Morgan Drexen Endorses “Open Letter To Washington” Requesting Government Surveillance Reform.

Company calls this unity of technology companies historic.

COSTA MESA, Calif., December 9, 2013. Morgan Drexen Integrated Systems today gave its endorsement to the “Open Letter to Washington” asking for a reform to government surveillance.

In what is being called an historic unity among competing companies, industry giants such as Google, Apple, Facebook, Twitter, AOL, Microsoft, Yahoo and Linkedin have formed an unprecedented alliance requesting major government surveillance reform.

“What we have here today is the largest corporate alliance in recent history all asking the government to reform their surveillance of American citizens worldwide,” said Walter Ledda, CEO of Morgan Drexen Integrated Systems “Clearly, not only are the people of this country making a stand against government intrusion of personal information, but so are many of the largest technology companies in the world.”

The open letter to President Obama and to Congress specifically asks for major government surveillance reform in 5 key areas, including the placement of governmental limits of user information, oversight and accountability, transparency of governmental demands, respecting the free flow of information, and the avoidance of conflicts among governments.

“Morgan Drexen is itself a powerful technology company,” added Ledda, “and we have a very strong stance against any governmental action that violates the privacy rights of Americans. What strikes us as particularly important in the Open Letter is that our company has the same belief in the right to privacy enshrined in our Constitution, a right that we are currently fighting for in a suit against the CFPB.

In July, Morgan Drexen and Connecticut attorney Kimberly Pisinski filed suit against the CFPB accusing the Bureau of grossly overreaching its authority when it demanded Pisinski’s law firm hand over privileged and confidential communications as well as the personal financial records of thousands of consumers who either has or are considering filing for bankruptcy. The demand by the CFPB included names, addresses, phone numbers, an amount of debt, income and income sources, and additional creditor information from such sources as bank loans, medical service providers, utilities, rent and even child support.
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Morgan Drexen (www.morgandrexen.com) provides integrated software systems and administrative support services to businesses and attorneys nationwide. Morgan Drexen’s proprietary MDIS software improves workflow through the use of automated document management. In addition to computer technology, Morgan Drexen provides businesses with marketing, marketing support, call centers, contracted litigation support, databases, work-product retrieval systems and cloud-computing platforms facilitated by the company’s contracted support staff.

 

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Morgan Drexen Applauds Legislative Committee’s Moves to Control Actions by the CFPB

Move to protect the privacy of Americans continues to gain strength.

(COSTA MESA, CA), November 26, 2013. Morgan Drexen’s legal battle against the CFPB appears to have received support by the powerful House Financial Services Committee last week when the Committee approved six measures that will make the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau more accountable and transparent. Perhaps the most significant of these House Resolutions is H.R. 2571 introduced by Wisconsin Representative Sean Duffy, which prohibits the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau from collecting personal financial information about consumers without their knowledge or consent.

“This is an extremely important move to protect the privacy of every American,” said Morgan Drexen CEO Walter Ledda. “Representative Duffy believes what many Americans believe – that we have a right to privacy in our financial lives.”
In July, Morgan Drexen and Connecticut Attorney Kimberly Pisinski filed suit against the CFPB accusing the Bureau of grossly overreaching its authority when it demanded Pisinski’s law firm hand over privileged and confidential communications as well as the personal financial records of thousands of consumers who either have or are considering filing for bankruptcy. The demand by the CFPB included names, addresses, phone numbers, amount of debt, income and income sources, and additional creditor information from such sources as bank loans, medical service providers, utilities, rent and even child support – information protected by the attorney-client privilege.
“It’s important for legislators to stand up to the oath they took when taking office, the oath that protects the constitutional rights which make up our nation’s freedoms” added Ledda. “In America, “Data Mining” for personal information is equivalent to assuming that a person may be guilty of something even before there is a shred of reasonable evidence and it should be stopped.”
House Representative Duffy’s resolution is part of 5 additional resolutions including Resolutions 2446, 3519, 2385, 3193, and 3183, all of which are directed towards making the CFPB more transparent and accountable. The resolutions still have to pass the full House vote as well as a full Senate vote.

About Morgan Drexen
Morgan Drexen (www.morgandrexen.com) provides integrated software systems and administrative support services to businesses and attorneys nationwide. Morgan Drexen’s proprietary MDIS software improves workflow through the use of automated document management. In addition to computer technology, Morgan Drexen provides businesses with marketing, marketing support, call centers, outsourced litigation support, databases, work-product retrieval systems and cloud-computing platforms facilitated by the company’s outsourced support staff.

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NSA Director to Retire; CFPB Director unveils “huge threat” to consumers

NSA Director to Retire; CFPB Director unveils “huge threat” to consumers

The heads of the two federal super agencies poking around your business have very different plans in store for the future.  National Security Agency Director General Keith Alexander will reportedly be retiring within the next six months, as will his top deputy, John “Chris” Inglis.  Alexander has spent eight years leading the NSA – though the events of the last year will likely define his legacy.  The debacle involving former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, who leaked thousands of classified documents revealing secret surveillance programs, has yet to fully play out.  In fact, we’re just learning documents provided by Snowden reveal the NSA has been collecting millions of email address books from around the world, many of them belonging to Americans.  According to the Washington Post, other Snowden documents show the NSA has been extensively involved in the U.S. government’s drone program aimed at killing terrorists.

 

While Alexander exits stage left, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Director Richard Cordray appears to be digging in for the long haul.  On Friday, October 11, Cordray laid out his plans for the two-year-old agency, which has also been the target of immense criticism over consumer privacy issues.  Morgan Drexen is currently mounting a constitutional challenge to the CFPB’s very existence in federal court.

 

Cordray matter-of-factly told a group of attorneys and law students in Ohio that the CFPB is one of the few agencies to hold both enforcement and supervisory authority over an unprecedented range of industries.  While Cordray’s statement appeared to be a point of pride, it is this unchecked power that many citizens and private businesses object to.  In a relatively short amount of time, the CFPB has managed to frustrate numerous industries with burdensome requirements that many argue have shown little or no benefit for consumers.  The latest group to complain is the National Automobile Dealers Association.  David Wescott, the organization’s chairman, says a push by the CFPB to eliminate dealer-assisted financing for car buyers poses a “huge threat to the consumer.”  Westcott says the CFPB has refused to explain its rationale for the move.  He added that car dealers are essentially price discounters, and nixing their ability to negotiate a finance rate for buyers could increase the cost of consumer loans.

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Summer of Discontent for CFPB and NSA

Read Full Blog: Summer of Discontent for CFPB and NSA.

It’s been a long, sweaty summer for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the National Security Agency, two groups entrusted with protecting Americans. It seems recent revelations about what these agencies are really up to have left many citizens feeling a skosh more violated than protected.

The CFPB is facing a major lawsuit challenging its data mining efforts – not to mention the very constitutionality of the agency itself. The CFPB, which essentially answers to no one and writes its own rules, is being sued by Connecticut attorney Kimberly Pisinski and Morgan Drexen Integrated Systems, a provider of back-office administrative support services to businesses and attorneys, such as Pisinski. Among other concerns, the complaint accuses the CFPB of attempting to seize the private bankruptcy documents of thousands of struggling American consumers. According to a recent court filing by Pisinski and Morgan Drexen. Read More…

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Lawsuit Against CFPB Filed in Federal Court; Consumer Privacy at Issue

Morgan Drexen and Connecticut attorney Kimberly A. Pisinski have filed a lawsuit in federal court against the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB).  The lawsuit contends the CFPB overstepped its authority by asking Ms. Pisinski and Morgan Drexen to hand over sensitive and privileged information related to thousands of Ms. Pisinski’s clients who are considering bankruptcy.  Morgan Drexen and Pisinski consider these documents, and the information contained therein, to be protected by the Attorney-Client privilege.

Morgan Drexen believes it is improper and unethical for the CFPB to “data mine” the personal and confidential information of financially distressed consumers considering bankruptcy.  Morgan Drexen and Ms. Pisinski are committed to fighting for the privacy of American consumers.  For more details about the lawsuit, please see the news release below.

 

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Who’s Snooping Around Your Inbox? Emails and Advertising in the Age of PRISM

Morgan Drexen examines the email scanning policies of the top 3 web based email service providers: Google’s Gmail, Yahoo! Mail, and Outlook.com

So the government may be snooping in on your emails and phone calls.  Is anyone really surprised?  The fact is, recent revelations that the National Security Agency is operating a secret surveillance program known as PRISM has generated about as many shrugs as it has feigned outrage.  Two factors are likely behind this.  First, in the post 9/11 era, most people recognize (and begrudgingly accept) that monitoring, analyzing and intercepting phone and email communications is simply a logical way to stop bad guys from doing very bad things.  Second, most of us have essentially given away digital reams of personal information via social media, online accounts, and metadata attached to all of our phone calls and emails.  For the vast majority of us, the government is a silent observer telling us to “carry on.”  The real Big Brother to worry about is the advertising industry. With over 1.2 million businesses subscribing to Google’s adwords as of 2011, the advertising industry is accountable for generating 97% of Google’s revenue – and now they know how you search, who you talk to, and what your emails are about.

We know advertisers are obsessed with learning as much as they can about every one of us.  It’s called targeted advertising.  But would they dare invade our email inboxes to snoop around?  Morgan Drexen, a leading provider of software and outsourced support services to businesses nationwide, decided to check up on the top three web based email service providers to find out.  Google’s Gmail, Microsoft’s Outlook.com (formerly Hotmail) and Yahoo! Mail have all tried to distance themselves from PRISM, denying any direct involvement in the government surveillance program.  To be sure, all three generally receive high marks for protecting users from hackers and spammers.  But what about shielding personal emails from the prying eyes of advertisers?   Well, it turns out many web-based email providers are actually doing the snooping for the advertisers.  Here’s what the biggest three web-based email providers are up to:

 

Google’s Gmail

Now in its ninth year of existence, Google’s Gmail is the most popular and arguably the least private of the big 3 web based email platforms.  “If you have something that you don’t want anyone to know, maybe you shouldn’t be doing it in the first place,” said Google chief executive Eric Schmidt in 2009.  Not exactly an encouraging statement.  It turns out Google goes through every Gmail that is sent or received, looking for keywords to target Gmail users with advertisements.

 

 

 

 

For many people, Google’s assurance that no humans are reading their emails simply isn’t good enough.  In 2012, a Pennsylvania woman filed a lawsuit accusing Google of illegal wiretapping for “intercepting” emails she sent to Gmail accounts and publishing content-related ads.  In other words, even if you don’t use Gmail yourself, when you email someone who does, Google is scanning the contents of that email.

Yahoo! Mail 

Until recently, Yahoo! Mail was more diligent than Gmail at protecting the privacy of its users’ personal emails.  No longer.  As of June 3, 2013, Yahoo! began the process of automatically switching subscribers from its old Mail Classic email service to a new updated version.  Just like Gmail, Yahoo’s new email service subjects users to automated email scanning, like it or not.

 

As you can see, the automatic switch requires users to accept automated content scanning.  Yahoo! says it is possible to opt out of the ads, but only if you pay to do so by subscribing to Yahoo! Mail Plus.

Outlook.com

Microsoft may have the moral high ground against its two main competitors, since its Outlook.com service (formerly Hotmail) does not scan emails to generate targeted ads.   To highlight this fact, Microsoft has launched an aggressive online campaign against Gmail in hopes of poaching customers.  Microsoft’s “Scroogled” campaign, focusing on Gmail’s message-scanning tactics, has gained significant traction.  But Microsoft is not completely immaculate when it comes to tracking the habits of its email users to generate ads.  Outlook.com recently launched versaTiles, which are ads that appear on the right side of the inbox page.  The ads may or may not have relevance to the individual user.  Microsoft says its email ads can focus on things the user has clicked on before.

So of the big 3 web based email providers, Microsoft’s Outlook.com appears to be the least invasive when it comes to scanning emails, particularly for advertising purposes.  But with the government and advertisers now doing so much poking around people’s inboxes, does it really matter which service you use?  Expecting your private messages to be completely private is now a quaint notion of the past.

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Morgan Drexen Software Announcement Featured in Times Square

A proud day for Morgan Drexen! On May 9, 2013, a story about our company’s ABM software system appeared on Nasdaq’s “big screen” in Times Square in New York City. Pretty cool! You can read about Morgan Drexen’s ABM Software in this Wall Street Journal posting:

Morgan Drexen Surpasses Competition, Impresses Lawyers With Legal Software

The ABM Software Works in Harmony With the Existing MDIS Legal Support Software Platform; Allows for “One-Touch” Online Filing in Some Jurisdictions

COSTA MESA, Calif., May 8, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Morgan Drexen Integrated Systems (http://morgandrexen.com), a leading provider of software and support services to businesses across America, has added another innovative layer to its integrated software services. The ABM software dramatically simplifies and automates many of the critical and time-consuming tasks required of today’s attorneys. The software allows attorneys who use Morgan Drexen’s software services to easily and seamlessly integrate their existing client data into a module that allows for the efficient processing and filing of relevant court documents.

Prominent features of ABM include:

  • Ability to access borrower information from existing client files managed on the Morgan Drexen Integrated Systems (MDIS) platform
  • Ability to access attorney information
  • Ability to access loan information
  • Ability for attorneys who use Morgan Drexen to access the software on the MDIS platform at any time through their attorney portal for review, acceptance, and dynamic revisions to relevant legal documents
  • Ability for attorneys to instantly send instructions and log notes to their petition processors, paralegals, and liaisons
  • Ability to access one-touch electronic filing of petitions in select states

“As our company began to flourish in 2009, I thought it was time to return to a project that began during 2007, the first year of the company’s existence,” explains Walter Ledda, Morgan Drexen CEO. “In June of 2010, I announced the roll out of an initiative for Morgan Drexen to expand its services to include a national insolvency support group. I wanted our insolvency tools and services to rival the best that existed in the industry. In 2009, I committed company resources and sent a directive to our software development group to begin development. What resulted is a sophisticated and powerful component of our MDIS system. Frankly, I think ABM now serves as the new industry standard.”

The ABM Software is proving to be a popular draw for the nearly 100 attorneys who utilize the support services of Morgan Drexen. “The ability to quickly and easily import data directly into the ABM software and integrate paralegal and paraprofessional support is what sets this system apart from the competition,” says attorney Nancy Jin. “ABM offers numerous other advantages, including the ability for attorneys to access the software online and to utilize one touch electronic filing.”

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Making a Quarter Mil and Trying to Pay for School

Getting a college education in the United States has never been more expensive. These days, even high-income earners have to strategize to meet the scholarly aspirations of multiple family members. If a couple making nearly $225,000 in combined annual salary is struggling to figure it out, what hope is there for most Americans?

Sheila from New Jersey didn’t have a quarter of a million bucks in the bank. She had to turn to plastic to try and pay for her daughter’s college education, and it sent her spiraling into debt. Attorney Milton Bouhoutsos, Jr., an attorney who uses Morgan Drexen for critical back office support services, pulled her out of that spiral and back to even financial ground. Bouhoutsos negotiated with Sheila’s creditors to settle her unsecured debt of more than $18,000. The retired teacher paid off her debt at a fraction of the original amount, and she couldn’t be happier.

“I guess it probably started with my daughter,” says Sheila, “helping her out when she decided to go back to school. And I knew I would not be able to help her the way I wanted to. And that was it, that was the breaking point. I said ‘I’ve got to get out of this debt – I’ve got to get out of this debt to be able to help her.”

Sheila says her attorney, Milton Bouhoutsos, Jr., put a stop to the harassing phone calls from her creditors.

“You know they were calling me, you know they were!” laughs Sheila, who wasn’t laughing back then. “The calls, the threats, ‘if you don’t do this and pay that’. They said I have to go to court. My lawyer told me any correspondence or letters – just send it to them. Pretty soon, my lawyer sent me letters saying we settled an agreement with this one, we settled an agreement with that one. It really didn’t take long.”

“He was very good,” says Sheila of her attorney. “He was very, very cooperative and understanding. He would talk to me and let me know what was going down. We talked several times. He said ‘don’t give up, don’t give up.’ It was a relief that the stress was off me, knowing someone was handling my affairs. They were very cooperative, I can’t say that enough.”

Sheila now has a better handle on her finances, and she and her daughter have devised a sensible plan to pay for college. Sheila’s attorney, Milton Bouhoutsos, Jr., is licensed to practice law in New Jersey. His focus is assisting consumers who find themselves overwhelmed by debt. Bouhoutsos keeps his fees affordable by utilizing the efficiencies offered by Morgan Drexen. The company, based in Costa Mesa, CA, provides proprietary software and paraprofessional and paralegal services to law firms across America.

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Alabama Town Blames FEMA for Slow Tornado Recovery

The impact from a series of deadly tornadoes that ripped through parts of the southeast in April, 2011, is still being felt.  Residents of a small Alabama town say recovery money promised by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has yet to arrive.  City leaders blame miles of red tape and slow action on the part of FEMA officials.

Barbara, a resident of Alabama, experienced the devastation first-hand.  The tornadoes seriously damaged her home at a time when she was already struggling with major debt.  Attorney Willie Huntley III, a lawyer who uses the administrative support services of Morgan Drexen, helped take some of the financial pressure off Barbara’s shoulders.  Self-employed and living on a tight budget, Barbara had amassed more than $18,000 in credit card debt.  When the tornados hit, Huntley was already in the process of negotiating with Barbara’s creditors.  Through a process known as non-formal debt resolution, Huntley was able to settle the debt at a reduced amount.  For Barbara, it was one less crisis to worry about.

“Most of my debt was business-related,” says Barbara.  “It was a slow buildup, I just wasn’t watching what I was doing.  My creditors kept calling me and wanting to pay them and threatening to take me to court.”

It was a stressful process that began well before the tornadoes tore through her town.  Barbara still faces enormous challenges trying to get her home fixed, but she’s relieved her credit card issues have been resolved.

“I don’t have any more debt and I don’t have any more credit cards.  I’m glad it’s over.”

Barbara’s focus now is dealing with insurance companies.

“We’re in the midst of trying to fix things after the tornado.  We had a lot of damage to our home.  Now it’s getting the insurance company to cooperate and get us the money.  It’s hard to get everything replaced.”

Barbara’s attorney, Willie Huntley III, is licensed to practice law in Alabama.  He has extensive experience in numerous areas of the law including debt resolution and contract negotiation, and is trained in money management techniques.  He is one of more than a hundred attorneys nationwide who look to Morgan Drexen to provide critical front and back-office support systems.

 

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Luxury Shopping Expected to Surge in 2013 – Both in U.S. and Abroad

It appears ’13 will be a lucky year for purveyors of luxury items: the wealthy are about to start spoiling themselves again. A new survey suggests wealthy shoppers (the top 10% of earners) from around the globe plan to spend more on high-end goods and services in 2013. Among other things, sales of yachts and private jets are expected to climb.

Tyler of Wisconsin just wanted a new motorcycle, but even that was enough of a splurge to land him in a financial ditch. Attorney Tiffany Stockinger, an attorney who uses Morgan Drexen for a wide array of back-office legal support services, helped pull Tyler out of that ditch. She negotiated with his creditors to reduce his unsecured debt of more than $6,500. After reaching a fair deal for both sides, Tyler emerged debt-free. He admits he fell into the trap of falling in love with luxury.

“I got into debt from stupid decisions,” says Tyler. “Buying a motorcycle and maxing out credit cards – just careless spending. I was bouncing between jobs at the time, I was a truck driver.”

Tyler says he’s a lot smarter about money now, and although he’d love to be able to afford yachts, jets and motorcycles, he looks at money a little differently these days.

“It feels really good to have settled the debt and to be debt-free. I’m living within my means.”

The lure of luxury is a temptation many Americans, like Tyler, fall into. But too often the thrill of buying big is wiped out by the suffocating debt that follows. Experts say unless you have piles of cash in the bank, and the means to keep those piles growing, you should probably avoid luxury shopping. Buying high-end often leads to high-debt.

Attorney Tiffany Stockinger has based her practice on helping consumers solve their debt problems and starting them down the path to fiscal freedom and responsibility. Stockinger relies on Morgan Drexen’s legal software and paraprofessional services to streamline her law firm and keep fees affordable for her clients.

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