Archive for January, 2016

New York Attorney General Sues and Settles With Auto Dealerships Over Credit Repair Products

​On January 20, the New York Attorney General’s Office (Attorney General) announced that it had filed a complaint against several New York auto dealerships over allegations that the dealerships sold deceptive “after-sale” products to consumers.  The lawsuit alleges that the dealerships partnered with an independent credit repair company to charge 1,426 consumers…

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Florida Attorney General Obtains $7.8 Million Judgment Against Credit Counseling Companies

On January 11, the Florida Attorney General announced the filing of a consent order against two credit counseling and debt management companies and their controlling officer, resolving allegations that the defendants violated Florida’s Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices Act by marketing and selling putative debt management and/or credit counseling services, which claim…

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HUD Files Charges Against Home Loan Modification Providers That Allegedly Targeted Hispanic Homeowners

​On January 12, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced that it filed administrative charges against three California home loan modification assistance companies and their employees, alleging that they targeted Hispanic homeowners by charging thousands of dollars for services that were never provided or were ineffective.  HUD’s…

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FTC and Florida AG Sue Payment Processing Company for Credit Card Processing and Debt Relief Services

On January 8, 2016, the Federal Trade Commission​ (“FTC”) and the Attorney General for the State of Florida​ (“Florida AG”) announced charges against a payment processing business relating to an alleged nationwide debt relief telemarketing scam.  The amended complaint was filed on December 21, 2015 in the United States District Court for the Middle​ District…

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FTC and State AGs Announce Four Actions Against Debt Collectors as Part of Operations Collection Protection

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On January 7, 2016, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) and its law enforcement partners announced four separate actions against various debt collectors.  The FTC stated that the actions were part of a continuing nationwide crackdown referred to as “Operation Collection Protection,” which is designed to target debt collectors using illegal tactics.  The FTC claims the debt…

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FTC Reaches Settlement with Online Payday Lenders Relating to Deception Charges

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On January 5, 2016, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”)​ announced that two online payday lenders ​reached a settlement with the FTC to resolve charges that payday lenders illegally charged consumers undisclosed and inflated fees.  As part of the settlement, each company agreed to a penalty of $2.2 million and combined waived $68 million in uncollected consumer…

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