Contract Lawyer Suspended for Overcharging Public Defender

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Lawyer, Jennifer Meyer, has been suspended for the overcharging of a public defender’s legal services and car mileage. The agency was billed for more than 24 hours a day on 30 different days. She also copied repayment requests for mileage but assigned them to numerous clients 147 times. This report came back after a thorough review going back as far as 4 years.

In Jennifer’s defense, she stated her secretary, who often worked alongside her, could have potentially made errors when billing for a letter or document on the day it was mailed out. Before this line of defense, Meyer claimed that she was entitled to payment for the work that she has done, despite the inaccuracy of billing.

After further investigation, Jennifer Meyer took an Alford plea criminal charge of third-degree theft by deception. This means she still considers herself innocent but admits, with evidence, it would likely prove her to be guilty if brought to trial.  A division of the Iowa Supreme Court grievance commission only recommended a 60-day suspension, but the Supreme Court of Iowa said that was too low. She is now required to pay $103,000 in restitution and given a probation sentence of 2 years. 

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Nursing Homes Cannot Take Stimulus Checks for Medicare

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In recent news, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) spoke about an issue in nursing homes as well as assisted living facilities on how the resident’s stimulus checks are being taken away from those who are on Medicare. The stimulus payments being made are not to be taken by homes in order to pay any expenses, as they belong to individual Americans who fit the guidelines for payment.

A spokesman from the Iowa Attorney General’s Office said that if the nursing home or assisted living facility has taken that money from you, you can contact your state attorney general to assist you in getting your funds back and filing a complaint with the FTC.

Do you feel that you have been a victim of fraud during the pandemic? If so, call our offices at 816-524-4949 to set up a consultation or visit our website at hoorfarlaw.com for more information on the services we offer.

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Kendall Jenner Resolves Lawsuit over Instagram Post

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A 2017 music festival, also known as Fyre Festival, was being promoted on Instagram by reality TV star and model, Kendall Jenner. The lawsuit was presented by a bankruptcy trustee who was regaining money for the creditors of the festival that lost money in the event. Conditions of the settlement were described in court documents file recently. Kendall Jenner was sued as a result of her paid promotion of the festival. She failed to disclose that her post was a promotion and thus the bankruptcy attorney claimed she ‘duped’ the public, which in this case was the nearly 129 million Instagram followers. While the model was paid $275,000 for her promotion of the festival, the settlement was only for $90,000.

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CFPB Achieves $1.275 Million Dollar Settlement

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau received a settlement on behalf of consumers for the amount of $1.275 million in their lawsuit against the Specialized Loan Servicing (SLS), a Colorado based mortgage loan servicer. In 2014, the CFPB discovered that SLS has breached Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA) and Regulation X. In this case, each of these were violated by the SLS as they were taking forbidden foreclosure actions against mortgage borrowers who initially had protection from being foreclosed on. This is also a violation to The Consumer Financial Protection Act of 2010. Consumers who were victims of these practices will receive a collective $750,000 in restitution.

Do you feel that you are a victim of foreclosure fraud? Contact our offices at 816-524-4949 or visit our website at Hoorfarlaw.com to schedule an appointment to speak to one of our attorneys today.

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JCPenney To File for Bankruptcy

JCPenney is facing financial troubles amid the outbreak and the shutting down of their department stores. Sephora stated recently that they would not reopen their doors after the pandemic and that they would stop restocking in store products.  Sephora’s products have been the major source of income for the department store. With this threat in place, JCPenney had to pursue a restraining order on April 27th to prevent Sephora from closing its inside store locations.

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JCPenney did win this order and forced Sephora to reopen its doors with the department store. Sephora is countersuing the company in order to end their in-store contract in April of 2021. However, JCPenney may still be forced into bankruptcy. The company currently owes roughly $4 billion and were expected to make a payment of $12 million that was deferred for 30 days April 15th.

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Injured in an Accident? We can help!

You may have heard on the radio, but the Law Office of Camron Hoorfar will help you handle personal injury matters! We have even launched a new site to help navigate your personal injury needs mykclawyer.com. Personal Injury Law is an important facet of the Law Office of Camron Hoorfar’s continued strive to help those in need.

If you or a loved one has been hurt in an accident call our office at 816-524-4949 or visit our new personal injury website at mykclawyer.com today!

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City of Fairfield, Alabama Files for Bankruptcy

The small city of Fairfield, Alabama is set to file for Chapter 9 Bankruptcy, which is quite rare, especially for a municipality of merely 12,000 residents. Prior to the pandemic, Mayor Eddie J. Penny stated that the city had drained all its funding and exhausted alternatives to bankruptcy. Since the start of COVID, the city profits have depleted even further, forcing the hand of the city into bankruptcy proceedings. Liabilities in Fairfield are reported as high at $10 million and roughly 20% of its residents are currently living under the poverty line.

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Chapter 9 bankruptcy is unique to municipalities and does not force liquidation of any assets. Public employees, as such, should not fear for their job as the city does not expect to lay off any workers.

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Treasury Turns Small Business Loans into Grants

The Treasury Department rolled out a program for small business loans, however, there has recently been minor changes to the original program. The original guidelines for the small business loans required a rehiring of staff and any additional loan amount be used on rent or utilities. The problem with this original guideline is that many small businesses who applied for the federal loans remain closed. Also, many employees turned to unemployment options prior to their employer receiving the loans and found it more beneficial to continue getting the unemployment than to go back to work. In recognition of these small business challenges, new loan guidelines were issued in order to convert the loans to grants for struggling businesses.

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In addition to those changes, government officials and lawmakers are considering giving businesses more flexibility in the grants. The government extended the loan spending time to 8 weeks, meaning that the loan can be taken out to cover business costs for 2 months opposed to original shorter time frames for spending the approved loan amounts. However, to some businesses such as restaurants, and even hair salons, these guidelines are not easy to come by. These trying times have people having a hard time rehiring their employees due to an uncertainty in future business success and the ability of a loan to keep the business afloat.

Is your business struggling due to coronavirus? Do you have questions about your PPP loan application or forgiveness? Call our office at 816-524-4949 or visit our website at hoorfarlaw.com to schedule a consultation today.

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Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac Pause on Foreclosures

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Mortgage loan company Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have extended their delay on mortgage foreclosures through June. With the plan of initially deferring homeowners’ payments until May 17th, the plan was changed and may even be deferred for as long as a year if supported by Fannie, Freddie, or a Federal Agency.

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Neiman Marcus Group Inc., Files for Bankruptcy

Neiman Marcus Group Inc., became America’s major extravagance retailers when they were granted access to Texas Oil 100 years ago. The popular retailer has stated they are now facing bankruptcy due to the coronavirus outbreak and the precautions they are required to take. It has also been said the company had plans to transform the debt they were in prior to the pandemic. They are looking to get at least $4 billion of the $5.1 billion disregarded. Currently, they are not planning to close any stores.

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