Castle Law Defendants Awarded $1.9M in Legal Fees

first_img Related Articles  Print This Post Home / Daily Dose / Castle Law Defendants Awarded $1.9M in Legal Fees Previous: Default Services National Sales Executive Hired for ServiceLink Next: Construction Starts Surged in March Castle Law Defendants Awarded $1.9M in Legal Fees Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The years-long saga surrounding the state of Colorado’s lawsuit against Castle Law Group has reached another milestone. On Friday, Judge Morris Hoffman awarded the case’s defendants, including Castle Law and two related entities, another victory in awarding legal fees totaling $1.9 million as a result of the specified claims filed by the State which the Judge had found to be substantially frivolous and groundless claims.The Court awarded 100 percent of the fees that The Castle Law Group, Caren Castle, and Larry Castle requested, and indicated that the methodology used by Castle Law in applying for the fees was conservative. Here’s how the awarded fees broke down; defendants from the Castle Law Group were awarded $1,454,809 in fees. The case also involved two other defendant entities: Absolute Posting & Process Services, LLC, a posting company employed by the Castle Law Group; and Colorado American Title, LLC, (CAT) a title company employed by Castle Law. Judge Hoffman awarded the Absolute defendants $445,256 in fees and the CAT defendants $19,979 in fees.In his opinion Friday, Judge Hoffman cited the enormous amount of work the defendants had to put in while navigating the multiyear case. “Just organizing this ocean of discovery was a massive undertaking, let alone making sense of it and developing litigation strategies and tactics based on it. Defending this case required enormous commitments of time and extraordinary skill.”Larry Pozner, Partner at Reilly Pozner LLP and lead defense attorney in the case, exclusively told DS News, “Law firms who practice in the foreclosure space have enormous responsibilities to the lenders. The cases have to be done rapidly, right, repeatedly, and the law firms must do them at their own risk. The foreclosure law firms survive by providing excellence to the lending market, and excellence will always cost more than the cheapest alternative. How dare the state tell a law firm what quality it must hire or what sacrifices it should make to please the state. The clients were satisfied with the services they were receiving.”In State of Colorado v. The Castle Law Group, LLC, et al., Colorado Attorney General Cynthia Coffman claimed that the defendants (which included not only the foreclosure law firm but also former partners Larry and Caren Castle) padded billings in order to take in millions in illegitimate profits from the banks they represented, as well as the affected homeowners and real estate investors who later bought the foreclosed houses at auction. In April 2017, Denver District Judge Morris Hoffman ruled against the state, arguing in a 92-page opinion that neither the Castles nor the other defendants took advantage of the position banks were in to move foreclosures quickly during the housing crisis.“These foreclosure law firms were not Wall Street firms with their own economic power,” Hoffman said at the time. “For the most part they were small, local firms specializing in foreclosures, whose very existence depended on the willingness of their clients to keep referring foreclosures to them. As a result, the lenders and servicers could, and did, dictate the terms they would accept from their foreclosure law firms, with virtually no negotiation.”The case reached its next fork in November 2017, when Judge Hoffman ordered the state of Colorado to pay the defendants’ legal fees, criticizing the state’s case and noting, “The evidence, or lack of evidence, at trial, was nothing short of breathtaking, especially compared to the investigative build-up and the serious and pervasive allegations in the complaint.”“The consumer fraud department of the Colorado AGs decided they knew better than the law firms who should be hired and what should be charged,” Pozner told DS News. “They put the Castle Firm out of business, they cost hundreds of people their jobs, and they wasted millions of dollars of taxpayer money. The real fraud here is that, on Monday morning, the assistant attorneys general who perpetrated this injustice will still have their jobs.” Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Subscribe David Wharton, Managing Editor at the Five Star Institute, is a graduate of the University of Texas at Arlington, where he received his B.A. in English and minored in Journalism. Wharton has over 16 years’ experience in journalism and previously worked at Thomson Reuters, a multinational mass media and information firm, as Associate Content Editor, focusing on producing media content related to tax and accounting principles and government rules and regulations for accounting professionals. Wharton has an extensive and diversified portfolio of freelance material, with published contributions in both online and print media publications. Wharton and his family currently reside in Arlington, Texas. He can be reached at [email protected] The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Tagged with: Banks Case Castle Law Group Fees Foreclosure Homebuyers Law Firms Legal Lenders Lending Servicers Sign up for DS News Daily center_img Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Banks Case Castle Law Group Fees Foreclosure Homebuyers Law Firms Legal Lenders Lending Servicers 2018-04-23 David Wharton Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago April 23, 2018 4,439 Views Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Foreclosure, News Share Save The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago About Author: David Whartonlast_img read more

City of West Palm Beach Brings Easter Egg Hunt to the Trunk

first_imgHave a Happy and Safe Easter from everyone at 850 WFTL! The city of West Palm Beach has been known for years for putting on big Easter egg hunts at its parks.This year’s circumstances are putting a unique new twist on the holiday event.On Saturday, city workers and volunteers handed out candy-filled eggs while wearing masks and gloves, and loaded up people’s cars as they drove by and popped open their trunks in Gaines Park.Campus manager Marvelous Washington says despite the coronavirus, parents and their children are still eager to hold Easter egg hunts of their own. He says, “They are so excited especially the kids. Kids are so excited. Actually some of the kids are surprised Easter is tomorrow. But they are so excited to get the candy filled eggs and we are so excited to provide that service to them.”The city also posted a video on Twitter and YouTube on how to hold an Easter egg hunt while practicing safe social distancing.last_img read more

Port of Olympia Appoints Sam Gibboney as Executive Director

first_imgFacebook10Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Port of OlympiaThe Port of Olympia Commission is proud to announce the appointment of Sam Gibboney as its new Executive Director. Gibboney brings years of executive experience in community development, public works and environmental leadership to her new role. Most recently, Gibboney was Executive Director of the Port of Port Townsend where she provided strategic and operational management, of an 18-acre ship yard, three marinas, an international general aviation airport and a campus of historical buildings. “I’m excited for the opportunity to lead an organization with such significant economic impact,” said Sam Gibboney. “I look forward to joining the Port of Olympia team and getting to know the Thurston County community.”Gibboney joins the organization at a critical time in the comprehensive planning process. The Port adopted a Strategic Plan in 2017. Through the extensive planning and discussion, the Port Commission reaffirmed its commitment to serving as a change agent and leader in the following areas; creating economic opportunities, acting as an environmental steward, and creating and maintaining community assets. Gibboney will be expected to move the Port toward the ultimate goal: A More Resilient Thurston County. In addition, as the Port approaches its 100 year anniversary, the Port is currently underway with Vision 2050. The Executive Director will be instrumental in moving this, community focused visioning process soliciting input from citizens of Thurston County on the future of the Port in the next 30 years, forward.“The Commission strived for a great public servant to lead our organization with transparency and strong values,” said Commission President E.J. Zita. “We are thrilled to have Sam’s experience and leadership as we progress and change.”The Commission selected Gibboney following an extensive recruitment effort that included outreach to the community via an on-line survey, a public and an employee forum. Candidates from around the region and across the country were reviewed as part of the selection process.Gibboney, 57, will start work on January 22, 2019. She will be paid $175,000 a year.last_img read more


first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 25, 2017)–With California-bred or sired horses engaged, Saturday’s $100,000 Sensational Star Stakes came down to an inch–with 2014 winner Ambitious Brew just getting up to win by a nose under Mike Smith over Richard’s Boy and Victor Espinoza.  A Pamela Ziebarth homebred 7-year-old gelding by Tizbud, he’s trained by Marty Jones and got the 6 ½ furlongs down Santa Anita’s hillside turf course in 1:12.05.Ridden by Mike Smith, Ambitious Brew, idle since well beaten down the hill in the Grade I Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint on Nov. 5, sat a close second to Richard’s boy the entire trip and gradually wore him down right on the money.“The field was short but tough,” said Smith.  “I really wasn’t looking around too much, it was just about getting comfortable.  Marty had him ready to go today.  I thought I had it at the wire.  Victor’s horse is game though.  When I stayed close, his horse really responded…I didn’t want to stay too close and have Richard’s Boy fight harder and hold us off…I was hoping it would work…For a minute, I didn’t think I was going to get by him.”Off at 3-1 in a race that offered win wagering only, Ambitious Brew paid $8.20.“This is amazing,” said Ziebarth.  “We’ve had a really slow year so far, but this is a good way to get things going.  He just tries every time he goes out there.  You can always depend on him to give his all.  This whole family tries, everything out of this mare (Kathwen, by Forest Wildcat) tries.”A winner of the Grade III Eddie D. Stakes over the course two starts back on Sept. 30, Ambitious Brew now has six wins from 11 tries over the unique layout.  With the winner’s share of $60,000, he now has earnings of $559,225, while his overall mark now stands at 22-8-7-0.“When they were going head and head like they were, I was thinking, ‘I hope he’s fit enough,’” said Jones.  “Mike knows where that wire’s at.  A three-horse race is a real tactical race for the jockeys and Mike’s the best, but the horse is a special horse.  From day one he acted like a special horse and he’s been a lot of fun the last four years…He’s getting a little older so maybe we’ll give him a little more time between races and pick our spots.”Richard’s Boy, who was also off at 3-1, finished 1 ½ lengths in front of Bettys Bambino, who was heavily favored at 2-5 and trailed throughout.Fractions on the race were 22.45, 44.52 and 1:06.17.                Note:  The Sensational Star trophy was jointly presented by former Gilligan’s Island star Dawn Wells and Bill Spawr, who trained the multiple stakes winning Sensational Star. RACE IS PART OF LUCRATIVE GOLDEN STATE SERIES FOR CALIFORNIA BRED OR SIRED HORSESlast_img read more


first_imgDrumkeen Parish Sale of WorkThe parish committee would like to thank everyone who helped make the Sale of Work a fantastic success. A special word of thanks to the local businesses and everyone who donated towards the sale. Drumkeen Youth ClubYouth Club this Fri 15th Nov from 7:30-9:30 pm. Leaders on duty this week: Patricia Doherty, John Conaghan, Geraldine Sweeney. Foroige Level 3 training for 5 of our leaders takes place in Bundoran on Fri 15th and Sat 16th Nov. Well done to our members who attended the committee training on Sat last in Drumkeen hall.St. Vincent de Paul We would like to thank everyone who attended our 5K fun walk recently. Over 60 people took part in the walk in glorious sunshine. Special thanks to all the youth club members and their parents who made the walk a real family affair.Irish Conversational ClassesClasses continue in St. Patrick’s N.S. from 7-9 pm. and is part funded by Donegal ETB (formerly VEC). The course is fully booked.Charlie Daly & H-Block Martyrs Sinn Féin Cumann DrumkeenLotto Results 06th Nov 07, 08, 17, 19. No jackpot winner. 1 winner Mark Mc Cafferty, Drumkeen €100 Next weeks jackpot €625. Go raibh maith agat.Jiving LessonsJiving lessons continues in St. Patrick’s hall every Mon night at 9 pm, everyone welcome. Parish HallAnyone wishing to book the hall should contact Charlie Quinn on 91/34010 or 087 7728608Drumkeen NotesAnyone wishing to have material included for next week Please Email: [email protected] or text 086 4083625 (Deadline Fri @ 8pm) Please note the new deadline.DD LOCAL – DRUMKEEN SALE OF WORK A HUGE SUCCESS was last modified: November 10th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Drumkeen newslast_img read more

UAE journalists on South Africa tour

first_img12 March 2012There is more to South Africa than Nelson Mandela, as a group of journalists visiting from the Middle East as guests of Brand South Africa are finding out.The latest Brand South Africa media tour sees a group of journalists from the Middle Eastern region visiting the country.The aim of these media tours is to expose the international press to South Africa’s business environment, as well as its regulatory and policy systems, and to boost positive press coverage abroad.This is especially important in nations where Brand South Africa has no country manager.United Arab EmiratesWith reporting from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) appearing in publications across the Gulf and well into India, the media there will gain a greater overall understanding of how South African business works and how it has developed.The tour will emphasise South Africa’s progress in the sectors of energy, finance and mining; give journalists a glimpse into the country’s diversity of arts, culture and heritage; and inform them of South Africa’s well-established Muslim community and the way in which they are accommodated, including specialised Islamic business practices.The media tour follows a state visit by President Jacob Zuma to the UAE in November 2011. It is hoped that this strategy will help to facilitate business partnerships and investment with entities and those from the UAE and other Gulf states.At a dinner to welcome the group to South Africa, Brand South Africa CEO Miller Matola said that South Africa has a lot to offer, and there is great potential for business between the country and the UAE.SA ‘a serious player globally’“South Africa is at the centre of major shifts in the globe,” Matola said. “The country is a serious and relevant socio economic and political player globally.”Agro processing, energy, skills and technology have been identified as some of the major sectors where South Africa and UAE could form partnerships.“We believe there is more scope for investment and to work together,” said Matola.“I am looking for a reason to visit South Africa that is more than Nelson Mandela,” said Syrian journalist Bahaa Al awam, reporting for Sharjah-based Al Khaleej, the UAE’s top Arabic daily and one that is read by influential people such as government officials and decision-makers in business.He explained that his first thought about South Africa was of its former president and Nobel Peace laureate, now 93 years old and long retired from public life.‘I realised that Mandela was not fighting alone’“Then I did some more reading about your history, politics, economy and languages,” said Al awam, “and I realised that Nelson Mandela was not fighting alone for freedom, but that there were many people in the revolution.”He said that he didn’t know this until just before his trip, but was now keen to know more about the various reasons people visit South Africa.The country’s strong points for leisure tourists are its magnificent wildlife, spectacular landscapes, fascinating heritage, general friendliness of its citizens, and proven ability to host major international events such as the 2010 Fifa World Cup, the COP 17 climate change summit, and many others.Gulf News reporter Mahmood Sabri said he worked with a number of South Africans who primed him for his tour to the country.“They all raved about South Africa and made me really look forward to coming here.”For the group of five, it was their first visit to South Africa and each of them showed a keen interest in the country and its history, and said they were excited to be here.A quick tour of historyHowever, the tour started off on a very Mandela-centric note, with a visit to Liliesleaf Farm in Rivonia north of Johannesburg. This heritage site was previously an African National Congress hideout and the place where Mandela, posing as a gardener, eluded the authorities until a raid in 1963 and subsequent arrests led to the infamous Rivonia TreasonTrial.Afterwards the journalists headed for Soweto and the historic Mandela House, where they were treated to a brief summary of Mandela’s life after he arrived in Johannesburg in the 1940s.They were guided around the little house, built in 1945, where Mandela and his family lived amid unrest and fear in the township. Mandela went underground in 1961 but the rest of the family stayed on until they too were sent away.After Mandela’s release the family moved back into number 8115 Vilakazi Street, Orlando West.Historic suburb of FordsburgThe historic suburb of Fordsburg was next on the itinerary. This area of downtown Johannesburg was originally set up for workers on the nearby gold mines but eventually came to house Johannesburg’s Indian and Muslim communities, as well as coloured, Chinese and Jewish people. This gave the suburb the multicultural sparkle for which it’s known today.One of Fordsburg’s well-known spots is the Delhi Palace, where up-and-coming lawyers Nelson Mandela and Oliver Tambo ate in the 1950s. The Fordsburg community fell victim to the forced removals in the 1970s, when many Indian families were transferred to Lenasia, about 30km away.The journalists rounded off their first day’s sightseeing with a visit to the Constitutional Court, where the doors are never locked and the public may freely enter the courtroom, even while it’s in session.Standing around the ever-burning flame of democracy, the group learned more about the history of the site. For much of its life it was a military outpost and prison, known as the Old Fort prison complex, a notorious institution where political prisoners and common criminals, both men and women, were held under the harshest of conditions.It became the site of the Constitutional Court in the 1990s, and today the site is as much a historical monument as it is a vital part of South Africa’s legislative system. The Constitution, which turns 15 in 2012, is viewed as South Africa’s supreme law.First published by – get free high-resolution photos and professional feature articles from Brand South Africa’s media service.last_img read more

One Loo or Two? Google Maps Adds Properties in U.K.

first_imgRelated Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… mike melanson Google is determined, one way or another, to convince the Brits that its Maps and Street View are worth more than simply violating their privacy. Today, the ever-cataloging and image-capturing company has added a new feature to its U.K. version of Google Maps – “properties” listings. According to this morning’s announcement of the new feature in the Google LatLong Blog, a survey conducted just before Google Street View launched in the U.K. found that a fifth of respondents had used Street View in their househunting efforts. The feature was originally launched in the U.S., Australia and New Zealand in July 2009 and now comes to the U.K. with “hundreds of thousands of listings from PropertyLive, Zoopla, Ezylet, SmartNewHomes, Vebra, Property Pal, Spicer Haart, Countrywide, and Zoomf.”Bing Maps recently added similar features using Oodle, and our remaining contention with services such as this is that they often aggregate content from various listing services and then users end up with a thousand map points plotted to the center of a city, as lazy landlords simply put down the central zip code. To that end, Google offers a guide for realtors and real-estate professionals on why and how to use Google in listing properties online.As with any other like feature on Google Maps, the listings on its real estate overlay (or properties, if you’re in the U.K.) automatically update and refresh when you zoom and pan around the map. Listings are also filtered according to user setting, meaning you can choose how many bedrooms, sale or rental price, and any other number of standard characteristics. So, would you like one loo or two?center_img Tags:#Google#Location#Mashups#news#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostinglast_img read more

‘Megastar’ Sharon Cuneta shines, brushes off social media hate

first_imgLATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño View comments SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Manny Pacquiao lists the top 7 boxers he’s fought Forward Marc Pingris snaps a selfie with Magnolia Hotshots muse Sharon Cuneta and teammate PJ Simon during the opening ceremony of the 44th PBA Season at Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netBULACAN, Philippines—Sharon Cuneta may not be the youngest of the muses that paraded in the opening ceremony of the 44th PBA Season, but the “Megastar” can transcend her superstardom into any spectrum.The 53-year-old multi-awarded actress was Magnolia’s muse in the opener for the 2019 PBA season and was diligently met with mixed reactions on social media.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krausscenter_img She said that she was looking for Rafi Reavis, Marc Pingris, and Alvin Patrimonio all of whom have become close to her on a personal basis.“I was looking for Rafi because he’s like a step brother to me, also Ping because he’s Danica’s [Sotto] husband, and of course captain Alvin because the last time I was a muse for Purefoods he was the player,” said Cuneta.“It was really an honor for me to be here but it’s just unfortunate Captain wasn’t here.”ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Cuneta, who rose to prominence in the 1980s and 1990s, was part of a muse lineup that included Ms. Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach, Ms. International 2016 Kylie Verzosa, and other younger television actresses.No amount of hate, however, could dim the brightness of Cuneta’s timeless star power.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“They don’t mean anything to me because I’m the one in here and chosen by Magnolia and I’m the major endorser,” said Cuneta Sunday at Philippine Arena.Cuneta added she was surprised that players from other teams asked her for pictures but she remained committed to the Purefoods franchise of which she had already represented in the 90s. Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA Games hosting troubles anger Dutertelast_img read more

Must read: the changing US consumer

first_imgThere is a great piece in Advertising Age online today from Peter Francese, founder of American Demographics magazine (registration required to view the article). He writes about the changing face of consumers. Like me, they’re getting more wrinkly and set in their ways by the day.Here are a couple of the highlights (warning: sweeping generalizations ahead), along with thoughts on the implications for us. You can read the full article here (with registration).OLDER: A full 80% of the growth in US households in the next five years will be from those headed by people over age 55. Yep, that’s right — EIGHTY PERCENT. The average age of the US household is already only six months shy of 50. The first boomers hit 65 in less than three years. So what does that mean? The older set (65+), says Francese, tend to be risk adverse and inflexible in their attitudes. That means clever marketers will play to this world view with messaging about guarantees, safety and experience. Warranties, corporate history and testimonials work. So, nonprofit marketers, emphasize your organization’s storied history and great performance with these folks. Don’t be too cute or flashy. Meanwhile, the second fastest growing segment is folks 25-34 – a group that is increasingly diverse ethnically. The bigggest spending, best paid group — those 35 to 54 – is shrinking. Groan.ALL OVER THE PLACE, IN EVERY SENSE OF THE EXPRESSION: As you read this, I suspect you’re having the reaction that I did – sheesh, how are you supposed to reach such different groups? It gets even more challenging when you consider geographic segments. The West is getting younger and more multicultural while the Northeast is getting older and whiter. (I told you there would be generalizations – this is demographics, after all.) The answer? Segmentation of course. You’re going to need different positioning for different audiences — AND different message delivery vehicles. The latter is actually good news – it’s easier to target your message when not everyone is getting your messages the same way and when people are clustered into certain locations. There are people who live online and on their phones, and there are folks who stick to the newspaper. You need to look not only at the age of your audiences, but also where and how they live so you know the best way to reach them. Fancy marketers call this ethnographic research. Throw that into your next convo to look extra smart.last_img read more

Transparency is the new black

first_imgThe funds of the first bailout package — your tax money – went where? To what end? How are you feeling about Bernie Madoff? How is your trust level in any financial institution?How is the trust level in us?As a “good organization” – aka nonprofit, you may think people trust you. Sadly, plenty of research has suggested otherwise, for a long time. People are skeptical about all organizations.In this environment, everyone needs to go out of their way to be highly transparent and accountable. Show where they money goes, in all your outreach.Our new president is posting a lot of what he’s doing online – he knows the national mood.Transparency is the new black, nonprofit marketeers.You can’t show enough of it.last_img read more