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Nancy Davidson

Fighting Back Against Debt-Collectors and Telemarketers

In 1991 Congress passed the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), in an attempt to end unwanted prerecorded telemarketing messages and unwanted calls to cell phones. Although it was enacted more than 20 years ago, the Wall Street Journal recently reported that the […]

Mark Krudys

Some Financial Advisors Prey on Veterans

According to the Wall Street Journal, veterans who hire financial advisors to assist them in receiving military benefits are at risk for abuse.  These financial advisors are accredited by the Department of Veterans Affairs’ Office of General Counsel.  Attorneys, veteran […]

Mark Krudys

Firing Shots Into the Crowd

On the morning of Friday, August 24, 2012, visitors to the Empire State Building were lining up to ascend the famous structure.  The area was crowded, as usual, with tourists and office workers.   There was nothing out of the ordinary […]

Michael Phelan

SCOTUS Delivers Another Blow to Small Businesses and Consumers

Last week, the Supreme Court decided American Express Co. v. Italian Colors Restaurant, in which it held that the Federal Arbitration Act does not permit courts to invalidate a contractual…

Michael Phelan

Hands Free Is Not Risk Free

The response from the automobile industry to safety concerns about drivers distracted by electronic gadgets has resulted in more electronic gadgets. By 2019, more than half of all new cars…

Mark Krudys

“Pension Advances” Threaten Retiree Savings

Retirees are being solicited by certain companies to obtain “pension advances,” which regulators say are really disguised loans. The New York Times has determined that pension…

Mark Krudys

Large Estate May Pass to New York State

“He was a very smart man but he died like an idiot,” is the frank and harsh assessment made by Paul Skurka concerning his friend and fellow Holocaust survivor, Roman Blum, who died…

Mark Krudys

Standard & Poor’s Defense: “We Weren’t Really Serious”

In response to a DOJ civil lawsuit that the company committed fraud when it asserted that its ratings were independent and objective, Standard and Poor’s Rating Services has claimed that…

Michael Phelan

Securities Brokers to Disclose Financial Incentives for Switching Firms

For years, brokers with sizeable books of business (large and well-funded client bases) often moved between firms in order to receive robust up-front bonuses. The bonuses often measure…

Michael Phelan

Stupid Lawsuit of the Month: Subway Shrinkage

Two New Jersey men sued Subway this week, claiming the world's biggest fast-food chain has been shorting them by selling so-called footlong sandwiches that measure a bit less than 12…