Possession, Not Ownership, Determines Trespassing

A Missouri couple brought an action for trespassing under a statute that provides for triple damages for the removal of timber. The petition alleged that the couple owned property, from which others removed timber with the permission of a third party, who possessed the property under a contract for deed. On a motion for judgment on the pleadings, the circuit court assumes that those facts are true, and those facts show that the couple had no standing to bring the statutory action for trespass. That is because the statute, like a common law action for trespass, protects possession, not ownership.
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Francesca’s Closes Stores as Sales Drop

Women’s retailer Francesca’s is closing outlets and cutting costs. The company reported three-month results that show that downward trends in sales and profits continue. As of May 4th, Francesca’s operated 722 stores. That is down from the 738 stores operated in 2018. The company has plans to close 30 or more stores this year.

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Cosmetics Maker Coty Inc. to Restructure Operations

Beauty giant Coty Inc. is taking a $3 billion write down on brands they have acquired over the past couple of years, including CoverGirl and Max Factor. The company has struggled with weak sales and an executive turnover. Coty Inc. will restructure its operations and cut jobs soon.

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Ticket Giveaway

The Law Office of Camron Hoorfar wants to reward the dedicated blog readers with a set of two (2) Twins of Evil – Rob Zombie/Marilyn Manson tickets. The first follower to email scanning@hoorfarlaw.com will receive two (2) lawn tickets for the concert next Wednesday, July 17th, 2019 at 9pm. Please only email about the tickets if you are able to both pick up the tickets in office and can attend the concert.

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Former California Financial Advisor Indicted in $14.5 Million Real Estate Fraud Scheme

Former California financial advisor, Paul Ricky Mata, was arrested and charged with running a $14.5 million real estate fraud scheme by tricking victims to invest in his businesses and then using their money for his personal expenses. He is charged with mail fraud, wire fraud, making false statements in a bankruptcy proceeding, and other offenses. If he is convicted on all counts, he would face a maximum sentence of 295 years in prison.

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Education Secretary Betsy DeVos Sued By Student Loan Borrowers for Failing to Cancel Their Debt

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More than 150,000 former students of for-profit colleges claim they were defrauded and have filed lawsuits against the U.S Department of Education and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos. The Department of Education, under DeVos, has been accused of the failure to implement a regulation known as borrower defense which allows students to have their federal student loans cancelled if their school misled them or engaged in other misconduct. Over 150,000 people have filed claims with the government that their school defrauded them and new applications continue to be made.

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10th Year in The Chamber Of Commerce

The law office of Camron Hoorfar recently renewed our Lee’s Summit Chamber of Commerce membership for the 10th consecutive year. We have worked hard for the last 10 years to provide our services to Lee’s Summit and surrounding areas. We look forward to continuing to help the community in any and all legal realms.

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Taxpayers Should Include Tax Plans in their Wedding Plans

Couples getting married this year know there are a lot of details in planning a wedding. On top of everything, their first tax return as a married couple should be on their checklist. The IRS has tips and tools to help newlyweds consider how marriage may affect their lives.

Step 1: Taxpayers should check their withholding at the beginning of each year or when their personal circumstances change (like after getting married). Taxpayers who need to change their withholding should complete and submit a new Form W-4 to their employer.

Step 2: Marriage may mean a change of name. If either/both of the newlyweds legally change their name, it’s important to report that change to the Social Security Administration. The names on the taxpayer’s return must match the names on file at the SSA.

Step 3: If marriage means a change in address, the IRS and the U.S Postal Service need to know. Newlyweds can file Form 8822, Change of Address, to update their mailing address with the IRS. Go online to USPS.com or visit your local post office to forward your mail.

Step 4: Taxpayers who receive advance payments of the premium tax credit should report changes in circumstances to their health Insurance Marketplace as they happen. Certain changes to household, income or family size may affect the amount of premium tax credit.

Step 5: Newlyweds should consider their filing status. A taxpayer’s marital status on December 31 determines whether they’re considered married for that full year. Generally, the tax law allows married couples to file their federal income tax return either jointly or separately in any given year.

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Dressbarn to close all 650 stores

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Dressbarn plans to close all of its locations. In a press release, the company’s chief financial officer stated, “This decision was difficult, but necessary, as the Dressbarn chain has not been operating at an acceptable level of profitability in today’s retail environment.”

For now, all stores and the website will operate normally. Plans for the closing of individual stores are expected to be shared with affected employees as the process begins.

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Movie Studio, EuropaCorp SA, files for U.S. Bankruptcy

EuropaCorp SA, the French movie studio that made ‘Taken’ has filed for bankruptcy in the United States after releasing a string of failed movies. Poor performance of their latest movies such as “The Circle”, “Their Finest” and “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets” led to the downfall of the studio. The company has posted losses for the past two and a half years, which are the results of a 2014 decision to change how the company distributes their films.

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