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Friday, April 29, 2016

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Archives--April 29, 2003
  Bob Fisher, CLP, Goes to Douglas-Guardian
Signs of a Chill in Fintech Funding?
  by Philip Ryan, Business Insider
New Hires---Promotions in the Leasing Business
  and Related Industries
Leasing Industry Ads---Help Wanted
  Positions Available
FinTech #102 by Brittney Holcomb
   “Search Engine Optimization”
Leasing/Finance Conferences
New York Federal Law Upholds Absolute Guaranty
  By Tom McCurnin, Leasing News Legal Editor
Miles Ahead/April and the Extraordinary World
Joy/Son of Saul/River of Grass
Film/Digital Reviews by Fernando Croce
Shepherd Mix
Portland, Oregon  Adopt-a-Dog
Attorneys Who Specialize in Banking, Finance, & Leasing
News Briefs---
“CIT More Like a Bank” Earnings Report
     To Complete Separation of Commercial Air/Leases
KeyCorp names 18 First Niagara branches to sell
    to resolve antitrust concerns
Marlin Leasing 1st Quarter Press Release
  Total Originations $108.4MM, up 35% over 2015 Q1
Stairway to Heaven: Can Alternative Finance
    Keep Making Dreams Come True?
20% Commission Available to Brokers
   at National Funding
Capital equipment leasing just got cheaper for towns
  Morris County Improvement Authority, New Jersey
Fifth Third seeks Chicago bank deals
 "interested in deal making"
Ex-Im Bank Faces New Hurdle as Senator Blocks Board Nominees 
  Standoff Prevents Financing Deals of more than $10 Million
'American Idol' Owner Files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy
  has $398 million in debt

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Archives--April 29, 2003
Bob Fisher, CLP, Goes to Douglas-Guardian

Mr. Fisher began his career with The CIT Group/Sales Financing Inc. holding various sales, credit and management positions throughout his 20 plus year tenure. Bob has been active in professional organizations, currently serving as the Immediate Past-President of UAEL.

He was with New Era in Illinois, who became Datronics, and when they went out of business, started Fisher-Anderson in Des Moines, Iowa. When Marcap ended funding and then took of the portfolio, he started Firerock Financial.


Bob Fisher, CLFP
Sr. VP, Business Development
Ascentium Capital
CLFP Foundation



Signs of a Chill in Fintech Funding?
by Philip Ryan, Business Insider

Fintech funding is booming. The first quarter of 2016 may have seen no IPOs, but it saw more funding than ever — $5.3 billion, 67% more than the same period last year, according to Accenture.

But there are signs a chill may be in the air.

At the Empire Startups Fintech Conference this week in New York, Matt Harris, managing partner at Bain Capital Ventures, battled paint fumes and a largely uncaffeinated crowd to deliver good news, but also a warning: While overall FinTech funding is increasing, smaller fundings are on the decline.

Overall funding for 2015 hit $9.1 billion, according to data from Bain Capital. That’s triple the $2.7 billion raised in 2013, and the average deal size has tripled in that period as well. But there is one area where 2013 is superior to 2015 — more smaller fundings. A detail from a Bain Capital slide illustrating this is below.

“Smaller fundings are the seed corn of the industry,” Harris said, noting that when these begin to dry up, it is a sign that the rest could follow. In other words, we could be seeing FinTech start to reverse itself — but it hasn’t yet.

But market watchers should not ignore Harris’s warning. Yes, the mega fundings are great, but not as good as a sign for the future of FinTech as a large number of smaller deals.



New Hires---Promotions in the Leasing Business
and Related Industries

Thomas Alberti was hired as President, White Horse Equipment Finance Resources, LLC, New York, New York. He is based in the greater Milwaukee area. Previously, he was Senior Vice President, Johnson Bank (June, 1997 – March, 2016); Division Manager, SP Financial Div., SPX Corporation (October, 1987 – December, 1993); Vice President, Sanwa Business Credit Corp., Inc. (The Sanwa Bank Ltd.) (1984 – 1986); Vice President, Marine Bank (1976 – 1983). Education: University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Finance (1969 – 1972).

Matthew Brozek was hired as a Sales Executive for Cloud Lending Solutions, San Mateo, California; he is based out of El Dorado Hills, California. Previously, he was Sales Manager, Wells Fargo Home Mortgage (November, 2009-April, 2016); Regional Sales Representative, B2B Sales, Sterling Infosystems (March, 2008 – November, 2009); President, River Oak Capital, Inc. (March, 2005 – March, 2008); Languages: English, Spanish. Education: California State University, Sacramento, Bachelor’s Degree, Business Administration-Finance, 3.5 GPA

Bill Conley was hired as Director of Credit at Lendeavor, San Francisco, California.  He is based in the Greater Boston area. Previously, he was VP Operations, Healthcare Professional Funding (February, 2001-April, 2016); Credit Manager, TimePayment Corp. (April, 2009 – March, 2011); Risk Manager, GE Healthcare Financial Services, GE Commercial Finance (January, 2004 – January, 2009); Underwriting Risk Manager,  HPSC Inc., GE Commercial Finance (1993 – 2004); Underwriting Manager, Healthco, Int. (1979 – 1993). Education: Merrimack College, B.S., Business Administration (1982 – 1987) Obtained degree in continuing education on the G.I. Bill at night while working full-time. Previously obtained A.S. at Bunker Hill Community College also at night.

James Drake was hired as Financial Health and Wellness Sales - Western Equipment Finance, Greater New York City Area.  Previously, he was National Sales Manager, Geneva Capital, LLC (February, 2013 – June, 2014); Director of Sales, Reliable Capital Source, LLC (January, 2009 – January, 2013); Sr. Business Development Officer, Popular Equipment Finance (June, 2007 – November, 2008); Inside Sales, US Express Leasing (November, 2004 – June, 2007). Education: Quinnipiac University, Master’s Degree, Business Administration and Management, General (2000 – 2004); Activities and Societies: Rugby Team. Management group, 5 Year MBA program, Intramural sports.

Tim Hughes was hired as a member of the Business Development team for North Star Leasing Company, Burlington, Vermont. "Tim comes to the company with over 10 years of experience in the equipment finance industry. His broad range of experiences with sales, documentation, and collections brings a wealth of knowledge to the team.  He will be focusing on building programs to help vendors and their customers find the best equipment financing programs. Tim is a native Vermonter who graduated from McGill University. In his spare time, you'll find his feet in a river with a fishing pole in his hands." 

Jim Kelley was hired as "Leader for the new Wells Fargo Vendor Financial Services Group, based in Irving, Texas, which includes the combined GE and Wells Fargo vendor platforms. He leads a team of approximately 1,100 team members across the U.S." Previously, he was at GE Capital, where he started 1999 as General Manager, Trade Payables Services; promoted, 2002 to General Manager, Express Financial Services; promoted, 2004, Managing Director, Energy Commercial Solutions; promoted, 2006, Senior Managing Director, Capital Solutions; promoted 2010, General Manger, Vendor Finance; promoted 2012, New Relationship Development Leader, Equipment Finance & Commercial Leader, Vendor Programs. Education: University of Notre Dame, Finance (1981 – 1985). Methacton High School.

Cort O'Haver was promoted to President of Umpqua Bank, the largest
Oregon-based bank, after serving six years of serving as Umpqua's president of commercial banking.  He was instrumental in the bank acquiring Financial Pacific in 2013 from Flexpoint Ford, LLC.  He is "...known for adding international banking, equipment leasing and debt capital market services to Umpqua's lending roster. And, in a nod to what could be on the horizon for Umpqua, he's also managed geographic expansion into new markets"..." (He’s) excelled operationally, financially and culturally as president of commercial banking, and has been instrumental in working with me to advance Umpqua’s unique vision and value proposition,” said Ray Davis, president and CEO of Umpqua Holdings Corp., in a release."..." (He) served as its Executive Vice President from March 2010 to August 2013. Mr. O’Haver served as Senior Executive Vice President of Umpqua Holdings Corporation and Umpqua Bank from August 2013 to April 2014. He served as Senior Executive Vice President of Umpqua Bank since August 2013. He served as an Executive Vice President of Commercial Banking at Umpqua Holdings Corporation and Executive Vice President at Umpqua Bank from March 2010 to August 2013. He served as Director of Corporate Banking, Corporate Banking Manager and Executive Vice President of Mechanics Bank. He served at U.S. BanCorp. as Senior Vice President of Northwest and Northern California Regional Manager, Real Estate Banking. Mr. O’Haver has been a Trustee of Mutual of Enumclaw Insurance Co. Inc. since September 28, 2015."

Pamela Rossignol was hired as Program Manager, Balboa Capital, Irvine, California.  She is based out of Jacksonville, Florida. Previously, she was Regional Sales Manager, Ascentium Capital (July, 2014 – April, 2016); Regional Manager, Balboa Capital (April, 2012 – July, 2014); Sales Director, Cybex International (2000 – 2005). Education: University of Maine.

Mike Wasko was hired by North Star Leasing as a Business Development Specialist. “He is a native Vermonter who was born and raised in Colchester. Mike attended Stonehill College, graduating with a degree in finance and minor in economics. He has extensive sales experience with the Essex Asset Management Group and W.B. Mason. Mike thoroughly enjoys being a coach for the Bases Loaded Bulldogs U13 baseball travel team, being involved in the outdoors, hunting, biking, fishing and running marathons. He and his wife are expecting their first child in September."

Jeremy Wolocki was promoted to Assistant Vice President at First American Equipment Finance, Rochester, New York. He joined the firm, October, 2014, as Sales Analyst. Previously, he was Services and Solutions Executive, Xerox (October, 2013 – October, 2014); Marketing Internship, Hearing Evaluation Services (August, 2012 – December, 2012); Maintenance Manager, Seabreeze Amusement Park (June, 2007 – August, 2012); Advertising Manager, Generation Magazine (August, 2011 – May, 2012). Education: State University of New York at Buffalo, Communication

David Zgrabik was hired as Senior Vice President at WNB Specialty Finance, Columbus, Ohio.  Previously, he was Vice President, Capital One Equipment Finance Corp. (April, 2013 – February, 2016); Vice President, SunTrust Equipment Finance & Leasing Corp. (2003 – March, 2013); Vice President, GE Capital (1997 – 2003); Vice President, Banc One Leasing Corporation (1989 – 1997); Vice President, Huntington Leasing Company (1977 – 1989);
Education: Cleveland State University, BBA, Accounting, Xavier University, MBA, Finance.



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FinTech #102 by Brittney Holcomb
Search Engine Optimization

With more than 50% of searches being done on mobile devices in 2015, it is more imperative than ever for third party originators to take advantage of local Search Engine Optimization (SEO) in 2016.

SEO is a marketing tactic that allows local businesses, including banks, brokers, funders, lenders, lessors, and vendors to promote their services to nearby searchers.

With mobile search becoming a huge part of Local SEO, being listed properly in the right places will help your potential client not only find you faster, but in more cases, lead to closing the deal.

Within the last few months, Google unveiled its new search setting for local search. Now local businesses that are locally optimized will show above organic search results, for searches based in their location. You have the opportunity to show up in search results above national banks, brokers, funders, lenders and vendors! What more convincing do you need than that?

Your competition is most likely already doing it. So when a client is looking for funding, would you rather have them find you or your competitor?

Now with the local update, users will see local businesses pop up above national businesses. Let’s break this down a bit more - do you recognize this pop screen?

This is how Google determines which local results to present a user with based on their current location.

Google is pushing towards showing users more localized results, so they have started to base all searches on a user’s location and businesses that are within the proximity of that user.

The main factor here is convenience. Even their desktop version has adopted the mobile interface.

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What Are the Real Benefits?

More visibility online = more traffic to you. Which in turn hopefully will convert into more business.

Local SEO allows you the opportunity to also build up your local outreach and network with clients, vendors, referrals, and perhaps even previous clients located around you. Face to face networking is great, but the internet brings to you the attention of those looking for equipment, loans, working capital, and vendors who you don’t meet at networking events.

I’ve seen campaigns built around both attracting more direct clients and campaigns built around attracting more vendor and other referrals. Determine which audience you want to target and then develop your local strategy on what keywords or phrases those particular consumers are using to search online.

Where to Get Started

First and foremost once you have defined your target audience, depending on the financial products you offer or which industry you specialize in, you will need to determine what keywords you select to optimize your website for.

For example for an equipment leasing company who wishes to do more business with construction companies, they might optimize for keywords “construction equipment financing”, “heavy equipment financing”, or even as specific as “dump truck financing”

Now local search volume for each of these keywords also plays a large role in whether or not they are worth targeting. There are plenty of free keyword research tools out there, but I like to stay as close to Google as possible, so I pull all my keyword search volume research from Google’s Keyword Planner tool. This will give you insight as to how many people are searching for any keyword on a monthly basis in your area.

Once you have determined what keywords/phrases to optimize your website for, you can move forward with the essential Local SEO checklist:

___ Claim your ‘My Business’ page on Google

___ Website on-page optimization for local search

___ Make your website is mobile friendly. You can test to see if your website is mobile friendly, here: Google Webmaster Tools Mobile Friendly Test

___ Build local citations

___ Gain consumer reviews (always a plus!)

___ Build local backlinks (always a plus!)

___ Claim all your business social pages (Google+, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter)

When it comes to optimizing your website for Local SEO, it is best practice to hire or consult an SEO company about what steps to take. I strongly advise against doing it yourself if you are not familiar with the SEO playing field. There are a lot of restrictions and rules when it comes to properly optimizing your site for search engines and you wouldn’t want your site penalized for not following proper guidelines.

Brittney Holcomb is the Director Of Paid Search at The Finance Marketing Group. She works exclusively with finance companies and banks to help better develop their business online through digital marketing strategies. Brittney has been trained by some of the top leaders in the industry giving her a vast knowledge she is able to pass along to her client base.

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Leasing/Finance Conferences --- 2016


36th Annual AGLF Conference
Racing Toward Excellence in Public Finance
Wednesday, May 4 – Friday, May 6, 2016

Omni Charlotte Hotel, Charlotte, North Carolina

Conference Information
Message from the Chairman
Preliminary Agenda
Keynote Bio: Chris Taylor
Keynote Bio: Charlie Wittmack
Keynote Bio: Mark Vitner 

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Sponsorship Opportunities

Thursday Night Event
Need for Speed Event at the NASCAR Hall of Fame
Sponsored by Capital One Public Funding, LLC
Late Night with AGLF - Drinks and Dessert at the Omni Charlotte Hotel

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Hotel Reservations
Travel Information
Things to do in Charlotte



September 16-17, 2016
2016 Eastern Regional Meeting
Cincinnati Airport Marriott
Hebron, KY
Conference Chair:
Rodny Blecha, Precision Leasing



Second Annual Conference
Announcing Our Second Annual 
October 4th - 6th, 2016
Red Rock Casino & Resort
Las Vegas, Nevada

Christopher "Kit" Menkin, Leasing News, will be speaking
at the  “Reporters Viewpoint” panel discussion to address the whole conference about the state of the leasing industry.

Over 300 of the nation’s top commercial loan, leasing and mortgage brokers will be converging on Red Rock Resorts on October 4-6 to meet the top lenders and service providers that cater to the brokerage community. These brokers are responsible for over $5 billion in small business and commercial financing each year.

This NACLB annual conference will provide education and networking between brokers lenders and service providers.

However, the primary benefit of the conference will be to provide enormous growth opportunities for both brokers and bankers to grow their loan portfolios and increase revenues and profits.

Now is your chance to get DEAL FLOW, QUALITY ISO’s and COMMERCIAL BROKERS
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October 5 – 7
Chicago, Illinois



October 23 -25th
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October 23 – 26
Las Vegas, Nevada
(75% of exhibit space/sponsorship booked)


November 11-12, 2016
2016 Western Regional Meeting
Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Anaheim-Orange County
Orange, CA


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New York Federal Law Upholds Absolute Guaranty
By Tom McCurnin
Leasing News Legal Editor

Case Underscores Why a New York Choice of Law
in a Guaranty Might Be a Good Idea

136 Field Point Holding Co. LLC v. Invar Intern. Holding, Inc., 2015 WL 1254846 (SD NY 2015). 

Alexander and Tanya Razinski, held themselves out as multi-millionaires, and lived in a luxury, waterfront mansion in Greenwich, Connecticut. But it is rented. The Razinskis promised to leave the mansion at the end of the lease's term, but didn’t. The Razinskis promised to pay a hold-over payment if they occupied the house beyond the lease term, but refused to pay. Razinski’s corporation “absolutely and unconditionally” promised to pay if the Razinskis failed to do so. But it refused to pay. The landlord sued the guarantor, and wisely ignored the Razinskis in the suit. 

It is a fundamental principal of guaranties that a guarantor’s liability can be no greater than the principal’s liability. Here, the principals, Alexander and Tanya Razinski, agreed to pay a penalty of $1 million dollars if they didn’t vacate. Say what you want about commercial deals, but sounds like an unenforceable penalty to me. 

So the question for the New York court was whether, in the face of a clearly unenforceable penalty, the guarantor can assume a liability greater than that of the principal. The answer is “yes” under New York law. 

I’m not so sure the answer would be the same in another State, in light of the extreme penalty imposed on the principal here, a payment of $1 million dollars for being a day late. 

The court’s analysis was simple. Under New York law, absolute and unconditional guaranties can preclude guarantors from asserting a broad range of defenses under New York law, and are consistently upheld by New York courts. Indeed, unconditional guaranties have been held to foreclose, as a matter of law, guarantors from asserting any defenses or counterclaims whatsoever. Thus, the guarantor was precluded from arguing the clearly illegal penalty imposed on the two principals. The court noted that the guarantor’s argument is akin to a dishonest child's claim that her fingers were crossed behind her back when she made a promise. 

What are the lessons here for the equipment lessor?

First, while I consistently maintain that California has some of the best creditors’ rights statutes and decisions out there, lessors and their counsel should consider using a New York choice of law in guaranties. This doesn’t mean a New York forum selection clause, but a New York choice of law.

Second, unconditional and absolute guaranties are enforced in New York, even in the face of what I considered to an illegal penalty. I suppose under New York law, a guarantor could guaranty a debt for gambling, drugs, or prostitution.

The bottom line is that for litigating guaranty claims, New York law is probably the best choice.

136 Field Point Holding Co LLC v Invar Intern Holding (5 pages)

Tom McCurnin is a partner at Barton, Klugman & Oetting
in Los Angeles, California.

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Fernando's View
By Fernando F. Croce

A bravura biopic ("Miles Ahead") and magical animation ("April and the Extraordinary World") come to theaters, while DVD releases include an offbeat comedy-drama ("Joy"), a harrowing look at the Holocaust ("Son of Saul"), and the rediscovery of a striking debut ("River of Grass").

In Theaters:

Miles Ahead (Sony Pictures Classics): Don Cheadle both directs and gives a boldly layered performance in this intriguing biopic about legendary jazz musician Miles Davis. Eschewing the genre's conventional arcs, the film mainly centers on Davis during the late 1970s, when he experiences visions of his x-wife Frances (Emayatzy Corinealdi) and deals with a magazine writer (Ewan McGregor) working on an article about his industry comeback. Structuring the story as a series of invigoratingly jumbled leaps between past and present, reality and fantasy, Cheadle avoids many of the solemn cliches associated with biopics about great artists. The result is not merely a showcase for an actor's outstanding impression, but also a bravura narrative experiment that offers its own cinematic impressionism to visualize the risky adventure of jazz.

April and the Extraordinary World (Gkids): Proving once more that American or Japanese studios don't hold a monopoly on magical animation, this French-Belgian-Canadian fantasy thriller overflows with originality and freshness. Set in the 1940s in an alternate universe in which Europe is a vast, dust-covered industrial world and a war for American lumber rages on, the film centers on April (voiced by Marion Cotillard), an orphan girl who, with the help of a talking cat named Darwin (Philippe Katerine), must venture from Paris to Berlin. Not an easy task, especially as hot-air balloons and spinning contraptions fill the air, and a mysterious dark cloud creeps in the distance, seemingly capturing the world's most intelligent minds. With a sense of marvel that brings to mind the Tintin comic-strip or Jules Verne's adventures, this is a thrilling joy to behold.

Netflix Tip: Though best remembered by younger viewers for her role in the sitcom "Everybody Loves Raymond," Doris Roberts (1925-2016) had been a busy character actress for several decades. So check out Netflix some of her best roles, which include "A New Leaf" (1971), "Hester Street" (1975) and "National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation" (1989).


Joy (Fox): Director David O. Russell and star Jennifer Lawrence team up again to recapture the magic of their Oscar-winning “Silver Linings Playbook” in this rollicking comedy-drama, loosely based on the real-life story of Joy Mangano. Lawrence stars as Joy, a struggling divorced mother who remains determined to follow her dreams in the face of daunting odds. As she tries to hold her family together, she stumbles upon a new invention—the Miracle Mop—and sets out to make her fortune on shopping TV channels. With her father (Robert De Niro) engaged to a demanding businesswoman and her mother (Diane Ladd) addicted to soap operas, Joy risks bankruptcy and reaches out to a network executive (Bradley Cooper). The result is an offbeat ode to the American Dream and to the inspired loonies forever chasing it.

Son of Saul (Sony): The Oscar for last year’s Best Foreign Language Picture went to this harrowing Hungarian drama, which employs a suffocating style to depict the unimaginable horrors of the Holocaust. Unfolding in the Auschwitz concentration camp during the Nazi rule, the story follows Saul (Geza Rohrig), a Jewish prisoner who stays alive by helping the soldiers burn the bodies of dead prisoners. Things take a sharp turn, however, when he discovers the body of a boy who he’s convinced is his son. Determined with finding some sliver of moral sense in the midst of this horrifying scenario, Saul becomes obsessed with giving the boy a proper burial—but can he himself remain safe during this mission? With a constantly roving camera, director Laszlo Nemes creates a challenging, relentlessly intense study of survival. With subtitles.

River of Grass (Oscilloscope): Known for dour studies of people on the margins of society, indie director Kelly Reichardt ("Meek's Cutoff") made her feature debut in this wry, unpredictable drama from 1994, at last available on DVD. The story charts the peculiar affair between Cozy (Lisa Bowman), a bored Florida housewife, and Lee (Larry Fessenden), a homeless man she meets at a local bar. Having long fantasized about a more exciting life, Cozy impulsively embarks on a spree with Lee, a decision that grows increasingly dangerous as the two come to believe they're guilty of murder. Will their journey lead to a new life, or just another dead end? Resembling a lovers-on-the-lam tale like "Bonnie and Clyde" and "Badlands," Reichardt's striking film already showcases her austere compassion while also adding an uncharacteristic dash of satire.



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Attorneys Who Specialize in
Banking, Finance, and Leasing

Birmingham, Alabama
The lawyers of Marks & Associates, P.C. have over 30 years experience in dealing with virtually every type of equipment financing and are recognized throughout the industry for prompt, practical solutions and exemplary service. They offer cost-conscious, effective lease enforcement and good counsel. 
California, National: city: Riverside 
Ellen Stern - get results, reasonable pricing; numerous industry contacts, nearly 30 yrs SoCal, 20 yrs equip.: CFL license specialist, documentation, work-outs, litigated collections, recoveries; deal-maker. 

Kenneth C. Greene

Leasing and Financial consultant, active in several leasing
associations, as well as involved in music and film production inLA.  Mention "Leasing News" for a free consultation.
Skype: 424.235.1658
Connecticut, Southern New England: 
EVANS, FELDMAN & BOYER, LLC Collections, litigation, documentation, portfolio sales and financing, bankruptcy. We represent many of the national and local leasing companies doing business in this state. Past chairman EAEL legal committee. Competitive rates. 
Los Angeles/Santa Monica
Hemar & Associates, Attorneys at Law
Specialists in legal assistance, including debt collection, equipment recovery, litigation for 35 years. Fluent in Spanish. 
Tel: 310-829-1948 
Los Angeles, Southern CA 
Seasoned attorney representing secured creditors in auto finance and truck/equipment lease industry.  Bankruptcy and State Court litigation.   Vincent V. Frounjian (818) 990-0605or email:

Encino, California: Statewide “ELFA” 
Hemar, Rousso & Heald, LLP 30 yr excellent reputation Lessor representation commercial litigationdebt collection, and bankruptcy.
Call Stephen E. Jenkins Esq (818) 501-3800

Los Angeles, Statewide: CA.     "ELFA" Aggressive creditors rights law firm specializing in equipment leasing handling collection matters on a contingency, fixed fee or hourly cbasis. 

Los Angeles, Statewide: CA      "ELFA"
Practice limited to collections, bankruptcy and problem accounts resolution. Decades of experience. 10-lawyer firm dedicated to serving you. Call Ronald Cohn, Esq. (818)591-2121 or email. Email:   

Los Angeles- Statewide, CA
Lawyer specializing in banking and leasing issues statewide. Documents and litigation. 
Tom McCurnin, Barton, Klugman & Oetting. Voice: (213) 617-6129 
Cell:(213) 268-8291

California & National

Paul Bent – More than 35 years experience in all forms of equipment leasing, secured lending, and asset based transactions. Financial analysis, deal structuring, contract negotiations, documentation, private dispute resolution, expert witness services. 
(562) 426-1000

Kevin E. Trabaris: Concentrates his practice in the areas of commercial finance, corporate and business transactions. Extensive experience representing banks, financial companies, equipment lessors, insurers and other funding and intermediary entities and borrowers in connection with thousands of business financing matters. He has handled everything from small ticket transactions to billion dollar syndicated loans, real estate financing to asset-based facilities.
Work: 312.667.1354
Cell: 847.840.4687

Law Firm - Service, Dallas, TX. "ELFA"
Mayer regularly practices in leasing, secured financing, project development and finance and corporate finance. 
Massachusetts (collection/litigation coast to coast) 
Modern Law Group focuses its practice on collections, lease enforcement and asset recovery. For the past five years, our attorneys have helped clients recover millions of dollars. We are able to cover your needs coast to coast.

Michael J. Witt, experienced bank, finance, and leasing attorney, also conducts Portfolio Audits. Previously he was Managing Counsel, Wells Fargo & Co. (May, 2003 – September, 2008); Senior Vice President & General Counsel, Advanta Business Services (May, 1988 – June, 1997) Tel: (515) 223-2352 Cell: (515) 868-1067

National:  The OMEGA Network Group-nationwide legal representation of small and mid ticket equipment lessors-flat fee bankruptcy & replevin, contingent collection, 
billable litigation (704-969-3280)

National: Coston & Rademacher: Business attorneys serving the lease-finance industry since 1980. Transactional, documentation, corporate/finance, workouts, litigation, bankruptcy, portfolio management. Chicago-based national practice. Jim Coston, CLP (Members: ELFA, NEFA). 

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     1749 - Benjamin Franklin on the banks of the Schuylkill River, Philadelphia, PA, became the first person to cook by electricity. He wrote: “A turkey is to be killed for our dinner by the electrical shock and roasted by the electrical jack, before a fire kindled by the electrified bottle.”
    1845 - Macon B. Allen and Robert Morris, Jr., become the first African-American lawyers admitted to the bar in Massachusetts.
    1852 - Peter Roget's Thesaurus was published for the first time.  The original edition had 15,000 words, and each new edition has been larger.  The Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum houses the original manuscript in its collection.
    1854 - The first college for African-American students was the Ashmun Institute, Chester County, PA. It was named after Jeshudi Ashmun, the reorganizer of the colony of Liberia. In 1966, the college name was changed to Lincoln University.
    1861 – The Maryland House of Delegates voted against secession from the Union.
    1863 – Publisher William Randolph Hearst (d. 1951) was born in San Francisco.  He built the nation's largest newspaper chain and whose methods profoundly influenced American journalism.  Hearst entered the publishing business in 1887 after taking control of The San Francisco Chronicle from his father. Moving to New York City, he acquired The New York Journal and engaged in a bitter circulation war with Joseph Pulitzer’s New York World that led to the creation of yellow journalism—sensationalized stories of dubious veracity. Acquiring more newspapers, Hearst created a chain that numbered nearly 30 papers in major American cities at its peak. He later expanded to magazines, creating the largest newspaper and magazine business in the world.
    1873 - Eli Hamilton Janney of Alexandria, VA, obtained a patent on an “improvement in car-couplings.” Eventually every railroad coupler with which every railroad car in the United States, Canada, and Mexico was equipment with his invention.
    1899 - Jazz pianist, composer and bandleader Edward Kennedy (Duke) Ellington (d. 1974) was born in Washington, DC. He made his first professional appearance as a jazz pianist in 1916, and two years later formed his first band. After appearances in Harlem nightclubs, Duke Ellington's orchestra became one of the most famous jazz bands, and remained so for more than 50 years. Some of Ellington's best-known songs include "Take the A Train," "Mood Indigo," "Solitude" and "Sophisticated Lady." He also wrote a number of concert works including "Creole Rhapsody" and "Black, Brown and Beige." Ellington made hundreds of recordings before his death in 1974.
    1901 - For the first and only time, the Kentucky Derby was run in April instead of May. The winning cold was “His Eminence,” ridden by Jimmy Winkfeld. Sannazarro finished second, a length-and-a-half back.    
    1902 – Baltimore Orioles infielder John McGraw was hit five times, but home plate umpire Jack Sheridan refused to allow him to take first base. In the 9th inning, McGraw was hit again and sat down in the batter’s box in protest. American League president Ban Johnson suspended McGraw for five games.
    1910 - The temperature at Kansas City, MO, soared to 95 degrees to establish a record for the month of April. Four days earlier the afternoon high in Kansas City was 44 degrees, following a record cold morning low of 34 degrees.
    1913 - The zipper was invented about 1906 by Gideon Sundback of Hoboken, NJ, an inventor of Swedish ancestry, who obtained a patent on this day for his “separable fasteners.” His design consisted of two flexible tapes, each of which carried a row of metal teeth with tiny hooks, and a slider that locked the two rows of hooks together. This fastener was improved upon by later patents on March 20 and October 16, 1917, which were assigned to the Hookless Fastener Company of Meadville, PA, under the name “Talon.” The first manufactured garments to incorporate zippers were rubber boots made by the B.F. Goodrich Company in 1923. Prior to this all clothes used buttons exclusively. The term “zipper” was coined by the English novelist Gilbert Frankau, who saw the device at a promotional luncheon and explained “Zip! It's Open! Zip! It's closed!” The first fashion designer to use zippers was Elsa Schiaparelli, who added them to garments in her 1930 collection.
    1918 - Ace of Aces, Captain Edward Vernon Rickenbacker’s, of Columbus, OH, first victory took place in the Baussant region, in the Toul sector, France. He was credited with 26 victories, including 22 airplanes and four balloons.
    1918 – Pro football coaching legend George Allen (d. 1990) was born in Nelson County, VA.   Inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2002, Allen coached the LA Rams and Washington redskins over 17 years, compiling a .712 winning percentage that included 1972 NFC Championship.  Edward Bennett Williams, the Redskins' president, once famously said, "George was given an unlimited budget and he exceeded it." In ending Allen's second stint as the Rams' head coach after only two preseason games in 1978, Carroll Rosenbloom said, "I made a serious error of judgment in believing George could work within our framework." and "He got unlimited authority and exceeded it.”
    1923 – The Yankees signed 20-year-old prospect Lou Gehrig to a contract paying him a salary of $2,000 and a bonus of $1,500. Yankees scout Paul Krichell had watched the Columbia University 1B blast a 450-foot home run against NYU one day earlier.
    1927 - Birthday of tenor saxophone Big Jay McNeely, born Cecil James McNeely, Watts, Ca.
    1931 - British skiffle musician Lonnie Donegan (d. 2002) birthday, born Anthony James Donegan in Scotland.  His biggest North American hit was 1961's "Does Your Chewing Gum Lose Its Flavor (On the Bedpost Over Night)."
    1933 - Birthday of guitarist Willie Nelson, Abbott, TX.  Musician, singer, songwriter, author, poet, actor, and activist.  The critical success of the album “Shotgun Willie” (1973), combined with the critical and commercial success of “Red Headed Stranger” (1975) and “Stardust” (1978), made Nelson one of the most recognized artists in country music. Nelson has acted in over 30 films, co-authored several books, and has been involved in activism for the use of biofuels and the legalization of marijuana.
    1934 - Guitarist Otis Rush was born Philadelphia, MS.
    1936 – Singer April Stevens was born Carol LoTempio in Niagara Falls, NY.  She is best known for her 1963 recording of "Deep Purple" with her brother Antonino LoTempio (singing under the name Nino Tempo). It reached #1 on the Hot 100 on 16 November 1963, and No.17 in the British charts. The song won the 1963 Grammy Award for Best Rock and roll Recording.  It sold over one million copies, and was awarded a gold disc.
    1941 - The Boston Bees agreed to rename the National League team the Braves, the name they used prior to 1935.
    1945 - The 522nd Field Artillery Battalion, part of the most decorated regiment in the history of the U.S. military (the 442nd regimental combat team), added another first to the history books. They liberated the remaining prisoners of the infamous Nazi death camp, Dachau. The 522nd was made up entirely of second generation Japanese-Americans (Nisei).
    1951 - Marguerite Higgins won the Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting and Journalism. Her book, “War in Korea,” became a best-seller.  Among the many newspaper articles she wrote were the first report of the German death camps at the end of World War II, which won the Pulitzer Prize for Journalism in 1951. She was the first American to enter the Dachau death camp on 04-29-1945, in advance of military troops. From her dispatch filed that day: "Tattered, emaciated men, weeping, yelling and shouting ‘Long Live America' (in about 16 languages) swept toward the gate in a mob. Those who could not walk limped or crawled... at least a thousand prisoners were killed the night before... the barracks like those at Buchenwald (which she had also entered early) had the stench of death and sickness... the starving and dying lay virtually on top of each other in quarters where 1,200 men occupied a space intended for the crematorium itself were hooks on which the S.S. men hung their victims when they wished to flog them or to use any of the other torture instruments... Many of the living were so frail it seemed impossible they could still be holding on to life." More women were killed by the Germans in the concentration camps than men - and women were subjected to rape and other sexual tortures as well. So many of the Nazi doctors seemed fascinated by women's reproductive abilities and performed unspeakable horrors on pregnant women. She died in Washington, D.C. on January 3, 1966 of a disease which she apparently contracted while in Vietnam. On September 14, 2002, a stamp was issued to commemorate her life.
    1951 - Top Hits
“If” - Perry Como
“Mockingbird Hill” - Patti Page
“Would I Love You” - Patti Page
“The Rhumba Boogie” - Hank Snow
    1952 - Birthday of Dale Earnhardt (d. 2001), stock car racer, Kannapolis, NC. He was one of NASCAR's most popular personalities, winning the Winston Cup seven times. He was killed while driving in the Daytona 500 at Daytona Beach. 
    1953 - "Coke Time with Eddie Fisher" began its TV and radio run on NBC-TV and Mutual radio. Fisher, a popular performer, was seen and heard on more TV and radio stations in 1954 than any other entertainer. Oh, my! (Papa)
    1954 - Ernest Borgnine made his network television debut in "Night Visitor" on "Ford Theatre" on NBC-TV. The versatile film ("Marty") star would later become a sitcom sensation in "McHale's Navy" with comedian Tim Conway on CBS and, later, as a helicopter owner in "Airwolf".,+Ernest
    1954 - Miles Davis Sextet records “Walkin'” (Prestige)
    1958 - Ted Williams becomes the tenth major league player to get 1,000 extra-base hits.
    1958 - "The Witch Doctor" goes to No.1 on Billboard's pop charts. The singer's voice was recorded at various speeds, mainly very fast. Songwriter and singer Ross Bagdasarian (who recorded under the name David Seville) topped the charts again at the end of the year with "The Chipmunk Song," sung by his dubbed voice at very fast speed, and this time the singers were: the Chipmunks.
    1959 - Top Hits
“Come Softly to Me” - The Fleetwoods
(Now and Then There's) “A Fool Such as I” - Elvis Presley
“Guitar Boogie Shuffle” - The Virtues
“White Lightning” - George Jones
    1959 - UNIVAC, the electronic computer that was the size of a house, actually picked four out of six winners at Churchill Downs in Louisville, KY. The electronic brain set a record for right choices in horse races. Of course, the winners all paid 2-1 or even odds, so it didn't win much. But, most of us don't...
    1960 - Dick Clark told a House of Representatives investigating committee looking into the payola scandal that he, the host of "American Bandstand", never took payola for records featured on his daily TV show. Clark would, however, relinquish rights to music publishing that he owned. The value of those rights, Clark indicated 30 years later, amounted to about $80 million.
    1961 - “Spanning the globe ... to bring you the constant variety of sport, the constant variety of human competition, the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat. This is ABC's Wide World of Sports.” A Saturday afternoon sports program began its long run on ABC-TV. The show, featuring Jim McKay as host, along with Howard Cosell, Frank Gifford, Al Michaels, Jack Whitaker, Heywood Hale Broun and others, was not an immediate hit. Although Roone Arledge's vision of a worldwide window on televised sports got off to a slow start, "ABC's Wide World of Sports" became one of TV's most popular and enduring programs.
    1963 - Andrew Loog Oldham signed the Rolling Stones to a management contract. He had seen them perform the previous night at the Crawdaddy Club in Richmond, England.
    1967 - Top Hits
“Somethin' Stupid” - Nancy Sinatra & Frank Sinatra
“A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You” - The Monkees
“Sweet Soul Music” - Arthur Conley
“Need You” - Sonny James
    1967 - Aretha Franklin's "Respect" is released.
    1967 - Cindy Birdsong makes her stage debut with The Supremes at The Hollywood Bowl, replacing the increasingly unreliable Florence Ballard.
    1967 - Muhammad Ai was stripped of his world heavyweight boxing championship when he refused to be inducted into military service. Said Ali, “I have searched my conscience, and I find I cannot be true to my belief in my religion by accepting such a call.” He had claimed exemption as a minister of the Black Muslim religion. Convicted of violating the Selective Service Act but the Supreme Court reversed this decision in 1971.
    1968 - "Hair" made its way from Greenwich Village to Broadway. The show certainly opened eyes. It was the first time that actors appeared nude in a Broadway musical. "Hair" ran for 1,844 shows on and off Broadway. It was even more successful in its London run later. Big songs from the show: "Hair" (The Cowsills) and "Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In" (The 5th Dimension).
    1969 - Sir Duke, Duke Ellington, celebrated his 70th birthday. He was honored with the presentation of the Medal of Freedom, the U.S. government's highest civilian honor.
    1971 - Bill Graham declared his intention to close down the East and West Coast versions of his "rock ballroom," The Fillmore.
    1972 - A Detroit, Michigan band called Gallery enters the Billboard Hot 100 with "Nice To Be With You", which will rise to #4 during its 13 week run. They will follow with two more Top 20 hits, "I Believe in Music" (#22) and "Big City Miss Ruth Ann" (#23) over the next eight months.
    1973 - More than 15,000 people attending a Rock concert by Elvin Bishop, Canned Heat, Buddy Miles and Fleetwood Mac are routed from a baseball stadium in Stockton, California, by police firing tear-gas canisters. More than 80 people, including 28 police officers, are hurt and fifty arrests are made.
    1973 - The Mississippi River reached a crest of 43.4 feet, breaking the previous record of 42 feet established in 1785.
    1974 - Phil Donahue's TV show was on the move. "Donahue" was moving to Chicago, IL, where it would remain until 1985. The show was originally based in Dayton, OH. Following more than a decade in the Windy City, the show again moved, this time to New York City. During its stay in Chicago, "Donahue" earned nine Emmy Awards.
    1975 - Operation Frequent Wind, the largest helicopter evacuation on record, begins removing the last Americans from Saigon.
    1975 - Top Hits
(Hey Won't You Play) “Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song” - B.J. Thomas
“He Don't Love You” (Like I Love You) - Tony Orlando & Dawn
“Supernatural Thing” - Ben E. King
“Blanket on the Ground” - Billie Jo Spears
    1976 - After performing a show in Memphis, Bruce Springsteen caught a cab to Elvis Presley's mansion, Graceland, and when he was turned away at the gates, being a Jersey guy, he scaled a wall in an attempt to meet the icon. Elvis isn't home, however, and Bruce was escorted off the property without incident.
    1979 - Van Halen's "Dance the Night Away" single is released
    1980 - Black Sabbath began their first tour with vocalist Ronnie James Dio, who had replaced Ozzy Osbourne.
    1981 - Steve Carlton, the Philadelphia Phillies pitcher, became the first left hander in the Majors to get 3,000 career strikeouts. He fanned Montreal Expos' Tim Wallach in the first inning of a game that saw the Phillies beat the Expos 6-2. Carlton was only the sixth Major Leaguer to strike out 3,000 batters. He finished with 4,136.
    1983 - Top Hits
“Come on Eileen” - Dexys Midnight Runners
“Beat It” - Michael Jackson
“Der Kommissar” - After the Fire
“American Made” - The Oak Ridge Boys
    1985 - “Challenger” was launched from Kennedy Space Center, Florida, piloted by the first African-American to enter outer space, Col. Frederick Gregory, who became a veteran of three space missions, logging in 455 hours. This flight had a crew of seven and a full animal menagerie of monkeys and other animals to learn about the effects of space. After 111 orbits of Earth, Challenger landed on May 6, 1985, at Edwards Air Force Base, Ca.
    1985 - George Steinbrenner, owner of the New York Yankees, fired manager Yogi Berra. Berra was canned after only 16 games into the young baseball season. In his place, Steinbrenner brought Billy Martin back ... for the fourth time.  Berra was named Yankee manager before the 1984 season. Berra agreed to stay in the job for 1985 after receiving assurances that he would not be terminated, but the impatient Steinbrenner reneged.  Moreover, instead of firing him personally, Steinbrenner dispatched Clyde King to deliver the news for him.  The incident caused a rift between Berra and Steinbrenner that was not mended for almost 15 years, when sportscaster Suzyn Waldman brought them together at the Yogi Berra Museum and Learning Center on the campus of Montclair State University in NJ.
    1986 - Roger Clemens of the Boston Red Sox set a Major League Baseball record by striking out 20 Seattle Mariner batters on the way to a 3-1 win. This record for the Red Sox hurler surpassed the 19 strikeouts for a nine-inning game held by Nolan Ryan when he pitched for the California Angels. Tom Seaver of the New York Mets and Steve Carlton of the St. Louis Cardinals also held a piece of the previous 19-KO record.
    1987 - A storm off the southeast coast of Massachusetts blanketed southern New England with heavy snow. Totals of three inches at Boston, 11 inches at Milton, MA, and 17 inches at Worcester, MA, were records for so late in the season. Princeton, MA was buried under 25 inches of snow.
    1988 - Top Hits
“Wishing Well” - Terence Trent D Arby
“Anything For You” - Gloria Estefan
“Angel” - Aerosmith
“Where Do Broken Hearts Go” - Whitney Houston
“Pink Cadillac” - Natalie Cole
    1988 - The 1988 Baltimore Orioles finally won a game after losing the first 21 games of the season. They beat the Chicago White Sox, 9-0, on a combined four-hitter by pitchers Mark Williamson and Dave Schmidt. The Orioles' streak, lasting from April 4 to 28, set an American League record but fell two losses short of the National League mark.
    1988 - Thunderstorms produced large hail and damaging winds throughout central Texas with baseball size hail reported at Nixon, Texas and wind gusts to 70 mph recorded at Cotulla, Texas. In contrast, a late winter storm dropped up to a foot of snow over northern West Virginia and western Maryland.
    1989 - Porter Wagoner joined Dolly Parton on stage for the first time since Parton split with her mentor in 1976. The duet sold out four shows at Parton's Dollywood theme park in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.
    1990 - A storm system crossing northern New Mexico blanketed parts of the Rocky Mountain Region and the Northern High Plains with heavy snow, and produced blizzard conditions in central Montana. Much of southern Colorado was buried under one to three feet of snow. Pueblo tied an April record with 16.8 inches of snow in 24 hours. Strong canyon winds in New Mexico, enhanced by local showers, gusted to 65 mph at Albuquerque. Afternoon temperatures across the Great Plains Region ranged from the 20s in North Dakota to 107 degrees at Laredo, TX
    1990 - The TV movie “Summer Dreams: The Story of the Beach Boys” airs on ABC. 
    1991 - Top Hits
“Baby Baby” - Amy Grant
“Joyride” - Roxette
“I Like the Way” (The Kissing Game) - Hi-Five
“Down Home” – Alabama
    1992 - A jury in Simi Valley, CA, failed to convict four Los Angeles police officers accused in the videotaped beating of Rodney King, providing the spark that set off rioting, looting and burning at South Central Los Angeles, CA, and other areas across the country. The anger unleashed during and after the violence was attributed to widespread racism, lack of job opportunities and the resulting hopelessness of inner-city poverty.
    1992 - State Farm Insurance was ordered to pay $157 million to hundreds of California women who were not offered or given jobs as State Farm agents because of their sex. It was the largest sex-discrimination settlement in US history to that time. The settlement was shared by more than 814 women. The case that began in June, 1979 when Muriel Kraszewski sued because she was turned down repeatedly for agent jobs at State Farm offices in southern California because she was a woman. As a result of the suit, the ratio of women agents with State Farm has increased from less than 1% in 1979 to more than 50% today. Women make up more than 50% of the population.
    1995 - Severe thunderstorms moved across Tarrant County in Texas. Hail up to 3.5 inches in diameter did an enormous amount of damage. 100 aircraft were damaged at DFW airport. Damages in the county totaled $220 million. This was the second major hailstorm to hit the area in a month.
    1997 - The US House of Representatives voted to bestow Congress's highest civilian award, the Congressional Gold Medal, on Frank Sinatra. In 1985, President Ronald Reagan had presented the singer with the Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian award in the US.
    1997 - Craig MacIavish, the last player to go without a helmet, retired from the National Hockey League. The NHL mandated helmets at the start of the 1979-80 season but allowed players then active to refrain by signing a waiver absolving the league of responsibility in case of head injury. MacIavish was the last remaining player of those who signed the waiver. He retired from the St. Louis Blues after a 16-year career during which he scored 213 goals. Despite his personal choice, he admitted, “Certainly, it's very dangerous out there without a helmet.
    1998 - Top Hits
“Too Close” - Next
“You’re Still the One” - Shania Twain
“Let’s Ride” - Montell Jordan Feat. Master P
“All My Life” - K-Ci
    2004 – Dick Cheney and George W. Bush testified before the 9/11 Commission in a closed, unrecorded hearing in the Oval Office.
    2007 - Nancy Sinatra made a rare TV appearance in an episode of The Sopranos where she sang "Bossman" to a small gathering of the main characters.
    2013 - Prosecutors for Boston Marathon bomber and Islamic terrorist Dzhokar Tsarnaev discuss a plea deal to avoid the death penalty in exchange for life in prison without parole.  The bombings killed three people and injured approximately 280 others.  The trial began on January 5, 2015; Tsarnaev pleaded not guilty to all thirty charges against him.  On April 8, 2015, Tsarnaev was found guilty on all thirty counts of the indictment. The charges of usage of a weapon of mass destruction resulting in death, in addition to aiding and abetting, made Tsarnaev eligible for the death penalty.  On May 15, 2015, the jury recommended that Tsarnaev be sentenced to death by lethal injection on six of 17 capital counts.  He awaits appeal in the US Penitentiary, Terre Haute, IN, where male death row inmates are normally held.



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  ---Automatic Evergreen Payment---PPR
- Charles Schwartz and Allied Health
- Copier Wars---It's more than the lease payment
    by Christopher Menkin
- Leasing Gypsies
- Verifying Tax Returns
- Special Report: Part I
   Could Church Kiosks, Royal Link Carts, NorVergence results been avoided?

   The use of “Equipment Finance Agreements”
- Special Report: Part II
    Bank of the West

   Equipment Lease Agreement (EFA)
- California License Web Addresses
- Settlement Costs vs. Litigation Costs