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Pennsylvania AG Settles with Student Loan Debt Buyer for $2.6 Million

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On April 6, 2021, the Pennsylvania Attorney General (Pennsylvania AG) announced that it reached an agreement with a Texas-based debt buyer concerning a portfolio of student loan debt it purchased from a now-defunct for-profit college. According to the Pennsylvania AG, the debt purchaser purchased the portfolio of loans after the for-profit college abruptly closed in December 2018 due to…

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CFPB Announces $860,000 Settlement with Debt Collection Company for Alleged Deceptive Practices and CFPA Violations

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​On April 6, 2021, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced that it entered into a consent order with a third-party debt collection company and its former owner for alleged violations of the Consumer Financial Protection Act (CFPA), 12 U.S.C. §§ 5531, 5536 and Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA), 15 U.S.C. § 1692 et ​​seq. The CFPB alleged that…

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FTC Announces $114 Million Settlement with Payday Lenders

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On February 11, 2021, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced a $114 million settlement with the owners and operators of an alleged tribal payday lending scheme.  The settlement resolves allegations concerning defendants’ purported violations of the unfair or deceptive practice provisions (UDAP) of the Federal Trade Commission Act (FTC Act), 15 U.S.C. § 45(a), the Telemarketing and Consumer Fraud…

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FTC Distributes $1.7 Million to Affected Consumers in Alleged Student Loan Debt Relief Scam

On February 10, 2021, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that it will begin distributing over $1.7 million to consumers that it claims lost money as a result of an alleged student loan debt relief scheme.  The payments are part of a 2018 settlement with a student debt relief group, previously covered ​by Enforcement Watch, that resolved…

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FTC Announces $10.9 Million Settlement for Credit Card Laundering Scheme

​On February 10, 2021, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced settlements with two payment processing companies and two individuals, resolving claims concerning an alleged credit card laundering scheme perpetrated in violation of the Federal Trade Commission Act (FTC Act), 15 U.S.C. § 53(b), and the Telemarketing and Consumer Fraud and Abuse Act (Telemarketing Act), 15 U.S.C. §§…

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CFPB Investigating Digital-Payment Company's Collection Practices

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​On February 5, 2021, a digital-payment company disclosed in a filing with the Securities Exchange Commission (SEC) that they received​ a Civil Investigative Demand (CID) from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) on January 21, 2021.  The CID requests documents and answers to written questions concerning allegedly unauthorized funds transfers and collections processes relating to one of the company’s products. …

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Delaware AG Files Lawsuit Against Debt-Management Services Company

On February 8, 2021, the Delaware Attorney General (Delaware AG) announced that it filed an administrative lawsuit against a California-based debt-management services company for allegedly violating the Delaware Uniform Debt-Management Services Act, the Delaware Consumer Fraud Act, and the Delaware Deceptive Trade Practices Act. According to the Delaware AG, ​​the debt-management company used misleading advertising to target elderly and…

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State AGs Announce $4.2 Million Settlement with National Bank for Alleged CARD Act Violations

​On February 8, state ​Attorneys General for North Carolina, Iowa, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania (State AGs) announced a $4.2 million settlement ​with a national bank to resolve allegations that it overcharged credit card interest for certain customers. According to the settlement agreement, the State AGs conducted a joint investigation into whether, between 2011…

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FTC Reaches $1.5 Million Settlement with Payment Processor Over Fraud Allegations

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On December 10, 2020, the Federal Trade Commission (Commission) announced that it reached a settlement with a payment processor and its former CEO for alleged violations of the Federal Trade Commission Act (FTCA). The complaint alleges that the payment processor illegally processed more than $93 million in consumer credit card charges related to fraudulent…

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CFPB and Arkansas AG Settle with Home Security Company for Alleged FCRA and CFPA Violations

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On December 11, 2020, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (Bureau) and the Arkansas Attorney General (AG) announced that they filed a complaint and proposed stipulated judgment in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas against a home-security company​.  The complaint alleges that the company—which provided credit to customers for its products and services—violated the Consumer…

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