Montgomery, Ala.-based e-Rate Consulting Services might have a shortage of funds, but there's no shortage of lawsuits, reports the Montgomery Advertiser. Jonathan M. Slaughter, owner of the business--which helps schools apply for federal e-Rate discounts on telecommunications services--has worked out an agreement to settle two lawsuits by paying $750,000 in installments to a Florida school system that said the firm failed to pass on more than $600,000 the system should have received in e-Rate rebates. Then, two local financiers sued Slaughter for $96,000 that they said they loaned him and that he has not repaid. Slaughter has filed two lawsuits

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