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Court Ruling a Roadblock for Class Action Lawsuits

Matthew Wolf was a captain in the Judge Advocate General Corps of the Army Reserves is 2007 when was called to duty in Afghanistan. He was about a year into his 39-month lease for his Nissan Infiniti and, according to the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act, he was entitled to get back the $400 he’d paid in advance on his future monthly installments. But Nissan didn’t respond. Wolf’s lawyer filed a lawsuit in 2010 in Federal District Court, New Jersey, on behalf of Wolf and any other service member with a similar claim against Nissan. However, the lawsuit ran into a roadblock in...

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Starr Austen & Miller Investigates Facebook IPO And Potential Securities Fraud

Mario Massillamany  announced today that the firm is investigating the recent Facebook IPO and any possible securities fraud that occurred before, during and/or after the process. Mario Massillamany said “If someone acquired or purchased shares of Facebook common stock (FB) during the Facebook IPO on May 18, 2012, or soon thereafter, we advise they contact a securities fraud attorney to help determine their rights to recovery.” According to the Wall Street Journal, the $16 billion IPO stock’s initial public offering on May 18th was at $38 per share. Before the IPO occurred on May 9th, during the investor roadshow, Facebook filed...

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Arson Charges Dismissed Against Grissom Airmen Benjiman Durr

Mark Fryman Jr. of the Logansport law firm of Starr, Austen & Miller, LLP, is pleased to announce today that the arson charges against his clients, Air Force Staff Sergeant Benjiman Durr and his wife, Wendy Durr have been dismissed by Cass County Prosecutor Kevin Enyeart in the State of Indiana v. Wendy Durr, Cause No. 09D02-1201-FC-000004 and State of Indiana v. Benjiman Durr, Cause No. 09D02-1201-FC-00003. Air Force Staff Sergeant Benjiman Durr worked as a Security Officer at Grissom Air Force Base in Peru, Indiana and was a member of the Honor Guard.  The mission of the U.S. Air Force...

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Starr Austen & Miller appointed in Keenan Hauke Ponzi Scheme

[youtube_sc url=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bkY2x_bL8nk rel=0 fs=1 autohide=1 modestbranding=1] LOGANSPORT, Ind. —Mario Massillamany of the Indiana law firm of Starr, Austen & Miller, LLP, has announced the firm’s selection as attorneys for the Receiver in the case of a prominent Indiana money manager, Keenan R. Hauke, who late last year plead guilty to a large Ponzi scheme. The court in Hamilton County Superior Court 4 in Indiana has approved Starr Austen & Miller’s to initiate litigation to “recover additional funds for the Receivership estate” in the case “State of Indiana et al., v. Keenan R. Hauke, et al.,” under cause number 29D04-1104-PL-003478. The court-appointed Receiver...

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Juan Cardenas Found in Baptismal Pool

Starr Austen & Miller are investigating the death of 1-year-old Juan Cardenas who was found submerged in a baptismal pool Wednesday at a day-care center he attended located in Praise Fellowship Assembly of God, 6700 Michigan Road, on Indianapolis' Northwest side. According to police, a therapist had arrived to begin a session with the boy, but he could not be found.  Employees were asked to help look for Juan and they told police that they found him in the baptismal pool, which contained water about 2' deep.  Baptismal pools generally hold water for baptism and vary in size and shape.  He...

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Self-Directed IRA Fraud May Be On The Rise In Indiana

Many people saving for retirement have socked their money in IRAs, which are a type of retirement account with tax advantages. However, there is now a new breed of IRA on the block, called the self-directed IRA, and although it is perfectly legal it has been used for fraudulent purposes by schemers and fraudsters recently, across the country, including in the State of Indiana. Self-directed IRAs are similar, in many ways, to regular IRAs. However, the key difference is that the types of investments you can hold in a self-directed IRA are much broader than in a traditional one. This broad...

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Sugarland State Fair Collapse Lawsuit Filed By Starr Austen & Miller

Attorney Mario Massillamany has announced that Starr Austen & Miller has filed a complaint today on behalf of 48 victims of the Sugarland State Fair stage collapse, which occurred on August 13, 2011. Entitled 'Jill Polet et al vs Sugarland Music, Inc et al', the case has been filed in Marion County Superior Court 14 in Indiana under cause number 49D14-1111-CT-44823. On August 13, 2011, a large crowd of Sugarland fans gathered at the Indiana State Fair Grounds expecting a great country music concert, and instead tragedy struck. During a severe thunderstorm with very strong winds the stage at the outdoor...

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Some who were hurt in State Fair collapse are unable to receive money from relief fund

Some victims of the Sugarland stage collapse have looked for compensation for their medical bills and injuries caused as a result of this tragedy from the State Fair Relief Fund, just to be denied because they did not meet the strict guidelines the fund imposed to determine eligibility. The State Fair Relief Fund is comprised of approximately $970,000 of donated money, and whose stated purpose is to help the victims of this accident. Thirty seven victims of the stage collapse have applied for access to money in the fund, but of those only twenty have been approved, with approximately $470,000 having...

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Investigation of Mini Cooper Engine Fires

Starr Austen & Miller is investigating engine compartment fires in certain models of the Mini Cooper. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Office of Defect Investigation has announced that it is investigating a number of complaints about engine fires in Mini Coopers. The models that affected include the sport coupe’s S models, the Clubman and Convertible, for the 2007 and 2008 model years. There are approximately 36,000 of this type of car on the road. The complaints include engine fires, some of which occurred while the engine was off, and some of which resulted in a total loss of the vehicle. No physical...

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