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CFPB and New York AG Settle Claims with Debt Collection Group for $65 Million

On July 25, 2019, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) and the New York Attorney General (“New York AG”) announced that they have filed two proposed settlements with three debt collection companies and two individuals who conducted business together in Buffalo, New York.  The proposed settlements were filed in the U.S. District Court for…

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Delaware Consumer Protection Unit Reaches Settlement with Two California Loan Modification Companies

​On July 23, 2019, Delaware’s Department of Justice, Consumer Protection Unit (“Delaware CPU”) announced that it reached a settlement​ with two-California based companies that would require them to cease advertising and selling loan modification and debt relief services in the state of Delaware. According to the cease and desist agreement, the companies and their…

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New York AG and FTC Secure Judgment Against Alleged Phantom Debt Collection Scheme

On July 1, 2019, New York Attorney General Letitia James (“New York AG”) announced that together with the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”), the agencies had entered into a settlement with a debt collection company, a related entity, and corporate officers to resolve a case filed in the United States District Court for the Western District of New…

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FTC Finalizes Consent Order Against Online Student Loan Refinancer

On February 25, 2019, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that, after a public comment period, it approved a final consent order that had been negotiated in October of 2018 with an online student loan refinancer. The FTC had charged the company with misrepresenting how much student loan borrowers could save if they refinanced their loans through the company’s television, print,…

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Reverse Mortgage Servicer Settles Alleged FCA Violations with DOJ for $4.25 Million

On December 21, 2018, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced a settlement with a mortgage servic​er for $4.25 million, resolving allegations of unlawful reverse mortgage servicing practices. According to the DOJ, the company violated the False Claims Act with respect to its servicing of reverse mortgages, or Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM)…

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DOJ Announces $750,000 Settlement with Washington Foreclosure Services Company

​On September 27, 2018, the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) announced that it had reached a settlement with a Washington-based foreclosure services company, resolving allegations that the company violated the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act, 50 U.S.C. §§ 3901-4043 (“SCRA”) when foreclosing on certain servicemembers’ home.  The SCRA protects servi​cemembers on active duty from having their…

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UPDATE: CFPB's $21.6 Million Settlement Concerning Student Loan Servicing and Debt Collection in Doubt

As Enforcement Watch reported in late September, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) announced that it had filed a proposed consent judgment in the United States District Court for Delaware to resolve claims relating to the servicing and debt collection activities on a portfolio of about 800,000 student loans.  Under the proposed settlement agreement, the student loan trusts…

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Court Awards Nearly $280 Million in Treble Damages Against Former FHA Lender

On September 14, 2017, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas issued an opinion and order against two former mortgage companies and their former president and CEO.  The order, which followed a previous jury verdict against the company, awarded the Government nearly $280 million in treble damages under the False Claims Act (FCA), approximately $13 million…

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CFPB Enters Consent Order with Seattle-Based Payday Lender

On December 16, 2016, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced that it entered into a consent order relating to a Seattle-based payday lender and check-cashing company’s allegedly deceptive online advertisements and collection letters.  The consent order alleges that the company violated sections 1031(a) and 1036(a)(1)(B) of the Consumer Financial Protection Act of 2010 (CFPA), 12 U.S.C. §§ 5531(a), 5536(a)(1)(B),…

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