Archive for September, 2017

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Utah Bank Settles with U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania

On September 28, 2017, the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania (USAO) announced it entered a $3.6 million settlement agreement with a Utah Bank and its affiliated payment processor to settle allegations that the bank and its processor committed fraud by illegally debiting money for specific telemarketing and Internet marketing merchants (Merchants). The USAO’s settlement is the…

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National Mortgage Lender Pays $1.6 Million to Federal Government to Settle False Claims Act Allegations

On September 28, 2017, the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York (USAO), along with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and HUD’s Office of the Inspector General (HUD-OIG), announced that they had reached a settlement with a national mortgage lender over alleged…

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DOJ Settles Claims With Auto Finance Companies Over Repossessing Active Duty Servicemembers’ Vehicles

On September 27, the U.S. Department of Justice (“DOJ”) announced that it had entered into a $760,000 settlement​ with two affiliated auto finance companies stemming from allegations that the companies violated the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (“SCRA”), 50 U.S.C. § 3901, et seq., by failing to obtain court orders prior to repossessing vehicles owned…

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CFPB Agrees to Consent Order With Real Estate Settlement Services Provider Over Alleged RESPA Violations

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​On September 27, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced that it had entered into a consent order with a real estate settlement services provider for allegedly steering consumers to an affiliated title insurer without disclosing the relationship, an alleged violation of the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA), 12 U.S.C. 2607, and…

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CFPB, Student Loan Securitizer, and Debt Collector Agree to Combined $21.6 Million Settlement for Alleged Illegal Collection Practices

On September 18, 2017, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) announced that it had entered into a settlement and proposed consent judgment with a student loan owner and securitizer, and a separate consent judgment with the securitizer’s debt collector.  The securitizer has a loan portfolio of approximately 800,000 student loans.  According…

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Loan Brokerage Firm Agrees to $70,000 Settlement with CFPB Over Personal Loans Made to Recipients of Victim Compensation Funds

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On September 19, 2017, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) announced a simultaneous complaint and proposed consent order with a loan brokerage company and two associated individuals (the “Defendants”).  The Defendants are alleged to have made misrepresentations concerning the brokerage and the loan terms they offered to potential borrowers.  According to the CFPB,…

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New York DFS Settles With Payday Loan Debt Collector and Servicer For $12 Million

On September 25, 2017, New York’s Department of Financial Services (DFS) announced that it had entered into a consent order​ with a payday loan servicer and debt collector over the servicing and collection practices on usurious payday loan debts, resulting in nearly $12 million in relief for affected consumers. Payday loans are illegal in New York, and…

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