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Florida Exemption Does Not Shield Improperly Maintained IRA from Creditors

An IRA owner could not rely on a Florida exemption to shield his IRA account from creditors after engaging in prohibited acts of self-dealing with his IRA funds, the Eleventh Circuit held in Yerian v. Webber, 2019 WL 2610751 (11th Cir. June 26, 2019). The IRA owner, Keith Yerian, opened a self-directed IRA. The IRA was governed by two contracts. One of the contracts required Yerian to...

Securities Private Offering Exemption Applies in SEC Enforcement Action

The Eleventh Circuit rejected the SEC’s narrow construction of registration exemptions in SEC v. Levin, 2017 WL 711018 (Feb. 23, 2017), reversing a grant of summary judgment to the defendant but still affirming a jury verdict for securities fraud on multiple counts.  The defendant, George Levin, invested his personal funds in a Ponzi scheme that operated by soliciting investors to...

Health Savings Accounts not exempt from bankruptcy estate in Georgia

After the Georgia Supreme Court answered a certified question, the Eleventh Circuit held that health savings account (“HSA”) funds are not property exempt from the bankruptcy estate under Georgia law. In Mooney v. Webster, No. 15-11229 (11th Cir. Jan. 27, 2017), a Chapter 7 bankruptcy petitioner claimed the assets in her HSA account as exempt from bankruptcy under O.C.G.A. §...