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CFPB Reaches $6 Million Settlement with Prison Prepaid Debit Card Provider

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On October 19, 2021, the CFPB announced that it entered a consent order against a Florida-based financial services company, resolving claims that the company violated the Unfair, Deceptive, Abusive Acts and Practices (UDAAP) provisions of the Consumer Financial Protection Act (CFPA), 12 U.S.C. § 5536(a) by charging unlawful fees, and the Electronic Funds Transfer Act,…

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CFPB Announces Consent Order with Reverse Mortgage Lender Imposing $1.1 Million in Penalties

On October 8, 2021, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) a​nnounced  the filing of a complaint and proposed consent order against a reverse mortgage lender in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.  In the complaint, the CFPB alleged the lender engaged in deceptive advertising practices in violation of the Consumer Financial…

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Minnesota AG Announces Approval of $38 Million in Student Loan Debt Relief and Restitution

On September 30, 2021, the Minnesota Attorney General (“Minnesota AG”) announced that a federal bankruptcy court had approved $23.6 million in student debt relief and $15.8 million in restitution for students of two for-profit universities that allegedly engaged in consumer fraud and illegal lending practices. The settlement​, originally announced in March 2021, resolved allegations that the universities misled students…

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CFPB Settles Credit Reporting-Related Claims With Debt Collector for $850,000

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On August 17, 2021, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) filed a proposed settlement order that would resolve allegations that a debt collection company had violated the Consumer Financial Protection Act (CFPA), the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) and its implementing regulation, Regulation V, and the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA). The CFPB’s complaint, filed in…

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FTC Settles with Two Florida-Based Companies for Allegedly Providing Assistance to Student Debt Relief Scam

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​On July 12, 2021, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced a settlement with two Florida-based companies and their CEO, resolving allegations that the companies aided a student debt relief scam by providing false or deceptive information in order to obtain merchant processing for the scheme. The settlement will permanently bar the two…

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NY DFS Enters Consent Orders with Two Indirect Auto Lenders for a Combined $625,000 in Civil Penalties

On June 29, 2021, the New York Department of Financial Services (DFS) announced it entered consent orders with two New York-based banks for allegedly violating New York’s fair lending laws in the course of providing auto loans. The banks will pay $275,000 and $350,000 in penalties to the state to resolve the allegations. DFS alleged that the…

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CFPB Files Complaint and Proposed Order Against Debt Relief and Credit Repair Company, Seeking Permanent Ban

On June 29, 2021, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced it filed a proposed stipulated order with a Maryland-based debt relief and credit repair company concerning alleged violations of the Telemarketing Sales Rule (TSR) and the Consumer Financial Protection Act (CFPA). If accepted by the court, the order would ban the company and its…

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FDIC Announces $1.8 Million Settlement with Oregon-Based Bank

​On May 10, 2021, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) announced​ a settlement with an Oregon-based bank concerning the bank’s alleged violations of Section 5 of the Federal Trade Commission Act (FTC Act), 15 U.S.C. § 45(a)(1).  Under the settlement, the bank stipulated to the issuance of an order​ to pay a civil money penalty of $1.8 million. The FDIC…

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California DFPI Announces Investigation of a Dozen Debt Collectors

On January 19, 2020, the California Department of Financial Protection and Innovation (DFPI) launched an investigation ​into a dozen debt collectors potentially engaging in unlawful, unfair, deceptive, or abusive acts or practices (UDAAP) under California law.  This represents the first major public action taken under the expanded oversight and enforcement authority of the California…

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Pennsylvania AG Halts Operations of Student Loan Forgiveness Company

​On December​ 16, 2020, the Pennsylvania Attorney General (Pennsylvania AG) announced ​a settlement with a California-based student loan forgiveness company for alleged violations of state consumer protection laws.  According to the Pennslyvania AG, the company used false advertising tactics and posted fraudulent customer reviews on the Better Business Bureau website.  Further, the company…

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