Despite the spectacular decline in check usage over the past 10 years, counterfeit check scams are on the rise. Perhaps the most notorious of these scams is the “Nigerian check scam.”
This timely and extremely interesting program, led by attorney Morgan R. McCord, will examine the regulatory underpinnings of this scam (as well as others) and the common tactics fraudsters use to lure their victims, which - increasingly and surprisingly - are lawyers. This program will review the Uniform Commercial Code’s liability scheme for claims arising from these scams and analyze judicial decisions addressing liability.
Morgan McCord focuses his practice on banking, financial services, consumer and commercial collections, and bankruptcy litigation. He represents banks, loan servicers, and other financial institutions through all phases of litigation involving diverse claims. These claims typically involve lender liability, title issues, contested foreclosures, stolen and forged negotiable instruments, fraudulent or unauthorized account transactions, electronic transactions, identity theft, cashier’s checks, and other retail and wholesale banking transactions. Morgan also represents financial services institutions in defending matters arising under the full range of laws and statutes regulating the consumer finance industry, such as the Truth-in-Lending Act (TILA), Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA), Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA), and Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA).
In addition to his banking experience, Morgan counsels regional companies, acting as outside general counsel to several prominent New York accounting firms and local businesses on a variety of issues, including regulatory compliance, employment disputes, contractual disputes, and privacy issues.
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