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


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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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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CA DBO Settles with Mortgage Servicer Over Alleged Failure to Pay Escrow Interest

​On June 18, 2019, the California Department of Business Oversight (DBO) announced that it entered into a ​settlement and consent order with a mortgage servicer over an alleged failure to pay interest on ​escrow impound accounts for 94,483​ residential mortgage loans.​  Servicers are required to pay interest on such accounts under…

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Delaware and Massachusetts AGs Settle with Auto Finance Company Over Alleged Unfair Lending

On April 8, the Delaware and Massachusetts Attorney Generals’ Offices (AGs) announced that they had entered into settlements with an auto loan finance company. The AGs alleged that the auto lender facilitated the origination of subprime auto loans that violated state consumer protection laws by funding and securitizing loans that consumers could not…

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Alabama AG Files Complaint Against Pension-Advance Lender

On March 27, 2019, the Alabama Attorney General (“Alabama AG”), Alabama State Banking Department, and the Director of the Alabama Securities Commission announced​ that they filed a complaint against a Nevada-based lender and its CEO (“Defendants”) for allegedly making loans at unlawful interest rates to desperate consumers in exchange for their pension benefits in violation…

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