Archive for May, 2015

MI Attorney General Files Criminal Charges Alleging Fake Loan Modification Scheme

On May 22, 2015, the Michigan Attorney General (“AG”) and its Homeowner Protection Unit filed charges in Oakland County’s 48th District Court against a Michigan mortgage company and its owner alleging that the owner and mortgage company engaged in a scheme to defraud borrowers by promising to modify mortgages for…

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HUD Settles Fair Housing Claim with Regional Bank for $200 Million

​​The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced that it reached a settlement agreement with a regional bank over a disparate treatment fair housing claim.  HUD alleged that the bank engaged in racially discriminatory redlining by lending less in majority-minority census tracks than in other neighborhoods.  Under the…

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State Attorneys General Announce Settlement with Credit Reporting Agencies

On May 20, 2015, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine, along with attorneys general of thirty other states (“the State AGs”), announced a $6,000,000 settlement with three major credit reporting agencies (“CRAs”). According to the announcement and the Settlement Agreement, the settlement is a culmination of a multistate investigation that the…

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New York Federal Court Issues TRO Over Debt Collector's Communications

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​​On May 21, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced​​ that its “Messaging for Money” enforcement campaign resulted ​in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York issuing a temporary restraining order against a debt collector who, according to the FTC’s complaint filed on May 11,  allegedly told consumers via text messages that legal actions had been filed…

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New York Federal Court Issues TRO Over Debt Collector's Text Messages

FTC

​On May 21, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced​​ that its “Messaging for Money” enforcement campaign resulted ​in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York issuing a temporary restraining order against a debt collector who allegedly sent misleading text messages trying to trick consumers into telephoning the company.  The FTC’s complaint, filed on May…

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CA Department of Business Oversight Sues Debt Repayment Service for Alleged Excessive Fees and Unlicensed Operations

On Friday, May 15, 2015, the California Department of Business Oversight (DBO) announced that it filed a complaint in state court against an Ohio-based biweekly debt repayment firm and allegedly associated entities (collectively “Defendants”) claiming certain violations of licensing, fee, and consumer protection provisions of California’s Financial Code and Business & Professions…

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