Archive for: ‘January 2012’

Kodak Files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy

January 29, 2012 Posted by kingcade

Eastman Kodak Co. and its U.S. subsidiaries recently announced the company was filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. Kodak will use the protection of Chapter 11 bankruptcy as a time for reorganization and transformation.

Filing Chapter 11 bankruptcy will allow Kodak to keep many of its assets and continue operations such as the distribution of goods and services to consumers, throughout the filing process. Kodak released a statement explaining they intend to “bolster liquidity,” in the United States and abroad. The news release went on to explain that Kodak intends to work with its stakeholders to shift the company’s focus to its most valuable commodities.

As part of the transformation, Kodak has decreased its workforce by 47,000 since 2003. The company has also taken steps such as closing 13 manufacturing plants and 130 processing labs. The company hopes to emerge from the transformation as a more digitally operated company.

To read more on this story visit: http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/business/2012/01/kodak-files-for-chapter-11-bankruptcy/

If you are in a financial crisis and are considering filing bankruptcy, contact an experienced attorney who can advise you of all of your options. Since 1996 Kingcade & Garcia, P.A. has been helping people from all walks of life build a better tomorrow. Our attorneys’ help thousands of people every year take advantage of their rights under bankruptcy protection to restart, rebuild and recover. The day you hire our firm, we will contact your creditors to stop the harassment. You can also find useful consumer information on the Kingcade & Garcia, P.A. website at www.miamibankruptcy.com.

Banks Propose $25 Billion Deal to U.S. State Officials to help Victims of Deceptive Foreclosure Practices

January 29, 2012 Posted by kingcade

The five major mortgage lending banks, Bank of America, JPMorgan Chase, Wells Fargo, Citibank and Ally Financial have proposed a deal to U.S. state officials that could re-shape the structure of mortgage lending and better protect homeowners from foreclosure malpractice.

Since the housing market crash of 2007, almost eight million American homes have been foreclosed on. A reportedly 11 million homeowners in America owe more than half of what their home is currently worth. Under the proposed deal, those who are eligible will receive a check for approximately $1,800, but it is doubtful they will get their homes back. The purpose of the reserve accounts will be to help those who have been victims of deceptive foreclosure practices.

Under the proposed $25 Billion deal:
• $17 billion would go toward reducing the principal that struggling homeowners owe on their mortgages.
• $5 billion would be placed in a reserve account for various state and federal programs; a portion of that money would cover the $1,800 checks sent to those homeowners affected by the deceptive practices.
• $3 billion would be to help homeowners refinance at 5.25 percent.
To read more on this story visit: http://abcnews.go.com/Business/wireStory/25b-nationwide-mortgage-deal-states-15421108#.TyGfg5jl1SU

Choosing the right attorney can make the difference between whether or not you can keep your home. A well qualified attorney will not only help you keep your home, but they will be able to negotiate a loan that has payments you can afford. Foreclosure defense attorney, Timothy Kingcade has helped many facing foreclosure alleviate their stress by letting them stay in their homes for at least another year, allowing them to re-organize their lives. If you have any questions on the topic of foreclosure please feel free to contact me at (305) 285-9100. You can also find useful consumer information on the Kingcade & Garcia, P.A. website at www.miamibankruptcy.com.

Houston Man Convicted of Internet and Bankruptcy Fraud Sentenced to 15 years in Federal Prison

January 23, 2012 Posted by kingcade

A 64 year old Houston man, James Maceo Ramey, was recently sentenced to 15 years in federal prison for 25 counts of fraudulent activity. Ramey was charged with bankruptcy fraud after an investigation proved he had filed 15 different bankruptcy cases in less than five years, all in different jurisdictions. Under Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 bankruptcy laws, an individual is prohibited from filing bankruptcy more than one time in an eight-year period, regardless of the jurisdictions.

During the period of Ramey’s bankruptcy scandal, he was conducting an Internet gold scheme as well. Ramey launched a website under a fake business name, “Manhattan Gold, Inc.” The website solicited the selling of numerous gold items, most in the form of coins, all of which, Ramey had no possession of or intent to actually distribute to consumers. During the gold scandal Ramey profited some $400,000, all of which he did not claim in any of the bankruptcy cases he filed.

After five days of deliberation, Ramey was convicted on all 25 counts. Eight of those counts were mail fraud, due to the Internet gold scheme. The other 17 counts were due to false oaths and declarations, concealment of assets, and conspiracy to commit bankruptcy fraud.

To read more on this story visit: http://7thspace.com/headlines/403574/internet_gold_scam_lands_houston_man_15_years_in_federal_prison.html

If you are in a financial crisis and are considering filing bankruptcy, contact an experienced attorney who can advise you of all of your options. Since 1996 Kingcade & Garcia, P.A. has been helping people from all walks of life build a better tomorrow. Our attorneys’ help thousands of people every year take advantage of their rights under bankruptcy protection to restart, rebuild and recover. The day you hire our firm, we will contact your creditors to stop the harassment. You can also find useful consumer information on the Kingcade & Garcia, P.A. website at www.miamibankruptcy.com.

Reuters Reports a Major Surge in Consumer Credit Spending

January 23, 2012 Posted by kingcade

Reports show that U.S. consumer credit spending increased approximately 10 percent towards the end of 2011 in both revolving credit, such as credit card use, and non-revolving credit, such as major loans. This is the highest increase since 2001. During November 2011, outstanding revolving credit increased about $5.6 billion, while non-revolving credit, such as student and auto loans increased by about $14.78 billion. The government lending out student loans has reportedly made the largest increase, raising 31.9 percent. This generated an increase of $6.4 billion from student loans, alone.

There are many speculations as to the reasons behind this surge of consumer credit use. Some economists attribute this surge to consumers being willing to risk spending because they are more comfortable with their financial stance than they have been in the past. It is also said the recent consumer credit surge may be a sign that U.S. consumers are being forced to use their credit cards to fund ‘necessary expenditures.’ In contrast, other economists believe the increase in consumer credit spending is a result of banks instating new fees on debit card use and the attractive ‘cash back’ bonuses offered by credit card companies.

To read more on this story visit: http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/01/10/us-usa-economy-consumercredit-idUSTRE80823O20120110

If you are in a financial crisis and are considering filing bankruptcy, contact an experienced attorney who can advise you of all of your options. Since 1996 Kingcade & Garcia, P.A. has been helping people from all walks of life build a better tomorrow. Our attorneys’ help thousands of people every year take advantage of their rights under bankruptcy protection to restart, rebuild and recover. The day you hire our firm, we will contact your creditors to stop the harassment. You can also find useful consumer information on the Kingcade & Garcia, P.A. website at www.miamibankruptcy.com.

Auto Lenders Pursue a Surprising New Type of Consumer

January 21, 2012 Posted by kingcade

A recent report in the Wall Street Journal has shown that auto lenders are pursuing an unlikely growth market: people who have fallen behind on their mortgages and those with less than sterling credit. In the first three quarters of 2011, auto lenders issued roughly 205,000 loans to borrowers whose credit records showed they had been at least 60 days past due on their mortgage or experienced a foreclosure, up from roughly 80,000 during the same period in 2006.
The trend seems surprising, but there are reasons the auto industry is embracing the subprime category (individuals with a credit score below 619). For one the industry is seeing fewer bad auto loans; the amount of repossessions has actually fallen in recent years. Also, the recession has lead to more people choosing to keep to date on their credit card payments and car loans as opposed to making their mortgage payments on time. The auto industry also realizes this move opens the market to significantly more prospects. Today, more than half of all consumers fall into non-prime, subprime and deep subprime categories. These individuals carry a credit score below 679.
To read more on this story visit:
http://money.msn.com/credit-rating/article.aspx?post=425479b1-46f0-4d17-85c0-8792d13ff4b3
If you are in a financial crisis and are considering filing bankruptcy, contact an experienced attorney who can advise you of all of your options. Since 1996 Kingcade & Garcia, P.A. has been helping people from all walks of life build a better tomorrow. Our attorneys’ help thousands of people every year take advantage of their rights under bankruptcy protection to restart, rebuild and recover. The day you hire our firm, we will contact your creditors to stop the harassment. You can also find useful consumer information on the Kingcade & Garcia, P.A. website at www.miamibankruptcy.com.