by Structured Settlement Watchdog®
The abusive practice of forum shopping where structured settlement annuitants are lured to Florida's Sumter and Broward Counties and other jurisdictions in other states, often under false pretenses. They proceed to get "churned and burned". after being inveigled in a fraud, which the factoring companies will use in their defense. It's disgusting.
A law suit filed by Greenwich lawyer Edward Stone on behalf of Michael Lafontant in December 15, 2014 in United States District Court Southern District of New York against Washington Square Financial d/b/a Imperial Structured Settlements and Andrew Levine Case 7:2014cv09895 , was fomented by one of the more egregious examples of alleged abusive forum shopping.
I encourage annuitants who have been coached to lie about their state of residence by a settlement purchaser, in order to complete one or more structured settlement factoring transactions in a state, county or with a specific judge favored by settlement purchasers due to his/her loose enforcement of the best interest test to come forward. It is only by victims coming forward and the details of the alleged abuse and alleged abusers being publicized and raising awareness that there can be real change.