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As many of you already know, subrogation often occurs under property and casualty insurance claims when an insurance company pays one of its insureds for damages and then makes its own claim against the others who may have caused or contributed to the loss. It is the process of ascertaining legal liability of and asserting the financial responsibility to all parties related to an insurance loss.

For example, a business owner arrives at his company only to discover it has been destroyed by a fire caused by a defective copier that was purchased last week. His insurance company would pay the claim and then subrogate against the manufacturer of the copier to recover the monies paid out to you.

Subrogation is one of the areas that our ALQ listees may not often consider since it's outside of the "usual" commercial collection cases they are used to handling. However, as the competition for the same kinds of commercial claims continues to increase, I believe the negotiation and resolution skills to resolve subrogation claims are also very much applicable. Many of our listees find that subrogation claims can be a very lucrative revenue stream to an existing commercial collection business. I thought I would pass this idea on for your consideration.

Thomas W. Hamilton

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Debt clock is ticking
The Spectrum & Daily News
There was no huge fight of words in front of microphones. Speeches focused more on the task at hand than on which party was doing the "wrong" thing for the country. Instead, lawmakers in the U.S. House and Senate voted to raise the federal debt limit with relatively few fireworks — a dramatic change from the showmanship that we saw before and during the 16-day federal government shutdown in October. See the U.S. debt clock in real time.
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Personal responsibility for unpaid company taxes
By Timothy Spencer, Esq.
The reality of becoming a company partner, officer, or executive is for most entrepreneurs an exhilarating dream-come-true. While momentously positive, the ascension also comes with a variety of very serious risks, and one of those risks has the potential to affect the high-level entrepreneur in his or her own personal world. For many individuals occupying significant financial roles within a company, the threat of personal liability for the company's nonpayment of company taxes is very real as both federal and state laws exist that could hold an individual responsible for the infractions committed by the company.
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Wiping out debt with oil and gas leases
Corporate Counsel
The recent push to lease property for oil and gas drilling is also helping landowners eliminate large debts.
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Bank Of America customers could be due money for collection robocalls
The Charlotte Observer
If you received collection calls on your cellphone from Bank of America in the past few years, you could be in line for $40. The Charlotte bank agreed to a $32 million settlement
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Looking at the future of legal process outsourcing
Corporate Counsel
As in-house counsel look to drive down costs and build up efficiency, they have plenty of reasons to turn to legal process outsourcing.
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7th Circuit affirms rulings on debt collection notices
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, in a consolidated appeal of four separate cases, recently affirmed a lower court's dismissal of four separate cases for failure to state claims under the federal Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA).
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