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Report: J.G. Wentworth To File For Second Bankruptcy In Less Than A Decade

Report: J.G. Wentworth To File For Second Bankruptcy In Less Than A Decade

The Philadelphia Business Journal on Friday reported that J.G. Wentworth will file for bankruptcy, the second bankruptcy filing by the factoring company in less than a decade. The Business Journal said the Pennsylvania “company reached an agreement with lenders to significantly reduce its debt and enhance its balance sheet” and that the “agreement also calls for the board of directors the be reconstituted to reflect new ownership of the company.” In addition, according to the report, the “restructuring will be…

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Appeals Court Affirms Dismissal of Antitrust, False Advertising Claims Brought by One Factoring Company Against Another

Appeals Court Affirms Dismissal of Antitrust, False Advertising Claims Brought by One Factoring Company Against Another

A federal court of appeals affirmed the dismissal of factoring company’s lawsuit against another factoring company over practices that allegedly violated antitrust, false advertising and other unfair trade practices. The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals last week affirmed the decision by the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California to dismiss the complaint filed by Novation Ventures, LLC, against J.G. Wentworth and affiliated companies, including Peachtree Financial. About Novation’s antitrust claims, the Ninth Circuit said in Novation Ventures…

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Florida Court Sentences Factoring Company Attorney for Forging Judges’ Signatures on ‘Orders’ Involving Transfers of Settlement Payments

Florida Court Sentences Factoring Company Attorney for Forging Judges’ Signatures on ‘Orders’ Involving Transfers of Settlement Payments

One-hundred and eleven and three-hundred and sixty-four. One-hundred and eleven is the number of times that Jose Manuel Camacho Jr. was alleged to have forged the signatures of Broward County, Florida, judges on documents that he passed off as “orders” – orders approving transfers of structured settlement payment rights. Three-hundred and sixty-four is the number of days that Camacho was sentenced to spend in county jail, when he was sentenced in August, after pleading guilty to 14 counts of forgery…

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Revised Connecticut Structured Settlement Protection Act Goes Into Effect, Addressing Probate Matters

Revised Connecticut Structured Settlement Protection Act Goes Into Effect, Addressing Probate Matters

The Connecticut Structured Settlement Protection Act is one of 49 state statutes that provide that a transaction involving the sale or loan or the right to receive future structured settlement payments is ineffective unless the purchaser meets certain requirements such as providing a disclosure statement to the individual seller. Perhaps the most important requirement is that the purchaser (the “transferee”, in the words of the statute, which is usually a factoring company) must begin a court proceeding and bring the transaction before…

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What’s Happened With the Litigation Over Settlement Factoring in Maryland

What’s Happened With the Litigation Over Settlement Factoring in Maryland

Maryland has been at the center of attention since the Washington Post began its series of news stories about structured settlement factoring. Some of what’s happened in Maryland involve changes in legislation (see here) or judicial rules (see here). Another front has been in state court, where two lawsuits have been at the center of attention, when the topic is structured settlement factoring. One lawsuit was brought by the Maryland Attorney General, which sued factoring company, Access Funding, LLC., the…

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Federal Court Dismisses Some, But Not All, Counts by CFPB Against Structured Settlement Factoring Company

Federal Court Dismisses Some, But Not All, Counts by CFPB Against Structured Settlement Factoring Company

A federal district court this month dismissed four of five counts of a complaint brought by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau against a structured settlement factoring company’s allegedly abusive business practices. The ruling by District Judge J. Frederic Motz of the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland, in Consumer Fin. Proc. Bureau v. Access Funding, L.L.C., Civil No. 16-03759-JFM, 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 149519 (D.Md. Sept. 13, 2017), lets stand one count concerning allegedly illegal business practices arising…

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What’s Happened With the District of Columbia’s Proposed Structured Settlement Protection Act

What’s Happened With the District of Columbia’s Proposed Structured Settlement Protection Act

Secondary Insurance Market Blog has been posting about the things that happened following the publication, beginning in August, 2015, of a series of Washington Post articles about allegedly predatory practices in the structured settlement factoring industry.  (See the posts here, here, here, and here for more.) As some of those posts describe, the legislatures of Maryland and Virginia revised their state structured settlement protection acts (SSPAs) to provide for more protections for payees (and others) who might be impacted by such…

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Class-Action Complainant Alleges Scheme By Factoring Companies, With Virginia Judges, To Deprive Structured Settlement Payees of Rights to Counsel, Rights to Future Payments

Class-Action Complainant Alleges Scheme By Factoring Companies, With Virginia Judges, To Deprive Structured Settlement Payees of Rights to Counsel, Rights to Future Payments

A putative class-action plaintiff filed a complaint last week alleging that some Virginia judges were complicit in a scheme, arranged by factoring companies and their lawyer, that was designed to deprive structured settlement payees of their rights – namely, their rights to get legal advice about proposed sales of payment rights to the companies, their rights to having an impartial arbiter decide whether sales of the payees’ payments met statutory standards, and their rights to the payments themselves. The lawsuit…

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What’s Happened With the Virginia Structured Settlement Protection Act

What’s Happened With the Virginia Structured Settlement Protection Act

Following the series of Washington Post articles that began in August, 2015, about structured settlement factoring, a number of legislators and other officials focused their attention on efforts to rein in factoring company business practices that were questionable, or worse.  (See the Secondary Market Blog post here about the activity in the two years since the first article appeared.) While many of the articles focused on practices in matters filed in Maryland, under that state’s structured settlement protection act (SSPA), some articles…

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What’s Happened with Maryland’s Judicial Procedures for Structured Settlement Factoring Cases

What’s Happened with Maryland’s Judicial Procedures for Structured Settlement Factoring Cases

Even before the Maryland legislature adopted a revised Structured Settlement Protection Act (as described in this post), the Maryland judiciary had responded to the attention focused on alleged abuses in structured settlement factoring company practices in that state. Maryland’s courts had adopted a new statewide rule for matters filed under the state’s SSPA, to go into effect January 1, 2016. Maryland’s judicial rule for SSPA proceedings requires: Payees to appear in court at hearings (a required later also reflected in the…

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