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Minnesota AG Settles with Out-of-State Student Loan Debt Settlement Company for Full Restitution of Illegal Fees

​On April 29, 2020, the Minnesota Attorney General’s Office (AG) announced that it had settled its claims against a California-based student loan debt settlement company for alleged violations of Minnesota’s Debt Services Settlement Act, Prevention of Consumer Fraud Act, and Uniform Deceptive Trade Practices Act.  Specifically, the AG alleged that the company…

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DOJ Announces $15 Million Settlement with Mortgage Originator Over Alleged FCA Violations

On April 29, the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced that it settled allegations that an Illinois-based mortgage lender violated the False Claims Act (FCA), the Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery and Enforcement Act (FIRREA), and Program Fraud Civil Remedies Act (PFCRA) ​by falsely certifying that it complied with Federal Housing Administration (FHA) mortgage insurance…

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New York Department of Financial Services Announces Settlement with Unlicensed Mortgage Lender

​On January 10, 2020, the New York Department of Financial Services (DFS) announced that, in concert with the New York Attorney General (New York AG), it had entered into a consent order and settlement with an unlicensed mortgage-lending business to resolve allegations that the business illegally made predatory, subprime loans in…

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CFPB Files Suit Against Companies for Allegedly Funneling Credit Reports to Student-Loan Debt-Relief Scheme

​On January 9, 2020, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced that it had filed a complaint against a constellation of companies for allegedly requesting credit reports without a permissible purpose in order to deceptively market sham student-loan debt relief services to consumers, in violation of the Consumer Financial Protection Act…

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FTC Files Suit and Obtains Temporary Restraining Order Against Alleged Student Loan Debt Relief Scam

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On November 12, 2019, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that on it had filed a lawsuit against a collection of interrelated companies and individual defendants for allegedly misrepresenting themselves as affiliated with the Department of Education in order to convince consumers to sign up for student loan debt relief. The…

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Massachusetts AG Announces Settlement with Debt Buyer for Alleged Abusive Debt Collection Practices

On November 11, 2019, the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office (AG) announced that it had settled an investigation against a national debt buyer and collector for alleged violations of Massachusetts’ consumer protection law and debt collection regulations through its debt-collection practices. Specifically, the AG alleged that the debt collector pressured debtors…

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New York Attorney General Sues Student-Loan Servicer for Failure to Administer Federal Loan Forgiveness Program

​On October 3, 2019, the New York Attorney General’s office (NY AG) announced that it had filed a lawsuit against a major student-loan servicer for failing to properly administer the federal Public Service Loan Forgiveness program. According to the complaint, the servicer allegedly employed deceptive, unfair, and abusive practices such…

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California AG Files Suit Against Auto Dealership Over Allegedly Fraudulent Conduct

​On September 23, the California Attorney General’s Office (AG) announced that it had filed a complaint against a network of auto dealerships and its chief executive, alleging that they targeted low-income consumers with subprime credit using false advertising promising fictitiously low interest rates; made false statements on credit applications to…

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