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California DFPI Launches Investigation Into Four Student-Loan Debt-Relief Companies

On February 4, 2021, the California Department of Financial Protection and Innovation (DFPI) launched an investigation into whether four California-based student-loan debt-relief companies violated the new California Consumer Financial Protection Law (CCFPL) and Student Loan Servicing Act (SLSA).  The CCFPL took effect on January 1, 2021 and expanded the DFPI’s regulatory…

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Michigan AG Settles Lawsuit Against Online Tribal Lender

​On April 16, the Michigan Attorney General (AG) announc​ed that an online tribal lender agreed to an assurance of voluntary compliance, resolving allegations that the lender violated the Consumer Financial Protection Act (CFPA).  Specifically, the state filed suit seeking an injunction prohibiting the lender from offering or providing usurious loans in the…

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CFPB and State AGs Seek Preliminary Injunction in Suit Against Student Loan Debt Relief Companies

​On October 21, 2019, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced that, together with the Attorneys General (AGs) of Minnesota, North Carolina, and California, it had filed a complaint and sought a temporary restraining order in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California against a group of debt relief companies. …

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CFPB Files Suit Against Debt Collector for FCRA Violations

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​On September 25, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) filed suit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland against a Maryland-based debt collector, its subsidiaries, and its CEO.  According to the CFPB, the companies operated the largest debt-collection company in the multi-unit housing industry, collecting debt on…

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