Jack Johnson files for bankruptcy thanks to parents’ loans against contract

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Who do you trust with your money? Many of us would probably list “parents” near the top of that list. Which is why the tale of Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Jack Johnson is so shocking and deplorable. Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch reported on Thursday that Johnson filed for bankruptcy on Oct. 7, claiming assets of less than $50,000 and debts of more than $10 million. Sources … Read More

Nation’s Biggest Buy-Here, Pay-Here Dealer Fined $8 Million

It's been a bad week for debt collectors who employ questionable tactics. The largest buy-here, pay-here car dealer in the nation must pay an $8 million civil penalty after an investigation by federal authorities found it had repeatedly harassed consumers and furnished incorrect information to credit bureaus. DriveTime Automotive Group offers car purchase agreements that require purchasers to … Read More

Student Loan Crisis Busts Retirement Savings

California’s Congressional delegation, the largest and most influential in the nation, is undergoing a major upheaval, the result of reapportionment and retirements, threatening the state’s influence in Washington next year and forcing members to scramble to withstand what is emerging as a generational wave. A quarter of the state’s 53-member delegation to Washington could be newcomers in the … Read More

IRS Plan Will Let Some Unemployed Taxpayers Avoid Penalties

Taxpayers who have been unemployed for at least 30 days in 2011 or 2012 will be able to avoid some penalties for failing to pay their taxes, the Internal Revenue Service said. Those struggling taxpayers would have an extra six months to comply and avoid the failure-to-pay penalty. They would still owe interest on back taxes, the IRS said today. “This new approach makes sense for taxpayers … Read More