Category: Forensics

Forensics

Suez Canal No Longer Blocked, But Are Damages Incurred from Supply Chain Disruptions Recoverable? by Richard Fechter, JD, CAMS, CFE


Posted on April 15, 2021 by Richard Fechter

The 1,312-foot Ever Given container ship wedged across the Suez Canal for six days in late March upended global trade and created a bottleneck of nearly 400 vessels unable to meet their contractual delivery obligations. Today, even as ships pass freely through the critical waterway that carries 12 percent of the world’s trade volume, businesses […]

Companies Gain Legal Ground in COVID-Related Business Interruption Insurance Claims by Daniel Hughes, CPA/CFF, CGMA, CVA


Posted on December 22, 2020 by Daniel Hughes

It has been nine months since millions of businesses were forced to shut down due to COVID-19 only to learn that their insurers would not payout claims for business interruption losses. While the courts have dismissed a significant number of legal actions filed by policyholders against insurers for breach of contract, it appears the tides […]

Protecting PPP Loan Recipients from Civil and Criminal Investigations by Richard Fechter, JD, CAMS, CFE


Posted on November 23, 2020 by Richard Fechter

As millions of business owners and independent contractors seek forgiveness of much-needed Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans they received in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, many are surprised to find themselves the subject of fraud investigations by the federal government. Last week, the Justice Department announced it already has publicly charged more than 80 […]

Legal Services of Greater Miami Celebrates Pro Bono Volunteers


Posted on October 29, 2020

Miami, Fl. — On October 29, 2020, Legal Services of Greater Miami, Inc. (Legal Services) recognized the volunteer services of over 340 attorneys and professional partners at its 2020 Pro Bono Celebration. The virtual event honored the pro bono volunteers who made extraordinary contributions throughout the year and during COVID-19. Pro bono volunteers took on […]

Determining the Scope and Objectives of Financial Forensic Investigations Resulting from Internal Fraud by Richard Fechter, JD, CAMS, CFE


Posted on July 21, 2020 by Richard Fechter

According to the Association of Fraud Examiners (ACFE) “2020 Report to the Nations,” a growing number of businesses that fell victim to occupational fraud between 2018 and 2019 disciplined perpetrators privately rather than referring them to public law enforcement for criminal prosecution. Yet, while there has been a steady increase in civil suits and private […]

Best Practices for Virtual Trials, Hearings in the Age of COVID by Richard Fechter, JD, CAMS, CFE


Posted on June 25, 2020 by Richard Fechter

COVID-19 social distancing has upended the logistical functions of nearly all aspects of American governance, including court systems. With courthouses completely or partially shuttered, the courts are rapidly expanding their reliance on remote teleconferencing capabilities and stepping-up their use of technology to keep dockets moving. Members of our firm recently attended a three-day hearing in […]

The Latest on Catastrophic Business Losses and Business Insurance Claims by Dan Hughes, CPA/CFE, CGMA, CVA


Posted on April 15, 2020 by Daniel Hughes

Relief may be coming to the millions of business owners who now realize that the insurance policies they have been paying into for many years will not reimburse them for any of the catastrophic business-interruption losses they sustained due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Already, several states have introduced bills requiring insurers to retroactively cover and […]

The Importance of Due Diligence when Working with Third-Party Experts by Richard A. Pollack, CPA


Posted on March 10, 2020 by Richard Pollack

A recent decision by the U.S District Court Eastern District of Wisconsin to exclude testimony from expert witnesses in a class-action suit represents an important point that legal counsel may forget when engaging damages experts and forensic accountants: do not rely blindly on the qualifications, work product or assumptions of knowledge specialists with whom they […]