Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corp. demands $16.2 million from Bear Stearns & Co. and Geometric Asset Funding Ltd., claiming the defendants made false statements and juggled the books on a Sumitomo loan to Geometric, in New York County Court.

     The State of Ohio accuses The Gutter Champ of a host of shoddy business practices, in Franklin County Court, Columbus.
     Two women claim Irene Valenti and her dating service, Valenti International Limited, defrauded them by making promises they could not deliver, in separate complaints in San Diego Superior Court.

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