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PFAS Litigation and Settlements – A Structured Settlement Opportunity?

PFAS chemicals, litigation and settlements have received considerable attention during the past several years – everywhere it seems except within the structured settlement and settlement planning markets. What are PFAS chemicals and why should they matter to members of NSSTA, AASC and SSP?  Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs), also known as “forever chemicals”, are a...

Settlement Nation Episode 6: Keith Bruno

In the first of this two-part series on Settlement Nation, we chat with with Keith Bruno, a trial attorney with Carpenter, Zuckerman & Rowley (CZ&R) out of Orange County. Keith shares insights into his beginnings as a young lawyer on NBC’s “The Law Firm“, what it’s like to have 150 trials under his belt, as well as courtroom advice for...

Re-cycled Structured Settlement Payment Rights

Historically, most investors who purchase structured settlement payment rights from factoring companies are sophisticated investors, wealthy individuals or financial institutions. Ironically, some of these investors are life insurance companies who also sell structured settlement annuities. Typically, these investors are taxed on the income generated by these investments even when the claimant who originally owned the...

ABLE Accounts + Structured Settlements, Now a Possibility?

Since The ABLE Act created IRC 529A in 2014, ABLE accounts have become popular financial and settlement planning tools for qualifying disabled individuals. The ABLE Act allows states to create tax-advantaged savings programs for eligible people with disabilities that began prior to age 26. Funds from these 529A ABLE accounts can help designated beneficiaries pay for qualified disability expenses. Distributions are...

Case Study: Wrongful Termination

Case Study: Wrongful Termination A 50-year-old black male truck driver filed a wrongful termination and discrimination case against his employer citing the reasons for his firing were unlawful. In addition, his employer, the trucking company, attempted to classify him as a 1099 independent contractor when he should have been classified as a W-2 employee.  ...