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Silver Law Group, a nationally-recognized class action law firm, has filed the first class action lawsuit against South Florida-based hedge fund TCA Fund Management Group, TCA’s founder and chairman Robert Press, and others involved with the company (Defendants).  The lawsuit, which Silver Law Group filed in federal court along with co-counsel Weinberg Wheeler Hudgens Gunn & Dial and Gibbs law Group, is filed on behalf of investors in TCA’s funds (Plaintiffs), seeks to recover investor losses and alleges that Defendants knowingly inflated the value of TCA’s Master fund in part by “failing to remove or properly value bad loans and creating phantom “investment advisory” fees that were fraudulent and uncollectable.”Silver Law Group, a nationally-recognized class action law firm, has filed the first class action lawsuit against South Florida-based hedge fund TCA Fund Management Group, TCA’s founder and chairman Robert Press, and others involved with the company (Defendants).

The lawsuit, which Silver Law Group filed in federal court along with co-counsel Weinberg Wheeler Hudgens Gunn & Dial and Gibbs law Group, is filed on behalf of investors in TCA’s funds (Plaintiffs), seeks to recover investor losses and alleges that Defendants knowingly inflated the value of TCA’s Master fund in part by “failing to remove or properly value bad loans and creating phantom “investment advisory” fees that were fraudulent and uncollectable.” Continue reading

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TCA Management Group, a South Florida-based hedge fund and business lender, is shutting down its main investment fund, stating that clients have asked for more cash than is available. The announcement comes after TCA employees filed an SEC whistleblower complaint alleging that the TCA Fund Management Group’s Global Credit Master Fund, which lends money to distressed companies, has inflated the hedge fund’s earnings and assets since 2017. The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is investigating the company’s accounting practices.TCA Management Group, a South Florida-based hedge fund and business lender, is shutting down its main investment fund, stating that clients have asked for more cash than is available.

The announcement comes after TCA employees filed an SEC whistleblower complaint alleging that the TCA Fund Management Group’s Global Credit Master Fund, which lends money to distressed companies, has inflated the hedge fund’s earnings and assets since 2017. Continue reading

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John Howley (John C. Howley) (CRD#: 2229244) is a former broker whose last employer was Park Avenue Securities LLC (CRD#:46173) of Rumson, NY. His previous employer was Guardian Investor Services Corporation (CRD#:6635) of New York, NY.  He has been in the industry since 1995. Howley is the subject of ten disclosures, eight of which are customer disputes. The latest, filed on 5/22/2019, alleges that Howley recommended a fraudulent investment scheme in a company called Global Credit Recovery, causing the client a loss of $250,000. The client has also requested a reimbursement for a whole life insurance policy, because she can no longer afford the premiums after suffering the loss from the fraudulent investment. She is requesting damages of $351,000.00.John Howley (John C. Howley) (CRD#: 2229244) is a former broker whose last employer was Park Avenue Securities LLC (CRD#:46173) of Rumson, NY. His previous employer was Guardian Investor Services Corporation (CRD#:6635) of New York, NY. He has been in the industry since 1995.

Howley is the subject of ten disclosures, eight of which are customer disputes. The latest, filed on 5/22/2019, alleges that Howley recommended a fraudulent investment scheme in a company called Global Credit Recovery, causing the client a loss of $250,000. The client has also requested a reimbursement for a whole life insurance policy, because she can no longer afford the premiums after suffering the loss from the fraudulent investment. She is requesting damages of $351,000.00. Continue reading

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Law.com published an article regarding Silver Law Group’s racketeering lawsuit against Tallahassee, Florida attorney and investment fund manager Phillip Timothy Howard. The article is titled “Embattled Florida Attorney Took Ex-FSU Professor’s Life Savings, Lawsuit Claims”.Law.com published an article regarding Silver Law Group’s racketeering lawsuit against Tallahassee, Florida attorney and investment fund manager Phillip Timothy Howard.

The article is titled “Embattled Florida Attorney Took Ex-FSU Professor’s Life Savings, Lawsuit Claims”.

The lawsuit, filed on November 12, 2019 in the Northern District of Florida, claims that Phillip Timothy Howard (Tim Howard) defrauded our client of more than $500,000 as part of a real estate fraud scheme. Scott Silver, managing partner of Silver Law Group, and co-counsel Aaron Cohn of Weinberg, Wheeler, Hudgins, Gunn & Dial represent the client. Continue reading

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Silver Law Group is investigating WeWork for potential violations of federal and state law by the company and its primary investor, SoftBank. The investigation comes on the heels of WeWork’s canceled initial public offering (IPO) and a $1.7 billion termination package for outgoing CEO Adam Neumann.Silver Law Group is investigating WeWork for potential violations of federal and state law by the company and its primary investor, SoftBank. The investigation comes on the heels of WeWork’s canceled initial public offering (IPO) and a $1.7 billion termination package for outgoing CEO Adam Neumann.

There are reports that the canceled IPO caused WeWork to decline in value by a significant amount. Continue reading

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On November 12, 2019, Scott Silver of the Silver Law Group and co-counsel filed a lawsuit in the Northern District of Florida against Phillip Timothy Howard (Tim Howard), a Tallahassee, Florida attorney and investment fund manager, based on claims that Howard defrauded an investor of more than a half-million dollars as part of a real estate fraud scheme. The suit alleges (1) violation of the federal civil Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO); (2) fraud in the inducement; (3) breach of fiduciary duty; (4) negligent misrepresentation; and (5) unjust enrichment.On November 12, 2019, Scott Silver of the Silver Law Group and co-counsel filed a lawsuit in the Northern District of Florida against Phillip Timothy Howard (Tim Howard), a Tallahassee, Florida attorney and investment fund manager, based on claims that Howard defrauded an investor of more than a half-million dollars as part of a real estate fraud scheme.

The suit alleges (1) violation of the federal civil Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO); (2) fraud in the inducement; (3) breach of fiduciary duty; (4) negligent misrepresentation; and (5) unjust enrichment. Continue reading

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Silver Law Group’s managing partner Scott Silver was interviewed for and gave a quote to The New York Times for an article on Ponzi schemes. Scott Silver is a leading investment fraud attorney recognized as being one of the best lawyers for victims of stockbroker misconduct. Scott is a frequent speaker and author on securities arbitration and is the chair of the securities and financial fraud group of the American Association for Justice. The article examines the new tactics used by perpetrators of Ponzi schemes in the years since Bernie Madoff was caught running the largest Ponzi scheme ever in 2008.Silver Law Group’s managing partner Scott Silver was interviewed for and gave a quote to The New York Times for an article on Ponzi schemes.

Scott Silver is a leading investment fraud attorney recognized as being one of the best lawyers for victims of stockbroker misconduct. Scott is a frequent speaker and author on securities arbitration and is the chair of the securities and financial fraud group of the American Association for Justice.

The article examines the new tactics used by perpetrators of Ponzi schemes in the years since Bernie Madoff was caught running the largest Ponzi scheme ever in 2008. Continue reading

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Registered Investment Advisor McDermott Investment Advisors (MIA) and its founder Dean Patrick McDermott are the subject of a lawsuit filed by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for allegedly “double dipping” on fees by investing clients in securities that paid fees to an affiliated broker-dealer, rather than a cheaper alternative. Clients Charged Unnecessary Transaction Fees The lawsuit alleges that McDermott and MIA put over $5.7 million of its client’s assets into unit investment trusts (UITs) that charged a transaction fee, most of which was paid to a broker-dealer that was owned by McDermott, rather than a UIT with no transaction fee.Registered Investment Advisor McDermott Investment Advisors (MIA) and its founder Dean Patrick McDermott are the subject of a lawsuit filed by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for allegedly “double dipping” on fees by investing clients in securities that paid fees to an affiliated broker-dealer, rather than a cheaper alternative.

Clients Charged Unnecessary Transaction Fees

The lawsuit alleges that McDermott and MIA put over $5.7 million of its client’s assets into unit investment trusts (UITs) that charged a transaction fee, most of which was paid to a broker-dealer that was owned by McDermott, rather than a UIT with no transaction fee. Continue reading

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CannTrust (CTST), a publicly-traded producer of medical and recreational cannabis in Canada, is the subject of a class action lawsuit filed on behalf of shareholders who lost money investing in the company. On July 8, 2019, news broke that CannTrust was growing cannabis in a greenhouse in Pelham, Ontario where regulatory approval was still pending. Holds were placed on the company’s inventory, and CannTrust says this will cause a product shortage. Analysts downgraded the stock.CannTrust (CTST), a publicly-traded producer of medical and recreational cannabis in Canada, is the subject of a class action lawsuit filed on behalf of shareholders who lost money investing in the company.

On July 8, 2019, news broke that CannTrust was growing cannabis in a greenhouse in Pelham, Ontario where regulatory approval was still pending. Holds were placed on the company’s inventory, and CannTrust says this will cause a product shortage. Analysts downgraded the stock. Continue reading

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GPB Capital raised over 1.5 billion dollars primarily from mom and pop investors over the last four years. How was GPB they able to raise this money? By paying small and regional brokerage firms over nine (9) percent of the money raised back to the selling broker-dealers.Last week, GPB announced that many of their funds are down 40% or more in value. In hopes of offering their clients some solace, GPB highlighted that it had already made distributions to investors of about 15% of the investors’ capital. However, many investors were shocked to learn that these distributions were not from earnings or profits but an actual return of the money they had previously invested.  In other words, GPB wants to be applauded for returning to investors at least some of their money.GPB Capital raised over 1.5 billion dollars primarily from mom and pop investors over the last four years. How was GPB they able to raise this money? By paying small and regional brokerage firms over nine (9) percent of the money raised back to the selling broker-dealers.

Last week, GPB announced that many of their funds are down 40% or more in value. In hopes of offering their clients some solace, GPB highlighted that it had already made distributions to investors of about 15% of the investors’ capital. However, many investors were shocked to learn that these distributions were not from earnings or profits but an actual return of the money they had previously invested. In other words, GPB wants to be applauded for returning to investors at least some of their money. Continue reading

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