: How Revenue And Business Model Will Be Impacted By The Breach
Since Equifax (NYSE:EFX) announced its unprecedented data breach, much has been written about its mounting lawsuits.
Many also correctly posited that the pending government investigations will likely lead to large fines.
There also is the case of …
The Equifax Breach and 5 Years of Missed Warning Signs
Reports that Equifax’s chief information officer along with their chief security officer were retiring should alleviate few concerns and not divert scrutiny from the company’s risk governance standards.
While this is not the largest data breach in …
Harsh warning about looting and curfew issued in Tampa as Hurricane Irma approaches
Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn announced a curfew and a stern warning against looters Sunday morning.
Hurricane Irma was forecast to hit Tampa and other highly populated areas of the Florida west cost as a Category 3 storm.
— Shaun Murray (@BestWebEnglish) September 10, 2017
Nine people busted for looting in Ft. Lauderdale during Irma
Dozens busted for looting in Miami, Fort Lauderdale during Hurricane Irma
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Updated:
Dozens of people have been arrested for looting as Hurricane Irma trudged through Florida on Sunday, including nine people caught on camera at a sporting goods store in Fort Lauderdale, police said.
The alleged bandits were captured by WPLG-TV looting Simon’s Sportswear store, with some stepping in and out of a broken window with pilfered goods despite Irma’s heavy winds and rain.
Footage shows alleged looters during Hurricane Irma in Fort Lauderdale. (WPLG) “Going to prison over a pair of sneakers is a fairly bad life choice,” Fort Lauderdale Police Chief Rick Maglione said in a statement .
“Stay home and look after your loved ones and be thankful they are all safe.”
Police said the group also burglarized a Cash America Pawn on Sunrise Blvd.
Bad: You go looting during Hurricane Irma
Worse: You get arrested in the process
Result: A life not well planned. pic.twitter.com/R5MKUSRZbc
— Greg West (@GregWest_HALOJM) September 10, 2017
Miami police share picture of Hurricane Irma looters in jail
In Miami, police shared a photo of looters in jail with the Facebook caption, “Thinking about looting? Ask these guys how that turned out. #stayindoors”.
Nine people were arrested in Fort Lauderdale after they were caught on TV cameras looting sneakers …
Florida police arrest looters during Irma
Florida police arrest looters during Irma Published September 10, 2017 Print Water rising up to a sidewalk in Miami during Hurricane Irma. (REUTERS/Carlos Barria) Florida police made a string of arrests in Fort Lauderdale Sunday after they said several people were caught looting stores. Local news station WPLG caught on camera a group of eight to nine people breaking into a sportswear store before moving on to other shops. The Fort Lauderdale Police Department later tweeted that they arrested nine people in connection with the lootings. #FLPD Looters ARRESTED! 9 individuals were arrested Looting CashAmerica Pawn & Simon’s on W Sunrise Blvd. Full article
Hurricane Irma – Looters steal GUNS and spark SWAT team stand … – The Sun
GANGS are taking advantage of evacuated properties across Florida – as one group allegedly looted an empty sports store – sparking a stand off with SWAT …Daily MailWKMG Orlando Full article
More Than 2 Dozen Arrested For Irma Looting in Fort Lauderdale
One teen was shot by a deputy and another is in custody after they burglarized a home during Hurricane Irma Sunday morning, while looters have been spotted …
Three arrested for Florida break-ins during Hurricane Irma
Keith Adams was arrested for looting a business in St. Lucie, Florida.
He makes the third person to be detained for looting during evacuations for Hurricane …
Waterford residents may file for water, sewer refunds under lawsuit
The lawsuit alleges that the township “has systemicallly garnered millions from its water and sewer customers that it has used not to cover the actual expenses of providing water to those customers, but rather to fund the township’s general government …
— Corless Barfield Law (@CorlessBarfield) June 16, 2017
Parish pays couple $50,000 to settle blog-related lawsuit
A $50,000 check was issued to bloggers Wayne and Jennifer Anderson as part of a settlement in a lawsuit they filed against Terrebonne Parish last year.
The Andersons alleged the parish and Sheriff’s Office had violated their constitutional rights while …
Government settles Medicare fraud case involving Johns Creek assisted living facilities
Because of the settlement, the lawsuit was dismissed with no determination of liability.
Under terms of the settlement, Genesis will pay about $5.3 million.
The settlement amount was based on Genesis’ ability to pay, according to a news release from …
Amedisys to pay investors $43.75M to settle class action lawsuit
Amedisys has agreed to pay $43.75 million to settle a securities fraud class action lawsuit shareholders filed against the company and its top execs in 2010 over alleged losses they suffered as a result of the company’s reported scheme to get …
Judge to determine liability for PG&E in Butte Fire lawsuit
A hearing to determine whether Pacific Gas and Electric Company is legally liable for damages caused by the Butte Fire is scheduled for Friday in Sacramento.
If successful, fire victims may only have to prove their home was destroyed by the fire and …
Updated on Friday at 5:35 A.M.
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Judge to determine liability for PG&E in Butte Fire lawsuit https://t.co/LKJ85dzV7p
— SIERRA SUN TIMES (@SIERRASUNTIMES) June 16, 2017
‘Deep Pockets’ Need Strong Liability Coverage
Successful individuals often find themselves on the receiving end of high-stakes lawsuits because they are perceived by injured parties and the plaintiffs’ bar as having “deep pockets.”
These lawsuits can be triggered by any number of incidents …
What is Really Driving Instagram’s Push for Advertising Disclosures?
Calling it “a step toward transparency,” the disclosure option is likely a calculated legal move to help the platform escape liability if – or when – the FTC decides to crack down not only on influencers flouting the truth in advertising standards, but …
Let physicians treat the patient — not the potential lawsuit
As the Congress considers changes to the healthcare system, an area that could improve patient access to specialty care and dramatically slash healthcare costs is commonsense medical liability reform.
Healthcare specialists nationwide are calling on …
California Stryker Accolade LFit V40 Hip failure lawsuit
California Stryker Accolade LFit V40 Hip failure lawsuit.
Joyce Ulrich, from Rancho Mirage, California recently filed a defective product liability and personal injury claim against Howmedica Osteonics Corp., and its subsidiary Stryker Orthopaedics …
Court remands Goodyear fine for liability
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has remanded a $2.7 million damage award against Goodyear and two attorneys who represented the tire maker in a product liability lawsuit.
In remanding the case to the U.S. District Court …
Lawmaker Steve Scalise critically injured in GOP baseball shooting; gunman James T. Hodgkinson dies in custody
President Trump said the gunman — identified by multiple law enforcement officials as James T. Hodgkinson III, 66, from Illinois.
He died after a shootout with police officers, two of whom were wounded in the gun battle.
Scalise remained in critical …
In the comic, Scalise says: “When I spoke to a racist group in 2002, it was an innocent mistake. Scalise disavowed Duke in 2004. “David Duke is an embarrassment to our district and his message of hate only serves to divide us,” he said before running for Congress.
His district is over 80 percent white, but he makes time to meet with black constituents, as his Facebook page shows.
BERNIE BRO GOES ON RAMPAGE https://t.co/57MIX0vtJO
— General Deplorable (@HouseCracka) June 14, 2017
Anti-Trump gunman asks chilling question before rampage
The shooter, after his gun rampage in the US state of Virginia, has been identified as James Hodgkinson, 66, of Illinois, who had posted a number of abusive anti-Trump rants on social media.
He shot the third-highest-ranking House Republican, whip Steve Scalise …
Here’s What We Know About The Suspect In The Congressional Baseball Shooting
Hodgkins appears to have been active on political social media for years.
One of his Facebook pages, which has been swarmed by users’ comments after Hodgkinson was identified as a suspect, contains multiple posts dating back to at least 2014, that are …
Shooter of Steve Scalise James Hodgkinson vowed to destroy Trump and Co. ie Republicans! He is a Bernie Sanders/socialism supporter FB page pic.twitter.com/DcTOUAQ50V
— Peni Basse (@pmbasse) June 14, 2017
— Linda Suhler, Ph.D. (@LindaSuhler) June 14, 2017
Lawmakers Say They’re Sure They Spoke to Gunman
House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., was shot in the hip and underwent surgery at MedStar Washington Hospital Center.
Two Capitol Police officers, guarding Scalise as a member of House leadership, also were injured as they returned fire.
A staffer …
Suspect apparently criticized Scalise in 2015 Facebook post
Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.), who was wounded in Wednesday morning’s shooting, was the target of criticism in a 2015 post to a Facebook account believed to belong to alleged shooter James T. Hodgkinson.
“Here’s a Republican that should Lose His Job, but …
Report: James T. Hodgkinson, Shooting Suspect, Campaigned for Bernie Sanders
The Washington Post reports that James T. Hodgkinson, the suspect in the Alexandria shooting that wounded Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA) and three others at a Republican baseball practice Wednesday morning campaigned for Bernie Sanders in the 2016 …
Pennsylvania Vision Insurer Faces Antitrust Class Action
A class of independent eye care providers claims in a federal lawsuit that one of Pennsylvania’s largest vision insurers forces them to steer their patients to buy lenses from a factory owned by the insurer, often at a higher cost.
Lawsuit: Ghost teachers cost school district more than $500,000 https://t.co/COvIYQ5Cz2
— Twitcher ❦ (@syqau) June 13, 2017
PA supreme court: was illegal to steal elderly woman’s home because her son sold $140 of weed
It took four years, but the Pennsylvania Supreme Court has finally ruled in favor of 72 year old grandmother Elizabeth Young, whose house was seized by the Philadelphia District Attorney under asset forfeiture rules when her son was caught selling $140 …
B. Braun IVC Filter Lawsuit Filed in Pennsylvania
Most of these lawsuits have been centralized in Arizona and Illinois. The plaintiff is represented by attorney Ben C. Martin of The Law Offices of Ben C. Martin in Dallas, Texas; and attorney Stephen A. Sheller of Sheller, P.C., in Philadelphia …
Cosby’s Fate Sits With Jury in Pennsylvania Sex Assault Case
Pennsylvania jury on Tuesday was set to enter its first full day of deliberating whether Bill Cosby sexually assaulted a female friend who had come to him for career advice in his home in the Philadelphia suburbs in 2004.
Cosby, best known for his role …
Former Attorney General Pays $400000 in Lawsuit Settlement – U.S. News & World Report https://t.co/6gTZ0VKCaY
— Pennsylvania new (@Pennsylvanianw) June 13, 2017
Former attorney general pays $400,000 in lawsuit settlement
Recent documents made public show Pennsylvania’s former attorney general has paid $400,000 to settle a lawsuit by a former narcotics agent who claimed he was wrongly fired.
The settlement between former Attorney General Kathleen Kane and …
$500K Lawsuit Filed Against Pa. School District Claims Teachers Paid to Teach, Not Work for Unions
A Pennsylvania school district is facing a lawsuit claiming more than $500,000 in tax funds have been used to pay for so-called “ghost teachers.”
The plaintiffs, Americans for Fair Treatment, say the money was used to illegally pay the …
LuLaRoe moves to have sales tax lawsuit dismissed
In an order filed April 18, Judge David Stewart Cercone of the US District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania granted LuLaRoe’s motion to deny the plaintiff’s motion for class certification.
On May 1, the company then submitted two further …
Shapiro: Pa., other states settle lawsuit with Tylenol maker
Pennsylvania is one of 43 states that have settled a lawsuit with the maker of Tylenol, according to a statement released Wednesday by Josh Shapiro, the state’s attorney general.
Mr. Shapiro said Pennsylvania will receive $1.4 million as part of a $33 …
Priest’s sex assault in New Fairfield reverberates over decades
“The leaders of the diocese transferred Father Federici from parish to parish despite being aware of multiple complaints of sexual abuse of minors, all for the purpose of giving the priest a fresh start,” said Tremont, whose law firm sued the diocese …
Key Group Organized In Response To Clergy Sex Abuse Crisis In Connecticut Disbands
This week, the Diocese of Bridgeport settled the last of dozens of clergy sex abuse lawsuits involving more than 25 priests.
“It’s almost a sense of relief that from our perspective, this series of events — which took so much out of our Diocese in …
Connecticut Diocese Settles Lawsuits Alleging Sexual Abuse
A Roman Catholic Diocese in Connecticut has settled lawsuits by five men who alleged they were sexually abused by four priests when they were boys in the 1970s and 1980s.
Terms of the settlements were not disclosed.
Rolling Stone, fraternity agree to settle rape story lawsuit
A University of Virginia fraternity chapter has agreed to settle its lawsuit against Rolling Stone magazine over a debunked story about a rape on campus.
The Virginia Alpha Chapter of the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity said in a …
— The Bristol Press (@TheBristolPress) June 9, 2017
Ganim gears up for lawsuit over access to public campaign funds
Chris Mattei is also exploring a run for governor.
Oh, by the way, Mattei is the former lead prosecutor for public corruption cases in the U.S. attorney’s office in Connecticut and won a conviction against former Gov. John G. Rowland for …
— Hartford Courant (@hartfordcourant) June 13, 2017
Wrongful Death Lawsuit Filed Against American Flight Academy
“I am claiming there were maintenance issues with the plane, and that will come out further as the lawsuit unfolds,” Peck told the Troubleshooters.
Federal investigators concluded it was pilot-induced error, however which of the two …
Man Awarded $323,000 in Excessive Force Lawsuit
A man who sued Connecticut police officers for excessive force after suffering a black eye and spending two days in jail has been awarded $323,000 by a jury.
Insurers File Motion To Dismiss Claims In Lawsuit On Behalf Of Homeowners With Failing Foundations
Filed in January 2016 by Attorney Ryan Barry, the suit claims that 111 active Connecticut insurance companies are part of a “concerted scheme to deny [homeowners] coverage for their failing basement walls, which experts say must be replaced …
— IQ Pricing (@IQPricing) June 7, 2017
Lawsuit: California business owner dressed like Trump
An employee of a construction company in Pleasanton has filed a lawsuit against the owners for racial discrimination and harassment after they dressed like Donald Trump.
Californians need to relax and take a breath…
This is interesting….
In California we just had the election for California Democratic party challenged..
— Inderjit Kallirai (@Kallirai) May 24, 2017
Milo Yiannopoulos Files Civil Rights, First Amendment Lawsuit Against Berkeley
The lawsuit in federal court in Northern California alleges University of California and other officials curtailed the rights of Kiara Robles by subjecting her and other invitees to bodily harm because they were expressing a different viewpoint.
This case needs to hit Berkeley in the wallet to the tune of about a billion dollars …
Mexico’s Hotel California Responds to Eagles’ Copyright Lawsuit
In the Eagles’ lawsuit filed in early May, the band claimed that the owners of the Hotel California – which has experienced ownership and name changes over the past decades – purposefully play the Eagles’ music to create a false connection between them and the band.
Hotel California has operated under that name since 1950 – 26 years BEFORE the Eagles hit song was released in 1976.
If anything, the Eagles infringed on the hotel’s copyright and trademarked name “Hotel California” by using it as the title of their album and title of their hit song.
And now, after more than 40 years of doing precisely nothing to either challenge or defend their supposed copyright, the Eagles finally broke their silence in 2017 and decided to sue – a mere 67 YEARS after “Hotel California and its affiliates have for many years owned Mexican and U.S. trademark applications and registrations for the trademark Hotel California for its goods and services, and claim no association with the Eagles, with their song ‘Hotel California’ or with their record album of the same name released in 1976”.
I guess this is what happens when a talentless group of hippie has-beens finally stop receiving royalty checks and realize that nobody wants to buy or listen to their crappy music anymore. And so they panicked.
“THE EAGLES” ARE PATHETIC!
How cool would it be if the Hotel California crew counter-sued The Eagles for violation of THEIR trademarked and copyrighted name “Hotel California”?
Two Medicare Advantage Insurers Settle Whistleblower Lawsuit For $32 Million – California Healthline
Two Florida Medicare Advantage insurers have agreed to pay nearly $32 million to settle a whistleblower lawsuit that alleged they exaggerated how sick patients were and took other steps to overbill the government health plan for the elderly. The suit … Original story
California bullet train opponents refile lawsuit over project – KCRA Sacramento
They’re taking up a Sacramento judge’s offer earlier this month to refile the lawsuit. He rejected their arguments in the case aimed at blocking California’s $64 billion high-speed rail project. The lawsuit challenges AB1889, signed into law last year … Original story
The Eagles Sue Hotel California – Forbes
On May 1, 2017, legendary rock band The Eagles filed a federal lawsuit in California against the owners of the Hotel California, located in Mexico, over merchandise sold by the hotel containing the name of the band’s famous 1976 song, “Hotel California.
Good idea, or not so much?
‘This is war’: Florida sheriff urges citizens to arm themselves
BREVARD COUNTY, Florida
Florida’s self-proclaimed “America’s most politically incorrect sheriff” sheriff’s office posted a controversial message on social media, urging citizens to arm themselves in self-defense.
— The Trace (@teamtrace) June 9, 2017
WE CAN'T AFFORD TO SIT BACK AND WAIT FOR THE NEXT ACT OF TERRORISM
Posted by Brevard County Sheriff's Office, Florida (Official) on Wednesday, June 7, 2017
Comey says Lynch tarmac meeting, directive to downplay probe prompted him to go rogue on Clinton case – Fox News
“That was one of the bricks in the load that I needed to step away from the department,” Comey said, later adding he was concerned Lynch was trying to align the DOJ’s comments with the way the campaign was talking about the probe. “That gave me a …Washington PostCNNTheBlaze.com – Full article
So, in the end, Comey provides evidence of Loretta Lynch's obstruction — not Trump's. Wow. This hearing is a disaster for the Democrats.
— Matt Walsh (@MattWalshBlog) June 8, 2017
AG Lynch meeting with Bill Clinton on tarmac in Phoenix then telling Comey to not investigate was the real scandal here. https://t.co/kVS5bQ1esY
— Hector Morenco (@hectormorenco) June 8, 2017
Comey indicted himself, Lynch, and the entire MSM https://t.co/kLhTemPgRd
— Jack Posobiec (@JackPosobiec) June 8, 2017
Comey says Obama’s AG urged him to call Clinton email probe a ‘matter’ instead of investigation – Business Insider
Former FBI Director James Comey testified Thursday in public hearing before the Senate Intelligence Committee. In this exchange with Committee Chairman Richard Burr, Comey revealed that former Attorney General Loretta Lynch asked him to call the FBI … Full article
Comey: Then-Atty. Gen. Lynch urged that the Hillary Clinton email probe be called a ‘matter,’ not ‘investigation’ – Los Angeles Times
Former FBI Director James Comey said Thursday that then-Atty. Gen. Loretta Lynch urged him to refer to the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s emails a “matter” instead of an “investigation.” Comey said in his Senate Intelligence Committee hearing …Washington TimesNational ReviewWashington Post – – – Full article
Comey laid out litany of criminal improprieties committed by Hillary Clinton YET decided not to recommend indictment to criminal AG Lynch.
— David Adams (@davidjadams56) June 8, 2017
WATCH: Comey says former AG Lynch urged him to refer to Clinton email probe as ‘matter,’ not ‘investigation’ – PBS NewsHour
WASHINGTON — Former FBI Director James Comey says that former Attorney General Loretta Lynch urged him to refer to the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s emails a “matter” instead of an “investigation.” Comey says in his Senate Intelligence … Full article
— Katie Hopkins (@KTHopkins) June 8, 2017
Comey: I was confused when ex-AG Lynch instructed me to refer to Clinton email case as “matter,” not “investigation” – SFGate
WASHINGTON (AP) — Comey: I was confused when ex-AG Lynch instructed me to refer to Clinton email case as “matter,” not “investigation”. Latest from the SFGATE homepage: Click below for the top news from around the Bay Area and beyond. Sign up for … Full article
Rooney: Big News From Comey Should Be About Clinton, Lynch – Newsmax
The big news that should come from former FBI Director James Comey’s Senate testimony Thursday would concern Hillary Clinton and Loretta Lynch, not …AlterNetThe Missoulian Full article
Will fmr AG Lynch be charged w/ obstruction of justice after Comey revelations of demands she made? Will Dems demand it?
— Gov. Mike Huckabee (@GovMikeHuckabee) June 8, 2017
Rep Jason Chaffetz: I Want To See James Comey’s Notes On His Meetings with President Obama & Loretta Lynch – FOX News Radio (blog)
“I have sent 2 letters now, I expanded it on my second letter, if Comey has these kinds of details I want to see them about Loretta Lynch, I want to see them about Barack Obama, I want to see them about all these other meetings. and so if he has notes … Full article
Sources: Comey acted on Russian intelligence he knew was fake – CNN
As a result, Comey acted unilaterally last summer to publicly declare the investigation over — without consulting then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch — while at the same time stating that Clinton had been “extremely careless” in her handling of …TPM (blog)Oversight and Government ReformOversight and Government Reform – Full article
Seven Problems With James Comey’s Credibility – Breitbart News
The Times further reported on Comey’s concerns after Lynch’s infamous tarmac meeting at the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport in which former President Bill Clinton, the husband of the FBI’s main subject in a criminal probe, boarded the attorney … Full article