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Melanie Damian appointed receiver of Onix Capital

Melanie Damian was recently appointed receiver of Miami-based Onix Capital L.L.C. (Onix) and its subsidiaries.The appointment was issued in response to a motion by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in November of 2016 made against Onix Capital LLC, its owner Alberto Chang-Rajii.  The SEC charged Onix and owner Chang-Rajii with fraud. Chang-Rajii had developed a high profile status as a…

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Melanie Damian, Hunter Wise Receiver, Strikes Deal With Attorneys Over Scheme

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Melanie E. Damian, the court-appointed equity receiver for Hunter Wise Commodities LLC, recently asked a Florida federal judge to sign off on a settlement ending claims that the firm’s outside counsel failed to properly advise Hunter Wise on the legal risks of its $46 million precious metals investment scam. Ms. Damian, has agreed to settle her $1…

201505.27
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Melanie Damian Obtains Court Approval for a $750,000 Settlement

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Attorney Melanie Damian, court-appointed receiver for the Estate of the Hunter Wise Entities, recently obtained a $750,000 settlement from the former directors and officers of the Hunter Wise entities. Ms. Damian, of Damian & Valori, LLP, was appointed receiver when Hunter Wise, which traded in precious metals for private customers, was shut down and its…

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Ten Courtroom Do’s and Don’ts

An attorney should practice appropriate behavior and attitude in the courtroom, not only because it is required by the Rules of Professional Conduct, but also because it makes an attorney a more effective advocate. I. Proper Attire A lawyer should dress professionally.  Appearing in the courtroom disheveled, or wearing tight –fitting clothing, short skirts, or…

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The Dodd-Frank Act, the CFTC’s Crackdown on Off-Exchange Financed Commodity Transactions, and the Role of the Court-Appointed Fiduciary

The Dodd-Frank Act, the CFTC’s Crackdown on Off-Exchange Financed Commodity Transactions, and the Role of the Court-Appointed Fiduciary by Kenneth Dante Murena* Investors who have braved the mine fields of purchasing precious metals outside of a registered exchange have for years been exposed, whether they knew it or not, to exorbitant fees and calculated misrepresentations,…