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Pennsylvania AG Sues Five Companies Involved in Alleged Mortgage Modification Scam

On July 26, 2018, the Attorney General for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania announced a lawsuit against five Pennsylvania mortgage foreclosure companies and two company owners for cheating consumers into signing contracts to have their mortgage loans modified—but never delivering the services paid for—in violation of Pennsylvania’s Unfair Trade Practices and Consumer…

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CFPB and 47 States Enter Settlement with Holder of Private Student Loans for Allegedly Providing Substantial Assistance in For-Profit Educator's Unfair Practices

On September 15, 2020, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) announced that it had filed a proposed stipulated judgment against a Delaware statutory trust after a settlement agreement was reached between the trust and forty-seven states plus the District of Columbia.  The trust was created to purchase and hold beneficial…

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CFPB Settles with Mortgage Company to Address Deceptive Loan Advertisements Sent to Servicemembers and Veterans

On September 14, 2020, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) announced that it had entered into a consent order with a mortgage broker and lender that advertises and offers mortgage loans guaranteed by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) through direct-mail advertisements sent primarily to United States military…

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NY Attorney General Settles with Debt Collection Company Over Allegedly Unlawful Student Loan Debt Collection Practices

On September 14, 2020, New York Attorney General Letitia James announced that she secured protections for thousands of student borrowers who defaulted on student loans and who were allegedly subject to misleading and unlawful actions by one of the nation’s largest debt collectors.  The settlement agreement resolves an investigation of…

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FTC Announces Settlement with Company Who Allegedly Used Robocalls to Target Cash-Strapped Consumers


On July 24, 2020, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that it settled charges with the operators of a Florida-based company that allegedly defrauded financially-distressed and often older-adult consumers with deceptive robocalls.  The proposed court order would ban the defendants from selling debt relief services and from all telemarketing based on…

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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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