Archive for November, 2016

Enforcement Watch Cited by Wall Street Journal

Today’s WSJ Pro Market Talk: Daily Analysis Roundup featured an article titled “3Q Enforcement Actions vs. Consumer Financial Firms Fell,” which cites data reported on by Enforcement Watch: During the July-September quarter, federal and state regulators brought 37 enforcement actions against consumer finance providers, a slower pace than the 46 cases…

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Q3 2016 Sees Significant Decrease in State Enforcement Actions; Federal Agencies Hold Steady (Interactive Charts Inside)

In the third quarter of 2016, Consumer Enforcement Watch tracked 37 enforcement actions taken against consumer financial service providers.  This represents a decrease from the 46 enforcement actions that were tracked last quarter and the 50 actions that we tracked in Q1.  25 of the Q3 enforcement actions were settlements…

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Massachusetts Division of Banks Announces Return of $2.3 Million to Consumers Under Settlement with Payday Lender

On November 22, 2016, the Massachusetts Division of Banks (“DOB) announced that it has returned approximately $2.3 Million to 1,673 Massachusetts residents, as part of a settlement with an online payday lender. The payday lender allegedly issued payday loans with interest rates between 89 and 135 percent, and annual percentage rates (APR) between…

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Massachusetts AG Announces $2.4 Million Settlement with Student Loan Servicer Over Improper Servicing Practices

On November 22, 2016, the Massachusetts Attorney General announced that it entered into a settlement agreement with a national student loan servicing company over allegations the company violated various state and federal consumer protection laws.  The investigation into the company’s student loan servicing practices began in December 2015. According to…

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CFPB Files Suit Against Structured Settlement Company for Allegedly Defrauding Lead Paint Victims

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On November 21, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced that it filed suit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland against a structured settlement company and certain of the company’s principals, alleging that the company violated the Consumer Financial Protection Act (CFPA) by defrauding lead paint victims. According to the…

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United States Attorney’s Office Announces Guilty Pleas in Criminal Prosecution of Alleged $31 Million Debt Collection Scheme

On November 18, 2016, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York (“USAO”) announced that the co-owner and chief financial officer of a debt collection company, and a company manager, pleaded guilty to engaging in illegal and abusive debt collection practices.  The Court also sentenced another company employee to…

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Fifth California Resident Sentenced for Participation in Debt Relief Scheme

On November 21, 2016, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and U.S. Postal Inspection Service announced that an individual defendant was sentenced for his participation in an allegedly fraudulent debt relief scheme.  The defendant worked for two companies in Orange County, California that offered to settle credit card debts.  According to…

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Vermont AG Settles Lawsuit with California Student Loan Debt Consolidation Company

On November 18, 2016, the Attorney General for the State of Vermont (Vermont AG) announced that it had entered into a settlement with a California student loan debt consolidation company related to the company’s business of helping consumers consolidate their loans to reduce their student loan debt.  As part of the settlement, the…

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