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(Alleged) Frauds, Fakes and Ponzis

A Financial Poise column dedicated to exploring the who, what, where, when, why and how of fraud litigation.


(Alleged) Frauds, Fakes and Ponzis

Fraudception: Fake plaintiff files fraudulent fraud claim

March 6, 2017

  By Adam Hirsch named a Super Lawyers “Rising Star” Learn more here     A litigation finance company sues for fraud relating to fraudulent litigation.   It used to be so simple. Once upon a time, there was a plaintiff and a defendant. Each one hired counsel. The plaintiff filed a complaint, and the […]

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Bringing a Fraud Claim: Is Time on Your Side?

February 2, 2017

By Adam Hirsch named a Super Lawyers “Rising Star” Learn more here   The statute of limitations on your fraud claim may depend on when you knew (or learned) about the fraud.   When did you know? If you are an (alleged) victim of fraud, you are going to be asked this question. If your […]

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UPON FURTHER REVIEW: Real story of an NFL Lawsuit

January 4, 2017

  By Adam Hirsch, named a Super Lawyers “Rising Star” Learn more here   It was 4:00 AM when the police convoy rolled up on Country Crossing, a new electronic bingo house in Alabama. No fewer than 135 state police cars cascaded into the rural compound. (You can watch the convoy arrive here; skip to […]

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Can You Agree to Be Defrauded?

November 21, 2016

By Adam Hirsch   Can you agree to be defrauded? This may sound like an odd question, but, as we’ve seen in this space before, the law of business fraud can lead us into some odd places. It is no spoiler to say that the answer is “yes.” You can actually agree to be defrauded. Many […]

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Affinity Fraud: When Scammers Prey on Victims’ Identities

October 4, 2016

By Adam Hirsch Let’s talk today about a type of fraud well known to practitioners in the field: affinity fraud. The SEC defines “affinity fraud” as “investment scams that prey upon members of identifiable groups, such as religious or ethnic communities, the elderly or professional groups.” It goes on to describe a typical affinity fraud: […]

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When Victims of Fraud Are in Denial

September 7, 2016

By Adam Hirsch   How would you react to being defrauded? Can you picture your hypothetical home movie in your head? Does it involve slamming papers on a table and storming out of a room? Are you pointing your finger and yelling “You’ll be hearing from my lawyer?” We’d like to think we’d be outraged, […]

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From a Punchline to a Legal Defense

August 9, 2016

By Adam Hirsch National Lampoon’s Animal House is, by most measures, one of the most-appreciated comedy films ever. Even accounting for later thoughtful criticism, it routinely shows up at or near the top of all-time movie lists, and its screenplay is so well known and oft-quoted, that when John Belushi shows up on the Jumbotron […]

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Massive Failure Equals Massive Litigation? Maybe, Maybe Not

July 5, 2016

By Adam Hirsch Plaintiffs’ lawyers are, by reputation, aggressive. They have sued over things as small as mis-charged non-residential delivery fees and over things as large as Volkswagen’s use of “defeat device” software to (allegedly) cheat emissions standards. Whether small or large, class-action cases against corporations tend to get filed fast. The EPA made an […]

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The Civil Courts: When Your ‘Confidential Information’ Isn’t So Secret

June 7, 2016

By Adam Hirsch Today, we take a stab at answering the question, “When is the civil court system not open to the public?” The short answer is, “Whenever the judge says it’s not.” Litigation concerning proprietary business information, trade secrets and the like is often conducted behind closed doors and under seal, provided that one […]

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Column Takes Aim at the Topic of Fraud

May 9, 2016

By Adam Hirsch Hello, my name is Adam Hirsch and welcome to “(Alleged) Frauds, Fakes and Ponzis,” a column dedicated to exploring, explaining and occasionally making light of the world of business fraud. “Business fraud,” conjures up iconic names and images: Bernie Madoff, the boiler room, Enron. Business fraud schemes are supposed to be obvious: […]

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