N.J. firm sues AG Eric Schneiderman over allegations of issuing illegal high interest loans to 9/11 victims awaiting settlements

RDL Legal Funding, LLC, and RD Legal Funding Partners, is a New Jersey company that allegedly charged exorbitant interest rates to 13 sick recovery workers and survivors for cash advances made while awaiting lawsuit settlements. The companies are now suing New York’s attorney general after he ordered the firm to repay $1.6 million to the people they charged, reports Barbara Ross in the New York Daily News.

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman says that loans were made to the 13 victims of the World Trade Center terrorist attack and that the rates charged are usurious and in violation of NY law.

RDL Legal Funding, LLC, and RD Legal Funding Partners maintain through their lawyers that they made purchases of future settlements, not loans, and that they were justified in charging 67% interest rates.

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Five faces, all immigrants, are added to the National September 11 Memorial & Museum

David W. Dunlap of the New York Times reports on five new photographs of those killed on September 11 that have been donated to the National September 11 Memorial & Museum. The photos were found and donated by employees of the Immigration Records and Identity Services Directorate.

There are now photos of Gregorio Manuel Chavez of the Dominican Republic; Kerene Emeline Gordon of Jamaica; Michael William Lomax of the UK; Ching Ping Tung of Hong Kong, all of whom were killed in the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. A photo was also found of Wilfredo S. Mercado of Peru, who was killed in the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center.

The museum still needs photos of Albert Ogletree  and Antonio Dorsey Pratt.

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Occidental College tries to heal campus wounds after attack on 9/11 flag memorial

On the fifteenth anniversary of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, a memorial display of American flags put up by students at Los Angeles’ Occidental College was twice destroyed by protesters. The college is trying to respond, but tensions remain reports Maureen Sullivan in Forbes.

This spring, the  college will host a series of speakers and  documentaries in response to the vandalism.

College privacy regulations prevent the school from publicizing any sanctions against the guilty.

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