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Author Archives: Michael J. Berger

Citibank Settlements Are Complete

On November 10, 2008, I announced and highly recommended Citibank’s 100% debt forgiveness offer to my former SSH students in every state except for California. Through my efforts and the efforts of others, this offer was subsequently extended to include my California SSH clients with Citibank loans and all former SSH students throughout the country […]

More Firepower

I am very happy to announce that we have added 2 new attorneys to our firm. Attorney Mike Mahurin started with us today. Mike is a graduate of Pepperdine University School of Law and has 12 years of legal experience handling real estate, employment, estate planning and bankruptcy matters. Mike was previously an associate in […]

Going After Airola, Pickett and Trenk

James Lisowski, the Chapter 7 Trustee in the Silver State Helicopters bankruptcy case, has filed an Application for an Order Approving Employment of Fennemore Craig, PC as Special Litigation Counsel to the Trustee. The Trustee’s Application states that he “requires representation for the following services: Special Litigation Counsel to assist the Trustee in investigating and […]

Notice of Filing Official Transcript

Many of my clients have contacted me regarding a notice that they received from the Bankruptcy Court in the SSH case. This notice is entitled “Notice of Filing Official Transcript” and is dated November 4, 2008. No action is required by any of my clients with regards to this notice. I used my CM/ECF and […]

Citibank Surrenders!

On November 5, 2008, Citibank began offering 100% loan forgiveness of Citibank SSH student loans in exchange for an assignment of the student’s claims against SSH and against Citibank. We highly recommend that all of our clients with Citibank loans accept this offer. 100% Loan forgiveness has always been our highest goal for each and […]

What Is Happening In The SSH Bankruptcy

It has now been 9 months since Silver State Helicopters, LLC (“SSH”) filed bankruptcy in United States Bankruptcy Court, District of Nevada, Case No. 08-10936-mkn. This case is being jointly administered with the related case Silver State Services Corporation, 08-10935-mkn. To date, 1078 different documents have been recorded on the docket in the SSH case. […]

Harward & Associates Dissolve and Drop SSH Matter

Rumors began circulating last week that James Harward and Spencer Robinson of Harward & Associates were no longer doing any work on behalf SSH students. I spoke to Andrew August of Pinnacle Law Group and Dan Reed formerly of Harward and Associates and confirmed the truth of these rumors. Dan Reed told me that Harward […]

SSH Confidential Settlement Discussions

Settlement discussions with the lenders have not resulted in any offer that I can recommend to my clients. Still, all parties are talking and all parties say that they are interested in a fair settlement. Settlement discussions will soon be entering a critical phase during which I will not post further information about these discussions […]

Multi-State Group of Attorney Generals Investigating SSH And Its Lenders

I have been carefully following the ongoing separate and joint efforts of 16 different states to investigate SSH, its owners, and its lenders KeyBank, Student Loan Xpress, and Citibank. The Attorney General’s Offices for 15 different states have joined together to form a multi-state group to investigate SSH and its lenders. The 14 states that […]

Sue The Lenders Now Or Try To Settle First?

Sue the Lenders now or try to settle first? This is the choice that I have to make on behalf of our SSH clients. Three separate class action lawsuits have been filed against one or more of the lenders that SSH referred its students to. Pinnacle Law Group, LLP of San Francisco, California filed class […]


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