Legal Briefs

Former Merchant Cash Advance CFO Charged With Fraud by New York Attorney General

January 4, 2019
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A former merchant cash advance CFO and executive for a fund that provides capital to merchant cash advance companies, has been charged with fraud by the New York Attorney General. The allegations against Stephen Brown stem from his role as CFO of Cardis Enterprises International, a company that claimed to possess patented and proprietary technology […]

Kornfelds Settle With SEC Over Woodbridge Ponzi Scheme

January 3, 2019
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Barry M. Kornfeld and Ferne Kornfeld, both fundraising agents for 1st Global Capital, have settled with the SEC for their role in Woodbridge Group of Companies LLC, a $1.2 billion ponzi scheme. Woodbridge was another Florida-based company that is unrelated to 1st Global Capital. As part of the settlement, the Kornfelds agreed to disgorge $3.69 […]

Defunct MCA Company Tried to Escape Signed Confession of Judgment

December 13, 2018
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When a Florida-based merchant cash advance company, World Global Financing (WGF), declared bankruptcy this past May, it entered into a binding settlement agreement with its largest creditor, a hedge fund known as Eaglewood. There was a caveat. Eaglewood required that WGF sign a Confession of Judgment (COJ) as part of the agreement that would afford […]

MCA Participations and Securities Law: Recognizing and Managing a Looming Threat

December 11, 2018
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Reprinted with permission from: Pepper Hamilton LLPAuthors: Gregory J. Nowak and Mark T. Dabertin Due to the high volume of relevant judicial decisions issued by New York courts over the past two years, the risk that enforceability of a merchant cash advance (MCA) contract1 might be successfully challenged as a disguised usurious loan has received […]

1st Global Capital Consents With SEC

November 28, 2018
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Subject to approval in two courts, 1 Global Capital LLC (aka 1st Global Capital) has confirmed it will consent with the SEC to be permanently enjoined and restrained from violating securities laws. The papers were submitted to the Court yesterday. Though the terms include 1st Global Capital’s California counterpart, 1 West Capital, LLC, there is […]

Who Are the New York City Marshals?

November 28, 2018
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In 2017, New York City Marshal Ruth Burko earned less in poundage than she owed the city in annual fees. At 91-years old, Burko’s tenure as a city licensed judgment enforcer has finally come to an end. She technically announced her retirement at the end of 2016 but her long career began when Mayor John […]

SEC Scoffs at 1st Global Capital’s Attempt to Dismiss Securities Complaint

November 17, 2018
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The SEC is not impressed with 1st Global Capital’s attempt to dismiss the charges it stands accused of. Yesterday, the SEC filed opposition papers, writing “Having defrauded thousands of investors out of almost $300 million, Defendant Carl Ruderman now asks the Court to let him escape the consequences of his actions by dismissing the Amended […]

“Out Of State” MCA Funder Not Precluded From Entering COJs in New York, Court Rules

October 18, 2018
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In May 2017, Funding Metrics (FM), a small business funding provider, entered a signed Confession of Judgment (COJ) in Westchester County, NY against a California-based customer. The Court issued a judgment a mere five days later. That should have been the end of it, but on July 26th, the customer hired law firm White & […]

ISO Pretending to be Funder May Be Sent to Jail

October 14, 2018
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A New York Supreme Court judge ordered on Thursday that Long Island-based ISO JTT Funding either be fined or sent to prison if it does not comply with a previous restraining order obtained by NYC-based funder Accel Capital. Accel alleges that JTT funding has been impersonating it through correspondence and on contracts, a scheme that […]

Capital Stack Hit With Class Action Lawsuit

October 10, 2018
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A class action lawsuit brought by former employees of Capital Stack, LLC was filed in federal court on Tuesday for damages resulting from alleged labor law violations. David Rubin, Brian Stulman, eProdigy ACH, LLC, and eProdigy Operations, LLC are also among the named defendants. Capital Stack is a merchant cash advance company based in New […]

Renaud Laplanche Barred From the Securities Industry

September 28, 2018
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Renaud Laplanche, 1 month before he resigned from LendingClub at the LendIt USA 2016 conference in San Francisco, California, USA on April 11, 2016. (photo by Gabe Palacio) The SEC announced today that it charged LendingClub Asset Management, formerly known as LendingClub Advisors LLC (LCA), and its former president and co-founder Renaud Laplanche, with fraud […]

War on Debt Settlement Continues: 16 Defendants Sued in RICO Case

September 6, 2018
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Fourteen individuals and two companies (including Decision One Debt Relief) were sued by Funding Metrics in Federal court last month for allegedly “conducting a nationwide illegal debt restructuring scheme through numerous acts of mail and wire fraud.” The suit, which stems from the defendants’ interference with Funding Metrics’ merchant cash advance customers, makes six claims, […]

1 Global Capital Charged With Fraud by SEC

August 29, 2018
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Securities & Exchange Commission building The Securities & Exchange Commission unsealed a 10-count complaint against 1 Global Capital LLC (“1st Global Capital”), its owner Carl Ruderman, and related parties on Wednesday. The South Florida firm “fraudulently raised more than $287 million from more than 3,400 investors to fund its business offering short-term financing to small […]

MCA Companies Have Won a “Sh*t Ton” of Cases, Judge Declares

August 27, 2018
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A judge in Buffalo, New York has finally had enough with merchants trying to claim that merchant cash advances are loans. At issue were defendants who sought to overturn a confession of judgment filed by SOS Capital. The Honorable Catherine Nugent Panepinto, who presided over the case, didn’t like that one bit, but what was […]

Two Commercial Finance Consultants Charged By SEC in Ponzi Scheme

August 22, 2018
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Two commercial finance consultants were charged by the SEC earlier this week for their alleged role in soliciting investors to place their savings into mortgage-backed securities issued by Woodbridge Group of Companies, LLC, a company revealed to be a $1.2 billion ponzi scheme. Barry Kornfeld and Ferne Kornfeld of Parkland, Florida, allegedly earned $3.7 million […]

Merchant Cash Advance Company Wins in Bankruptcy Court After Judge Rules It’s an Ordinary Part of Business

August 21, 2018
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Last week, a bankruptcy judge in the Northern District of Illinois ruled that a merchant had used so many merchant cash advances that it had become a normal part of their business. At issue was Network Salon Services, a business founded in 2004 that was brought back from the brink of insolvency in January 2013 […]

World Global Financing Bankruptcy Converted to Chapter 7

August 9, 2018
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Florida-based World Global Financing (WGF), who filed for Chapter 11 in May, has been ordered into liquidation following their failure to abide by the settlement agreement with Eaglewood SPV I LP. Eaglewood’s claim on WGF comprised 98% of all creditor claims. WGF agreed to settle with Eaglewood for $2.95 million, but WGF failed to make […]

Details Emerge in Florida Lawsuit Against Corporate Debt Advisors

August 9, 2018
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A debt settlement company being sued by Itria Ventures in Miami-Dade County, FL was asked to prove its claim that it has managed over $1.5 billion in total debt, court records show. That company, Corporate Debt Advisors (CDA), advertises that it provides debt relief for small business owners. CDA responded to Itria’s request on June […]

Notorious Tampa Bay Loan Broker Likely Headed Back to Jail

July 27, 2018
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Tampa Bay loan broker Victor Clavizzao pleaded guilty this week to one count of wire fraud, which could land him in prison for up to 20 years. This would not be his first time behind bars. In 2009, a federal judge sentenced him to five years for conspiring to fraudulently obtain nearly $6 million in […]

JTT Funding STILL Impersonating Rival Funding Company, Court Docs Allege

July 26, 2018
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A Court-ordered injunction hasn’t prevented New York ISO JTT Funding from continuing to pretend to be Accel Capital, a new motion filed in New York County this week argues. In May, JTT Funding failed to appear in court to defend itself against claims it was impersonating Accel Capital when contracting with merchants. After reviewing the […]