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New York Times: ‘High-Risk’ Viaticals May Have Contributed to Debt Problems for Virgin Islands

June 26, 2017  |   Posted by :   |   Litigation Funding   |   Comments Off on New York Times: ‘High-Risk’ Viaticals May Have Contributed to Debt Problems for Virgin Islands

The pension system for the Virgin Islands has been “chasing high returns by investing in high-risk assets, like a $50 million placement in life viaticals — an insurance play that is, in effect, a bet that a selected group of elderly people will die soon.” That is a line from an article with the headline After Puerto […]

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

June 21, 2017  |   Posted by :   |   Structured Settlements   |   Comments Off on 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 […]

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Illinois Offers No Guarantee That It Will Make Lottery Payments, Says Chicagoan in News Story on State’s Budget Woes

June 19, 2017  |   Posted by :   |   Lottery   |   Comments Off on Illinois Offers No Guarantee That It Will Make Lottery Payments, Says Chicagoan in News Story on State’s Budget Woes

“Powerball was the only thing that I would buy, because I knew that it would pay out,” said Anthony Martinez, who lives in the Logan Square neighborhood. “With the Illinois budget crisis, it’s not a guarantee that Illinois’ going to actually pay out on your lottery winnings.” That person-on-the-street comment appeared in an article headlined, “Powerball, […]

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Selling Future Structured Settlement Payments For Less Than Half The Present Value Is Not ‘Fair and Reasonable’, Says New York Court

June 17, 2017  |   Posted by :   |   Structured Settlements   |   Comments Off on Selling Future Structured Settlement Payments For Less Than Half The Present Value Is Not ‘Fair and Reasonable’, Says New York Court

The proposed sale would involve an exchange of future structured settlement payments with a face value of $90,951 and a discounted present value of $71,729 – and a proposed purchase price of $32,652. That was enough for the court to reject the sale. The proposed purchase price “is less than half of the discount[ed] present value, […]

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Litigation Funding Rule Change May Take A While

June 16, 2017  |   Posted by :   |   Litigation Funding   |   Comments Off on Litigation Funding Rule Change May Take A While

Don’t hold your breath. That’s one way to summarize the National Law Journal’s summary of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s long-term plan to try to rein-in litigation funding via a change to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. The piece, entitled Lit Funding Opponents Play Long Game in Bid for Transparency, points out that the […]

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