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In Lawsuit Over Settlement Payment Transaction – Approved by a Court Order that Was Later Invalidated for Fraud – Court Says Financial Advisors Breached Contract

April 03, 2017  |   Posted by :   |   Structured Settlements   |   Comments Off on In Lawsuit Over Settlement Payment Transaction – Approved by a Court Order that Was Later Invalidated for Fraud – Court Says Financial Advisors Breached Contract

The latest ruling in the litigation over an invalidated court order – that approved a transfer of structured settlement payment rights, but later was found to be void due to fraud – is a win for the re-assignee investors, and a loss for their financial advisors. The court in Wall v. Altium found that the […]

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Champerty Still Valid Defense in Kentucky, So Litigation Funding Agreements Are Void, Says Court

March 31, 2017  |   Posted by :   |   Litigation Funding   |   Comments Off on Champerty Still Valid Defense in Kentucky, So Litigation Funding Agreements Are Void, Says Court

A series of litigation funding agreements were champertous and therefore void under Kentucky law, a federal court has ruled. In Boling v. Prospect Funding Holdings, Civil Action No. 1:14-CV-0008-1-00081-GNS-HBB, 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 48098 (W.D. Ky. Mar. 30, 2017), the federal district court reviewed the claims of an individual who had entered into a series […]

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Comments in Law Journal Article Make Connection Between Rule Against Private Investment in Law Firms, Need for Litigation Funders to ‘Tread Carefully’

March 27, 2017  |   Posted by :   |   Litigation Funding   |   Comments Off on Comments in Law Journal Article Make Connection Between Rule Against Private Investment in Law Firms, Need for Litigation Funders to ‘Tread Carefully’

The New York Law Journal has reported that a federal appeals court this month “rejected an attempt to loosen restrictions on private investment in the legal industry, dismissing arguments that ethics rules on so-called fee splitting’ impinge on lawyers’ First Amendment rights.” In the article, headlined Second Circuit Upholds Ban on Private Investment in Law Firms, […]

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National Law Journal Reports on Why Litigation Funding Business Chose Not to Oppose Legislation Requiring Disclosure in Class Actions

March 18, 2017  |   Posted by :   |   Litigation Funding   |   Comments Off on National Law Journal Reports on Why Litigation Funding Business Chose Not to Oppose Legislation Requiring Disclosure in Class Actions

A bill approved this week by the House of Representatives would require class action attorneys to disclose to federal courts the fact that a third-party litigation funding company is providing monies for the lawsuit. It’s a bill that has not drawn much, if any, opposition from the litigation funding industry, which has opposed other disclosure […]

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In Latest Opinion in Long-Running Series of Lawsuits Over Stranger-Originated Annuity Transactions, Rhode Island Court Grants Insurers’ Request for Restitution

March 16, 2017  |   Posted by :   |   Annuities   |   Comments Off on In Latest Opinion in Long-Running Series of Lawsuits Over Stranger-Originated Annuity Transactions, Rhode Island Court Grants Insurers’ Request for Restitution

For years, the story of Joseph Caramadre’s stranger-originated annuity transactions have been told and re-told in lawsuits in Rhode Island state courts and federal courts in the First Circuit. In fact, the latest opinion in such a lawsuit starts with this Rhode Island federal court Chief Judge William E. Smith saying that “Joseph Caramadre’s stranger-initiated […]

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