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Homeowners and Regulators Take Action against Force-Placed Insurance Companies

Homeowners and Regulators Take Action against Force-Placed Insurance Companies April 26, 2014. By Heidi Turner.
Miami, FL Following increased media coverage regarding force-placed insurance and recent force-placed insurance lawsuits and settlements, regulators in Florida have taken action to protect homeowners in the state from allegedly predatory practices. Two companies that offer force-placed insurance, also called lender-placed insurance, will have to comply with the state’s demands, while some companies involved in force-placed insurance are settling lawsuits filed against.
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Internet Payday Lender Accused of Charging Minnesotans Predatory Interest Rates

Internet Payday Lender Accused of Charging Minnesotans Predatory Interest Rates April 25, 2014. By Gordon Gibb.
Ramsey County, MN An Internet payday lender that attempted to duck behind the protective shield of the Dormant Commerce Clause of the US Constitution, will have that cloak yanked away following a decision by the Court of Appeals.
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U.S. Citizens with Assets in Foreign Bank Accounts Seeking Help from Attorneys to Avoid Huge Financial Sanctions

U.S. Citizens with Assets in Foreign Bank Accounts Seeking Help from Attorneys to Avoid Huge Financial Sanctions April 21, 2014. By LAS Staff Writer.
St. Louis, Missouri (APRIL 17, 2014) (Press Release) U.S. citizens believing that their money is safe from Internal Revenue Service taxation because it is deposited in “hidden” overseas bank accounts, such as in Switzerland, are dealing with an aggressive U.S. government initiative that may cost them devastating financial penalties and back tax payments.
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Judge Finds Insurer Guilty of Bad Faith

Judge Finds Insurer Guilty of Bad Faith April 20, 2014. By Heidi Turner.
Los Angeles, CA News of bad faith insurance does not surprise a lot of people any more, but news of a company acting egregiously and hiding evidence might come as a bit of a shock. A lawsuit in Massachusetts against an insurer shows that insurance companies, even national companies, can allegedly act in bad faith when denying a disability claim or avoiding a settlement. It also shows that people who have had their California insurance claim denied may be able to file a lawsuit against the company.
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Following Suit: Student Loan Lawsuit Update

Following Suit: Student Loan Lawsuit Update April 10, 2014. By Heidi Turner.
Allegations have been made about unethical practices on the part of student loan companies. These allegations include financial fraud and violations of consumer protection laws.
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“I’d Rather Pay an Attorney Than the Hospital for ER Overcharges”

“I’d Rather Pay an Attorney Than the Hospital for ER Overcharges” April 3, 2014. By Jane Mundy.
Seattle, WA Not only were Steve and his wife charged “ludicrous” emergency room overcharges, Steve says that the hospital flat-out lied about the treatment, or non-treatment, on their invoice. And not all patients are treated equal, as Nancy attests.
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Litigation Funding Eliminates Financial Stress

Litigation Funding Eliminates Financial Stress April 3, 2014. By Mark Bello.
It is common for personal injury suits to drag on for months, even years. This can put families in financial ruin, especially those already struggling to make ends meet. Often times, the financial stress pushes plaintiffs to settle for less than they deserve in order to pay outstanding medical bills or other necessary expenses. Few know there is a way to financial relief during a pending claim. It is called litigation funding.
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Can Unum Demand Payback?

Can Unum Demand Payback? April 2, 2014. By Jane Mundy.
Wilmington, NC A number of Unum policyholders have asked attorneys experienced with Unum, or Unum Provident disability claims whether the insurance company can demand that they pay back Social Security benefits to Unum. The short answer is to read the terms in your policy. The long answer: it’s complicated.
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Keeping Track of a Bad Faith Insurance Claim

Keeping Track of a Bad Faith Insurance Claim March 29, 2014. By Heidi Turner.
San Diego, CA When it comes to reasons why people experience denied disability insurance, the list can be long. Sometimes, a California insurance claim is denied for legitimate reasons. But all too frequently, denials are the result of bad faith insurance, when the insurer acts with disregard for its policyholders and the contracts they have signed. In such cases, lawsuits have been filed - some by policyholders and some by regulators - to force the insurance company to uphold its end of the contract.
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Landmark Ruling Threatens Internet Payday Loan Loophole

Landmark Ruling Threatens Internet Payday Loan Loophole March 22, 2014. By Gordon Gibb.
Las Vegas, NV A landmark legal ruling appears to have stripped away any perceived immunity by Internet payday loan vendors who have, until now, operated under the premise of protection through an affiliation with a Native American tribe. The ruling, affirmed this month by a Nevada federal judge, provides the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) with almost limitless power to pursue cases involving online payday lending, and other alleged infractions, against individuals or enterprises so affiliated.
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