Who’s Next?

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The struggling town of Central Falls Rhode Island filed a bankruptcy petition on Monday, August 1. A Boston bankruptcy judge held the first hearing on Wednesday August 3, stressing that the court is in “unchartered waters” as it sorts through the $80 million in unfunded pension and benefits liabilities and a $5 million budget deficit…. Read more »

Barry Minkow UPDATE

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Barry Minkow, a sixteen year old wonder-boy of Wall Street in 1983 created ZZZ Best as a carpet cleaning and later insurance restoration business.  He took the company public in 1986, making him the youngest CEO of a public company and had a net worth exceeding $100 million at age 21.  The only problem was… Read more »

What good is a logo?

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Australia, which has already banned the public display of tobacco products in retail outlets, wants to outlaw logos on cigarette packs and force them to be sold in plain dark-olive packaging, carrying health warnings instead of company logos. Cigarette brand names will appear on the packages in the same size and style of printing. The… Read more »

Can You Copyright a Tattoo?

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Hollywood is accustomed to lawsuits over salaries, movie credits, even half-baked concepts that become movies. Now a studio may be going to court over the original concept of a tattoo. In “The Hangover Part II,” the character played by Ed Helms wakes up with a permanent tattoo bracketing his left eye, which bears an eerie… Read more »

Not too squeaky clean

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A suit called GSP Finance LLC v. KPMG LLC was filed on March 29 with GPS alleging that KPMG “was well aware of the desperate financial condition of Hicks Sports” — specifically, the Texas Rangers and Dallas Stars — when it was hired to conduct the ’08 audit. The suit says Hicks Sports Group suffered… Read more »

New York Rules That It Is OK To Resell Life Insurance Benefits

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New York’s top court ruled Wednesday that state law allows people to buy life insurance policies and immediately sell them to investors who make money when the insured person dies. The Court of Appeals, in a 5-2 ruling, said the practice is legal in New York even where the policy was obtained solely for that… Read more »

U.S. Loan Auditors Scam

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     U.S. Loan Auditors and similar outfits are promising to conduct “forensic audits” of mortgage transactions to find evidence of “predatory lending” and fraud, and use that evidence to haul lenders into court and obtain new mortgages at far more favorable interest rates, officials say.      In October, California Attorney General Jerry Brown sued U.S…. Read more »

Losing a Trademark Battle

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Danish toy brick maker Lego Juris A/S has failed in its bid to overturn a European trade mark decision canceling European trade mark protection for its standard 2 by 4 red Lego brick in a September 14 ruling of the European Court of Justice. Lego went to court after a Canadian firm had made blocks… Read more »