NBC News Exposes Condo Takeovers

NBC News Condo Takeover Schemes featuring Marilyn Mack
Marilyn Mack’s attorney at Greater Boston Legal Services, Nadine Cohen, says what her client is experiencing is “a new kind of takeover scheme that we think is picking up steam.” Greater Boston Legal Services lawyers say they are currently looking into at least six cases like Mack’s in Boston. read more>>.

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Investment Riches Built on Subprime Auto Loans to Poor

Jessica Silver-Greenberg, Michael Corkery
New York Times (NYT)
January 27, 2015
Across the country, there is a booming business in lending to the working poor — those Americans with impaired credit who need cars to get to work. But this market is as much about Wall Street’s perpetual demand for high returns as it is about used cars. An influx of investor money is making more loans possible, but all that money may also be enabling excessive risk-taking that could have repercussions throughout the financial system, analysts and regulators caution. ____ A review by The New York Times of dozens of court records, and interviews with two dozen borrowers, credit analysts, legal aid lawyers and investors, show that some of the companies, which package and sell the loans, are increasingly enabling people at the extreme financial margins to obtain loans to buy cars.

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Hospital aid policies can’t rule out medical bills

Ben Sutherly
Columbus Dispatch
January 25, 2015
Nonprofit hospitals have charity-care policies that let indigent patients receive anesthesia and other services at discounted rates or at no charge. But when nonprofit hospitals contract with for-profit physician practices to provide inpatient services, there are not always similar assurances that needy patients will get financial help. (Featuring Legal Aid Society of Columbus)

Living with a record: How past crimes may drive job seekers into poverty

Stephen Fee
PBS News Hour
January 24, 2015
Applicants with criminal backgrounds, including those with nonviolent criminal convictions or even arrests, are increasingly being driven into poverty. Even if it has been years since they've served time for past criminal infractions, those applying for jobs are often unable to find work -- especially in a climate of extreme job competition. Featuring Community Legal Services of Philadelphia, and the Center for American Progress.

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Civil #LegalAid Storms into 2015

January 26, 2015 Happy New Year to everyone in the Voices for Civil Justice community.  2015 is already off to a strong start for Voices, and today’s update is about something amazing that the JusticeVoices network made happen in the run up to last week’s State of the Union address. When Voices invited members of […]

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Welcome to Voices for Civil Justice

Voices for Civil Justice is a nonpartisan communications hub advancing fairness in America’s legal system. We raise awareness in the media of the vital role of civil legal aid in helping people protect their livelihoods, their health and their families.
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