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The Avanti Law Group: Credit Suisse Waits for $11 Billion...

Credit Suisse Waits for $11 Billion Answer in N.Y. Fraud Suit Feb. 19 (Bloomberg) -- As Credit Suisse Group AG sees it, time has run out on New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s pursuit of Wall Street banks for mortgage fraud that helped trigger the financial crisis. Schneiderman sued Credit Suisse in 2012 as part of a wide- ranging probe into mortgage bonds. He claimed Switzerland’s second-largest bank misrepresented the risks associated with $93.8 billion in mortgage-backed securities issued in 2006 and 2007. Credit Suisse asked a Manhattan judge in December to dismiss Schneiderman’s case, as well as his demand for as much as $11.2 billion in damages. The bank argued that New York, by waiting so long to file the lawsuit, missed a three-year legal deadline for suing. The state countered that it had six years to file its complaint. Read more: http://www.sfgate. com/business/bloom berg/article/Credi t-Suisse-Waits-for -11-Billion-Answer -in-5247562.php  (Feb 28, 2014 | post #1)

The Avanti Law Group: Scam of the Year

Affordable Care Act Scam named Better Business Bureau’s 2013 ‘Scam of the Year’ The Better Business Bureau announced its “Top 10 Scams of 2013.” Leading the pack, believe it or not, was the Affordable Care Act Scam, which most would refer to as the Obamacare scam. As much as he may want to differ, CBS late night host David Letterman didn’t invent the idea of a “top 10 list” — it’s been around for a long time, and that includes the 102 year-old Better Business Bureau, which has published a top 10 scam report for years. “Scammers used the uncertainty of Obamacare to trick Americans into sharing personal information. They call victims and offer new insurance or Medicare cards if they provide personal information,” according to its website. The remaining nine are, as Houston ABC-13 News reported this week: Medical Alert Scam – This scam targeted seniors and caretakers with the promise of a free medical alert system. Scammers told victims their family members had already paid for it and they would just need to provide their bank account or credit information for verification. Auction Reseller Scam – Scammers used Ebay and PayPal to lure in their victims. They figured out a way to have sellers mail the goods without receiving payment. The sellers receive an email that looks like it is from PayPal, but it was really just a fake. The BBB says always confirm payments in your Ebay and PayPal accounts before shipping goods, especially overseas. Arrest Warrant Scam – These scams take advantage of the fact that you can change what shows up on caller IDs when you call someone. Scammers change their name to resemble a law enforcement agency and call people to tell them they have an outstanding warrant for their arrest. They tell victims they can pay to avoid criminal charges. Invisible Home Improvements – Scammers simply knock at your door and offer a great deal for home repairs that you can’t see, such as crawl spaces, air ducts, chimneys, and roofs. You can check out home contractors at before hiring them. Casting Call Scam – Scammers pose as casting agents for hit television shows. They either offer acting lessons or photography sessions to help the aspiring actor or charge fees for fake applications and casting calls. Foreign Currency Scam – Scammers target their victims and tell them they can make great investments by purchasing foreign currency. You are told you can sell and cash in when governments revalue the currency, but this is very unlikely to happen and the currency will be difficult to sell. Scam Texts – These texts look like an alert from your bank asking you to confirm information with a fake link. Sometimes the link will download malicious software that gives scammers access to everything on your phone. Do Not Call Scams – Scammers call and offer to add your name to the National Do Not Call Registry. They ask for personal information and sometimes charge a fee to join. Fake Friend Scam – On Facebook, people are creating fake profles to be used in a variety of ways. Some will download malware or use your account to prey on your friends. This is proof positive that although Obamacare is losing its luster among American citizens, it’s number one on the list of scammers and con artists and swindlers.  (Feb 23, 2014 | post #1)

Community Involvement the Avanti Law Group

http://avantilaw.c om/pages/about-ava nti-law-group-pllc /avanti-community- involvement/ Our attorneys and staff donate a significant amount of time to public issues, civic leadership, and representation of those that could not otherwise afford legal representation. We work hard to improve the quality of life of our clients, our community and our families. Some of the organizations that we currently help or have helped include: • American Red Cross • Asian Professional Organizations • Cesar Chavez Foundation • DeVos Children Hospital • Dominican American National Round table (DANR) • Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park • Gilda’s Club • Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce • Grand Rapids Community Foundation • Grand Rapids Symphony • Hispanic Center of West Michigan • Klass Kids Foundation (KKF) • Kid’s Food Basket • Latin American United for Progress (LAUP) • Legacy Ball • Local First of West Michigan • Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (MHCC) • Planned Parenthood of West Michigan • Salvation Army • The Children’s Museum • United Way • West Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (WMHCC) • Women’s Resource Center • YMCA Visit Website at http://avantilaw.c om/  (Jan 27, 2014 | post #1)