Archive for May, 2017

Kentucky AG Announces Home Loan Protections in Connection with Settlement with Mortgage Recording Company

On May 25, 2017, Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear (“Kentucky AG”) announced steps it is taking to provide guidance to Kentucky homeowners whose banks use online mortgage recording databases​ instead of traditional public land records to track land ownership.  The Kentucky AG has provided county clerks with information to post in…

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Massachusetts AG Obtains Judgment Against Online Auto Title Lender for Illegal Loans

On May 25, 2017, Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey (“Massachusetts AG”) announced​ a final judgment and permanent injunction entered​ in Suffolk Superior Court against an unlicensed ​online auto title lender, permanently banning the company from operating in Massachusetts and voiding over 200 loans made by the company to Massachusetts borrowers. The judgment also prohibits…

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Florida AG Files Lawsuit Against Student Loan Debt Relief Company

​On May 23, 2017, the Florida Attorney General’s Office (AG) announced that it had filed a complaint against a Florida student loan debt relief company that falsely promised consumers it could substantially reduce their student loan debt, or even have their student loan debt forgiven.  According to the complaint, the company convinced consumers to pay…

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DC Attorney General Obtains Consent Order Against Phony Debt Relief Company

​On May 23, 2017, the District of Columbia Attorney General’s Office announced that it had entered into a consent order with a Maryland debt relief company and its owner for violating the District of Columbia’s Consumer Credit Service Organizations Act, D.C. Code § 28-4601, et seq., by falsely promising to help consumers reduce or eliminate debt. The debt relief…

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Reverse Mortgage Servicer to Pay $89 Million to Resolve False Claims Act and FIRREA Claims

On May 16, 2017, the U.S. Department of Justice (“DOJ”) announced that it had reached a settlement with a company engaged in reverse mortgage servicing, in connection with the company’s participation in the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (“HUD”) Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (“HECM”) program, which offers senior citizens reverse mortgages insured by the Federal Housing Administration…

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Minnesota AG Secures Judgment Against Debt Collector Over Allegedly Abusive Collection Practices

On May 15, 2017, the Minnesota Attorney General’s office (“Minnesota AG”) announced that it obtained a judgment in a lawsuit filed in Minnesota state court against a debt collection company.  As a result of the final judgment, the company is permanently barred from collecting debts in Minnesota and must pay a…

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FDIC Announces Settlements With Wisconsin Banks Over Lending Violations

On May 11, 2017, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) announced a settlement with a Wisconsin bank and two affiliated institutions, resolving allegations that the three lenders violated Section 5 of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Act, which prohibits unfair and deceptive practices.  The lenders allegedly violated this provision by: (1) charging…

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Virginia AG Settles Action Against Pawnbroker Over Illegal Interest Rates

On May 9, 2017, the Attorney General for the Commonwealth of Virginia (Virginia AG) announced that it had entered into a proposed consent order to resolve an action filed in Spotsylvania County Circuit Court against a Virginia-based pawn broker that allegedly charged illegal interest rates on loans.  The proposed consent order would require the pawnbroker…

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