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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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What’s Happened with the Maryland Structured Settlement Protection Act

What’s Happened with the Maryland Structured Settlement Protection Act

As described here, it’s been two years since the Washington Post began a series of stories about the structured settlement factoring industry and alleged factoring company abusive practices, such as those involving the targeting of cognitively-impaired structured settlement payees. One change that has taken place in the past two years is that Maryland has adopted a revised structured settlement protection act. In fact, Maryland’s SSPA, some say, is the strictest of the 49 state structured settlement protection acts.  It  requires…

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A Lot Has Happened in Two Years – And There Could Be More to Come

A Lot Has Happened in Two Years – And There Could Be More to Come

On August 25, 2015, The Washington Post ran a front-page article about structured settlement factoring.  The story focused on the alleged practices of a factoring company that aimed to buy the structured settlement payment rights due to be paid to cognitively-impaired lead-paint-poisoning victims in Baltimore. The article appeared under the headline, “How companies make millions off lead-poisoned, poor blacks” with the subheading “Lead paint victims are lured by quick cash and unload their financial future for dimes on the dollar“.  (The article is…

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Factoring Company’s ‘Exploitation’ of Payee’s ‘Sense of Desperation’ Leads Bay State Court to Rejected Proposed Settlement Payment Transaction

Factoring Company’s ‘Exploitation’ of Payee’s ‘Sense of Desperation’ Leads Bay State Court to Rejected Proposed Settlement Payment Transaction

The “severity” of a factoring company’s “exploitation” of a structured settlement payee’s “sense of desperation” lead a Massachusetts judge to reject a proposed transfer of structured settlement payment rights that the judge said had the hallmarks of a usurious loan. Boston Superior Court Judge Robert B. Gordon, in In Re J.G. Wentworth Originations, LLC (Laudano), Opinion No.: 137624, Docket Number: SUCV2017-02188-C, 2017 Mass. Super. LEXIS 119 (Mass. Super. Ct. Aug. 11, 2017), reviewed the proposed transaction, whereby payee N. Laudano…

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Will 19-Year-Old, Employed in Cannabis Business, Use Factoring Proceeds to Buy Land? Unclear, Says Judge in Rejecting Transaction

Will 19-Year-Old, Employed in Cannabis Business, Use Factoring Proceeds to Buy Land? Unclear, Says Judge in Rejecting Transaction

The reason that a 19-year-old California man gave for seeking to sell more than $900,000 in future structured settlement payments – in exchange for a present sum of about $186,000 – was that the proceeds of the sale would be used “for his best interest, such as Purchase Land.” That was not sufficient for the court to give the go ahead and allow the man – who “is employed, earning $3,250 per month cultivating, growing, harvesting, analyzing and storing cannabis” – to sell those…

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‘Impulsive’ Transaction ‘Is Diametrically Opposed To The Very Purpose’ of New York’s Structured Settlement Protection Law, Says Court

‘Impulsive’ Transaction ‘Is Diametrically Opposed To The Very Purpose’ of New York’s Structured Settlement Protection Law, Says Court

An “impulsive transfer” of structured settlement payment rights was unrelated to any “real urgency” and, in fact, was “diametrically opposed to the very purpose of the” New York structured settlement protection act, an Empire State judge said in a recent opinion. New York Justice Peter J. Kelly issued the opinion in Matter of J.G. Wentworth Originations, LLC (McMichael), 2000-59/A, 2017 N.Y. Misc. LEXIS 2915, 2017 NY Slip Op 50989(U) (N.Y. Sup. Ct. Aug. 2, 2017), about a payee, Nigel Criss, and…

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Vermont Supreme Court Says Judges Must Consider ‘All’ Best Interest Factors in Structured Settlement Protection Act Proceedings

Vermont Supreme Court Says Judges Must Consider ‘All’ Best Interest Factors in Structured Settlement Protection Act Proceedings

The Vermont Structured Settlement Protection Act, like all of the 49 state structured settlement protection acts (SSPAs), says that a transfer of settlement payment rights is not effective unless it complies with statutory requirements, including the requirement that a judge approve the transfer. The Vermont SSPA also provides that a judge can approve a transfer only if it finds that the transfer is in the best interest of the payee, “considering all relevant factors, including: (A) the payee’s ability to understand…

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In One of Several Lawsuits Against Factoring Company, Maryland Attorney General Weighs In on Proposed Settlement of Class Action

In One of Several Lawsuits Against Factoring Company, Maryland Attorney General Weighs In on Proposed Settlement of Class Action

The Maryland Attorney General’s office has sought to weigh in on a proposed settlement of a class action against factoring company Access Funding, with the AG saying that the structured settlement payees who make up the class should receive more compensation that the proposed deal calls for. That’s the gist of a Baltimore Sun report (Attorney General’s office and attorneys spar over settlement for lead victims, by reporter Carrie Wells) that appeared today, which is the date of a scheduled hearing…

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Texas Amends Structured Settlement Protection Act To Allow Redaction of Payee Names, Other Information

Texas Amends Structured Settlement Protection Act To Allow Redaction of Payee Names, Other Information

The Texas Structured Settlement Protection Act has been amended, and the new provisions are unique about the 49 state SSPAs. Each SSPA provides that an individual payee – the person entitled to receive future payments pursuant to the terms of a structured settlement – can only sell the future payment rights to a purchasing company (usually called a factoring company) when and if a judge reviews the transaction and approves the sale based on a determination that the transfer is in…

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Anomalous: One Way to Describe Kentucky Intermediate Appellate Court’s 2-1 Opinion in Structured Settlement Protection Act Case

Anomalous: One Way to Describe Kentucky Intermediate Appellate Court’s 2-1 Opinion in Structured Settlement Protection Act Case

  “Anomalous” is, according to the Dictionary.com, an adjective that has several meanings.  One “deviating from or inconsistent with the common order, form, or rule; irregular; abnormal.”  A second definition is “not fitting into a common or familiar type, classification, or pattern; unusual.”  And a third is “incongruous or inconsistent.” An opinion released by the Kentucky intermediate appellate court can be described as anomalous.  There are no other appellate opinions like it, and the those that address similar issues – even…

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