Archive for November, 2017

Federal Reserve Enters Consent Order With Kansas Bank Over Deceptive Mortgage Origination Practices

​On November 28, the Federal Reserve announced that it had entered into a consent order with a Kansas state bank, resolving allegations that the bank engaged in deceptive residential mortgage lending practices in violation of Section 5 the Federal Trade Commission Act. According to the consent order, the bank’s loan officers often gave borrowers…

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CFPB Settles With National Bank Over Student Lending Practices for $6.5 Million

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​On November 21, 2017, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced that it had entered into a consent order with a national bank, resolving allegations over the bank’s allegedly harmful student loan servicing practices and requiring it to pay millions in consumer relief and civil penalties. ​ According to the CFPB, the bank engaged…

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DOJ Sues Foreclosure Trustee for Illegally Foreclosing on Homes of Servicemembers

On November 9, the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) annou​nced its lawsuit against a foreclosure trustee for wrongfully foreclosing on at least twenty-eight servicemembers in violation of the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (“SCRA”), 50 U.S.C. § 3953. The SCRA prohibits foreclosure on the home of a servicemember during active military service…

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CFPB Files Suit Against National Debt-Settlement Services Provider For Allegedly Misleading Consumers

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On November 8, 2017, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) announced it filed suit in federal court in California against a national debt-settlement services provider and its CEO based on alleged violations of the Consumer Financial Protection Act, 12 U.S.C. §§ 5531, 5536(a), 5564, 5565, the Telemarketing Consumer Fraud and Abuse…

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Ohio AG Files Complaint Against California Loan Modification Companies Over Misrepresentations

​On November 6, the Ohio Attorney General’s Office (Ohio AG) announced that it had filed a complaint in Ohio state court against a California man and two companies he owned (the California Companies) for making deceptive promises in connection with loan modification assistance to consumers.  The California Companies contacted consumers and offered them loan modification services for purchase,…

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FTC Obtains $6.8 Million Judgment Against Two Individuals in "Free" Credit Report Scheme

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​On October 30, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that it had obtained a stipulated order for a permanent injunction and monetary judgment against two individuals for allegedly using fake rental property ads to lure consumers to visit websites promising “free” credit reports.  When consumers visited those websites, the individuals allegedly deceived them…

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FTC and Illinois AG Settle With "Phantom" Debt Collectors For $47 Million

​On November 1, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and Illinois Attorney General’s Office (Illinois AG) announced (here and here) that they had reached a settlement to resolve a joint action brought against affiliated Chicago-based debt collectors that allegedly used false and misleading tactics in attempting to collect on payday or other small-dollar loans. The…

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