Category: Economic Damages

SEC Charges San Diego Duo in Alleged Ponzi Scheme

The Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) charged Jonny Ngo, Donato “Mick” Baca, Jr., and NL Technology, LLC with defrauding hundreds of investors by running a Ponzi scheme. A Ponzi scheme is a type of investment fraud that sustains itself by paying claimed returns to existing investors with fresh money from new investors, while also enriching …

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Check Amounts Can Differ Substantially from Class Action Settlements Per Claim

The reported value per claim in a class action settlement can differ significantly from the actual check a class member receives.  Both StarKist and Trader Joe’s have faced class action lawsuits involving damages for allegedly under-filled cans of tuna.  Both defendants settled for cash amounts in the range of $25-29 per claim (although StarKist also …

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Valuing Higher Education in Lost Income Claims

A typical lost earnings analysis endeavors to value the personal income that was lost due to injury or loss of employment opportunities.  This is more challenging when income is not yet established, e.g. when the injured Plaintiff has yet to enter the workforce or there is evidence that the Plaintiff would have otherwise altered their …

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Calculating Future Lost Earnings with No Earnings History

One common point of disagreement amongst opposing sides of a lost earnings case is future earnings, especially when the claimant has no meaningful earnings history.  This typically occurs in personal injury cases in which the injured party is a child or an adolescent.  Recently published data by the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve …

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Calculate Economic Damages Associated with Lost Earnings Claims Accurately and Efficiently

Lost compensation is a method of capturing economic damages in personal injury, medical malpractice, wrongful termination, failure to promote and other similar torts.  Independent damages experts (often economists or CPAs) are often employed to calculate lost compensation because of their unique background/skill set in addressing such economic losses.  However, the desire to minimize costs means …

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Patent Feature Double Count Sinks Damages Calculation

Finjan, Inc. (‘Finjan”) vs. Sophos, Inc. (“Sophos”) is a patent infringement action involving 14 different claims related to six different patents for computer and network security technology.  Many patented products, particularly those involving technology, use more than one patent.  As described in this related article, a damage analyst in this situation will often need to …

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HBO Executive Admits $1 Million Fake Vendor Fraud

A former talent relations executive at HBO has admitted to diverting nearly $1 million in production funds to a fake company she created.  The type of fraudulent billing scheme using a shell company can be accomplished with nothing more than a fictitious name and a payment destination.  In this case, the executive used the name …

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Supreme Court To Address Use of Statistics For Class Action Certification

The April 2013 Supreme Court decision in Comcast Corp. v. Behrend, No. 11-864, was a profound change benefitting companies facing class action lawsuits.  The Court held that a plaintiff seeking certification must establish through “evidentiary proof” that damages can be measured on a class-wide basis.  Individual damage issues can defeat class certification where those issues …

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A Classic Coase Solution to a Modern Problem: The CrossFit Dispute

A recent Wall Street Journal (“WSJ”) article brought to my attention a very “2K15” problem, urbanites in many of the nation’s big cities are struggling to deal with the annoyance of living next to CrossFit gyms. CrossFit is a highly intense workout regimen which has in the last several years become hugely popular. Many of …

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Fiduciaries Continue to Face 401(k) Conflict of Interest Allegations

A group of workers at Ameriprise Financial Inc. settled their federal lawsuit against the company regarding management of their 401(k) contributions that were invested in Ameriprise funds and generated millions in allegedly excessive fees for the company. The case was filed in 2011 by Roger Krueger and a group of Ameriprise plan participants.  The plaintiffs disputed …

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