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FTC Settles With Operators of Debt Collection Scheme, Permanently Barring Defendants From Debt Collection

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On December 11, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced it had reached a settlement with the remaining Defendants in an enforcement action against multiple related companies and their controllers involved in an alleged phantom debt scheme in which the Defendants pressured consumers into paying non-existent debts by threatening legal action…

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CFPB Announces $236,000 Settlement With Illinois Debt Collector

On August 28, 2019, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announ​ced a settlement with an Illinois-based debt collection company, resolving allegations that the company engaged in deceptive practices in violation of the Consumer Financial Protection Act (CFPA), 12 U.S.C. §§ 5531 and 5536, and the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA), 15 U.S.C. §…

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FTC Announces $30 Million Settlement With Operator of For-Profit Post-Secondary Schools

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On August 27, 2019, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced it had reached a $30 million settlement with an Illinois-based operator of for-profit post-secondary schools and related subsidiaries resolving allegations that the company used lead generators who engaged in deceptive conduct to market its schools in violation of Section 5(a) of the Federal Trade Commission…

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Minnesota AG Settles Lawsuit with Minnesota Financier

​On August 21, 2019, Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison (“Minnesota AG”) announced a settlement with a Minnesota based lender that finances sales of door-to-door products, such as vacuum cleaners and air purifiers. This settlement resolved allegations that the lender hid high interest rates from consumers, failed to provide complete financing agreements to consumers, and failed to give borrowers…

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New York AG Announces Settlement with Student Loan Debt Relief Company

​On August 8, 2019, New York Attorney General Letitia James (“New York AG”) announced a settlement and consent order with a student loan debt relief company, resolving the complaint’s allegations that the company deceived borrowers into paying for debt relief services that are available to the public for free from the federal government…

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FTC and Ohio Secure TRO Against Companies Concerning Alleged Telemarketing Scheme

On July 17, 2019, Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost (Ohio AG) announced that it and the FTC had secured a temporary restraining order from the United States District Court for the Western District of Texas against two companies that allegedly defrauded consumers struggling with credit card debt out of millions of dollars. The complaint alleged that…

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Maryland AG Announces Settlement with Reverse Mortgage Servicer

On April 16, 2019, the Maryland Attorney General (“Maryland AG”), in cooperation​ with Maryland’s Office of the Commissioner of Financial Regulation, announced it had reached a settlement with a Michigan reverse mortgage servicer resolving allegations that the company charged homeowners for home inspection fees in violation of the Maryland Consumer Protection Act, Md. Code…

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Massachusetts AG Obtains $4 Million in Settlement Over Subprime Mortgage Modifications

On December 21, 2018, the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office (“Mass. AG”) announced that it had reached a settlement with a national mortgage servicer, resolving allegations that the company mishandled mortgage loans in violation of the Massachusetts Act Preventing Unlawful and Unnecessary Foreclosures, a 2012 law designed to protect borrowers from foreclosure caused by unfair terms on subprime mortgages….

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