Structured Settlements

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Chamber files amicus brief in support of challenge to CFPB jurisdiction

The Chamber of Commerce of the United States of America (Chamber) has filed an amicus brief opposing the CFPB’s petition filed in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania to enforce its civil investigative demand (CID) issued to...more

CFPB takes another challenge to its jurisdiction to court

The CFPB filed suit against J.G. Wentworth, LLC on June 7, 2016 after the company challenged the Bureau’s expansive view of its jurisdiction. The CFPB served a CID against J.G. Wentworth, LLC on September 11, 2015 to...more

Structuring a Settlement After Asserting Class Members Did Not Suffer Any Concrete Injury

Frequently, a class action complaint will set forth an elaborate theory of why the defendant’s actions were negligent or wrongful, but fall short when trying to identify how that conduct has harmed the class members. This...more

CFPB’s Denial of Civil Investigative Demand Appeal Demonstrates Expansive Product Reach

Last month, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (“CFPB”) Director denied J.G. Wentworth’s (“JGW”) petition to set aside or modify a CFPB civil investigative demand (“CID”) that required JGW to produce 14 documents,...more

CFPB Director Denies J.G. Wentworth’s Petition to Set Aside Civil Investigative Demand

Recipients of a Civil Investigative Demand (CID) from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) have yet another reason to be wary of petitioning the Director to have the CID formally modified or set aside....more

Retroactive Tax Law Provides Tax Benefits for Victims of Wrongful Incarceration

At the end of 2015, Congress eliminated some of the uncertainty regarding the tax treatment of damages for wrongful imprisonment. Newly enacted Internal Revenue Code section 139F provides that gross income does not include...more

Eighth Circuit Clarifies the Requirements for Cy Pres Distribution of Class Action Settlement Funds

Due to what it called a “substantial history of district courts ignoring and resisting circuit court cy pres concerns and rulings in class action cases,” the Eighth Circuit recently clarified the legal principles surrounding...more

My Structured Settlement Broker or Yours?

We all have been in negotiations that involve structured settlement proposals, and almost all plaintiffs’ attorneys have relationships with structured settlement brokers. Inevitably, when it’s time to place a structured...more

Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court Holds Structured Settlement Annuity Is Transfer for Less Than Fair Market Value Under the Deficit...

The Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court’s recent decision in the matter of Sams v. Department of Public Welfare may significantly affect the structured settlement industry, and the settlement of lawsuits on behalf of certain...more

Law and Disorder: Rethinking Retirement Planning for Plaintiff's Lawyers - The Best of Qualified and Non-qualified Planning...

Overview - We have all heard our share of lawyer jokes. From War of the Roses - "What do you call a bunch of attorneys at the bottom of the ocean"? Answer - A good start! Everybody hates lawyers except their own and...more

Structured Settlement Planning for Trial Attorneys: The Benefits of Using Qualified Settlement Funds and Private Placement...

Overview - Trial attorneys are extremely vulnerable to a tax landscape that is becoming hostile territory. The result of the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2013 (ATRA) is that earned income is taxed at substantially...more

Class Action Settlement Take-up Significant for Fee Approvals - Lavier v MyTravel Canada Holdings Inc

On February 14, 2013, the Ontario Court of Appeal released its decision in Lavier v MyTravel Canada Holidays Inc, which deals with the approval of class counsel fees in a settled class proceeding. The decision provides some...more

Income Tax Reduction and Deferral Strategies for Trial Attorney Contingency Fee Income: Part 1—Structured Settlement Annuities...

Originally published in ABA Section of Taxation NewsQuarterly in the Summer of 2012. Overview - Structured settlement annuities (SSA) have been recognized by federal law since 1983. The original use of these...more

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