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Lawyers Get $3M From $9.5M Settlement Over Unwelcome Sales Calls

Lawyers Get $3M From $9.5M Settlement Over Unwelcome Sales Calls

- New Jersey Law Journal
The risk of establishing liability and damages favors settlement because of the defendant's argument that it did not use an automated telephone dialing system, the court said, noting that the U.S. Supreme Court is slated to consider this term what constitutes such a system, resolving a split among the circuits. Lawyers for the class were awarded $3 million, and class members get $75.30 each, in a $9.5 million settlement of a Telephone Consumer Protection Act suit against Freedom Mortgage of...

Industries for the Blind Settles Chinese Import Fraud Suit

Industries for the Blind Settles Chinese Import Fraud Suit

- Bloomberg Law
Whistleblower’s FCA suit to end in $1.9 million settlement Failure to provide goods made by blind, disabled U.S. workers Industries for the Blind Inc. will pay $1.9 million to settle a whistleblower’s claims that it violated the False Claims Act by providing the federal government with goods from China and Taiwan despite promising to provide goods produced by disadvantaged workers in the United States, according to a Tuesday news release.
IBI allegedly engaged in a...

Nonprofit agrees to pay $1.9M fine after whistleblower suit over products it claimed were made by visually impaired Americans

Nonprofit agrees to pay $1.9M fine after whistleblower suit over products it claimed were made by visually impaired Americans

- Journal Sentinel
A West Allis nonprofit that operates nationwide has agreed to pay $1.9 million to the federal government after a whistleblower exposed it for repackaging Chinese products and claiming they had been made by visually impaired Americans.
Such claims helped Industries for the Blind and Visually Impaired earn the agency Ability One certification, a major advantage in winning contracts with government agencies like the U.S. Navy and Air Force.
Paul Inzeo, the company's former marketing...

Coronavirus causes a record number of hotels to default on their loans: report

Coronavirus causes a record number of hotels to default on their loans: report

- Yahoo! Finance
Almost a quarter of hotels were delinquent on their mortgage payments in July, the highest rate on record, according to a new report.
Some 23.4% of commercial mortgage-backed security (CMBS) loans, which finance many hotels, were more than 30 days late in July, totaling $20.6 billion. Only 1.34% of hotel CMBS loans were in default in July 2019, according to Trepp, a New York City-based data, analytics and technology company.
“If hotels don't get more help, we will start to see...

How Restaurants Can Tackle COVID's New Insurance Challenges

How Restaurants Can Tackle COVID's New Insurance Challenges

When the coronavirus pandemic began, many brands found themselves facing unforeseen liabilities. Here’s how to protect against that in the future.

- QSR
It’s all too easy for operators to leave the fine print of their brands’ insurance policies to agents. The world of insurance is complex, and often operators take their providers’ recommendations at face value, or simply let their policies roll into a new year with little examination. But as the industry continues to grapple with the coronavirus pandemic, operators need a new, more vigilant approach to their coverage.
As most operators purchase insurance through an...

Hotel operators settle CMBS lawsuit against special servicers

Hotel operators settle CMBS lawsuit against special servicers

- DC Business Daily
Three hotel operators indebted to Commercial Mortgage-Backed Securities (CMBS) trusts sued in the Southern District of New York federal court because they received no answer from lenders about whether accepting Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) money would violate their loan agreement.
“Borrowers wish to avoid any declaration of default or declaration that a Springing Recourse Event has occurred because they accessed PPP funds to keep their business above water while continuing to...

College Students Want Their Money Back. It’ll Be Tough to Get It.

College Students Want Their Money Back. It’ll Be Tough to Get It.

- The Columbian
The coronavirus left Grainger Rickenbaker, a 21-year-old Drexel University student and hockey goalie, without in-person lectures, seminars or labs as the school switched to remote learning.
So he sued.
Rickenbaker is suing the Philadelphia university for the pro-rated price of his tuition, saying he didn’t get what he paid for. His lawsuit is one of at least 100 closure-related suits filed against colleges and universities in federal and state courts.
In total, more than...

College Students Want Their Money Back. It’ll Be Tough to Get It.

College Students Want Their Money Back. It’ll Be Tough to Get It.

- PEW Trust
The coronavirus left Grainger Rickenbaker, a 21-year-old Drexel University student and hockey goalie, without in-person lectures, seminars or labs as the school switched to remote learning.
So he sued.
Rickenbaker is suing the Philadelphia university for the pro-rated price of his tuition, saying he didn’t get what he paid for. His lawsuit is one of at least 100 closure-related suits filed against colleges and universities in federal and state courts.
In total, more than...

Florida Nursing Home Residents at Risk as Operators Demand Coronavirus Immunity

Florida Nursing Home Residents at Risk as Operators Demand Coronavirus Immunity

- Whistleblower News Review
The COVID-19 pandemic has taken a tremendous toll on America’s elderly population. Nursing home residents have been hit the hardest, with 20,000 dead across the country as of mid-May. Many of those people have died due to negligence from staff and administrators. Naturally, families want to sue the culprits. Meanwhile nursing home operators are demanding immunity, often with success.
Prominent Elder Law attorney Brian Mahany explains, “If you live in Florida and watch the...

CMBS Fraud Allegations Met With Skepticism From Market Players

CMBS Fraud Allegations Met With Skepticism From Market Players

- Bisnow
At a time when the coronavirus pandemic is derailing the commercial mortgage-backed securities landscape, a whistleblower in Seattle has thrown another wrench into the CMBS market.
But financial services experts said there isn't enough information to draw definitive conclusions about whether the complaint is credible or if it is, whether it would have broad implications for the CMBS market.
On Friday, a report from ProPublica detailed a complaint by John Flynn, a mortgage insider...