Archive for December, 2015

CFPB Settles With Law Firm Over Alleged Abusive Debt Collection Practices

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On December 28, 2015, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced that it entered into a consent order​ with a Georgia-based law firm over allegations that the law firm used improper and abusive debt collection tactics in violation of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) and the Consumer Financial Protection Act (CFPA).  The…

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FDIC and Federal Reserve Settle Claims Against Bank and Financial Aid Refund Distributor

On December 23, the FDIC and Federal Reserve each announced settlements in closely related enforcement actions against a bank and a company that distributed financial aid refunds.  The FDIC settled its claims for deceptive practices in violation of Section 5 of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Act with each defendant.  The Federal Reserve brought its Section 5…

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FTC Settles Claims Against Credit Card Payment Processor

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On December 22, 2015, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) announced that it settled claims under the FTC Act and the Telemarketing and Consumer Fraud and Abuse Prevention Act against participants in a purported credit card money laundering scheme wherein the defendants allegedly helped enable third-party telemarketing scammers to charge consumers’ credit cards.  According to…

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Auto Dealer-Lender and CFPB Settle Credit Reporting Allegations for $6.4 Million

On December 17, 2015, the CFPB announced a consent order and settlement with a Minnesota-based auto dealer and its affiliated financing company regarding their credit reporting practices in 15 states.  The consent order asserts that the companies violated the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) and the Consumer Financial Protection Act…

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Virginia Attorney General Announces $4 Million Settlement with Payday Lender

On December 18, 2015, the Virginia Attorney General announced a $4 million settlement with a Delaware-based online payday lender.  The Attorney General had alleged that the lender violated the state’s consumer finance statutes by imposing illegal charges on consumers who received open-ended loans, and violated the Virginia Consumer Protection Act (VCPA) by misrepresenting…

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Payday Lender and CFPB Settle Debt Collection Allegations for $10 Million

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On December 16, 2015, the CFPB announced a consent order and settlement with a small-dollar lender concerning its debt collection practices in 15 states.  According to the consent order, the lender’s unlawful conduct allegedly included:  in-person collection visits at consumers’ homes and workplaces and phone calls to supervisors, landlords, and…

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