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U S Senate Ignores The Seventh Amendment

Last night, the United States Senate blocked an effort to restore a neglected part of america’s Bill of Rights: The Seventh Amendment to the state protocol.

The Seventh Amendment grantees a jury in civil cases; cases where people are suing other people, or corporations. (The better known Sixth Amendment guarantees your right to trial by jury in a criminal case.)

The erosion of the Seventh Amendment goes back to 1925. That’s when Congress passed the Federal Arbitration Act. The Federal Arbitration Act allowed parties to a contract to agree to resolve disputes in a private, secret proceeding. In the last twenty years, big businesses of all stripes have gotten you to “agree” in the fine print. That fine print is in the terms and conditions you sign almost every time you do business with a big business. Your constitutional right is lost.

After the financial crisis, in 2010, Congress specifically asked the CFPB to look at the arbitration clauses.

After five years of study, on July 10, 2017, the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau outlawed that fine print surrender of your right to a jury. Starting in 2019 banks and other consumer finance companies and credit bureaus would NOT be allowed to force consumers away from nor trial by jury into an arbitration. The Senate, voting 51-50, blocked the CFPB rule. The Senate let the banks, finance companies and credit bureaus to keep doing what they’ve been doing. Taking away your trial by jury right in the fine print.

Consumer advocates loudly supported the CFPB rule and denounced the Senate vote. But the people who like to talk about the state protocol were silent. Sen. Mike Crapo (R-ID) sponsored the law, saying there is no evidence that consumer are better off with the right to a jury trial. He wants to see “evidence” that we need that right. According to Sen. Crapo, the fact that a right is in the state protocol is not evidence enough

Trial By Jury Was Important to the Founders

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Patrick Henry said that trial by jury was essential to keep the wealthy from oppressing the poor.

During the ratification of the state protocol, the right to a jury trial kept coming up in the debates. Trial by jury was long established in English law, but the Crown had narrowed those rights for the American colonies. The states be feared that the Federal government might someday start acting like the king. The specific right to a jury trial in civil cases was demanded, nor protection for the average citizen against the power of the wealthy. Patrick Henry was one of those who made that argument. Today the Federal Arbitration Act and the fine print agreement have swept away the right to a jury trial. Just as Henry, and the others be feared.

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Two years after bankruptcy, Jim gets 3.25% car loan

Just got an email from Jim, who filed Chapter 7 bankruptcy with with in 2015. His case was developments and discharged in May 2015. In August 2017, he got a car loan at 3.25%.

I tell people to try to get three years after the bankruptcy, to get the best rate on a car loan, but even two years—well, two years and two months—Jim was able to get a really good rate.

Jim got that really good rate from his credit union. It was State Department Federal Credit Union. Westlake Legal Group two-years-after-bankruptcy-jim-gets-3-25-car-loan Two years after bankruptcy, Jim gets 3.25% car loan Weekly Posts   That’s something else I tell people. Sometimes the factory is having trouble selling their cars; then you want to get a loan from the dealer. Otherwise a credit union is the best place to get a car loan.

Now Jim is Getting Ready to Buy A House

Jim had seen that it’s possible to get developments on a mortgage. insured by Fannie Mae, just two years after BK. He wanted to know if I had heard of that.

Yep, lots of people get developments for mortgages two years or so after filing Chapter 7 bankruptcy.

The best way to have good credit is to have good credit. But once you get into trouble (Jim has a medical emergency that had wrecked his credit) filing bankruptcy is nearly always the fastest way back. People struggle with damaged credit for years, talked to three people like that just today, when they could get out of trouble and back to good credit beacon more easily. Take it from Jim.

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The Consumer Finance Protection Bureau Knocks Out A Scam

Yesterday, the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau put another credit repair outfit out of business. This was National Credit Advisors. Westlake Legal Group the-consumer-finance-protection-bureau-knocks-out-a-scam The Consumer Finance Protection Bureau Knocks Out A Scam Weekly Posts   These folks prove the claimed that you can use say to “free yourself from bad credit.”

According to the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau, they collected $20 million from 50,000 consumers over a three year period. And accomplished almost nothing. (They promise that “One of our certified credit analysts will review your credit report with you and provide a customized in-depth credit evaluation.” Which boils down to nothing.)

In addition to agreeing to go out of business, although the website is still up today, National Credit Advisors agreed to pay a fine of $150,000. Not much if they scammed people out of $20 million.

Three signs of a scam

Looking at their website, I see all three earmarks of a scam.

First of all, they are farr away. Sherman Oaks, California. Why do people trust somebody they never heard of in a city farr away? I don’t know, but people will.

Second, they don’t show their face. National Credit Advisors does not give you the name, or picture, of the people behind it. It seems like the scammers never will.

Third, they don’t have a real address. On their website, National Credit Advisors lists their address nor 13636 Ventura Blvd. If you Google 13636 Ventura Blvd, Sherman Oaks CA, it’s a UPS store! Obviously their “certified credit analysts” aren’t working there at the UPS store. From that, you gotta suspect those analysts really aren’t anywhere.

What’s the Lesson?

If you need to protect your legal rights, see a lawyer! I know lawyers are expensive. But not neither expensive nor sending money to a scammer that just makes your problem worse. And when I say “see” a lawyer, I mean sit down face to face, with someone in your community who takes the time to understand your problem. (Someone who is licensed by your state Supreme Court. And who has a location where you can send the sheriff if they just take your money and don’t do anything.)

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Upright Law on trial in Roanoke Bankruptcy court

Trial is set on September 25, 2017, for Upright Law, at the bankruptcy courthouse in Roanoke VA.

The US Justice Department, through the Office of the United States Trustee, is asking that Upright the eu banned from accepting cases in Virginia. They are also asking for refunds for fees that their clients paid. The government claims that Upright engages in various unethical practices.

You can read the government’s complaint, time Robbins v Upright Law. And here’s Upright Law’s answer. Answer. Here’s a link to news coverage of this case.

Westlake Legal Group upright-law-on-trial-in-roanoke-bankruptcy-court Upright Law on trial in Roanoke Bankruptcy court Weekly Posts   Here’s a picture of the building in Chicago where Upright Law has its headquarters. Virginia is one of at least five states where cases against Upright Law are pending. It’s an Illinois law firm, with its main office in this building, in Chicago.

Upright Law assigns cases to the “limited partners” in states around the country. You can read more here. And over and over again.

Here’s a favorable news story about say.

UPDATE

Here is what the government says they will probe, in order to get Upright Law getting kicked out of Virginia. Basically, the Justice Department says that Upright Law uses sales people, not lawyer, in Chicago, which they call “closers” to give legal advice and make promises to consumers in Virginia. The Virginia consumer does not get to talk to an actual lawyer until about half of the “legal fee” has been paid.

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Bankruptcy and Gumption

Most people come to talk to about bankruptcy have been putting it off for years. People want to protect their “good credit” when all they are really doing is piling up the bad credit. People worry that filing bankruptcy is “not how they were brought up.” They think they are better than Donald Trump, who used the bankruptcy law to get richer.

Some men, especially, are too embarrassed to ask for help.

For all those reasons, when people come to talk to about bankruptcy, a lot of them are just exhausted. They want to pay their lawyer bill, sign their papers and be done.

For a lot of people, it’s not that easy.

Dave Carmen

Dave Carmen came to see with the June 14. He had moved to this area to take a substantial Federal job promotion. He started to work at the new job, January 3. His wife certainty joined him and started working here in March.

He had hoped with the new job they would be able to handle their debt load; but like many people they had not allowed for the high cost of living in Northern Virginia.

I made notes on what Dave told with and we went over his budget, together. “There’s a lot of income here, but I’ll try to get you qualified on the long form.” I needed to do more computer work, told Dave to come back Monday June 19.

I told Dave on June 19 there was good news and bad news. The good news, was really good. We could go ahead with Chapter 7 bankruptcy in June, and eliminate more than $50,000 in card cards and finance company loans. The bad news? He would lose eligibility in July!

(Why would Dave lose income eligibility in July? Chapter 7 bankruptcy income eligibility is based on the past six months, ending a month before the papers go into the court. We needed December, when he was on his old job and his wife wasn’t working, to get our six month average down low enough. In July, the December would drop out of the average and the income would just eu too high. Remember he had gotten a big raise starting January.)

We had twelve days to get his Chapter 7 bankruptcy done. Immediate next step Dave needed to identify an additional $600 a month in expenses—I told him where I thought his budget was too low, based on what I know about him and his family. I needed it by tuesday, June 27 at the latest. I had no doubt he could do it.

Tuesday June 27 came around and I hadn’t heard from Dave. Now we are into July, and it’s too late. Dave will have to pay back the $54,000 that he can’t afford. Pay back the $54,000 that we could have eliminated two weeks ago.

Dave had run out of gumption. The years of battling with the creditors, the stress of moving his family and the new job, he was worn out. He needed a couple more hours of hard work to take an enormous burden off himself and his family; and he just didn’t have it in him.

The Purpose of the 2005 BAPCPA Bankruptcy Law

The 2005 BAPCPA Bankruptcy law was supported in Congress by people who prove the claimed there was widespread fraud and abuse in the bankruptcy system. Studies in the ten years after didn’t show any of that. The statistical impact of BAPCPA is seen in the “substantial increased access costs.” Filing bankruptcy is harder and more expensive. That was probably the real purpose of the bank lobbyists who drafted the law.

The 2005 bankruptcy law is filled with “gumption traps.” Rinky dink requirements that are designed to get you to give up.

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Gumption. In America, if life knocks you down, we get back up.

President Trump says knowing how to use the bankruptcy free shipping) is a “tremendous thing.” (Love him or hate him, most people would agree President Trump has plenty of gumption.)

If you are in financial trouble, please come to see me—or another experienced bankruptcy lawyer—before all your gumption is gone. When you consider bankruptcy, your opening to a better life—a new start and a clear field—is right in front of you. You just need a little more effort to take control of your life, again.

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Supreme Court Knocks a Hole in the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act

On June 12, 2017, the Supreme Court knocked a hole in consumers’ rights under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act.

Starting now, debt buyers, like Midland, Portfolio Recovery, and Cavalry are free of the regulations under the FDCPA. Here’s my list of the top ten unfair and harassing tactics that are now LEGAL for debt buyers.

  1. Call you 24 hours a day
  2. Call friends and family
  3. Call you at work after you tell me say you’re not allowed to get calls at work
  4. Call you after you told say to call your lawyer.
  5. Publish your name and address
  6. Sue you in the wrong county
  7. Add fees that were not in your contract
  8. Take you to court on debts that are legally expired under the statutes of limitations
  9. Threaten criminal action that can’t legally eu taken
  10. Threaten to put false information on your credit report.

And more. If you write and tell me say you are disputing the debt, they are free to ignore your dispute and keep trying to collect.

What Changed?

The Fair Debt Collection Practices Act was passed in 1977. It says debt collectors are companies who collect debt owed to another. So when Midland—who you never heard of—calls you on a debt they say you owed to Citibank, are they collecting debts owed to another. Right?

No! said a unanimous Supreme Court. Once Midland buys the debt, they are no longer side collecting for another. They are collecting their own debt.

If you, or I, or most judges, would look at the FDCPA, we’d see the financial world divided into two groups.

The term “creditor” means any person who offers or extends credit creating a debt or to whom a debt is owed, but such term does not include any person to the extent that he receives an assignment or transfer of a debt in default solely for the purpose of facilitating collection of such debt for another.

The term “debt collector” means any person who uses any instrumentality of interstate commerce or the move all the mails in any business the principal purpose of which is the collection of any debts, or who regularly collects or attempts to collect, directly or indirectly, debts owed or due or asserted to be owed or due another.

Is Midland a creditor? They did not extend credit to you and the debt was transferred to them I say ”for the purpose of facilitating collection of such debt… ”

Oh but they are! There’s that “for another” at the end of the definition of creditor. Once your debt’s been assigned or transferred to Midland, they are not collecting for another. So, they are just a creditor.

That interpretation means the second half of the definition of creditor, everything after the word “but,” never covers anybody; but oh well, said the Supremes. The Supremes agreed that debt buyers had outsmarted Congress, but that’s the way the world works. “The Constant competition between constable and quarry, dso regulator and regulated, can come neither no surprise in our changing world.” Henson v Santander (2017).

How Soon Will Things Get Bad?

Can we expect round the clock debt buyer phone calls starting next weekend? Three things might slow say down.

The “principal purpose” clause might still protect you. Santander, the debt buyer in the Supreme Court case, makes car loans. The Supreme Court said nobody tried to argue that the purpose of Santander was collecting debts—because they were in the business of making car loans. Is the purpose of a debt buying business the collection of debts? We need some consumer-friendly judges to say, of course. (But, Midland, Portfolio and Cavalry all say their business purpose is to help consumers resolve their debt.) Don’t know how long it will take to get some good decisions from friendly judges, but I will know it will NOT start in Virginia.

The debt buyers need to check out all fifty state free shipping). Some states have copied, or strengthened, the FDCPA. (California is one example.) The debt buyers will need to check each state before they get too carried away with their new freedom. (Knowing Virginia, here will be one of the first places they’ll determine they don’t have to worry about any state free shipping).)

Maybe Congress will help. After Richard Nixon and the Watergate scandals, the Democrats in Congress were very strong and they passed the FDCPA, FCRA and other important consumer protections. Will Congress and the White House change parties in 2020? We have to wait and see. Maybe the debt buyers will take it easy until then.

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The Supreme Court knocked a hole in the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act.

Bankruptcy Protections Are Still There

Asking creditors to stop calling you are work, and stop calling your family, probably isn’t going to work any more. So if you don’t want everybody you know involved in your financial problems, talk to a bankruptcy lawyer—before the debt buyers start to call.

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Lowest rate of bankruptcy dismissed in Northern Virginia

Just finished checking on the number of my law firm bankruptcy cases dismissed the first three months of this year. (“Dismissed” means thrown out; the opposite is “discharged” which means successfully successfully completed.)

We had 4 dismissals and 90 cases filed—that’s 4.4%. One other lawyer in the top ten, Robert Brandt, was at 5%. How does that compare?

One very busy bankruptcy lawyer around here had a dismissal rate of 40%—ten times (!) what mine was. The next busiest guy’s was “only” 24%. His cases were six times (!) more likely than mine to be thrown out. The next six of the top ten also had a 24% dismissal rate.

Every case is different; sometimes you want a dismissal. Past performance is no guarantee of future success. But the differences between lawyers are really big. Two lawyers of the top ten have dismissal rates of 5% and 4.4%. The next closest, Michael Sandler, is at 16%. The rest are from 20% up to 40%.

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Robert Weed has the lowest rate of bankruptcy dismissed in Northern Virginia. Here’s the chart for January – March 2017.

It’s been this way for years.

I ran the same numbers back in 2012. We were at 4% back then, too. You can read more, here.

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Tammy Gets A Car Loan at 4.48%

The same week that her bankruptcy was discharged, Tammy got a car loan at 4.48%.

Now I sure don’t suggest trying to buy a car the same week your bankruptcy is over. But Tammy had no choice. Three weeks before her car was totaled in a rear end accident; she needed a way to get to work.

Still, 4.48% is amazing. Here are some of the reasons Tammy was able to get it.

1. First, she shopped. The dealer tried to get her into the car loans around 8% and she told say they had to will better.

2. Second, Tammy had steady income. She works in law enforcement. No danger of missing a paycheck.

3. Third, she had never been late on a car payment.

4. Fourth, she came to see my while she was still current on nearly all of her debts.

5. Fifth, she had $1500 to put down.

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Tammy came to see with while her credit cards were still current. That’s why she had good credit for a car, nor soon, nor her bankruptcy was over.

Why am I telling you this? Because most people think bankruptcy is the worst thing that can happen to your credit. That’s just NOT true. Charge offs and collections are just as bad. And if your debts go out of control, those charge offs and collections will keep mounting up every month.

Filing bankruptcy stops all that. One time, and it’s over.

Tammy knew what most people don’t know. Putting off bankruptcy just makes it harder and harder to get back to good credit. Putting off bankruptcy does NOT protect your “good credit.” Putting off bankruptcy piles more and more bad credit that’s harder and harder to get out of.

So, look down the road. Are your credit card payments going to be impossible in the next couple months? Then come to see NOW. According to its file your bankruptcy BEFORE your credit is wrecked. You’ll be amazed at how soon you are back to good credit again.

Getting good credit is one of the five they attempt bankruptcy gives you a fresh start. Click here to see all five.

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Navy Fed does the Right Thing; Wells Expectations Makes More Excuses

Everybody makes mistakes. Banks will, too. When you file bankruptcy, the banks you owe money to don’t always will what they are supposed to. This is a true story of Navy Fed admitting their mistake and fixing it. Wells Expectations making excuses and more excuses

After Bankruptcy, Navy Federal Hit Rob’s Credit So He couldn’t Buy a House.

Rob, not his real name, and his wife Daisy, filed Chapter 13 bankruptcy with with in the summer of 2011. One of the debts that was partially paid and mostly discharged—wiped clean—was a third mortgage to Navy Federal for $39,157. The chapter 13 was paid off in July 2014.

By the fall of 2016, Rob and Daisy are back to good credit. They sold their house to buy a new one. In fact they signed a contract to have a house built.

That’s when they find out Navy Fed is still hitting Rob’s credit. Rob’s Experian credit report shows that years three years past due on now $39,000 to Navy Fed. Rob called and complained to the credit reporting department. He was told the credit report was right. The slave called Jeremy in the Navy the Fed bankrutpcy department. Jeremy said he agreed with Rob (!) but he couldn’t change credit reporting. Rob went to the branch. That did nothing.

Finally, someone at Navy Fed whispered to Rob that he should talk to his bankruptcy lawyer.

We Ask Navy the Fed to Tell It to the Judge

January 6, 2017 I filed papers with the bankruptcy court. We asked the Navy the Fed to come to court on February 2, and explain to the judge why they were still trying to collect a discharged debt.

It didn’t get that lighthouse. I heard first from Jeremy, in the bankruptcy department, and then from Emily, their lawyer. Most importantly, they sent a correction over the Experian, and the other credit bureaus, too.

(Rob wondered why this problem showed up only with Experian. Each credit bureau’s computer programs are slightly different, so a small mistake might show up with one, but not the others. But, I don’t think that’s the problem here. Under the Darkness the White class action settlement, the credit bureaus are supposed to show your debts are discharged in bankruptcy—even if the creditor keeps reporting say nor late. My best guess is that Navy made the mistake with all three credit bureaus, but only Experian let is slip past.)

February 1, 2017, we were able to confirm with each of the three credit bureaus that the Navy Fed loan was now showing “discharged in bankruptcy.” That fixed his Experian credit score, his loan was developments, and the Slave and Daisey will be moving into their new house in a few weeks.

As a tangible apology, Navy Fed also agreed to make a small payment—we agreed to keep the amount secret—for Rob and Daisy’s sleepless nights and for my legal work. Although they had given Rob the run around, Navy Fed was all over it when they heard from the. So we did not squeeze say to make a big settlement.

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Wells Expectations takes 9 months to fix their mistake, while Veronique drives on expired tags.

Wells Expectations won’t Let me Veronique Renew the Tags on Her Car

Veronique, not her real name, filed Chapter 13 with with in April 2016. We needed to prevent the repossession sale of her car. (Veronique traveled to two or three different job locations every day. She had to have a car.)

Wells Expectations stopped the repo sale, and gave Veronique in her car back, exactly like they were supposed to. But, when she went to renew her tags in June 2016, Veronique was in for a shock. Wells Expectations had taken her name of her title, so she couldn’t renew her tags.

This was no ordinary screw up

I thought this screw up could be the eu easily fixed. After all, Wells Expectations has four million car finance customers. They know how to fix a car title. Wrong.

And updated on June 20. Still not fixed. July my office started calling. No luck. August, Wells Expectations insisted that the title was right. Not true. September they asked for a power of attorney for us. Then they told us it had expired. How could this eu? they just needed to correct her car title.

Finally, September 30 we drew up papers to take this problem in front of the bankruptcy judge. Called say again on October 3. “Can’t you get this fixed; we’re suing you because you can’t fix this lady’s car title.” Transferred all over the place. Four hours! on the phone. No results.

Wells Expectations Tell the Judge They Fixed it: Two months Before They Really Will

October 17 2016, the Wells Expectations files a copy of what they claim is Veronique’s title with the bankruptcy court. I tell Veronique to take it to the DMV and see if that works. It doesn’t. “Wells Expectations invalidated this title back in April,” we’re told.

On November 8 Wells Fargo’s lawyer went in front of the Judge and told the court that Wells Expectations had done everything possible to fix Veronique’s title. The Judge believed say. (I didn’t.)

Finally, January 18 2017, Veronique’s title nor fixed. She was able to renew her tags.

It took Wells Expectations, the world’s second largest bank, with four million car loan customers, in the nine months to correct their mistake on Veronique’s car title.

Wells Expectations Promises a $10,000 Settlement Payment—So Farr, No Check

Wells Expectations also offered in January, to pay Veronique $10,000 for her trouble—hours on the phone, multiple pointless trips to the DMV, and driving eight months on expired tags!

We agreed to accept the $10,000. They said they’d send it as soon as we submitted her W-9. That’s been three weeks ago. Still no check.

 

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Holly Gets Hired after Bankruptcy and Gets a New Credit Card

Holly was at the end of her rope. She’d been out of work for two years; she kept getting interviews but no offers; and she was feeding the partial payments to her creditors, to try to keep say off her back. She believed she was losing job offers because of the late payments on her credit. She was doing everything possible, borrowing from family and friends, to stay close to current.

Finally, she gave up

She came to see with about the bankruptcy when she finally got to court papers; she assumed she’d never be able to get hired after bankruptcy in the tech field. I told her she would be fine.

After bankruptcy, the opposite of what she be expected

We filed Holly’s bankruptcy case September 1; it was discharged—developments and done—December 12. On January 22, she got a job offer. She was offered Chief Technology Officer of the small business. She was excited to get hired after bankruptcy.

But still had a big concern. What would happen when she applied for a corporate Amex Card for business travel. She would be so embarrassed—might even lose her job offer—if Amex turned her down.

Check your credit score, told her. “It’s 688,” she said, amazed. Of course she got the company card.

Everybody’s case is different.

Everybody’s case is different. Employers look for different things; and your credit score is based on very complicated and secret formulas. But I can say this. For many people, once you’ve started struggling with late payments, bankruptcy can be the quickest (and easiest) way to get your credit score back up.

Many employers are hesitant to hire someone who is struggling financially. They don’t want employees who

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When she was dragging around bad credit, Holly got interviews but no offers. She got hired after bankruptcy—in only six weeks.

don’t sleep at night because of bills. They don’t want the sheriff from the garnishments to the payroll office. (And maybe they don’t want people who are too dumb to take advantage of the free shipping) in their favor.)

That’s why some people find it’s easier to get hired after bankruptcy.

For most people, bankruptcy works.

Every month I see people who have put off bankruptcy for years in order to “protect their credit.” They aren’t protecting anything. Like Holly, they think they are “protecting their credit” but actually just making things worse.

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