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Month: May 2013

Posted on May 31, 2013 in
The False Claims Act is a federal law that imposes stiff penalties on people and companies who commit fraud against the government. The law originated during the Civil War to help curtail rampant fraud against the government. Through what’s called the “qui tam” provision, the law enlists private individuals to expose fraud and sue on...
Posted on May 30, 2013 in
We are constantly seeing and hearing more reports, recommendations and other “news” from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau or the CFPB.  This blog will briefly summarize when the CFPB was created, why it was created and the major goals of the agency.   The CFPB first began operating in 2011 pursuant to its authority under...
Posted on May 29, 2013 in
On April 12, 2013, the first round of checks were mailed to homeowners as part of the Independent Foreclosure Review.   Under the agreement, $3.6 billion will be paid to about 4.2 million homeowners.  Unfortunately, the vast majority of those funds will be for less than $1,000. In fact, 2,358,441 homeowners will only receive $300 as compensation. ...
Posted on May 24, 2013 in
The Family and Medical Leave Act or “FMLA” provides leave for workers whose personal or medical circumstances require that they take time off work. Congress intended “to balance the demands of the workplace with the needs of families” by requiring employers to let employees “take reasonable leave for medical reasons, for the birth or adoption of a...
Posted on May 23, 2013 in
“Pay day” loan companies are common-place in today’s society, especially in the Las Vegas Valley.  If you are reading this, I bet you see at least a handful of these high-interest, short-term lenders to and from your commute to work.  While virtually everyone would avoid using these services if possible, desperate times call for desperate...
Posted on May 22, 2013 in
We previously discussed the general time-frame for a personal injury case in the Non-Binding Arbitration Program.  This program is designed for cases having a value of less than $50,000, so if your case is worth more than $50,000 then your case will stay at the District Court level.  A case at the District Court level...
Posted on May 21, 2013 in
Program Effectiveness Previously in Part I, which you can access in our blog stream, I explained the eligibility and process for the Nevada Foreclosure Mediation Program.  I will now elaborate and discuss the recent developments and trends that I have seen during the mediation process. January 1, 2013, we saw the rules for foreclosure mediation...
Posted on May 20, 2013 in
Are you not receiving your mandatory meal and rest periods? Does your employer deny you breaks because there are not enough people at work? If so, your employer may be violating Nevada’s mandatory meal and rest periods. Also, you may be owed overtime because of the violation. Nevada’s meal and rest statute requires an employer...
Posted on May 17, 2013 in
Today, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) provided testimony before the United States Senate Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety and Insurance regarding the accuracy and completeness of consumer credit reports.  The FTC summarized its recent study on the accuracy and completeness of consumer credit reports.  The study entailed participation from consumers, lenders, data furnishers, FICO...
Posted on May 15, 2013 in
We previously discussed the general time-frame for a “pre-litigation” personal injury matter.  Unfortunately, not all cases settle in the pre-litigation phase. This means the timeline for your case will be even longer.  There are many reasons why a case may not settle during the pre-litigation phase; a topic that will be discussed at another time. For...
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