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Everyone has heard of Bernie Madoff. But have you heard of James and Verna Pilon? If you live in Chicagoland, you better pay attention-the Pilons are a couple from Joliet that have swindled investors out of over $1 million. Both are headed to federal prison. Before the Pilons were caught and sentenced however, they perpetrated...
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“It’s not just a low-income problem. We’re seeing folks who are middle and upper income as well… loss of employment has been the catalyst, or a family crisis or some other emergency has triggered the problem.” — Case Worker at NFP Mortgage Counseling Agency Not-For Profits to the Rescue? Millions have been put out of...
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Alan J. Mandel Law Offices had been representing a Debtor in Possession (DIP) in Chapter 11 and sought final payment for Attorneys’ fees as well as expenses. Ultimately Mandel received only part of the requested compensation due to its overly broad reading of the Bankruptcy Code and the resulting attempt to fit a square peg...
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While Bernie Madoff serves out his 150-year sentence, the fight over how to satisfy his creditors rages on. Now, an infamous 2011 ruling by the Supreme Court limiting the power of bankruptcy courts may have a bizarre and unintended affect: many of the investors that recovered money when Madoff was first exposed may lose it...
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The SEC filed a complaint. The court appointed a receiver to handle defendants’ assets for distribution among victims of the $31 million fraud. Assets included oil and gas leases. SonCo filed a claim. The parties came to terms; the court entered an agreed order that required SonCo to pay $580,000 for assignment of the leases....
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In re O’Neill – 10-06832 Adv. 10-01084 In this case and adversary was brought to object to the discharge of certain debts. There were 2 counts in this case. The first count was brought under 11 USC 727(a) 4 and 5. The second count was brought under 11 USC 523(a)(2)(A). Under 727(a)(4) the plaintiff has...
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This early 2012 case delves into the question of when debt based on fraudulent behavior of the Debtor dischargeable. In this case there was a real estate developer and a custom home buyer. The developer is the Debtor in this case. Unbeknownst to the buyer, the developer was engaged in a lengthy court battle of...
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Use this step-by-step guide to rebuilding and safeguarding credit.
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Could it be that public-sector employee unions in Illinois are out of control? Not according to the lobbyists, lawyers, and shop-bosses who would be thrown out of work if public-sector employees had to work for a living instead of sponging off the State. If you ask them everything is fine. But pieces like this one...
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This article in CNNMoney identifies 9 credit cards industry experts told CNNMoney were among the worst in America for nose-bleed interest rates and ridiculous fees. Here’s the list: Applied Bank Unsecured Visa Gold Card First Premier Bank MasterCard Baby Phat Prepaid Visa RushCard Hooters MasterCard The Shack Credit Card Shell Select Member Card Visa Black...
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