Abercrombie & Fitch

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Abercrombie & Fitch was founded in 1892 as an upscale sporting goods store.  The company expanded in the twentieth century but began to fail after one of the founders,  Ezra Fitch, retired.  The company declined significantly in the 1960s and 1970s and after losing $1 million in 1975 it filed for Chapter 11 in 1976 and finally closed its doors in November 1977.  Abercrombie was purchased out of bankruptcy by other retailers and has become an iconic purveyor of clothes for Gen?X since then.

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Dave Ramsey

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Dave Ramsey is a financial author, radio host and motivational speaker from Tennessee.  He has a syndicated radio program that is heard on more than 500 radio stations throughout the United States and Canada and has written numerous books on the subject of personal finances and wealth building.  He has been featured on the Oprah Winfrey Show, 60-Minutes, The Early Show (CBS) and the FOX Business Network. Mr. Ramsey started out as a real estate investo,r and in his twenties built a rental real estate portfolio…

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DISCHARGING DEBTS ARISING FROM “BAD CONDUCT”

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DISCHARGING DEBTS ARISING FROM “BAD CONDUCT” One question that we’re commonly asked, especially now that a number of casinos have opened in northeastern Ohio, is whether or not gambling debt can be cancelled in bankruptcy. The answer is yes, it can. This might seem odd to some people, but the courts have universally held that losing money in games of chance does not constitute any sort of misuse or abuse that would affect a person’s ability to cancel those debts in bankruptcy. So for your…

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WILL ANYONE AT MF GLOBAL GO TO JAIL FOR TAKING CUSTOMER FUNDS?

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WILL ANYONE AT MF GLOBAL GO TO JAIL FOR TAKING CUSTOMER FUNDS? Imagine you are a banker and you remove funds from a depositor’s account and use them to pay the bank’s creditor card bill. Would that be illegal? Of course it would. It’s theft. But when MF Global Holdings, Limited, a New York brokerage firm formerly run by Jon Corzine (the former governor of New Jersey), took $175 million out of customer accounts to pay corporate obligations, no one got in trouble. MF Global…

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UNITED STATES SUES BANK OF AMERICA FOR MORTGAGE ABUSES

UNITED STATES SUES BANK OF AMERICA FOR MORTGAGE ABUSES Bank of America has been sued by the federal government under the “False Claims Act” for allegedly misrepresenting the quality of mortgage loans it sold to Fannie Mae and Freddy Mac prior to the financial meltdown in 2008. Bank of America has been sued by the federal government under the “False Claims Act” for allegedly misrepresenting the quality of mortgage loans it sold to Fannie Mae and Freddy Mac prior to the financial meltdown in 2008.…

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Same Sex Married Couples May Now File Joint Bankruptcy Cases

Same Sex Married Couples May Now File Joint Bankruptcy Cases The U.S. Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act on June 27, 2013. By doing so, the court authorized same sex married couples to enjoy all the rights conferred by the Federal Government as other married couples. Prior to this decision, same sex marriages were not recognized by the Federal Courts and so in order to discharge their debts, same sex couples had to file separate bankruptcy proceedings thereby doubling the cost of…

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Why It Is Important To Disclose Any Potential Lawsuit You May Have In Your Bankruptcy Schedules

Why It Is Important To Disclose Any Potential Lawsuit You May Have In Your Bankruptcy Schedules A new case decided by the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, which is the federal court of appeals that covers Ohio, illustrates why it is important to always list any lawsuits or potential lawsuits you may have when you file your bankruptcy. Lawsuits and other claims are assets which must be disclosed in your asset schedules. There is a legal principle known as “judicial estoppel” which essentially says that…

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GOOD NEWS FOR CONSUMERS: OHIO STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS ON WRITTEN CONTRACT CLAIMS REDUCED TO EIGHT YEARS

GOOD NEWS FOR CONSUMERS: OHIO STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS ON WRITTEN CONTRACT CLAIMS REDUCED TO EIGHT YEARS The Ohio law governing the statute of limitations for filing lawsuits based on written contracts has been reduced from 15 years to 8 years effective September 28, 2012. [Ohio Revised Code section 2305.06]. The 15 year statute of limitations was longer than most states and bad for consumers.. What does this mean for you? Collection agencies and creditors will not be able to sue you for breach of a…

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SWISS BANK IN TROUBLE FOR AIDING AND ABETTING TAX DODGERS

The Swiss megabank UBS is under investigation by German authorities for aiding and abetting its customers’ efforts to evade taxes. It joins a long list of major global banks accused of criminal activity. It is rare for bank employees ever to be personally convicted and we don’t expect any UBS employees to serve time of these alleged crimes. An exception to this rule are employees of Bernard Madoff’s brokerage firm in New York. After a massive Ponzi scheme was discovered by prosecutors in 2008, nine…

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TWO MILLION MAY LOSE UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS AT END OF YEAR

TWO MILLION MAY LOSE UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS AT END OF YEAR More than two million Americans will lose their unemployment benefits at the end of the year if Congress is not able to avoid the “fiscal cliff”. The fiscal cliff is a set of deficit reduction measures adopted by Congress that automatically go into effect at the end of the year unless Congress can agree on different measures. About 40 percent of Americans receiving unemployment benefits get them because of a federal program used to supplement…

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