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Aug 18, 2009 In Appraisal Shift, Lenders Gain Power and Critics (Back to Business)

QUOTE: The Home Valuation Code of Conduct is setting off a bitter battle. Mortgage brokers, lenders, real estate agents, regulators and appraisers are all arguing over whether an effort to fix one problem has created many new ones.

New York Times
Aug 16, 2009 Job Search Firms: Big Pitches and Fees, Few Jobs

QUOTE: Mr. [Kerry] Fischman’s experience highlights the vulnerability of job seekers as they cast about for help in the most difficult job market in decades and encounter a bewildering and largely unregulated array of individuals and businesses offering assistance. While some customers have benefited from their work, others have accused the companies of using misleading sales tactics.

New York Times
Aug 11, 2009 Bankruptcy Judges, Justice Dept. Rip Mortgage Companies

QUOTE: Judges have found that major mortgages servicers regularly mess up basic accounting, improperly credit payments and charge unwarranted fees.

Aug 10, 2009 I Love a Mark in Uniform: Kidnapping. Falsified documents. Hooters nights. Meet the sleazebucket car dealers who prey on our troops.

QUOTE: authorities ranging from local prosecutors to state regulatory boards to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to the military itself have done relatively little to address the proliferation of dubious auto sales-and-credit tactics [used on military enlistees].

Mother Jones
Aug 06, 2009 Magic numbers: The SEC fines GE

QUOTE: The SEC had accused GE of bending “accounting rules beyond breaking point” in order to avoid disappointing results on four occasions in 2002 and 2003.

Aug 03, 2009 SEC Charges Bank of America With Lying to Investors

QUOTE: The Securities and Exchange Commission on Monday charged Bank of America with lying to investors about its plan to pay billions of dollars in bonuses to employees of Merrill Lynch.

Washington Post
Jul 07, 2009 Employee: Military Health System was unethical in awarding contract

QUOTE: The Military Health System has engaged in unethical contracting with a technology company that is developing one of government's most complex and high-profile computer networks...

Apr 09, 2003 Used Book Street Vendors Sue New Orleans Over Restrictive Law

QUOTE: Dana Berliner, the attorney for the vendors, told PW Daily, "It violates their rights to free speech under the First Amendment and their right to earn a living."

Publishers Weekly
May 20, 2002 Latest Last Word on Banking Law as Clock Strikes Midnight

QUOTE: Respected legal treatises such as Clark's often carry the weight of law....Clark, who also is a partner in the Washington office of Kansas City, Mo.-based Shook, Hardy & Bacon, has been accused of rewriting his text to bail out a client...

Washington Post
Jan 01, 1111 A Software User's Bill of Rights

QUOTE: Each year we click 'I agree' to countless End User License Agreements (EULA) filled with pages of legal jargon in which software companies explain the myriad ways in which they have no responsibility for their own product.

Rick Curtis (Personal Website)