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CFPB Files Suit Against Credit Repair Companies for Alleged Misrepresentations & Upfront Fees

​On May 2, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) filed suit in the District of Utah against defendants operating two of the largest credit repair companies in the country, alleging that the companies engaged in deceptive acts and practices in violation of the Consumer Financial Protection Act (CFPA) and Telemarketing Sales Rule (TSR)….

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NJ AG Files Suit Against Two Auto Lenders Over Alleged Predatory Conduct

​On March 7, the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office (AG) announced that it had filed a complaint​ against two so-called “Buy Here-Pay Here” auto dealerships, alleging that they targeted vulnerable consumers by selling them high-mileage, used autos at grossly inflated prices; financed the sales through in-house loans with high interest rates that…

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CFPB Settles With Payday Lender for $100,000

​On February 5, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced a settlement with a regional retail payday lender, resolving allegations that the lender violated the Consumer Financial Protection Act (CFPA).  Specifically, the CFPB alleged that the lender failed to take adequate steps to prevent unauthorized charges; failed to promptly monitor, identify,…

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CFPB Enters Into $15.5 Million Consent Order with Bank Over Stop Payment and Error Resolution Practices

​On January 3, 2018, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced that it had entered into a $15.5 million consent order with a federally-chartered savings association bank.  The consent order resolves allegations that the bank violated the Electronic Fund Transfer Act (EFTA) and Consumer Financial Protection Act (CFPA) between 2011 and 2016. Specifically, the CFPB…

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49 State Attorneys General Obtain Nearly $500 Million in Student Loan Debt Relief

​On January 2, 2019, 49 state attorneys general reached a settlement with an Illinois-based for-profit education company, securing approximately $493.7 million in debt relief for over 179,000 students nationwide.  The settlement is the result of a five-year investigation, which began in 2014 after states received complaints from students and the U.S. Senate’s Health, Education, Labor and Pensions…

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CFPB Settles Claims That Company Failed to Disclose Auto Loan Add-On and Extension Terms

​On November 20, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced a settlement with a Texas-based financial services company, resolving allegations that the company violated sections 1031 and 1036 of the Consumer Financial Protection Act of 2010 (CFPA), 12 U.S.C. §§ 5531, 5536​. Specifically, the CFPB alleged that the company engaged in deceptive…

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DOJ Settles with Mortgage Lender for $13.2 Million Concerning FHA Mortgage Certifications

​On October 19, the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced that it settled allegations that a Florida-based mortgage lender violated the False Claims Act (FCA) ​by falsely certifying that it complied with Federal Housing Administration (FHA) mortgage insurance requirements for certain loans originated between 2006 and 2011 for $13.2 million. In the lawsuit, which…

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