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DOJ Settles With Mortgage Lender for $11.7 Million for FHA Mortgages

On December 8, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced that it had settled allegations that a Louisiana-based mortgage lender violated the False Claims Act (FCA) through its underwriting of Federal Housing Administration (FHA)-insured mortgage loans.  In the lawsuit, which is pending in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas, the…

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MA AG Enters Settlement for Refunds to Thousands of Consumers for Company’s Abusive Debt Collection Practices

On September 22, 2017, Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey (AG) announced a settlement with a company to resolve claims that the company used abusive and illegal debt collection practices.  The AG’s complaint alleges that the company added hidden, illegal, and unauthorized late fees and charges to consumers’ accounts—including a $25 late…

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Q2 2017 Sees Significant Decrease In Civil Penalties and Consumer Relief

In the second quarter of 2017, Consumer Enforcement Watch tracked 40 enforcement actions taken against consumer financial service providers. This represents a marginal decrease from the 46 enforcement actions taken against consumer financial service providers that we tracked last quarter, and from the 46 enforcement actions tracked in the second…

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Massachusetts AG Sues Student Loan Servicer

On August 23, 2017, Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey announced that her office had sued one of the nation’s largest federal student loan servicers, alleging that the servicer deprived public servants of relief under the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program (PSLF), a federal student loan forgiveness program that forgives loans of borrowers that hold public service positions…

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CFPB Files Complaint Against Private Equity Firm for Predatory Lending Practices for Student Loans

On August 17, 2017, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) announced that it filed a complaint ​and proposed settlement ​against an Oregon private equity firm and related entities for aiding a post-secondary education company and its school’s predatory lending scheme. The CFPB alleges that the private equity firm enabled the school…

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