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Marc Wites of Wites & Kapetan Secures $3.6 Million Dollar Settlement for 3rd Grade Girls Sexually Abused 11-Years Ago

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Sexual abuse and harassment against women is finally a prevalent topic in today’s news.  From Fox News to Harvey Weinstein, from Bill Cosby to Fidelity Investments, strong, professional woman have come forward to face their abusers. For many, it took years of suffering, and unfortunately belated support of the public, to find the strength to come forward. Back in 2005, four third-grade girls in Boca Raton, Florida, found the strength and courage to tell their parents about the sexual abuse they had been suffering at the hands of their third-grade teacher.  Little did they know, or could they even appreciate...

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The Deadline To Make A Claim In The Cryptsy Class Action Settlement Has Passed.

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The deadline to make a claim in the Cryptsy Class Action Settlement has passed.  The Court has given final approval to the settlement, including the notice and claims administration process.  You can read about the settlement at www.cryptsysettlement.com If you missed the deadline, we may still be able to help you.  Wites & Kapetan and Silver Miller are pursuing a class action lawsuit against Coinbase to recover money for Cryptsy account holders.  This lawsuit is pending in federal court in The United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida.  In response to the lawsuit, Coinbase filed a motion to compel arbitration, which is...

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Hurricane Irma Quick Tip: Beware of Contractors Knocking at Your Door

Hurricane Irma Quick Tip From Insurance Lawyers - Beware of Contractors Knocking On Doors

In the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, you may get a knock at your door and find someone claiming to be a contractor offering to fix your home.  Our advice; end the conversion, and shut the door.  Most importantly, do not sign anything and do not agree to anything.  Here’s four reasons why. First, in the aftermath of a storm, there are unfortunately people who will prey on people in need.  While we are all anxious to have our homes repaired, it is very important that all work is done by a licensed, insured and reputable contractor.  People that go door-to-door...

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Deferred Action for Child Arrival (DACA) – What Happens Now?

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The Trump administration on Tuesday formally announced the end of the Deferred Action for Child Arrival, or DACA — a program that had protected nearly 800,000 young undocumented immigrants also known as “DREAMers,” brought to the United States as children from being deported. The Department of Homeland Security will stop processing any new applications for the program as of Tuesday, September 05, 2017 and rescinded the Obama administration policy. Here’s What you Need to Know About the Program: DACA allowed individuals who were brought to the United States as children or teens before mid-2007 to apply for protection from deportation...

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When Do You Have To Report Property Damage To Your Insurance Company?

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Reporting your property damage claim as soon as possible is the best course of action.  Almost all homeowners insurance policies require you to “give prompt notice” to the insurance carrier after a loss. This requirement is often contained within the “Your Duties After Loss” provision which is usually located under the “Section 1 – Conditions” portion of the policy. Prompt notice allows the insurance carrier an opportunity to investigate the loss and determine the cause of the damage (i.e., Hurricane winds) and the amount that it would cost to repair the damage. Almost all insurance policies contain a requirement that...

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Hurricane Irma Quick Tip: If You Had Water Damage In Your Home

Hurricane Irma Insurance Attorney Tip - Water Damage in Home

Hurricane Irma Quick Tip: When your insurance company asks you what happened in your house or commercial property, don’t use the word “flood” to describe how the damage occurred.  Why?  Most homeowner and commercial property insurance policies exclude coverage for damage caused by flooding.  While the policies coverage damage caused by water, they often do not cover damage caused by flood water. So, for example, if a pipe breaks in your house causing water to cover the floor and damage your property, it is not a flood, and you should not call it one.  How you describe the cause of...

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Cryptsy Collection Efforts Continue with Court Victories

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Victims of the Cryptsy fraud received good news this week in rulings from the two federal court cases. First, District Court Judge Kenneth Marra of The United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida granted final approval to the class action settlement reached with Vernon’s ex-wife and a minority Cryptsy shareholder. The Court praised the settlement and the attorneys involved including Class Counsel, Marc A. Wites of Wites and Kapetan (www.wklawyers.com), and David C. Silver, of Silver Law Group (www.silverlaw.com), noting that Cryptsy’s founder and majority shareholder, Paul Vernon, shut down Cryptsy, fled the country for China, and has...

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Deadline for Claims in Cryptsy Class Action Settlement is May 17, 2017

BitCoin Cryptsy Theft

If you are a CRYPTSY account holder and are unable to access your CRYPTOCURRENCY, you could get money from two different class action settlements On August 25, 2016, the Honorable Kenneth A. Marra of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida entered an order certifying a class of Cryptsy account holders who are unable to access their cryptocurrency in a class action lawsuit. The class action lawsuit claims that Defendant Project Investors, Inc. d/b/a Cryptsy (“Cryptsy”) and Paul Vernon stole and converted for their own use the cryptocurrencies of the Cryptsy account holders. On April 24,...

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Cash Advances on Pension Plans: How to Spot an Illegal Loan Offer and How to Get Help if You Are Already a Victim

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Have you recently encountered financial struggles and searched the Internet for “fast cash” options?  If you are a retired public employee, civil service worker, or military veteran who was recently offered money for selling your federal pension plan or income stream, you could be the next target of a growing loan-sharking scheme hitting the Internet today. The Offer The tagline on the company websites and advertisements promise “Money Now” and look like an easy way to receive fast cash in exchange for the purchase of a federal pension plan.  However, these companies fail to disclose that this new financial contract...

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AC Creamery & McConnell’s Issue Nationwide Recall For Their Ice Cream Products

AC Creamery and McConnell's Ice Cream Recall

AC Creamery & McConnell’s Fine Ice Cream  have issued a national recall on their ice cream products due to concerns of potential Listeria contamination. McConnell’s Fine Ice Cream announced they are “undertaking a voluntary recall of selected, 16 oz. (pint size) packages of ice cream produced by a contract manufacturer because they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes….Listeria monocytogenes is an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems.” The following flavors and included “Best By” dates are all being recalled: Dutchman’s Chocolate...

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