Archive for March, 2017

FTC Announces Settlement with Municipal Debt Collector Over Alleged Abusive Debt Collection Practices

​On March 24, 2017, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced​ that it entered into a consent order with a debt collection company, resolving allegations that the company engaged in unfair and abusive debt collection practices in violation of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA), 15 U.S.C. §§ 1692-1692p, and section 5 of…

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North Carolina Attorney General Secures $377,000 in Settlement with Private Student Lender

​On March 27, 2017, the North Carolina Attorney General (“AG”) announced that it had settled a lawsuit filed in the Wake County, North Carolina Superior Court against a student loan company. As a result of the settlement, the parties filed a consent judgment requiring that the company pay $377,048 in restitution…

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CFPB Enters Into Consent Order with Credit Reporting Agency Over Alleged Misrepresentations

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On March 23, 2017, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced that it had entered into a consent order with a California-based credit reporting agency (CRA) and its subsidiaries, resolving allegations that the CRA deceived consumers by misrepresenting that the credit score reports that it marketed to consumers were used by lenders in determining a consumer’s credit worthiness….

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Massachusetts Commissioner of Banks Enters Into Consent Order with Motor Vehicle Sales Finance Company

On March 24, 2017, the Massachusetts Commissioner of Banks (“Commissioner”) entered into a consent order with a licensed motor vehicle sales finance company, agreeing to refrain from further violations of Massachusetts state law governing the conduct of motor vehicle sales financing.  The consent order came after the Commissioner examined the company and subsequently issued a…

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New York AG Settles with Retail Financing Company that Allegedly Lured Servicemembers into Revolving Credit Contracts

On March 22, 2017, the New York Attorney General’s Office (“New York AG”) announced that it had entered into a $540,000 settlement with a Virginia retailer and financing company that allegedly used deceptive practices to lure military servicemembers into financing agreements for the purchase of consumer goods. The New York AG alleged that the companies sold…

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North Carolina Attorney General Secures Over $35 Million In Settlement With Debt Relief Providers

On March 9, 2017, the North Carolina Attorney General (“AG”) announced that it had settled a lawsuit filed in the Wake County, North Carolina Superior Court against three debt relief companies and two individuals.  As a result of the settlement, the court entered an order banning the companies and individuals from advertising or providing debt relief…

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National Debt Relief Provider Reaches $9 Million Settlement with FTC for Deceptive Solicitations

On March 7, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas entered a stipulated order prohibiting a national debt relief provider from making misleading claims about its debt relief services. The court also entered a $9 million judgment against the defendants, with all but…

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