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Were You the Victim of Mortgage Fraud in the Bay Area?

mortgage-fraud.jpgMortgage fraud remains a serious problem in the Bay Area and throughout the state of California. According to the Annual Mortgage Fraud Report that was conducted by researchers at LexisNexis, California has the ninth most mortgage fraud cases for any state in the country on a population-adjusted basis. Mortgage fraud affects both individuals and businesses. If you believe your company was the victim of mortgage fraud in Northern California, you need to speak with an experienced San Jose real estate fraud attorney today to discuss your legal options.

Civil RICO Claims in California

fraud.jpgFor most people, the Racketeer Influenced Corrupt Organization (RICO) Act is associated with organized crime. This is not surprising since the control of crime was the original purpose of the statute. However, civil action may also be brought under the RICO act. Further, in California, civil RICO claims are increasingly being brought not just against organized crime, but against clearly legitimate businesses. If you are considering bringing a civil RICO claim, or if a RICO claim has been brought against your California business, you need to consult with an experienced San Jose business litigation attorney as soon as possible.

What Are Legal Options for Cybersquatting Victims?

cybersquatting.jpgCybersquatting, also referred to as domain name squatting, occurs when a person or entity purchases a domain name for the sole purpose of attempting to profit off of the goodwill that was built by another brand. The cybersquatter will often try to take that domain name and sell to the company who owns the related brand, generally at a steep price. If your business has been affected by a cybersquatter, you have legal options. However, these cases are notoriously complex. You need to get your case in the hands of a business law attorney who has experience handling domain name litigation.

California Business Contracts: What Is Fraudulent Inducement?

business-fraud.jpgIn California, it is unlawful to engage in deception in the effort to induce another party into entering into a contract. Deceptive acts during the negotiation of a contract could lead to a legal claim known as 'fraudulent inducement'. Put simply, if your company was intentionally misled into signing a contract, you have legal options. To learn more about fraudulent inducement, please contact an experienced California fraud litigation attorney for immediate legal assistance.

Understanding Fraud in Post-Sale Commercial Business Transactions

fraud-litigation-commercial-business.jpgToo often, unfortunate situations arise during the commercial sales of businesses. These situations arise frequently because sellers of businesses either actively misrepresent the facts surrounding the business or fail to disclose all the proper information to the prospective buyer.

Identifying and Avoiding Real Estate Fraud

california-real-estate-fraud.jpgFour years ago, Forbes identified California as the third highest state for mortgage fraud following Florida and New York to round out the top three. Last year, over 100 cases of real estate fraud resulted in convictions and over 200 convictions were reported the year previous to that. This type of investigation involves several parts and people who may be unaware they are part of a scam. According to the American Bar Association, the most targeted groups of people for real estate fraud include:

  • Santa Clara County Bar Association | 1917
  • American Inns of Court
  • CWL | California Woman Lawyers
  • Bay Area Bankruptcy | Forun
  • The State Bar of California
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