Tuesday, March 20, 2018

DOJ Kicks Off Child Abuse Propaganda Month Featuring Opioids, But Not Fraud Or Poverty

In preparation for the Annual Child Abuse Propaganda Month, Acting Associate Attorney General Jesse Panuccio delivers remarks at the National Children's Advocacy Center's 34th National Symposium on Child Abuse.

In the spirit of fuchsia...

Thank you, Alan, for that introduction.  I am so pleased to be here in Huntsville with you, and with Chris Newlin, and with First Lady Hutchison of Arkansas—each of you dedicated community servants.

I am also delighted to join this distinguished group of children’s advocates and professionals.  Flying down here from Washington, I was thinking about your jobs—about what your day-to-day responsibilities must be like.  The kind of work that you do, the things that you see and hear, the horrors you confront on a daily basis—I am sure there are times it leaves you feeling fairly pessimistic about the world, and perhaps thinking that evil that lurks in every corner.

That evil is called Child Protective Services.  Say it.

But to that I would say: look around you.  Here this morning is an army of good—of men and women who have dedicated their careers and lives to helping the most vulnerable among us.  Men and women who get up every morning just so they can stand eye-to-eye with evil and say: “today, I will fight for the life and future of this child.”  It is remarkable to see so many people from across the country and from around the world—from big cities, and suburbs, and rural hamlets—who work so tirelessly to protect our children.  Thank you for the incredible work you do.

How about getting DOJ and FBI on board to stop Medicaid fraud in child welfare?  All it simply is, is just public corruption through privatization policies to make people poor.

If people were not forced into a life of poverty, you just might find that there is no need for the side business of selling drugs, human trafficking, and your basic false claims through fake corporations called Public Private Partnerships, people might just be happy and thrive, including the kids, and not have to take drugs to numb the pain of their short existence, predicted through social impact revenue maximization bond analytical programs.

What do these CACs do with all the data?

What about the procurement issue with third party providers, particularly those Faith Based contractors?

I want to specifically recognize Chris, his executive team, and all of the staff of the National Children’s Advocacy Center for their hospitality and for their work, each and every day, on behalf of our nation’s children.  Alan Hanson and I had the pleasure of touring the center yesterday, and we were both so impressed by the wealth of resources available on the NCAC campus.  With its combination of child-friendly surroundings, state-of-the-art forensic and treatment services, and expert staff members this is an extraordinary place, making a real difference for children and families in northern Alabama and throughout the United States.

I guess the parents and family members are not allowed in the exclusive CAC clubs.

Perhaps the best way to appreciate the value of this center, and the need for it and for the more than 950 children’s advocacy centers across the country, is to put yourself in the shoes of a child who uses the services offered here.  Everyone can think back to some difficulty in childhood—some personal or family struggle, something that made you feel alone or frightened or worried about the future.  But for the average person, I would wager that you could take his or her worst day as a child, multiply it by some significant factor, and it still would not approximate what some of the children who come here have faced.  They have been physically, or sexually, or emotionally abused—often repeatedly.  Their thoughts may be dominated by how to make it through the day without suffering some new trauma.  Some of them wonder whether they will be fed.  Some of them, when they go to sleep each night, wonder what new horror the morning will bring.  No one, no matter how old or how experienced, is fully equipped to absorb the physical, emotional, and psychological blows of such victimization.

What about the victimization of children who went through these CACs and its child welfare system?  Would you put your kid in foster care?  I did not think so.

While we are always learning more about the damage caused by child maltreatment, we already know that, beyond the immediate harms, it sets up a lifetime of adverse consequences.  It can impair mental and emotional development.  It can negatively affect school performance.  It can influence future relationships, often in very destructive ways.  It can cause both short- and long-term medical problems, and possibly a lifetime of poor health.  When we think of child maltreatment, we think of immediate cuts and bruises and tears.  We don’t always think of the life and the potential that is slowly, tragically slipping away.

Here is free research that will only take 3 to 5 seconds to figure out how to help children thrive in school performance.

Stop making them poor.

And that is why your work is so vitally important, and why we should be especially grateful for the network of children’s advocacy centers across our country and across the globe—centers in communities large and small, serving kids from every background and facing every conceivable, sometimes unspeakable hardship.

In 2016, advocacy centers served more than 320,000 children, providing them services that run the gamut of needs in the criminal-justice and human-services systems. Advocacy center staff make their encounters as painless as possible.  They give comfort and refuge in a time of great need and terrible crisis.  And while they cannot erase the damage completely, they can and do help heal wounds—physical and psychological, seen and unseen.  They help create a new future for these children, restoring hope and the potential for a full life.

What about the kids in foster care and adoption?  Oh, wait, that is the CAC targeted population.

I wish that I could report that the steady march of human progress means the need for these services has peaked and is now on the decline.  Sadly, as we know all too well, the opposite is true.  The threats faced by our children seem graver and more pervasive than ever, with cyberspace and its underbelly seemingly exacerbating every problem and creeping into every facet of their lives.

People only care about profit, or rather garner a profitable return from their social impact bond investment.

In recent years, one particular menace has been devastating American communities, with an outsized impact on our kids.  Drug abuse, and in particular opioid abuse, is destroying families across the nation.  Opioid abuse has become one of country’s most pressing public health and safety crises.

In 2016, an estimated 64,000 Americans lost their lives to drug overdoses, with about 750 deaths here in Alabama alone.  That follows a record increase in fatal overdoses from 2015, and preliminary data suggest that 2017 was even worse.  For Americans under 50, drug overdoses are now the leading cause of death.  And the vast majority of overdose deaths, some 42,000 in 2016, were the result of opioids—prescription painkillers, heroin, and deadly synthetic drugs like fentanyl.

These toxic substances threaten everyone in their path—users, their families, first responders.  And especially children.

About half of opioid overdose deaths occur in people between the ages of 22 and 44; in other words, opioid abuse is significant among the cohort most likely to be parents of minor children.  Opioid addiction thwarts even the most basic parental instincts, as the unquenchable thirst for the drug displaces all other desires and responsibilities.  Children are left to fend for themselves—and, worse still, to care for their parents or to watch in horror as their parents’ lives slip away to a ruthless master.

Imagine coming home from school one day to find your mother or father unconscious from an overdose, making the tearful 911 call, waiting in terror and helplessness for aid to arrive, watching as your parent is whisked away in an ambulance, and being left behind in the care of police and social services.  Sometimes, these parents never return.

No.  Not social services.  Say the proper term.  Identify the source of the problem with children.  Say it.  The child welfare system.  Foster care and adoption.  Education.  Say it!!

Here is how a December 2016 Washington Post story by Eli Saslow, reporting on the plight of so-called “opiate orphans,” described one West Virginia teenager’s experience on Easter morning 2015:

It had been so quiet in his parents’ room that morning, even though his father always snored.  He had knocked on the door and gotten no answer.  He had sent his sisters to wait in the car and then walked around the back of the house to look through a window into his parents’ room.  They were both lying on the floor.  He thought they were passed out.  He opened the window and leaned into the room to push over a fan, but his parents still didn’t startle.  He ran back into the house, called 911 and slammed into the locked door.  He knew CPR.  Maybe he could save them.  He busted through the lock and fell into the room, landing on his father, whose body felt cold.

Because of a drug, two people were dead and three children were left without parents.  It’s a chilling and heart-wrenching tale.  And it’s playing out over and over again across this country.

The result of the opioid crisis is that the children of addicts are being removed from parental custody at alarming rates, and with the skyrocketing deaths comes skyrocketing and permanent additions to the foster-care system.   According to a recent story in The New York Times, the number of children in foster care since 2010 has doubled in Montana, and has increased by eighty percent in Georgia and forty-five percent in West Virginia.

Say it!!  Say foster care and adoption.  Say it.  Parents automatically will have parental rights terminated, with no laws for reinstatement, legacies stolen.  Think about that when you have lost everything in the world to the state.  That is why these parents use opioids.

These numbers highlight some of the devastating derivative effects visited upon the children of opioid addicts.  But opioids, tragically, are also directly affecting children.  According to a study released earlier this month in the journal Pediatrics, the number of children admitted to hospitals for opioid overdoses nearly doubled between 2004 and 2015.  A substantial percentage of these patients are ending up in the pediatric ICU—that is, they are admitted as severe, life-threatening cases.

And hospital emergency rooms are now regularly seeing opioid-addicted newborns.  The number of babies with a condition called neonatal abstinence syndrome—which describes newborns born as opiate addicts—increased a whopping 383 percent from 2000 to 2012.  For an infant affected by NAS, the average length of a hospital stay is almost three-and-a-half times as long, and the costs are more than three times greater, than for a non-affected infant.

And, of course, even if children of addicts aren’t born addicted, if they enter the foster care system they face the stark reality that children in that system are five times more likely to abuse drugs—creating a vicious cycle of drug abuse, child neglect, drug abuse by the child, and on and on.

The stark reality of children who enter the foster care system is that they will age out to live on the street, turning tricks to eat, using drugs to dull the pain of what happened to them.

The line between drug abuse and child maltreatment is short and direct.  It has always been the case that in homes where there are drugs, children suffer.  But with opioids, the problem seems particularly pervasive and menacing—and like an aggressive malignancy it is metastasizing across the nation.

Some of you, perhaps many of you, know exactly what I’m talking about, because you have seen it first-hand.  Children’s advocacy centers are seeing this crisis up close and with far too much regularity.  Let me tell you about one.  Lily’s Place is a children’s advocacy center in Marion, North Carolina—a community that has seen a surge in the number of children devastated by the opioid crisis.  The center offers social services and a therapy dog, and their staff is doing heroic work to help the kids who come to their attention.  But with many of these children already testing positive for drugs themselves, sometimes for multiple substances, the challenges are daunting.

What about Family Advocacy Centers?  Why just prepare for the worst of poverty?  Why not end poverty?

Closer to home, Chris tells me that not a week goes by without at least one child being brought to the NCAC because a parent or caregiver has overdosed on opioids in the Huntsville area.  Think about that.  Every week, right here in this city, one new child has to watch a parent lose all control to a merciless, deadly drug.  A monster destroying children’s lives is supposed to be the stuff of horror fiction—of Pennywise in Stephen King’s IT—but for so many children in America today, the monster is very real, and it is the opioid. and poverty.

We cannot overstate the urgency of this deadly and growing crisis.  That is why President Trump and Attorney General Sessions have made fighting the opioid crisis a foremost priority for the federal government.  Yesterday, they were both in New Hampshire, where the President outlined the pillars of this Administration’s initiative to combat the opioid crisis.

Say it.  They made us poor.  They stole our children.  They stole our land.  The DOJ cannot even say it, but I do see they are slowly coming around to the concept that there are no civil rights for children or the poor.

One of these pillars is to cut off the supply of illicit drugs, and the Department of Justice is committed to being a leader in that fight.  Across the country, our U.S. Attorneys have been tasked with aggressively prosecuting traffickers of fentanyl and other opioids.  In 2017, our prosecutors charged more than 3,000 defendants with opioid-related crimes. 

The other pillar is to stop child welfare fraud from funding political campaigns to put in place sardonic laws to expand the population of "The Poors" (always said with clinched teeth) in order to maximize revenues through false claims.

The Department’s new Joint Criminal Opioid Darknet Enforcement team, or J-CODE team, has been scaling up efforts to prosecute illicit online sales of opioids.  Last summer, the Department announced the largest ever takedown of a dark net marketplace—the notorious AlphaBay, which hosted some 220,000 drug listings and led to countless overdoses from synthetic drugs.

In still another major effort, the Department’s new Prescription Interdiction and Litigation, or PIL, Task Force will focus on targeting opioid manufacturers and distributors who have illegally contributed to this epidemic.  It doesn’t matter where someone is on the supply chain; if they broke the law, then we will hold them accountable.  We will use every criminal and civil tool available to the Department.  Whether someone is a drug trafficker, a corrupt doctor or pharmacist, or a manufacturer using illegal marketing, the Department is determined to bring them to justice.  We want them to hear this message: if you break the law and contribute to the opioid crisis, we are coming for you.

This is hot but will they go after the pharmaceutical industry using children as lab rats, too?  I am waiting.

In addition, from those who have broken the law, the Department will seek to recover the high costs that federal healthcare programs have borne as a result of the opioid crisis.  To that end, for example, we recently filed a statement of interest in the ongoing, multi-district litigation against opioid manufacturers and distributors, alerting the court that the federal government may have a substantial recovery interest in those actions.

The Department is going after Medicaid fraud in child welfare? The Department is going to get the States Attorney General Medicaid Fraud Control Units to step up their games?  That is going to be a political football, unfortunately.  Just look at the campaign finance records.

I mentioned that the President’s initiative has several pillars, and supply-side interdiction is just one.  The Administration is also committed to reducing demand and over-prescription.  And we are determined to help those struggling with addiction.

Finally, but how?  I hope no gruel fed labor camp programs.

At the Department of Justice, our grant programs help with these other pillars.  The Office of Justice Programs, led by Alan Hanson, awarded almost $59 million last fiscal year to support a range of programs, including drug courts and programs designed to prevent the misuse of prescription opioids.  A substantial portion of that funding went to state, local, and tribal jurisdictions under our new Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Program.  We’re also funding training and technical assistance and an online resource center.

Some jurisdictions are making real progress.  One of our grantees in Oregon set up a tri-county opioid safety coalition that monitors and tracks overdoses and other related problems.  The goal is to use this to determine how to reach high-risk populations.  We’re also supporting special opiate courts, including one in Buffalo, New York, which has shown promising results.

The Administration is focused on multiple fronts because the opioid crisis is more than a criminal-justice problem.  It is more than a substance-abuse problem.  It is more than an economic problem, or a healthcare problem.  It is more than a child-welfare problem.  It is all of these things at once, and it must be tackled through a multidisciplinary approach—the kind that children’s advocacy centers use every day—by bringing together our law-enforcement professionals, our medical and mental-health experts, and our child-welfare specialists.

By George, I believe the DOJ has finally got it!  Dilly, dilly!

And that is why everyone here today, and everyone in the children’s services community, should know that you are an important part of this fight.  We are looking to you, as we have so many times before, to bring your expertise, your conviction, and your courage to address the specific problems faced by youth caught up in this latest crisis.

And the Department of Justice will support and embrace you in this work.  Last year, through our Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, DOJ awarded nearly $2.1 million to the National Children’s Advocacy Center to support nationwide operations and to provide training and technical assistance that strengthens the multidisciplinary response to child maltreatment.  Part of that assistance is tailored to children who experience multiple forms of trauma, or polyvictimization, which is so often the case with young people caught up in the opioid epidemic.

We’re also exploring a program through our Office for Victims of Crime designed specifically to help children who become crime victims as result of parents’ drug use.

Is there going to be any Office for Victims of Crime designed specifically to help children who have aged out of child welfare who were victims of crime as a result of being drugged, raped, tortured, murdered and suicided, some suicides being unsuccessful?  

We’re committed, administration-wide, to fighting this epidemic from all sides.  We know it won’t be easy.  Opioids have taken a firm hold in far too many communities, tearing apart families and leaving children hurt, traumatized, and alone. The need for comprehensive services, spanning all systems, is urgent.

Children’s advocacy centers have proven time and again that there is a way to handle violence, victimization, and abuse so that these traumas don’t leave an incurable mark on the children subjected to them. With collaboration and compassion, by seeing the pain and experience through a child’s eyes, we can work to help make it right for our kids.

Open up those CACs to the public.  Stop making everything a secret when it comes to the future of children.

You are doing heroes’ work, and we are grateful.  Keep up the fight.

Thank you for your service to our children, to your communities, and to our country.

We have so much work to do.  Stay tuned.

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Michigan Medicaid Targeted Population Cost Reimbursed Self Sufficiency Workforce Training Revenue Maximization & Asset Forfeiture Model

Whoever said the 13th Amendment abolished indentured servitude or slavery lied.

There is the exception of being duly convicted of a crime, where poverty, is codified in Michigan as a crime.

In our next exciting adventure into the national policy diffusion of  asset forfeiture model through an
access to health care model
 from"The Poors" (always said with clinched teeth), Medicaid, we have Michigan in play.

Michigan Medicaid Targeted Population Cost Reimbursed Self Sufficiency Workforce Training Revenue Maximization Model

It is about time we stop labeling people.  Seriously.  Stop it.  We have the technology to make it end.

I have no problems with generating opportunity for individuals to participate and flourish in society, however they ultimately decide; it is the lack of opportunity to discuss, or at least identify the doctrine of cui bono?"

Who benefits?  The Public Private Partnerships or the individual?

Michigan, being the privatization think tank of the nation, has been pushing the proverbial envelop on targeted populations, the formal term for Medicaid revenue maximization.

How to find a Medicaid revenue maximization free labor workforce.


Who determines the boundaries for meeting the criteria of able-bodied adult?

Is this an GAL model?

Is this the Shared Parenting model, where Jim Runestad refuses to address anything to do with the State sharing parenting through the current child welfare model in Michigan.

What does "capable of working" mean?

Is this the new low wage manufacturing workforce, human currency, with the hourly wages paid through Medicaid, as life self-sufficiency training through social impact bonds, of course.

Does this mean the "able-bodied adult" who is capable of working will have to work off the Medicaid debt for being previously classified as disabled, having received benefits, considering the disability criteria is about to change.

If this is the case, then we have ourselves asset forfeiture of the trust funds because every corporation should hire a child.

Well, actually, these Privateers really did want to convert children into its new workforce and even attempted to change child labor laws, but it did not go over so well.

So, what they did was start to change the entire concept of disability to include age, or rather, children.

This is an Industrial Organizational predictive analytical model to maximize revenues and seize assets.

Someone is going to make a whole bunch of money off this population of chattel through social impact bonds.

I am quite sure there will be those highly sought after, lucrative database, third party contractors who will eventually sell off our data and intellectual property.

Why would there be a penalty provision of stripping one of opportunity to medical access if there is a procedural error?

Whether you like it or not, I am going to make the world go blockchain. 

That way, if someone suspects you of stealin', we can trace it right back to the original mines the copper for the pennies you got by filing false claims for fraudulent cost reimbursements.

Oh, and if your programs suck, you will be shuttered, immediately because the world will know.

That is how you start building procurement policies.

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More Breadcrumbs From Investigator General Report

Is there bribery?

Is there blackmail?

Does Perkins Coie suck?

Stay tuned.

The Horowitz IG Report is coming.

Here Are The Largest Congressional Payments The House Has Admitted

A House of Representatives fund paid $1 million to secretly settle complaints by staffers. Here are the largest.

U.S. Rep. Alcee Hastings in Miami Gardens, Florida in August 2011. REUTERS/Joe SkipperThe House has disclosed settling 41 complaints of workplace mistreatment for a total of some $1 million since 1997. The list published by the House does not include names, but The Daily Caller News Foundation used court documents to reveal the offices behind some settlements and then cross-referenced with news articles to rank them. The list also omits the largest settlement the settlement office ever handled, involving Rep. Alcee Hastings.

TheDCNF’s analysis found that a seldom-mentioned settlement involving the office of Rep. Gregory Meeks appears to be one of the largest settlements in decades while also involving some of the most serious allegations — including not just sexual harassment, but firing a staffer who said she was physically sexually assaulted by someone connected to a campaign donor.

The data is entirely based on Office of Compliance (OOC) payouts, and so omits some of the most notable settlements, such as one by Rep. John Conyers. The omission is because the Committee on House Administration disclosed only payments that came out of the OOC’s special settlement fund, whereas numerous members hid settlements in their office budgets. TheDCNF analysis of the list of OOC settlements found that much of the $1 million comes from a handful of large settlements, while others are for only a few thousand dollars.

1) $220,000: Alcee Hastings (D-FL), alleged sexual harassment, 2014
The Office of Compliance mysteriously omitted the largest settlement it ever handled from its list of settlements with member-led offices, likely because it involved a commission. The settlement, however, involved an accusation against Rep. Hastings by an employee of the Helsinki Commission, a member-led body of Congress chaired at the time by Hastings. The staffer alleged that he repeatedly invited her up to his hotel room when they were traveling, asked what type of underwear she was wearing, and made other inappropriate gestures. Hastings denied the charges and said he did not even know that Congress settled on his behalf. The size of the settlement seemingly suggests that authorities may have viewed the evidence as particularly damning or were highly motivated to make it go away. The amount is 88 times larger than another settlement for sex discrimination and retaliation and 25 times larger than the median settlement involving sex or gender. Hastings’ office did not return a request for comment.

2) $150,000: Benghazi Committee, alleged veteran status discrimination & retaliation, 2016
Benghazi Committee investigator Bradley Podliska filed a lawsuit alleging his bosses were unhappy the Air Force reservist had to leave to perform military service. He also said he had been unfairly pressured to focus on former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. He later withdrew that claim. Then-committee Chairman Trey Gowdy said in 2015 that Podliska was fired for mishandling classified info; Podliska said that was untrue and defamatory, Fox News reported. He was reinstated to his job after 16 months, and TheDCNF has learned the payment was calculated as back pay based on his salary.

3) $85,000: Eric Massa (D-NY), alleged sexual harassment & retaliation, 2010
Massa resigned after being accused of tickling and groping male staffers.

4) $84,000: Blake Farenthold (R-TX), alleged sexual harassment, 2014
A staffer alleged that Farenthold would talk about his “sexual fantasies” and “wet dreams” about his spokeswoman. Farenthold denied some of the allegations, but acknowledged that he “allowed a workplace culture to take root in my office that was too permissive and decidedly unprofessional,” and that he had “angry outbursts” and didn’t always “treat people with the respect they deserved.” Farenthold has said he will reimburse taxpayers.

5) $65,000: John J. Duncan Jr. (R-TN), alleged age discrimination, 2011
Duncan’s office terminated Shirley Taylor on her 66th birthday after colleagues mocked her for her age and Duncan “expressed his displeasure” about another employee working into her 80s, according to a lawsuit. Bob Griffitts, the chief of staff, told Duncan that the staffer had Alzheimer’s disease, which was not true, it says. The chief of staff told Taylor she was forgetful, but when Taylor asked him for examples, Griffitts said he couldn’t remember any, according to the suit. Taylor alleged age discrimination, but Duncan said he’d leave the decision to his chief of staff, the lawsuit says. Duncan’s office did not return a request for comment.

6) $50,000: unknown office, alleged disability discrimination & retaliation, 2008-2012
This settlement remains a mystery. A staffer to Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee sued her in 2011 for allegedly discriminating against her based on a disability during this time period (“I don’t give a damn about her disability,” she said, according to the lawsuit). However, that court case dragged on to 2015, and nothing indicates it was settled. Therefore, it does not appear to be this case. Jackson Lee has been called an abusive employer on Capitol Hill and had the highest turnover in her office, according to a 2013 analysis. Spokesman Mike McQuerry would not tell TheDCNF if she had ever settled with any employees.

7) $40,000: Gregory Meeks (D-NY), overtime & retaliation, 2006
The list does not name the member, but this is the only settlement fitting the description of the Meeks case in the relevant time period, and Meeks spokesman Jordan Morris did not deny that it is the same settlement.

Andrea Payne, a former Meeks staffer, filed a lawsuit “to recover for damages sustained by plaintiff when Representative Meeks violated her Constitutional rights by retaliating against her, and ultimately terminating her employment, because of her sexual assault lawsuit,” attorneys wrote. Payne underwent physical therapy at a medical office owned by the spouse of Joan Flowers, a Meeks donor and political operative who at one point served as treasurer of Meeks’ campaign. She said she was physically assaulted there, and she pursued criminal and civil charges.

Flowers “came to Representative Meeks’ office in an agitated state,” and Meeks said “when he received complaints from one of his campaign contributors he must treat the matter very seriously” and told Payne he was not going to pay her for overtime work she had performed, the lawsuit says. Meeks fired her and denied her unemployment insurance by saying she’d left voluntarily.

Meeks later said in a deposition that she was fired for writing a letter to the Federal Election Commission flagging improprieties in his campaign finances. But according to the lawsuit, that letter wasn’t written until after she was fired, and Meeks’ own wife contradicted his testimony on that point.

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Day 152.1 The Blackberry 20 Revisited - Awan Contra

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Monday, March 19, 2018

Day 151.1 Inspecting the Inspectors General - SES or Vacant?

U.S. Intelligence Shuts Down Damning Report on Whistleblower Retaliation

Andre Taggart found hard drives tied to Imran Awan and turned them over to the FBI. / Provided photo
Andre Taggart

Soon after the House of Representatives found that Democratic IT aide Imran Awan and his family made “unauthorized access” to congressional data, Imran hurriedly vacated his house, renting it in February 2017 to a former Marine. Imran angrily told his new tenant, Andre Taggart, that he was homeless and to refuse any certified mail in Imran’s name, Taggart said.

A lawyer contacted Taggart about some items Imran left behind in the house and threatened to sue if he didn’t return them, saying he’d accuse Taggart of theft, Taggart said. The equipment included Blackberries and “hard drives they look like they tried to destroy,” as well as laptops and “a lot of brand new expensive [printer] toner,” he said. Based on his military training, they appeared to Taggart to be government equipment, and he called the police.

The Capitol Police and FBI arrived to collect the computer equipment, and Taggart moved out of the house in May, he said. In late August, Taggart felt that there was enough distance between Imran and his family that it was safe to tell his story publicly.

He received a letter days later from Jesse Winograd, whose law firm Gowen Rhoades Winograd & Silva was hired by Imran to deal with the congressional matter. The letter demanded some $15,000, citing a laundry list of damages, including killing a tree in the yard. Taggart denies the charges and believes Awan may be trying to intimidate him.

The House Office of Inspector General claimed in late 2016 that the Awan family logged into members’ servers they had no business accessing, in some cases after they’d been fired. Prosecutors allege the family also ordered equipment – sometimes shipped to their residence – using invoices falsified to make it easier for equipment to disappear, and took measures to cover their tracks.

The FBI began surveilling them, but prosecutors contend in court papers that the Awans likely “knew they were under investigation,” and they wired $300,000 to Pakistan. Federal agents arrested Imran at the airport in July trying to fly to Pakistan, and charged Imran and his wife with bank fraud involving money they wired overseas. 

However, months later, authorities have not charged the couple with the more serious “unauthorized access” described in the IG’s investigation and backed up by server logs. Capitol Hill officials involved in oversight of the case say the reason is that Democratic employers are acting like “hostile victims” and are refusing to press charges.

TheDCNF emailed a summary of the IG’s findings — which were never made public — to 40 Democratic offices tied to Imran or his family members. Only one responded, and none would say the office was interested in finding out more or pressing charges if warranted.

Given Democrats’ keen attention to political cyber breaches in the wake of the hack of the Democratic National Committee and other high-profile incidents, fellow IT aides and Republicans have offered theories to explain their uncharacteristic silence in this case: Blackmail or fear of retaliation by the Awans, who could read all the emails and files of 1 in 5 House Democrats, in the form of releasing that data or other information if they dare speak out against them.

That theory is strengthened by a yearlong investigation by TheDCNF: Court filings and interviews show Imran has been accused of allegedly invoking his congressional position to intimidate immigrants, summoning political favors to make criminal charges go away, ordering witnesses not to cooperate with police, and enlisting police resources to bully people.

The most egregious incident of possible obstruction came after the IG determined that the House Democratic Caucus server was the epicenter of the suspected cybersecurity breach. There were indications the server might have been secretly collecting data from numerous offices, and it was uploading data offsite, an IG presentation said. Soon after, that entire server-turned-evidence  was physically stolen, according to three government officials.

Imran’s entire family, plus a couple associates, were on the House payroll ostensibly working as IT administrators until they were banned from the House network on Feb. 2, 2017. The group collected a total of $7 million in salary even though some did not have any background in IT, and there are indications some were no-show workers, or “ghost employees.” Democrats have refused to say whether they ever saw some of the crew, such as Rao Abbas, whose most recent job experience was at McDonald’s. Abbas appeared on the payroll of numerous House Democrats soon after the Awans owed him money in a potential lawsuit, according to court documents.

“They weren’t used to seeing their technicians,” one IT aide who took over some offices after the family was banned said.

There’s one man who could testify about a potential “ghost employee” scheme: Haseeb Rana, a bona fide IT specialist who briefly worked for the same offices as the Awans. Though the aides were individual W2 employees and hiring authority rested only with congressmen, Rana’s father said Imran hired him and “made him do all the work” of multiple people but with less pay. Payroll records confirm that Haseeb quit months later.

Despite what his father called a “very charged” relationship with Imran, investigators interested in using Rana as a witness might encounter a problem. Documents in a civil lawsuit reveal he has retained a lawyer: Winograd, the same one representing Imran.

In April 2017, months after Imran was banned from the congressional computer network, staff doing a midnight sweep of the House buildings found that he left a laptop with the username RepDWS in a phone booth along with a note that said “attorney-client privilege,” according to a police report.
One of Imran’s most longstanding employers and vocal advocates was former Democratic National Committee Chair and Florida Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz. Winograd began his law career in Miami and advertises experience in the Espionage Act and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.

In a televised exchange during the Capitol Police’s budget hearing, Wasserman Schultz threatened the Capitol Hill chief of police with “consequences” if he didn’t return the laptop, which authorities were holding as evidence. She hired an outside lawyer to try to block prosecutors from accessing it, paying him with campaign funds, according to campaign finance records.

Imran’s attorneys later argued to invoke attorney privilege on the laptop in court, setting up a situation where the fate of Wasserman Schultz’s laptop would rest in his hands. Prosecutors have been going back and forth on the issue for months.

Meanwhile, in media comments that could be interpreted as a warning shot to members, the Awans’ attorneys blamed congressmen for the altered invoices, saying they had “ordered” it, and “in a fluid situation you do what you’re ordered to do.”

Taggart said police and prosecutors would be naive to think that witnesses and victims not being forthcoming with evidence in the Capitol Hill probe meant that it was all some harmless misunderstanding, and that they need to keep in mind that people might be afraid.

“It’s ridiculous that he’s only being investigated for bank fraud. He’s a con artist,” Taggart said of Imran. “Let’s say he gets a slap on the wrist, he goes home happily ever after with the millions of dollars he’s siphoned from this country.”

In an email to TheDCNF, Chris Gowen, another of Imran’s attorneys and a former personal aide to Hillary Clinton who also hails from Miami, lashed out at the former Marine: “LOL! Oh is that what Taggart says? Mr. Taggart is a thief who did not pay his rent or for the furniture he took and agreed to pay for and he destroyed the house! Imran still is owed that money. You should ask law enforcement what they think about Mr. Taggart.”

Taggart said he believes the demand for $15,000 “went back to the interview I’d conducted two days prior, which he’d undoubtedly seen, and I don’t know if it was an intimidation factor, but it had the complete opposite effect.”

But most people don’t have the courage of the Marine, and others have said Imran told them not to cooperate with law enforcement.

A couple who rents an apartment from Imran’s wife Hina Alvi in Alexandria, Va., told TheDCNF Imran demanded that they refuse to cooperate with police.

The couple, who asked TheDCNF to withhold their names because Imran has keys to their home, said he wanted to sell the house at a fire sale price in November, soon after the IG report. “He tried to do a quick sale in November [2016], he was going to make us move out in two weeks,” they said. “He wanted $110,000, now he wants $200,000.”

Other times, Imran was accused of using his federal job to strike fear in the hearts of immigrants unfamiliar with the U.S. system.

In an April 2017 civil court case, Imran’s own stepmother alleges that “Imran Awan threatened that he is very powerful and if I ever call the police again, [he] will do harm to me and my family members back in Pakistan and one of my cousins here in Baltimore. [He] threatened that he has power to kidnap my family members back in Pakistan … Imran Awan introduces himself someone from U.S. Congress or someone from federal agencies.” She also charges that legal papers necessary for her to advocate for herself were stolen.

Imran’s own wife, Hina Alvi, said in a suit filed in Pakistan on September 13, 2017, that he “threatened [her] of dire consequences, he also threatened to harm the lives of family of [Hina] if she intervenes.” Prosecutors in the U.S. sat her across from Imran as a co-defendant weeks later, on Oct. 6, where Imran’s lawyer Gowen used the presence of his wife to paint him as someone who would not flee because he was a loving family man. Gowen said the husband and wife were living separately in Virginia, but asked if Imran could sleep at Hina’s house if he wanted. Prosecutors didn’t object, and the judge consented.

There is evidence that his alleged threats are not just bluster.

In 2015 and 2016, two other immigrant women staying in different apartments in a complex in Virginia separately called police on several occasions. Officers found the women bloodied, and one said Imran was keeping her “like a slave.” Neither pressed charges. It is not clear that they were employed, and court records show at least one was dependent on Imran to pay her rent.

Twenty Democratic congresswomen who employed the Awans, many vocal in the “me too” anti-sexual harassment movement, declined to express concern about the police reports.

Laurel Everly, another tenant in one of the several rental properties the Awans owned, said “he threatened me, all these attempts to get money from me in different ways,” such as demanding payment because the house’s garden was dead in the winter.

She says she believes the reason congressional employers refuse to acknowledge the case is that they may fear repercussions from Imran, including the release of troublesome emails and files.
“I went through some stuff with him that lends itself to the idea that he was capable of doing something bad in Congress,” she charged. “He’s a bad person is the point, an extortionist … he absolutely is capable of trying to extort or blackmail.”

“The basement flooded from a bad storm and his sump pump was broken. He said I was going to have to pay $10,000 for the drywall and how dare I question his integrity, he was a high ranking federal employee who had passed background investigations,” Everly said.

Imran also used House email addresses when conducting side businesses. When the landlord of one of the bloodied women faulted Imran for nonpayment, he told him he “worked for the U.S. House of Representatives and his email address was 123@mail.house.gov.”

At times, the Awans – who have been involved in at least a dozen lawsuits while on the House payroll – have appeared so confident in their ability to manipulate the justice system that they have sicced it on people who were accusing them of fraud, according to interviews and lawsuits.

While making $165,000 salaries on Capitol Hill, Imran and Abid Awan operated a fly-by-night car dealership that took $100,000 from an Iraqi government official who is a fugitive from the Department of Justice, discharged $1 million in debts in bankruptcy, and was not disclosed on mandatory House ethics forms.

Brian Jenkins of Silver Springs, Md., said in a lawsuit that the dealership sold him a car that it turned out would not even start without jumping the battery. Abid advised him to simply leave the car running at all times. Abid sold it to him with a warranty, so Jenkins brought it back. Abid had the car blocked in and refused to let him retrieve his personal belongings from the vehicle, the lawsuit said.
After hours of discussions, Abid only allowed him to have the car back if Jenkins modified the car’s sales price to agree to pay even more, it said. Despite Jenkins agreeing to this, “defendant has reported the vehicle as stolen to law enforcement,” causing Jenkins to be harassed by police “numerous times” as he drove the car that he had paid for twice over, the lawsuit says.

“Defendant is aware of the falsity of this report to law enforcement.”

Pakistani newspaper Dawn reported in 2009 that Awan’s father was arrested for fraud in that country after allegedly stealing a large tract of land from elderly farmers, but that police were “reluctant” to proceed after powerful people “in the [Pakistani] federal capital as well as in the provincial capital had phoned the local police to lend all sorts of help” to Imran, who it described as a White House staffer with political sway.

“Imran got another fraud case registered against the majority of claimants with Sargodha Road police apparently to force them to withdraw potential cases against his father,” the article said, saying the police were “harassing the complainants” after then-28-year-old Imran claimed that the farmers, who were as old as 70, “subjected him to severe torture and snatched Rs 4 million from him,” the article said. One of the farmers said that was impossible and that they would swear on the Quran that none of them were even near the location of the supposed torture.

Bushra Bibi, whose husband was one of Imran’s father’s business partners, said that immediately after her husband died, “Imran was threatening her with dire consequences for not transferring the remaining properties to his father’s name” and “they have also implicated my brother-in-law, Saeed, who lives in Lahore and works in the agriculture department, in a false case.”

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Someone In The DOJ Is Leaky On The False Claims Act

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Someone from the U.S. Department of Justice, Attorney's Office
Commercial Litigation Branch, Fraud Section
Someone is leaky in the DOJ.

On November 16, 2017, U.S. Attorney General issued a Memorandum on issuing external guidance.

He said he was going to stop doing guidance memos and open it up to the public when it comes but someone leaked a guidance memo after he said that.

On January 10, 2018, Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Grantson of the Commercial Litigation Branch, Fraud Section issued guidance on handling False Claims Act cases.

He guided the U.S. Attorney's Office to weed out cases because too many people were claiming fraud.

Well, isn't that judicial because he is instructing the U.S. Assistant Attorneys to weed out cases, or rather, "not intervene", or make a judicial determination on who gets due process or not.

But then again, how do we know this Memorandum is even verified, considering the fact that it was leaked.

It says ""confidential" and is reported by other sources.

On February 18, 2018, U.S. Attorney Sessions announced that he was going after leakers.

The leaked memo blatantly contradicts the Mission Statement of the U.S. Attorney's Office  and the position of Sessions on memos.

The United States Attorneys serve as the nation's principal litigators under the direction of the Attorney General. There are 93 United States Attorneys stationed throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, Guam, and the Northern Mariana Islands. United States Attorneys are appointed by, and serve at the discretion of, the President of the United States, with advice and consent of the United States Senate. One United States Attorney is assigned to each of the judicial districts, with the exception of Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands where a single United States Attorney serves in both districts. Each United States Attorney is the chief federal law enforcement officer of the United States within his or her particular jurisdiction.

United States Attorneys conduct most of the trial work in which the United States is a party. The United States Attorneys have three statutory responsibilities under Title 28, Section 547 of the United States Code:
  • the prosecution of criminal cases brought by the Federal government;
  • the prosecution and defense of civil cases in which the United States is a party; and
  • the collection of debts owed the Federal government which are administratively uncollectible
Although the distribution of caseload varies between districts, each has every category of cases and handles a mixture of simple and complex litigation. Each United States Attorney exercises wide discretion in the use of his/her resources to further the priorities of the local jurisdictions and needs of their communities.

Now, there are a few questions I have in hand:

  1. Are the priorities of the local jurisdictions, now, to cover up fraud, or rather not intervene in FCA cases?
  2. Is this memo real, and if it is, then why would the DOJ blatantly interfere with due process by opting to advocate on behalf of defendants in False Claims cases, drastically failing to even mention to refer matters of fraud to different criminal divisions of public corruption?
  3. Are these defendants considered to be some of those "quasi-governmental organizations", meaning they are considered Public Private Partners which makes them part of the U.S. government, causing a conflict of interest if the U.S. Attorney intervenes?  This sounds exactly like the reason why States Attorney General do not intervene in matters of fraud in child welfare cases.  It is quite difficult to contemporaneously advise and advocate.
  4. If this memo is fake, then what actions have been taken to mitigate the false advisement to U.S. Assistant Attorneys in matters of intervention, which is not part of the public record, particularly, since Sessions has announced that he is going after leakers?
  5. If this is leaked memo, then what actions have been taken to identify the source and motivation for the leak.
  6. Do whistleblowers have civil rights?
  7. Is there an active investigation?
I knew there was going to be drama.

I better get my popcorn.

It looks like we are just getting this party started.

Stay tuned.

Sessions says he’s ‘aggressively’ going after leakers

WASHINGTON – Embattled Attorney General Jeff Sessions said he doesn’t regret recusing himself from the Russia investigation and has since championed one of President Trump’s pet projects: identifying leakers.

After Trump announced last year that the “real story” is not Russia but “illegal leaks,” Sessions has launched 27 investigations — up from three prior to him taking office, the attorney general told Fox News’ Maria Bartiromo on “Sunday Morning Futures.”

“We’re going after this aggressively,” said Sessions, who has managed to hold onto his job despite Trump’s disgust with his Russia recusal that made way for special counsel Robert Mueller. “I am directing it personally.”

When disgraced former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn was fired after lying about his contact with Russians, Trump and his allies in Congress called for action on the “real” crime – the leaks to the press that exposed Flynn’s conversations with Ambassador Sergey Kislyak.

“That is a violation of the law, to leak classified documents and it is being investigated,” Sessions said.

Flynn pleaded guilty Dec. 1 in the Russia probe for lying to the FBI and is cooperating in Mueller’s investigation.

As Mueller’s Russia investigation has encircled the White House, Trump and the GOP-led House Intelligence Committee declassified a controversial memo that aimed to cast doubt on the FBI launch of the probe.

The memo alleges the FBI relied on an anti-Trump dossier paid for by Democrats to obtain federal court surveillance of former Trump campaign associate, Carter Page.

Sessions said the Page warrant request “will be investigated and looked at.”

He declined to offer more details about his ongoing probes.

Despite all the grief he’s gotten for his March recusal, Sessions stood firm on his decision.

“I believe I did the right thing, the only thing I could do,” Sessions said. “I participated in this [Trump ] campaign and as such under explicit regulations of the Department of Justice; no one can participate in the investigation of a campaign in which they were an active participant.”

He added: “You can’t ask other members of the department to follow the law and follow the rules if the attorney general themselves refuses to do so.”

Sessions’ recusal put Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein in charge of the FBI investigation in Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election and possible collusion with the Trump campaign.
Rosenstein, a Trump appointee, appointed the special counsel in May under pressure to ensure independence.

Mueller, a Republican and former FBI director, was widely praised at the time by GOP lawmakers as being a fair and honest choice.

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Sunday, March 18, 2018

Tran v Detroit Land Bank Authority, et al Recommendations To Dismiss

The Magistrate Mona Majzoub recommended the False Claims Act case that I filed against Detroit Land Bank Authority, City of Detroit, Mike Duggan, County of Wayne and Title Source is about to get dismissed because I do not have an attorney to represent me.

I thought I had one, but one of the defendants bribed her to throw the case.

I cannot even get the Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette to do his job.

I even asked WilmerHale.

Then the court said I did not plea with specificity.

I could, perhaps, if this was not such a complex, historic investigation.

Maybe, I should just spill the beans.

Nah, I already have.

So, as it stands, I have but a few precious days left to object to the report and recommendations of the Magistrate.

March 28, 2018 is the day.

This should be fun.

Stay tuned.


The parties to this action may object to and seek review of this Report and Recommendation, but are required to act within fourteen (14) days of service of a copy hereof as provided for in 28 U.S.C. § 636(b)(1) and Eastern District of Michigan Local Rule 72.1(d). Failure to file specific objections constitutes a waiver of any further right of appeal. Thomas v. Arn, 474 U.S. 140, 149 (1985); Howard v. Sec’y of Health & Human Servs., 932 F.2d 505 (6th Cir. 1991); U.S. v. Walters, 638 F.2d 947, 949-50 (6th Cir. 1981). Filing of objections which raise some issues but fail to raise others with specificity, will not preserve all the objections a party might have to this Report and Recommendation. Willis v. Sec’y of Health & Human Servs., 931 F.2d 390, 401 (6th Cir. 1991); Smith v. Detroit Fed’n Of Teachers Local 231, 829 F.2d 1370, 1373 (6th Cir. 1987). Pursuant to E.D. Mich. LR 72.1(d)(2), a copy of any objections is to be served upon this Magistrate Judge.
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Title Source Has Been Anointed As A $706 Million Corporate Shape Shifter

What we have here is another example of a Corporate Shape Shifter.

These Corporate Shape Shifters come in all forms and sizes so you never know who is in charge, or rather who to charge, or rather what is the proper jurisdiction to charge, or rather who is willing to find a proper jurisdiction that is not part of the Corporate Shape Shifters.

Amrock, but which one is which?
I only ask at which point in time is the true existence of a Corporate Shape Shifter, for only a judge may toll a statute.

Either way, it does not matter because they were stealin'.

If you follow the timeline of Title Sources' metamorphisis into a Corporate Shape Shifter, one shall witness, as so graciously recorded in the annals of history by the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, that Title Source, Inc., which was cashing checks and submitting fake tax filings to the IRS on behalf of the Detroit Land Bank Authority, may have been one of those magical, made up real estate Corporate Shape Shifters is because, according to the court filings, it did not exist when it took individuals money, billed TARP, levied taxes, and other nasty stuff.

Then, the Corporate Shape Shifters made Title Source go through a ritual ceremony of changing names over and over again, which means, it may have been improperly named in my FCA, leading it to argue out that it never existed, and as such, did not do anything, because it is now, Amrock.

Look at the software and applications.  They are all third party and there is nothing in federal  procurement policy which addresses the privatization of data, particularly if it sold through Corporate Shape Shifters.

They change appearance through the manipulation of data, the entire network of human intelligence, including the amalgamation of data to shove into those crappy predictive modeling algorithms to "maximize revenue" from "The Poors" (always said with clinched teeth).

Rumor has it there are some of these "real time" satellite technologies up in the Mayor of Detroit's office, a gift from Dan Gilbert/Rock Financial/Quicken/Title Source/Amrock. or whatever the Corporate Shape Shifter flavor of the week is.

You cannot hold someone accountable if you do not know who they are.

This is privatization and it is being implemented through that nanotechnology stuff.

I pulled the HouseCanary Docket against Title Source.

Correct me if I am wrong, but it seems that Title Source had contracted with HouseCanary to run some Detroit property scheme and it backfired sometime after I filed my case against Title Source for being a cloaking Corporate Shape Shifters of Michigan, one being Detroit Land Bank Authority.

It seems to me that HouseCanary could not run their stuff because Title Source was providing them with dirty data, so, instead of admitting they were selling dirty data, the "Legal Geniuses" (trademark pending) for Title Source, came up with the brilliant idea to become a Corporate Shape Shifter, too!

Title Source has been officially anointed as a Corporate Shape Shifter.

The dirty data is all the Detroit fraudulent property titles...and deeds...and taxes...and ownership...and foreclosures...and judgments...and certified judgments...and mortgages...and bankruptcies...and the votes...  any other forms of stealin'.

See, it goes like this:

When you change your name, and you are a litigant in a federal court of law, you typically notify the court.

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"Amrock, formerly known as Title Source."
Perhaps, the reason why Title Source has yet to notify the court in my case that they are now Amrock is because it is part of the legal strategy, developed by the "Legal Geniuses" (trademark pending), to get out of being busted for selling dirty data from Detroit Land Bank Authority.

Perhaps, the "Legal Geniuses" (trademark pending) representing Title Source thought they would be able to use the same legal arguments in the Artist formerly known as Prince pulled on Warner Bros. to get his intellectual property back.

"We are Amrock, not Title Source.  We never gave dirty data to the U.S. Department of Treasury, Title Source did it and now they are no more.  Tah Dah!!!"

I just thought I would go out there on a limb and proffer this legal postulation in the Detroit investigations because that is what they said in response to the HouseCanary verdict.

In a statement Thursday night, Quicken Loans CEO Jay Farner said: "Quicken Loans and its parent Rock Holdings Inc. were never parties to the recent litigation between HouseCanary and Amrock, nor is either company subject to any liability in connection with yesterday's verdict announced in the state court in San Antonio, Texas. In addition, Quicken Loans and Rock Holdings Inc. were never a party to the contract at issue and there was never a single claim filed against Quicken Loans or Rock Holdings, Inc. in this lawsuit."

Quicken affiliate hit with $706M verdict

A Quicken Loans affiliate based in Detroit has been ordered to pay $706.2 million after a Texas jury this week found it had taken trade secrets from a real estate data firm, officials announced Thursday.

The case stems from a 2015 contract between Title Source, now known as HouseCanary. The contract was to develop software to provide appraisal as well as real estate valuations, attorneys said in a statement Thursday.

In a statement Thursday, Amrock CEO Jeff Eisenshtadt called the verdict “a travesty of justice” and the company planned to appeal.

Representatives for HouseCanary, which has offices in California, Colorado and Texas, could not be reached for comment Thursday night.

Its lawyers said Title Source declined to pay the company after 18 months of work and sued in Bexar County, Texas, to avoid contract fees for its real estate data, analytics and valuation technology.
Amrock is the nation’s largest independent company offering title insurance, valuations and closing services, its website says.

Through a countersuit HouseCanary alleged the company misappropriated trade secrets, which violated signed agreements governing non-disclosure and limiting use of the information.
“Title Source and its family of companies (including Quicken Loans) wanted access to HouseCanary’s technology and data to develop its own competing analytics and software,” HouseCanary attorneys said Thursday.

In a statement Thursday night, Quicken Loans CEO Jay Farner said: "Quicken Loans and its parent Rock Holdings Inc. were never parties to the recent litigation between HouseCanary and Amrock, nor is either company subject to any liability in connection with yesterday's verdict announced in the state court in San Antonio, Texas. In addition, Quicken Loans and Rock Holdings Inc. were never a party to the contract at issue and there was never a single claim filed against Quicken Loans or Rock Holdings, Inc. in this lawsuit."

After a seven-week trial, a jury on Wednesday awarded HouseCanary $235.4 million for misappropriation of the trade secrets and fraud claims and $471.4 million in punitive damages.

In response to the verdict, Eisenshtadt said: “HouseCanary made several unkept promises leading Amrock to file a contract claim. However, when we asked the court to intervene, a local attorney and professional plaintiff law firm spun a distorted and twisted counterclaim narrative leading a San Antonio jury to an unconscionable result.”

Eisenshtadt added Amrock never received working software from HouseCanary but “wireframes and half-developed apps that were completely unusable by the company. After HouseCanary breached its contract, we ended our relationship with the company and were forced to develop our own tool in-house.”

His company started out as Stewart Title of Michigan in the 1990s before becoming Title Source, according to its website. Last month, the company  It has offices in California, Ohio, Texas and Pennsylvania, with headquarters relocating to Detroit in 2012.

Quicken’s website describes Amrock as among its family of companies and “on the forefront of industry innovation, with a large team dedicated to developing new technology and software.”

Court of Appeal, Second District, Division 5, California.

No. B207861.

    Decided: August 19, 2009

Skousen Law,Robert James Skousen, San Bernardino, James Allen, Los Angeles, and Cindy Tran, for Plaintiff, Cross-defendant and Appellant. No appearance for Defendants, Cross-complainants and Respondents.

Plaintiff was a Nevada corporation duly qualified to transact intrastate business in California when it filed this action in California.   Defendants cross-complained against plaintiff.   While the action was pending, plaintiff converted to a Delaware corporation, changed its name, and obtained a new certificate of qualification to transact intrastate business in California.   The trial court granted defendants' motion to strike the complaint and all responsive pleadings filed after the date of conversion on the ground that plaintiff failed to comply with the conversion requirements set forth in Corporations Code section 1157 1 or notify the court and California's Secretary of State of the corporate changes.   The court entered judgment in favor of defendants on the cross-complaint.

On appeal, plaintiff contends the trial court abused its discretion in striking plaintiff's pleadings because it was a corporation in good standing in its home state, as well as in full compliance with California laws regulating the transaction of business by foreign corporations.   We conclude that plaintiff had the capacity to maintain pending actions under Nevada and Delaware laws, plaintiff was duly qualified to transact intrastate business in California, and section 1157 does not apply to the conversion of a foreign corporation to another foreign business entity.   Therefore, we reverse.

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Friday, March 16, 2018

Detroit Congressional Races Are So Much Fun!

Always remember, chaos is an open, stable and reliable system.

Judge is asked to move up special election for Conyers seat

DETROIT — A judge is hearing arguments in a lawsuit that challenges the 11-month gap between U.S. Rep. John Conyers' resignation and a special election to fill the seat.

Critics say going nearly a year without a member of Congress in the 13th District is unconstitutional.

A Democratic candidate, Michael Gilmore, is asking federal Judge Mark Goldsmith to order an election as soon as possible. Arguments are scheduled for Thursday.

Gov. Rick Snyder set a special election for Nov. 6. The winner would serve until January.

There will be a separate race on the fall ballot for a regular two-year term.

Conyers, a Detroit Democrat, suddenly quit on Dec. 5. He cited health reasons, but the 88-year-old was also accused of sexual harassment.

He denied the allegations.

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