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California Department of Business Oversight Announces Settlement with Point-of-Sale Lender Over Allegedly Illegal Loans

On April 22, 2020, the California Department of Business Oversight (DBO) announced a settlement with a point-of-sale lender that offered consumers a “buy now, pay later” option for payment.  ​The DBO alleged that these products were akin to lending, but were illegal loans because the lender did not have the…

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Court Halts Operations of VoIP Service Provider for Allegedly Helping to Promote Credit Card Interest Reduction Scheme


On December 5, 2019, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that a federal court in Texas has halted the operations of a Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) service provider that allegedly played a key role in robocalling consumers to promote a credit card interest reduction scheme that bilked consumers out…

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FTC Settles With Operators of Alleged Student Loan Debt Relief Schemes

On September 12, 2019, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that it had settled lawsuits​ against the operators of two alleged student loan debt relief schemes, and a financing company that assisted them, alleging that they had bilked millions of dollars from consumers.  The FTC alleged that the defendants violated…

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CFPB Settles $25 Million Lawsuit with Debt Settlement Provider

On July 9, 2019, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced that it settled its lawsuit against the nation’s largest debt-settlement services provider for allegedly engaging in deceptive debt-settlement acts or practices. The company agreed to pay $20 million in restitution to affected consumers and a $5 million civil money penalty….

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Maryland AG Files Administrative Charges Against Company Accused of Making Usurious Loans

On April 11, 2019, the Maryland Attorney General’s Office (AG) announced that the AG’s Consumer Protection Division had filed charges against affiliated businesses and their owner (defendants) alleging that they had made unlicensed and usurious consumer loans in the form of “title loans” or “title pawns” secured by Maryland consumers’…

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