Archive for March, 2016

FTC and Illinois AG Secure Temporary Restraining Order Against Companies' Deceptive Payday Loan Collection Practices

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​On March 30, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that the Northern District of Illinois granted the FTC and Illinois Attorney General’s request for a temporary restraining order against an Illinois payday loan collection operation.  The FTC and AG alleged the payday loan collector was in violation of the FTC Act, Fair Debt Collection…

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Ohio Attorney General Files Lawsuit Against Attorney for Failing to Provide Loan Modification Services

​On March 29, the Ohio Attorney General (“AG”) announced a lawsuit filed in Ohio state court against a Pennsylvania-based attorney, for alleged violations of Ohio’s Consumer Sales Practices Act and Debt Adjuster’s Act. According to the complaint, the attorney contacted Ohio consumers, offering loan modification services.  He allegedly represented to consumers that…

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Massachusetts AG Announces Defrauded Student Borrowers Are Eligible for Debt Relief

​On March 28, the Massachusetts Attorney General (“AG”), together with the U.S. Secretary of Education, announced that more than 2,000 students who were allegedly defrauded​ by a national for-profit college are eligible to have their federal loans forgiven. In November 2015, the AG had submitted an application to the U.S. Department of Education…

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West Virginia Attorney General Secures $20 Million Settlement Against Debt Collector

​On March 21, the West Virginia Attorney General’s office announced​ that it had settled allegations against a debt collector over alleged violations of the West Virginia Collection Agency Act, W. Va. Code §§ 47-16-1 (“Collection Agency Act”) and the West Virginia Consumer Credit and Protection Act, W. Va. Code §§ 46A-1-101 (“WVCCPA”).  The…

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CFPB Settles Illegal Fees Allegations with Student Debt Relief Company

On March 15, 2016, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced that it had entered into a consent order and settlement with a national student debt relief company over allegations that the company charged illegal and excessive fees. According to the Complaint, the company operated online student debt management websites that offered services related to…

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Massachusetts AG Announces Settlement With Auto Lender Over Alleged Usurious Interest Rates

​On March 16, 2016, the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office announced that two financial services companies specializing in auto loans agreed to pay a total of $7.4 million in restitution to Massachusetts consumers over allegations the companies charged excessive interest rates on auto loans. According to the Massachusetts AG, the companies purchased loans from primary creditors…

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Massachusetts AG Announces Enforcement Action Against Online Auto Lender Over Alleged Illegal Loans

On March 18, 2016, the Massachusetts Attorney General announced that it obtained a preliminary injunction against an online auto lender over claims the company originated loans with illegal interest rates and fees in violation of Massachusetts usury laws. According to the Attorney General, the company offered online title loans to…

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