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  • Publisher Bitcomposer files for bankruptcy (Video games maker)

    12/19/2014 12:50:34 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    GamaSutra ^ | December 16, 2014 | Phill Cameron
    Bitcomposer, the publisher of games such as Space Hulk and Jagged Alliance, has filed for bankruptcy after having applied for a protective shield procedure back in September. The company also published Shadowrun Returns in German and Russian. The procedure was applied for on September 26th and protected the company from creditors while it organised a plan for insolvency, reports Develop. It was still able to publish titles in the period of time between then and now, and hopes to find an investor at this point to ensure it can continue to operate as a publisher and aid with development. Bitcomposer...
  • Did GM Bailout Cost Lives?

    12/15/2014 1:08:59 PM PST · by jazusamo · 5 replies
    NLPC ^ | December 15, 2014 | Mark Modica
    The death toll for General Motors' faulty ignition switch victims continues to rise with the last reported number being 42. There has been speculation that the death count is significantly higher, as safety advocate Clarence Ditlow has written to GM to request an expansion of efforts to uncover victims of accidents resulting from defective GM vehicles. GM has known about the ignition switch defect for years and failed to recall the deadly vehicles for almost five years after the Obama Administration took over the company in June of 2009. President Obama's Auto Task Force guided the company through a...
  • "The City Is On The Verge Of Collapse" - East Cleveland Is Begging To File For Bankruptcy

    12/11/2014 3:00:51 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 41 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 12/11/2014 | Tyler Durden
    With Detroit emerging from bankruptcy yesterday, its experience under Chapter 9 was apparently so successful (occasional subsequent massive power outage notwithstanding), that suddenly every other insolvent city in the US is also i) admitting it is in dire straits and ii) hoping to recreate the Detroit experience. Enter East Cleveland. As Bloomberg Brief reports, the council president in East Cleveland said if she had her way, the city would follow Detroit's path and become Ohio's first municipality to file for bankruptcy to help solve its fiscal woes.State Auditor Dave Yost said the suburb of 17,500, where oil baron John...
  • Kevyn Orr: Detroit’s financial emergency over

    12/09/2014 4:11:51 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 9, 2014 6:24 PM EST | Corey Williams
    Kevyn Orr has agreed to step down as Detroit’s emergency manager, saying in a letter released Tuesday that the city will no longer be in a financial emergency once it exits bankruptcy. Orr also told Gov. Rick Snyder in his letter, dated Monday, that he has implemented the city’s two-year budget that reflects the elimination of about $7 billion in debt through the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history. […] Orr—a turnaround expert who helped steer Chrysler through the automaker’s Chapter 11 bankruptcy—had been the official face of Detroit government since he was appointed in March 2013 by Snyder. …
  • Sears' Collapse Is Now 'Inevitable'

    12/04/2014 12:38:36 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 65 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 12/04/2014 | ASHLEY LUTZ
    Sears is shutting down hundreds of stores. The chain announced today that it is accelerating store closings to 235 this year, 100 more than previously planned. Sears' total net loss for the quarter was $296 million. Sears' and K-Mart's collapse is "inevitable" and could happen by the year 2016, retail analyst and author Robin Lewis writes on his blog. "These two retail brands are dead men walking," Lewis writes. "As a retailer they're at the point of no return," David Tawil, cofounder of Maglan Capital and an expert in distressed retail companies, told Business Insider earlier this year. "The real...
  • The Obama Debt Tracker: total combined national debt hits $18 trillion for the first time

    12/01/2014 1:49:17 PM PST · by jpl · 19 replies
    United States Department of the Treasury ^ | Monday December 1, 2014 | United States Department of the Treasury
    Today, America's national debt hit the staggering total combined amount of $18 trillion. Since President Barack Hussein Obama was inaugurated into office a little less than six years ago, he, the democrats, and a few spineless republican "leaders" in congress have increased the total combined national debt by nearly $7.4 trillion: Date                 Debt Held by the Public         Intragovernmental Holdings   Total Public Debt Outstanding 01/20/2009       6,307,310,739,681.66           4,319,566,309,231.42              10,626,877,048,913.08 11/28/2014       12,922,681,725,432.94         5,082,867,603,128.51         ...
  • Drug Maker Dendreon files for bankruptcy as cancer vaccine disappoints

    11/10/2014 11:34:38 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    Reuters ^ | 11/10/2014 | NATALIE GROVER
    Dendreon Corp filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection after sales of the world's first cancer vaccine fell short of expectations and left the company deep in debt. More than two-thirds of the company's market value was wiped out in early trading on Monday. Seattle-based Dendreon said it had agreed terms of a financial restructuring with certain bond holders that may involve a standalone recapitalization or the sale of the company or its assets. After its approval by U.S. regulators in 2010, hopes were high that Provenge, Dendreon's only drug on the market, would become a blockbuster. But adoption of the...
  • How A Company That's Worth $1.5 Billion On A Friday Could Go Bankrupt On A Monday

    10/07/2014 9:41:00 AM PDT · by Kartographer · 9 replies
    Bussiness Insider via Yahoo ^ | 10/6/14 | Myles Udland
    The move caught the market flat-footed, and, after the announcement, shares of the company were down 90%. The drop in shares of GT on Monday has taken the company's market cap from roughly $1.5 billion Friday to about $175 million.
  • Stockton's Bankruptcy - A Long Term Home Run

    10/06/2014 12:45:24 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 19 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 6, 2014 | Hank Adler
    U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Christopher Klein is having his Andy Warhol moment. Were it not for ISIS and the Ebola virus, all we would be hearing about on these pages and on FoxNews is Judge Klein's ruling in Stockton, California. In a case likely to be heard before the Supreme Court of the United States, if Judge Klein's ruling is confirmed and employee pensions are not sacrosanct in City and State bankruptcies, many cities in California that are insolvent today because of long term bad decision making will bite the bullet and declare bankruptcy. When these cities exit bankruptcy, they will...
  • Apple Sapphire Glass Display Supplier GT Advanced Files For Bankruptcy, Stock Falls 90%

    10/06/2014 8:27:22 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 10/06/2014 | Myles Udland
    GT Advanced Technologies is filing for bankruptcy. In an announcement on Monday, GT Advanced, which makes sapphire displays that many investors hoped would be in Apple's newest iPhone, said it was filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Ahead of the announcement, shares of GT Advanced were halted for trade. After re-opening on Monday, shares of GT Advanced were down more than 90% to $1.06. Ahead of the announcement, GT Advanced had a market cap of about $1.5 billion, and after the collapse in the share price on Monday this had fallen to about $175 million. In early September, shares of GT...
  • Bankruptcy Judge Hammers Unions by Allowing Stockton Pension Cut

    10/04/2014 10:22:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    Breitbart California ^ | October 4, 2014 | Chriss W. Street
    In what will be a devastating blow to California public employee unions, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Christopher Klein ruled in the Chapter 9 municipal bankruptcy of the City of Stockton that pensions managed by the California Public Employee Retirement System, known as CalPERS, can be cut in bankruptcy “like any other garden variety” unsecured debt. He rejected the unions’ argument that the world’s largest pension fund is an “arm of the state” and that public employee pensions are protected by federal and state laws. Stockton city employees and city council members, who are all CalPERS pension beneficiaries, received retirement benefit enhancements...
  • Christian Bakers Who Declined to Make Lesbian ‘Wedding’ Cake Face Bankruptcy Over Govt. Fine

    10/04/2014 10:37:33 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 56 replies
    Christian News ^ | 10/1/14 | Heather Clark
    PORTLAND – The Christian owners of a bakery in Oregon state that they will be forced into bankruptcy if the government stands by its imposition of a fine in excess of $150,000 after the couple declined to make a “wedding” cake for a lesbian because they viewed it as a form of personal participation in the event. As previously reported, Aaron and Melissa Klein operate Sweet Cakes by Melissa in Gresham, which is now operated from the couple’s home after the Kleins’ shut their doors due to harassment. In January 2013, Aaron was approached by a mother and her daughter...
  • Student Loan Debt: The Only Debt You Can’t Discharge in Bankruptcy

    09/30/2014 1:59:54 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 57 replies
    San Diego Free Press ^ | 09/30/2014 | John Lawrence
    Today’s students are being crushed with John Bunyan’s proverbial burden on their backs – student loan debt. Until relatively recently this debt could have been discharged in bankruptcy. Then all that changed when Sallie Mae, the Student Loan Marketing Association, was privatized in 2004. Albert Lord, the new CEO, and his lobbyists went to work to change the laws so that student loans could not be discharged in bankruptcy. Today the cumulative student loan debt is more than $1 trillion. While a generation ago a high school diploma was considered sufficient for a decent middle class entry level job, today...
  • Detroit elected officials regain city control

    09/25/2014 8:57:19 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 25, 2014 10:05 PM EDT | Corey Williams
    The Detroit City Council on Thursday unanimously approved a plan to return oversight of daily operations to elected officials while retaining the city’s state-appointed emergency manager to oversee bankruptcy matters until they are resolved. Kevyn Orr, who was appointed by the state in March 2013 to manage Detroit’s troubled finances and who took the city into the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history, said Thursday that Detroit is “more than ready for the change.” …
  • Trump casinos file Chapter 11; seek concessions (Atlantic City)

    09/10/2014 5:50:59 AM PDT · by C19fan · 16 replies
    AP ^ | September 9, 2014 | Wayne Parry
    Trump Entertainment Resorts filed for bankruptcy Tuesday and threatened to shut down the Taj Mahal Casino Resort, which would make it the fifth Atlantic City casino to close this year. The company owns Trump Plaza, which is closing in a week, and the Taj Mahal, which has been experiencing cash-flow problems and had been trying to stave off a default with its lenders. The company said the Taj Mahal could close Nov. 13 if it doesn't win salary concessions from union workers.
  • Detroit’s historic bankruptcy trial to begin

    09/02/2014 1:37:42 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 2, 2014 2:05 AM EDT | Corey Williams
    Lawyers for Detroit will attempt to convince a federal judge at the city’s bankruptcy trial that its plans to wipe out billions of dollars in debt should be approved. After some delays, the start of the trial Tuesday in U.S. District Court comes just over 13 months after Detroit became the largest U.S. city to file for bankruptcy. Detroit expects to cut $12 billion in unsecured debt to about $5 billion, which is “more manageable,” according to Bill Nowling, a spokesman for emergency manager Kevyn Orr. …
  • Another For-Profit College Bites The Dust

    08/30/2014 8:26:41 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | August 30, 2014 | Blake Neff
    Nearly 10,000 students across the country are facing an uncertain future following the sudden collapse of another for-profit college system this week. After a summer which saw the dramatic collapse of Corinthian Colleges, fellow for-profit education company Anthem Education is rapidly closing its doors after the company filed for bankruptcy this week. Prior to filing for bankruptcy, Anthem Education had no fewer than 34 different campuses around the country. That number is in rapid free fall, with nine campuses shutting down Friday after the Department of Education failed to approve a deal that would temporarily keep them open. Anthem’s collapse...
  • Paul Ryan: Big government has U.S. at ‘tipping point’

    08/29/2014 8:43:14 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 33 replies
    Watchdog.org ^ | 8-26-14 | Ben Yount
    It is no longer a question of how much government Americans want. The only question is how much government Americanscan afford. And the former Republican vice presidential candidate, U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., said the answer is becoming clear. “I talk about this in the book,” Ryan told Watchdog Radio Monday. “About very progressive policies. About the outcomes they produce, and how they bankrupt governments.” Ryan writes in his new book, “The Way Forward: Renewing the American Idea”, that the federal government has expanded entitlement programs, Medicare, Social Security and now Obamacare, to the point where they cost far more...
  • Atlantic City is going bust if it can’t break the gambling habit

    08/14/2014 6:44:12 AM PDT · by C19fan · 20 replies
    Washington Post ^ | August 14, 2014 | Max Ehrenfreund
    The winning streak has run cold for Atlantic City, N.J. Earlier this week, the upscale Revel Casino Hotel announced it will close, bringing the total number of casinos in the city expected to close by the end of the year to four. Thousands of workers are confronting unemployment. The state has long guaranteed Atlantic City a monopoly on gambling within New Jersey's borders, but gambling revenues there have been declining due to increased competition from new casinos in neighboring states and the lingering effects of the financial crisis. The monthly report from the state Division of Gaming Enforcement issued Wednesday...
  • US is Bankrupt: $89.5 Tril. in US Liabilities vs. $82 Tril. in Household Net Worth & Gap is Growing.

    08/04/2014 7:19:38 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies
    Biderman's Money Blog ^ | 08/04/2014 | Chris Hamilton
    There are many ways to look at the United States government debt, obligations, and assets. Liabilities include Treasury debt held by the public or more broadly total Treasury debt outstanding. ThereÂ’s unfunded liabilities like Medicare and Social Security. And then the assets of all the real estate, all the equities, all the bonds, all the depositsÂ…all at todayÂ’s valuations. But letÂ’s cut straight to the bottom line and add it all upÂ…$89.5 trillion in liabilities and $82 trillion in assets. There. ItÂ’s not a secret anymoreÂ…and although these are all government numbers, for some strange reason the government never adds...
  • Coal company bankruptcies accellerating [Obama keeping his campaign promise]

    07/26/2014 11:41:06 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 07/25/2014 | Rick Moran
    Bloomberg is reporting on the increase in coal company bankruptcies in recent years, due to the switch by power companies to natural gas and fracking, which has flooded the market with cheap gas. Driving this conversion is the prospect of new, draconian rules to be issued by the EPA on emissions from coal plants. Exports are failing to save U.S. miners. Slowing Chinese growth and rising competition from overseas, including increased Australian output, have sent the price of metallurgical coal, used in steelmaking, to a six-year low. Central Appalachian thermal coal, used in power plants to produce electricity, fell on...
  • Let Students Discharge College Debts In Bankruptcy? Yes, But...

    07/25/2014 5:42:54 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 46 replies
    Forbes ^ | July 24, 2014 | George Leef
    Ever since the obstreperous Occupy Wall Street protests of 2011, Americans have been getting an earful about the alleged crisis of student loan debt. Sensing a chance to appear both compassionate and pro-education, many lawmakers want to do something to ease the plight of indebted students. Senator Elizabeth Warren, for example, is pushing her populist plan of allowing students to refinance their loans at absurdly low interest rates. President Obama recently expanded the touchy-feely repayment system so that students would never have to pay more than ten percent of their discretionary income for 20 years before the rest of the...
  • Detroit retirees back pension cuts by a landslide

    07/22/2014 6:54:56 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 22, 2014 9:13 AM EDT
    A year after filing for bankruptcy, Detroit is building momentum to get out, especially after workers and retirees voted in favor of major pension changes just a few weeks before a judge holds a crucial trial that could end the largest public filing in U.S. history. Pension cuts were approved in a landslide, according to results filed shortly before midnight Monday. The tally from 60 days of voting gives the city a boost as Judge Steven Rhodes determines whether Detroit’s overall strategy to eliminate or reduce $18 billion in long-term debt is fair and feasible to all creditors. Trial starts...
  • Detroit retirees vote in favor of Pension Cuts

    07/22/2014 4:12:53 AM PDT · by taildragger · 17 replies
    Link only:http://www.clickondetroit.com/consumer/detroit-retirees-vote-in-favor-of-pension-cuts/27081476Many covering this Story at this early Stage can't be posted on FR.
  • Detroit showing signs of recovery ahead of bankruptcy trial

    07/21/2014 9:48:56 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 60 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 07/21/2014
    Detroit neighbourhoods are being relit, its vacant homes are being sold off or torn down, its public transportation is cleaner and more often on schedule and the city has renegotiated some burdensome union contracts. In the little more than a year since the state-appointed emergency manager, Kevyn Orr, made Detroit the largest US city to seek bankruptcy protection, it has experienced a wide range of improvements that will factor into Judge Steven Rhodes's decisions during next month's bankruptcy trial. A major piece of the bankruptcy puzzle could fall into place on Monday, with the expected release of the results of...
  • First Detroit, Now Flint Warns Bankruptcy "Train Is Headed For The Cliff"

    07/20/2014 4:22:59 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 29 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | July 19, 2016
    Flint may be Michigan’s second city to plunge into bankruptcy unless retirees accept cuts in health benefits that threaten to unravel a balanced budget. As Crain's Detroit reports, Emergency Manager Darnell Earley (Flint’s third emergency leader since it was placed under state control in 2011) warned "If we have no ability to mitigate the cost of retiree health care, that’s going to make it very difficult for the city to remain financially stable over the next few years." As Eric Scorsone notes, "Flint's at the forefront, but a lot of cities are on the same train, and that train is...
  • Holding Company Of Portugal's 2nd Largest Bank Just Filed For Bankruptcy Protection

    07/18/2014 12:41:10 PM PDT · by Former Proud Canadian · 10 replies
    Zerohedge ^ | July 18, 2014 | Tyler Durden
    Following this morning's farce of huge investor demand and then Bank of Portugal's Costa 'hoping' for demand from investors willing to pile more money on losing money into Espirito Santo, it appears things have escalated rapidly... *ESPIRITO SANTO INTERNATIONAL SAYS IT CAN'T MEET OBLIGATIONS *ES INTERNATIONAL APPLIES FOR `CONTROLLED MANAGEMENT' REGIME *ES INTERNATIONAL APPLIES FOR REGIME UNDER LUXEMBOURG LAW The "controlled management" application is the equivalent of declaring a breakup or controlled bankruptcy process (as we explained here). ESI is the ultimate HoldCo in the Banco Espirito Santo family.
  • Kuhner Report: Mayor Judy Kennedy tells Jeff that illegal aliens are bankrupting Lynn.

    07/15/2014 8:17:50 AM PDT · by Prolixus · 26 replies
    Kuhner Report on WRKO ^ | July 15, 2014 | Jeff Kuhner
    <p>“Weekday morning from six to ten on WRKO. Important hours for. 3617666868. Here on AM 680. WRKO. And now I’m 93 point seven HDQ. My friends as I’ve been talking about for the last couple of days. Lynn. Has now become in many ways ground zero. For the immigration crisis engulfing this country. And now. Berlin’s mayor. Judy Kennedy. Has now come out and sad that — is basically now at the breaking point.</p>
  • Detroit Retirees Asked to Pay for Decades of Democrat Government

    07/08/2014 5:05:54 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 61 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 8, 2014 | Michael Schaus
    Retired city workers in the Liberal Utopia of Detroit are being asked whether or not they want the city to exit bankruptcy, by slashing retirement pensions and cost of living adjustments. Officials are urging retirees to agree to a 4.5 percent cut in pension payouts, and an end to COLA. Unsurprisingly, some former city workers are less than thrilled by the idea of taking a pay-cut in an attempt to lessen the city’s debt obligation. Now, I understand the retirement pension of an average city worker is not amazingly lush in the city of Detroit; but (and this is...
  • Argentina Is Getting Exactly What It Deserves

    07/03/2014 9:41:28 AM PDT · by blam · 20 replies
    Bi ^ | 7-3-2014 | Linette Lopez
    Linette LopezJuly 3, 2014Argentina has its back against a wall. On July 30 it may default on a sovereign-debt payment that could send its economy into a tailspin of rising interest rates, money printing, and inflation. It could be the worst economic tragedy the republic has seen since 2001. And the tragedy will be well deserved, because this is a drama of Argentina's own making, a figment of political imagination tied closely with its history and culture. In Argentina, debt is identity, and this specific over-$1.3 billion debt in question, purchased by a group of hedge fund managers back in...
  • This Is How A Hedge Funder Brings An Entire Country To Its Knees

    06/27/2014 1:47:18 PM PDT · by blam · 14 replies
    BI ^ | Linette Lopez
    Linette LopezJune 27, 2014 Right now Argentina is in danger of a calamity, the likes of which the world hasn't seen since 2001, and it's all because of one hedge fund manager's tried and true strategy to make money off of distressed debt. That's right, bringing a country to its knees is a "strategy." According to a U.S. court's ruling, if Argentina does not pay a group of hedge fund managers over $1.3 billion worth of bonds by July 30, the Republic could go into default. If it goes into default — investors lose faith its capacity to pay, interest...
  • It is "I CAN'T STAND CANTOR" Day in the State of Virginia! VOTE!!!!!!!

    06/10/2014 6:04:59 AM PDT · by Graewoulf · 24 replies
    Graewoulf | June 10, 2014 | Graewoulf
    This is Primary Election Day for Virginia politicians. Encourage all Conservatives in Virginia to VOTE today! "Rubberstamp for Obama," Eric Cantor is "hellbent" on ramming through the US House Obama's Amnesty for Illegal Alien Invaders from Mexico. The GOP-E Leadership in the US House, (Boehner, Cantor, and Ryan), is always gullible to Obama's tricks. Consequently, Boehner, Cantor and Ryan, have all pledged to ram through this unpopular Obama Amnesty Bill due to Obama's illegal decision to flood the USA with children from Mexico and Central America. It is time to kick the GOP-E out of Congressional Leadership!
  • If Detroit's Not Too Big To Fail... Neither Are Other Big American Cities

    05/23/2014 7:55:55 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    The American ^ | 05/23/2014 | By Alex J. Pollock
    With the instructive Detroit precedent, shrunken populations, and underfunded municipal pensions common, we can conclude that no city, not even Chicago, should be thought of as too big to fail. About the bonds of Detroit, Barron’s said: “A lot of investors bought this debt because they assumed that the state of Michigan wouldn’t let its largest city default.”1 In other words, they assumed Detroit was “too big to fail.” Nonetheless, Detroit did default and became the largest municipal bankruptcy in history. This bankruptcy, with unfunded municipal employee pensions among the competing creditors, is a hugely important precedent. Is any city...
  • Exclusive: Too big-to-fail pension insurer agrees to liquidation trust in ResCap NY bankruptcy

    05/23/2014 4:18:34 AM PDT · by Opinionatedtoday · 5 replies
    marinkapeschmann.com ^ | Marinka Peschmann
    Is a taxpayer bail-out inevitable? If you think it is only your mortgages and homes which are at stake in the largest bankruptcy in history being heard in the Southern District of New York’s Bankruptcy Court before Judge Martin Glenn, think again. Embedded within the claims/creditor section in the simultaneous Chapter 11 bankruptcy filings of 51 residential mortgage companies is Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC). Established in 1974, PBGC is a federal chartered agency that insures more than 26,000 private-sector pension plans. The agency protects the retirement incomes of over 44 million Americans. As of 2012, PBGC is running a...
  • Will Detroit Be Healed by Searching for 'Subtle Racism'?

    05/21/2014 10:59:28 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 21, 2014 | Ben Shapiro
    Just off of the James C. Lodge Freeway in Detroit is Eight Mile Road. The stretch near the freeway is just east of the famed area that provided the basis for the Eminem film of the same name. To its north lie predominantly white suburbs -- over 77 percent of those who live in Oakland County are white -- with median family income in excess of $65,000. Married couples comprise approximately half of households, with fewer than 15 percent of households led by a single female. Since 1990, the population of Oakland County has jumped from 1.083 million to...
  • Government Employee Unions Tee Up California's Bankruptcy

    05/17/2014 10:15:08 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    Forbes ^ | 05/17/2014 | Bill Frezza
    Half a Billion Dollars. That’s how much the California Teachers Association and the powerful Service Employees International Union have spent on California politics since 2000. The unions’ return on that “investment”? A legislature totally beholden to them for political support and campaign contributions. Here’s another mind-boggling number: Half a Trillion Dollars. That’s an estimate of the unfunded public pension liabilities racked up by California’s state and municipal governments due to overly generous pay and defined benefit pension plans lavished on unionized government employees. If you thought the bankruptcies of Stockton, San Bernardino, and Vallejo were entertaining, break out the popcorn...
  • Attention Any FReeper Lawyers;Real Estate/Bankruptcy (Ch13 to CH7)Need Trusted Answers Please

    05/09/2014 5:15:15 AM PDT · by mabarker1 · 45 replies
    Self ^ | 05/09/14 | Self
    O.K. I'm reaching out for help from people that I can trust. I need somebody with knowledge in Bankruptcy/Chapter 13 going to Chapter 7 and Real Estate Laws. My Girlfriend has the Family house and they are trying to take it. Her ONLY vehicle is also involved. I can't drive anymore so I have no vehicle. So if they take the truck She can't get to work, Doctors, etc. The only notice received at this time has been an E-Mail (from Her "Lawyer" who from what I know is basically USELESS) within the last hour. No Process Server, No Certified/Registered...
  • Exclusive: NY Judge in Largest Bankruptcy Case in History Receives IRS & SEC Whistleblower Filing

    04/26/2014 3:44:12 AM PDT · by Opinionatedtoday · 41 replies
    Creditor and Whistleblower evidence alleges securities fraud, income tax fraud and income tax evasion. Further investigation is necessary to protect millions of homeowners.New York City, New York – U. S. Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of New York’s Judge Martin Glenn, presiding over the simultaneous Chapter 11 bankruptcy filings of 51 residential mortgage companies, received a whistleblower filing package today from one of the creditors in this case, a private American citizen, Greg Morse. The Internal Revenue Service and Securities Exchange Commission received the same package today. Among its contents is Morse’s whistleblower submission of IRS Form 211—Application for Award for...
  • Jeb Bush’s rush to make money may be hurdle

    04/23/2014 6:51:44 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 9 replies
    NY Times CNBC ^ | 4/21/14 | Michael Barbaro
    As it sought to recruit well-heeled investors, an untested and unprofitable Miami company named InnoVida brought aboard a trusted Florida figure in 2007: Jeb Bush, the former governor and the brother of a sitting president. For potential stockholders, the imprimatur of Mr. Bush, who joined InnoVida as a paid consultant and a member of the board of directors, conferred credibility on the young start-up. That credibility did not last long. It turned out that the leaders of InnoVida, a manufacturer of inexpensive building materials, had faked documents, lied about the health of the business and misappropriated $40 million in company...
  • Chrysler Bankruptcy Still Affecting Economy

    04/21/2014 6:12:32 AM PDT · by LucianOfSamasota · 19 replies
    The Foundry ^ | 19 April, 2014 | Curtis Dubay
    This month marks the fifth anniversary of the Chrysler bankruptcy. President Obama will doubtless mark the occasion by talking about how his intervention saved the auto company. More noteworthy, however, is how the lawlessness of that intervention created tremendous uncertainty, which still chills the economy today. Todd Zywicki has written an excellent summary of President Obama’s actions in the Chrysler bailout. A shorter version goes like this. Starting under President Bush and continuing under President Obama, the federal government used TARP funds to keep Chrysler afloat. This gave the government effective control over Chrysler. As a result, the Obama administration...
  • Women's clothing retailer Coldwater Creek to close its doors

    04/12/2014 8:46:11 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 54 replies
    Minneapolis Star Tribune ^ | 4-11-14 | Jackie Crosby
    <p>The women’s clothing retailer failed to find a buyer or new capital. A liquidation sale is planned.</p> <p>Women’s specialty clothing chain Coldwater Creek filed for bankruptcy on Friday and said it will close all of its stores around the country, including 11 in Minnesota.</p>
  • Brookstone files for bankruptcy protection, plans sale

    04/05/2014 7:25:17 PM PDT · by massmike · 23 replies
    bizjournals.com ^ | 04/05/2014 | Staff Boston Business Journal
    Brookstone, the seller of all sorts of unusual electronic items through channels including mall stores in Massachusetts, is filing for bankruptcy protection and plans to sell itself to rival Spencer, the Wall Street Journal reports. Brookstone has Massachusetts locations in Boston, Holyoke, Peabody, Braintree, Marlborough, Wrentham, Burlington and Natick.
  • Newark after Booker: City faces takeover threat (NJ)

    04/05/2014 11:07:49 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 33 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 5, 2014 11:59 AM EDT | Samantha Henry
    New Jersey’s largest city is hitting some roadblocks just months after its rising-star mayor went off to Washington. A bold reform plan for the state-run school system has hit a snag, the police department is facing federal oversight over citizen complaints, and the state is threatening a takeover of the city’s finances after several key deadlines were missed. An official who oversees city compliance with state obligations warned the City Council and the interim mayor last month about the state’s growing concern over Newark’s “extraordinary level of fiscal distress.” …
  • Honey Maid sends a message to critics of ad featuring gay couple

    04/04/2014 10:29:42 AM PDT · by Oliviaforever · 45 replies
    LA Times ^ | 4/4/14 | Amy Hubbard
    Honey Maid stirred controversy with a recent commercial that challenged traditional notions of what constituted a family. "This Is Wholesome" features a variety of families, including interracial couples and their mixed-race children, as well as a same-sex couple and their children. (See the commercial below.) As would be expected, Honey Maid generated a response. The company could have let it lie. Instead Honey Maid decided to make a new statement.
  • Honey Maid Found The Perfect Way To Respond To Homophobes Who Hated Its New Ad

    04/04/2014 10:34:12 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 61 replies
    Business Insider ^ | April 4, 2014 | Caroline Moss
    On March 10, Honey Maid - the graham cracker company - launched a commercial that celebrated all different kinds of families. The message was that no matter what, love is what makes a family a family... The title of the commercial was "Wholesome Love," but not everyone agreed with its message. A followup video was created by Honey Maid explaining the responses to the commercial...
  • The Obama Debt Tracker - Obama doubles America's publicly held debt in just 5.2 years

    04/01/2014 3:22:05 PM PDT · by jpl · 20 replies
    The United States Department of the Treasury ^ | Monday, April 1, 2014 | The United States Department of the Treasury
    I wish that this were just another bad April Fools' Day joke, but sadly, this story is all too real. Since President Barack Hussein Obama was inaugurated into office a little over five years ago, Obama, Pelosi, and Reid have doubled America's publicly held debt, an increase of more than 6.3 trillion dollars: Date                   Debt Held by the Public         Intragovernmental Holdings   Total Public Debt Outstanding 03/31/2014        6,307,310,739,681.66          4,319,566,309,231.42          10,626,877,048,913.08 8/19/2011          12,619,319,113,193.99 ...
  • Look at Municipal Finance Trends Before Pumping In More Money

    03/17/2014 8:09:07 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 1 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 3/16/2014 | James Hohman
    As local government officials cheered the full reimbursement of revenue loss due to phasing out personal property taxes, others questioned whether local governments require a new state funding source. But local governments are not generally in need of extra funding: they are a unique example of (mostly) successful intergovernmental cooperation and a focus on giving residents more bang for the buck. Local governments were well protected from Michigan's general malaise during the 2000s. From 2001 to 2010 when the state's economy lost 700,000 jobs, there was a general rise in the housing market, which increased property tax collections by counties,...
  • "Life After PI"--the Oscar winning FX company goes bankrupt

    03/16/2014 9:31:41 AM PDT · by LS · 12 replies
    Youtube ^ | 3/16/2014 | LS
    For you movie buffs, this is a fascinating documentary called "Life After Pi" about the special effects company called Rhythm and Hues that did the incredible effects for "Life of Pi" and "Snow White and the Huntsman." They begin by blaming "foreign subsidies" (i.e., Canadian and British subsidies for outsourcing work, often to Vancouver) and feature Obama making one of his typical stupid appearances calling for "supporting" Hollywood. But then you lean that this company, which has been in business for over 20 years, was using a poor, unsustainable business model in that it would bid "fixed" price contracts on...
  • Quiznos files for bankruptcy (tough week for fast food chains)

    03/15/2014 12:02:39 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 33 replies
    CNN Money ^ | 03/15/2014 | By Katie Lobosco
    Quiznos has filed for bankruptcy protection, five days after the Sbarro pizza chain did the same. Executives at the restaurant chain, known for its toasted sandwiches, agreed to a restructuring plan that will reduce its debt by more than $400 million, the company said in a statement Friday. All but seven of Quizno's 2,100 restaurants in the United States and 30 other countries are independently owned franchises, and will remain open and operating as usual. Quiznos once had more than 5,000 stores and could have threatened rival Subway's hold on the sub market. But now, Subway has nearly 20 times...
  • Toasty Or Toasted? Quiznos Follows Sbarro Into Bankruptcy [Obamanomics Fail]

    03/15/2014 3:53:14 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 71 replies
    Forbes ^ | 3/16/14 | Brian Solomon
    Restaurant chains are dropping like flies this week. On Monday pizza franchise Sbarro dipped into Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Following in its footsteps on Friday, sub shop Quiznos announced that it too would sink into bankruptcy as part of a “pre-packaged” deal to cut its debt by more than $400 million, or two-thirds.