Archive for April, 2016

CFPB Announces Settlement with Debt Collection Law Firm and Debt Buyer Over Alleged Abusive Debt Collection Practices

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On April 25, 2016, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced​ it entered into two settlements, available here​ and here, with a law firm and a financial services company over allegations the entities filed debt collection lawsuits without properly verifying the underlying debt obligations, in violation of the Consumer Financial Protection Act…

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HUD Announces Settlement with Regional Bank Over Alleged Discriminatory Lending Practices

On April 25, 2016, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced that it entered into a settlement agreement with a regional bank over allegations the bank engaged in discriminatory lending practices in​ violation of the Fair Housing Act. According to HUD, the bank discriminated against racial minorities by refusing…

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FHA Lender Settles False Claims Act Allegations for $113 Million

On April 15, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced that a mortgage company settled claims it violated the False Claims Act by originating and underwriting mortgage loans insured by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Federal Housing Administration (FHA) that failed to comply with certain requirements for the FHA insurance program. The settlement…

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New York Attorney General Files Lawsuit Against Credit Card Transaction Processor

On April 13, 2016, the New York Attorney General announced the filing of a lawsuit against several affiliated companies and individuals who lease credit card transaction processing equipment to small business owners. The Attorney General alleges that the companies engaged in fraudulent and deceptive practices by inducing individuals into signing lease…

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National Bank Finalizes $1.2 Billion Settlement Relating to FHA Lending Program

On April 8, 2016​, the Department of Justice (DOJ) officially announced a $1.2 billion settlement with a national bank and one of its executives relating to the bank’s participation in the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) Direct Endorsement​ Lender Program.  As part of the settlement agreement, the bank acknowledged that between the period of May…

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Washington AG Settles Lawsuits with Six Student Loan Adjustors for Alleged Deceptive Practices

On April 7, 2016, the Washington Attorney General (“AG”) announced settlements with six student loan adjustment companies which were alleged to have “preyed on students” by charging excessive fees. The Washington AG claimed that these firms violated Washington’s Debt Adjustment Act and Consumer Protection Act by overcharging 346 Washington students…

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CFPB Secures $50,000 Penalty for Student Loan Debt Relief Scam

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On March 31, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced that it entered a consent order with a student loan debt relief company, resolving allegations that the company violated the Consumer Financial Protection Act (CFPA); Telemarketing Sales Rule (TSR); and Regulation P, which implements the privacy notice requirements of the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act…

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