Daily Archives: August 5, 2016

DNC fraud lawsuit update: Plaintiffs’ response in opposition to defendants’ motion to dismiss and death report of plaintiffs’ process server

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Plaintiffs’ Response in Opposition to the Defendants’ Motion to Dismiss and Alternative Motion to Extend Time
download: http://goo.gl/FwlG2M

A. Defendants’ Factual Characterization of the Service of Process Event Is at Odds With the Real-Time Audio and Video Footage

Defendants’ motion to dismiss heavily relies upon the sworn declaration of Rebecca Herries (“Ms. Herries”). [Dkt. No. 10]. The sworn statements by Ms. Herries are at odds with the real-time audio and video footage of the exchange between the process server and Ms. Herries. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D3FMgZruOXE at 12:00-12:14 (last visited, Aug. 4, 2016).

According to Ms. Herries’ sworn statement, she personally interfaced with the process server (Shawn Lucas) as follows:

I told them that my name was Becca and that I worked for the DNC. They did not ask me for and I did not tell them my last name. They similarly did not ask me for and I did not tell them my title. They also did not ask me whether I was authorized to accept process for either the DNC or Congresswoman Shultz, nor did I tell them that I was authorized to do so. They then handed me the papers and left.

Unfortunately, the plantiff’s process server, Shawn Lucas was found dead. No cause of Lucas’ death yet:

Exhibit 1 – Death Report of Plaintiffs’ Process Server, Shawn Lucas,
Who Died on August 2, 2016
download: http://goo.gl/uo7ZFr

 

Trump Names Wall Street And Real Estate Titans As Economic Advisers

Top row, left to right: David Malpass, Howard Lorber, Harold Hamm; Bottom row, left to right: Steve Mnuchin, Tom Barrack, John Paulson

Top row, left to right: David Malpass, Howard Lorber, Harold Hamm; Bottom row, left to right: Steve Mnuchin, Tom Barrack, John Paulson

This is Trump’s economic team that he chose. And yes, Steven Mnuchin who benefitted from the housing crisis is on the list. Enough said.

Donald Trump has released the names of his economic advisers, a list heavy with Wall Street and real estate industry figures, but short of actual economists.

The names include several people from the world of hedge fund and private equity firms, including Steven Feinberg, chief executive and co-founder of Cerberus Capital Management; Thomas J. Barrack, chief executive of Colony Capital Management; and John Paulson, president of a hedge fund company bearing his name.

One major oil industry executive is on the list: Harold Hamm, CEO of Continental Resources, who made a fortune in Bakken Shale formation and is said by Forbes to be worth almost $13 billion.

Among the real estate industry executives Trump named are Howard M. Lorber, president and CEO of Vector Group, and Steven Roth, chief executive of Vornado Realty Trust.

The Trump campaign said in a statement that the team is comprised of the “top economists in the country as well as the most successful industry leaders in finance, real estate and technology.”

Read on.

U.S. Appeals Ruling That Throws Out Crisis-Era Bank of America Case

Justice Department aims to salvage high-profile mortgage-fraud case

WASHINGTON—The Justice Department asked a federal appeals court to reconsider its ruling throwing out a civil mortgage-fraud case against Bank of America Corp., in an uphill effort to rescue one of its highest-profile cases tied to the financial crisis.

The U.S. attorney’s office in Manhattan said in a Thursday filing the court had “overlooked a wealth of evidence” in reaching a May decision that found the government hadn’t proven fraud by Bank of America’s Countrywide unit over a program dubbed “Hustle.”

The court said at the time the case amounted only to breaches of a contract, a stunning setback for the government’s efforts to levy tough fines on corporations and executives. The court also threw out a related penalty against a Countrywide executive, one of the few individuals fined for alleged misdeeds during the crisis.

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JPMorgan Chase settles debit card lawsuit with former inmates

Another day, another settlement…

There was an art opening in New York city on Thursday night, featuring the work of Pennsylvania artist Jesse Krimes. Work that he happened to create on the sly, behind bars, during his nearly six years in prison.

As it happens, his New York opening comes as JPMorgan Chase agrees to pay $446,822 to settle a lawsuit from former inmates, including Krimes — the lead plaintiff in the case. The financial services firm issued them debit cards to help them get back on their feet, but inmates say that JPMorgan charged them exorbitant, sometimes hidden, fees.

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Democrats want reform — but court big money in the meantime

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Sooner or later, campaign finance will be reformed and Citizens United will be overturned (California will have Proposition 49 to overturn Citizen United on the ballot in November).

Philadelphia convention showcased how politicos, special interests schmooze

PHILADELPHIA — Political candidates should not “depend on large contributions from the wealthy and the powerful,” Democrats on Monday declared while kicking off their national convention.

But the rest of the week made this clear: Democrats have a light year to go before ever reaching that goal.

Banners decorating lampposts along major thoroughfares carried the names of top convention sponsors, such as Comcast, AT&T and Amalgamated Bank.

Corporations such as oil giant Chevron sponsored state delegation lunches.

And the swank lobby of the Ritz-Carlton, with its marble columns and soaring, domed ceiling, was packed all week with the Democrats’ most stalwart bankrollers.

The irony wasn’t lost on anyone.

At the Ritz, which housed elite contributors, donors mingled with lawmakers, shaking hands and greeting their benefactors and other acquaintances.

A long line of dark SUVs lined the sidewalk outside the Ritz, waiting to ferry deep-pocketed contributors from luncheons to cocktail hours to special briefings with top officials.

Democratic U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden of Oregon, while surveying the Ritz lobby, said he and many other lawmakers live a “dual existence.”

Read on.

Trump retracts statement he saw video of “Iran cash exchange”

Now Donald Trump today walked back a claim that he saw a video of U.S. officials giving Iran a $400 million payment. Trump tweeted:

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The plane I saw on television was the hostage plane in Geneva, Switzerland, not the plane carrying $400 million in cash going to Iran!

 

Maybe Trump “thought” what he saw was this:

Iranian video footage
Image caption An Iranian documentary aired in February may have shown the actual cash transfer
Footage from an Iranian documentary

Footage from an Iranian documentary shows palette of cash

From BBC:

We asked the BBC Monitoring team, which examines and interprets media around the world, if they could find any such video.

Loaded crate

The nearest they came up with was from a documentary called “The Rules of the Game” which was broadcast on Iranian state TV in February.

Shots of an airport are accompanied by commentary which references 17 January in Tehran’s Mehrabad Airport.

There is also a shot of a loaded crate, partially blurred out, but it is far from clear whether or not this is a crate of cash, let alone whether it is the money in question.

A translation of the commentary with the pictures reads as follows.

“Early hours of 17 January 2016, Mehrabad Airport (Tehran), $400m cash was transported to Iran by an airplane.

“A little bit later, part of the interest money was also paid to Iran, and the US government made a commitment to pay the rest of Iran’s money.”

It is not clear if this is intended to be a literal description or whether the shots are just general views of the airport.

In any case, whether or not these pictures show the transfer of the cash, they do not appear to match Mr Trump’s description of what he says he saw, nor his spokeswoman’s explanation.

Is Asset Acceptance LLC forging purchase & assignment agreements? CFPB, FTC Check out VP Deborah Everly signatures!

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FORGED SVP Deborah Everly Bill of Sale, Assignment and …

Great example. CFPB and FTC need to investigate this..

Asset Acceptance is a debt buyer which means that its primary business is the purchasing of defaulted debts from lenders and subsequent collection of those debts through normal debt collection activities.

Under FTC Settlement, Debt Buyer Agrees to Pay $2.5 Million for …

https://www.ftc.gov/…/under-ftc-settlement-debt-buyer-agr…

Federal Trade Commission

Jan 30, 2012 – In addition, the company, Asset Acceptance, LLC, has agreed to tell consumers whose debt may be too old to be legally enforceable that it will …

Asset Consent Decree – Federal Trade Commission

https://www.ftc.gov/sites/default/…/120131assetconsent.pdf

Federal Trade Commission

Jan 31, 2012 – the Complaint herein; Defendant, Asset Acceptance, LLC, has waived service of the Summons and Complaint; the parties have been …

CFPB Takes Action Against the Two Largest Debt Buyers for Using …

http://www.consumerfinance.gov/…/cfpb-takes-actio…

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

Sep 9, 2015 – Its subsidiaries also named in today’s action are Midland Funding LLC, Midland Credit Management, and Asset Acceptance Capital Corp.

Source: Stopforeclosurefraud