Thursday, October 9, 2014

AG Sues Firm for Its Role in Mortgage Rescue Scheme

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has sued a Brooklyn law firm and its partner for allegedly participating in a fraudulent mortgage rescue scheme. The suit was filed Wednesday against Gennady Litvin and two firms where he is a principal partner, Litvin Law Firm in Brooklyn and Litvin, Torrens & Associates in Miami.

Schneiderman v. Litvin Law Firm, 452308/2014, filed in Manhattan Supreme Court (See Petition), alleged the two firms, directly and through third-party marketers, deceptively induced homeowners to pay a $595 or $750 monthly fee by representing the firm would provide a comprehensive legal plan so homeowners could avoid foreclosure or obtain a mortgage modification.

The vulnerable homeowners paid thousands of dollars for services they could have obtained free from qualified non-profit counselors or legal services attorneys, "only to find [the firms] routinely failed to prevent foreclosure or obtain a loan modification as promised," the suit claims. It said many homeowners never spoke to an attorney in their state.

Connecticut, Georgia, and North Carolina have issued cease and desist orders to Litvin Law Firm and Litvin, demanding they stop soliciting for services in those states. The firm and Litvin are banned from doing business in Rhode Island. The Maryland Attorney General's office has charged them with engaging in unfair and deceptive trade practices, according to the suit.

The New York suit, signed by assistant attorney general Mary Alestra, seeks to halt the firm's practices, provide restitution to consumers, and seeks penalties and costs.

Litvin said in a statement yesterday, "We deny all the allegations and will vigorously contest them in court."

Friday, October 3, 2014

The National Trial Lawyers Announces Robert E. Brown as One of Its Top 100 Trial Lawyers

The National Trial Lawyers is pleased to announce that Robert E. Brown of the Law Offices of Robert E. Brown, PC in New York, NY has been selected for inclusion into its Top 100 Trial Lawyers, an honor given to only a select group of lawyers.

NEW YORK, NY, October 03, 2014 /Law and Legal PR News/ -- The National Trial Lawyers is pleased to announce that Robert E. Brown of the Law Offices of Robert E. Brown, PC in New York, NY has been selected for inclusion into its Top 100 Trial Lawyers, an honor given to only a select group of lawyers for their superior skills and qualifications in the field. Membership in this exclusive organization is by invitation only, and is limited to the top 100 attorneys in each state or region who have demonstrated excellence and have achieved outstanding results in their careers in either civil plaintiff or criminal defense law.

The National Trial Lawyers is a professional organization comprised of the premier trial lawyers from across the country who has demonstrated exceptional qualifications in their area of the law, specifically criminal defense or civil plaintiff law. The National Trial Lawyers provides accreditation to these distinguished attorneys, and also aims to provide essential legal news, information, and continuing education to trial lawyers across the United States. 

With the selection of Robert E. Brown by The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100, Mr. Brown has shown that he exemplifies superior qualifications, leadership skills, and trial results as a trial lawyer. The selection process for this elite honor is based on a multi-phase process which includes peer nominations combined with third party research. As The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 is an essential source of networking and information for trial attorneys throughout the nation, the final result of the selection process is a credible and comprehensive list of the most outstanding trial lawyers chosen to represent their state or region.

Robert E. Brown founded the Law Offices of Robert E. Brown, P.C. in 2006. Before opening his own firm, Mr. Brown worked as a lawyer for the international firm of Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson, and the renowned firm of Slotnick, Shapiro & Crocker -- a leading criminal defense and matrimonial boutique. Prior to his law career, Mr. Brown was a member of the New York City Police Department. He retired as a Captain from the 5th Precinct, located in Chinatown, after a prestigious 16-year career.

Because of his extensive experience in both federal and state courts and as an expert in police procedures, Mr. Brown has appeared as a legal analyst on CNN and Tru TV and has been a guest lecturer at Cardozo Law School. Mr. Brown is also an Adjunct Professor at Boston University, where he teaches a course in Real Estate Law.

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