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January 2012 Archives

Lawsuit filed against lenders over Nevada foreclosures

A lawsuit filed in Nevada against six mortgage companies accuses the businesses of improperly foreclosing on homeowners in the state. The attorneys who filed the litigation on behalf of 16 plaintiffs claimed that the defendants committed elder abuse and fraud. The suit is seeking class-action status, with thousands of potential plaintiffs, the attorneys said.

Sandwich chain sues Las Vegas location, strip club over promotion

Readers of this blog who live in the Las Vegas area may recall seeing or hearing advertisements for a local strip club that offered a deal on sandwiches from Capriotti's, a sandwich chain, during happy hour at the club. The ads offered patrons a turkey sandwich on a roll and a drink for $5.

Former COO accuses Las Vegas charity of retaliatory firing

A woman who served as chief operations officer of Sunrise Children's Foundation has filed a lawsuit against the charity, claiming that she was fired in  mid-2011 in retaliation for going to her superiors with information that funds were misused and misspent to the tune of $900,000. The wrongful termination litigation claims that the Las Vegas-based SCF breached her employment contract and violated public policy.

Nevada-based online shoe company sued over leak of personal data

Days after Internet retailer Zappos.com announced that hackers had accessed the personal data of millions of its customers, one customer has filed a potential class-action lawsuit against the corporation and its parent company, Amazon.com. The litigation claims that the security leak potentially could cause economic and emotional harm to the plaintiff and other customers whose phone numbers and email addresses were accessed in the cyber attack.

Woman who pleaded guilty to timeshare fraud sentenced to 15 years

A 31-year-old woman was sentenced to more than 15 years in prison by a federal judge on Jan. 9, following her guilty plea in connection with what authorities described as a scheme to steal money from timeshare owners. The woman, who used to own a telemarketing company, cried and expressed remorse before the judge issued her sentence. She told the court that she had not meant to commit fraud and believed at the time she was helping her clients sell their property.

Woman sentenced for workers' comp fraud over Hilton incident

Due to attempted fraud of her employer's workers' compensation insurer, a woman from Maryland was sentenced on Nov. 10 to two and a half years in a Nevada prison, according to state Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto.

Two Las Vegas clubs sue Tropicana over executive hires

A pair of Las Vegas nightclubs are accusing the Tropicana Las Vegas of hiring three of their former executives to work for the casino's new club in violation of the executives' employment contracts. The clubs, Chateau and Gallery, have filed a breach-of-contract lawsuit against the Tropicana, which is denying any wrongdoing in hiring the executives.

SEC charges investment advisor with conning clients over LinkedIn

A man who used social media websites to sell allegedly fraudulent investment items is facing federal charges, the Securities and Exchange Commission recently announced. The SEC investigation into the investment advisor's activities shows how difficult it can be to monitor commercial transactions over social media.

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