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

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

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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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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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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CFPB Enters Consent Order with Lead Aggregator For Steering Consumers to Illegal Loans

On September 6, 2017, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced that it had entered into a consent order with a lead aggregator over claims the aggregator steered consumers towards lenders who offered installment or payday loans that were illegal in consumers’ states.  The consent order claimed that the aggregator sold loan applications to lenders…

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CFPB Secures Stipulated Final Judgment Against Credit Repair Company

​On August 30, 2017, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced that it had filed a stipulated proposed final judgment in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California in a case against a California-based credit repair company. The lawsuit, which was initially filed in September 2016, alleges that the credit repair…

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CFPB Orders National Bank to Pay $4.6 Million in Civil Penalties for Credit Reporting Practices

On August 2, 2017, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced that it had entered into a consent order with a national bank, resolving allegations as to the bank’s allegedly unlawful credit reporting activities. According to the CFPB, the bank violated several federal laws with respect to its reporting practices, including the Fair Credit Reporting Act, 15…

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