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California DFPI Issues $375,000 Sanction Against Debt Collector

​On September 22, 2021, the California Department of Financial Protection and Innovation (DFPI) announced that it issued its first enforcement action against a debt collection company for various practices, including threatening to sue consumers and garnish wages, and for submitting negative information to credit bureaus without first providing required notice, in violation…

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DOJ Reaches $50,000 Settlement with NJ Higher Education Student Assistance Authority

​On September 20, 2021, the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced that it rea​ched a settlement with the New Jersey Higher Education Student Assistance Authority (HESAA), resolving allegations that the state agency unlawfully obtained default judgments against two military servicemembers for student loan debt in violation of the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA). In a…

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Georgia AG Reaches Settlement with Debt Collector for Alleged Unlawful Debt Collection Practices

​On August 12, 2021, the Georgia Attorney General’s Office (AG) announced​ it had entered into a settlement with a debt collector, resolving allegations that the company violated the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) and the Georgia Fair Business Practices Act (GFBPA). After conducting an investigation, the Georgia AG alleged that the company engaged in…

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Massachusetts AG Settles with Online Loan Servicer for Alleged Abusive Debt Collection Practices

​On August 12, 2021, the Massachusetts Attorney General (AG) announced ​a settlement ​with an online loan servicer, resolving allegations that the company engaged in abusive debt collection practices in violation of the AG’s debt collection regulations. After the AG’s Office conducted an investigation into the company, the Massachusetts AG alleged that the company, which…

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Washington AG Reaches Settlement with Debt Collector to Resolve Lawsuit Concerning Its Alleged Failure to Offer Garnishment Exemptions and Collection of Unlawful Fees

On June 8, 2020 the Washington Attorney General’s office (Washington AG) announced that a consent order had been reached with a Colorado-based debt collection agency that would require the agency to pay $475,000 to approximately 5,000 Washington consumers to resolve a lawsuit originally filed in April 2020 in Washington state…

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Indiana AG Secures $1.3 Million Default Judgment Against Illinois-based Debt Collector

On Ap​ril 14, 2021, the Indiana Attorney General (Indiana AG) announced that his office obtained a default judgment against an Illinois-based debt collection agency and the agency’s owner. The original complaint filed by the Indiana AG alleged the agency violated Indiana’s Deceptive Consumer Sales Act by improperly threatening borrowers with legal action, such as liens…

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Pennsylvania AG Settles with Student Loan Debt Buyer for $2.6 Million

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On April 6, 2021, the Pennsylvania Attorney General (Pennsylvania AG) announced that it reached an agreement with a Texas-based debt buyer concerning a portfolio of student loan debt it purchased from a now-defunct for-profit college. According to the Pennsylvania AG, the debt purchaser purchased the portfolio of loans after the for-profit college abruptly closed in December 2018 due to…

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CFPB Announces $860,000 Settlement with Debt Collection Company for Alleged Deceptive Practices and CFPA Violations

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​On April 6, 2021, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced that it entered into a consent order with a third-party debt collection company and its former owner for alleged violations of the Consumer Financial Protection Act (CFPA), 12 U.S.C. §§ 5531, 5536 and Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA), 15 U.S.C. § 1692 et ​​seq. The CFPB alleged that…

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Delaware AG Files Lawsuit Against Debt-Management Services Company

On February 8, 2021, the Delaware Attorney General (Delaware AG) announced that it filed an administrative lawsuit against a California-based debt-management services company for allegedly violating the Delaware Uniform Debt-Management Services Act, the Delaware Consumer Fraud Act, and the Delaware Deceptive Trade Practices Act. According to the Delaware AG, ​​the debt-management company used misleading advertising to target elderly and…

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California Agency Enters into MOUs with Five Earned Wage Access Companies

On January 28, 2021, the California Department of Financial Protection & Innovation (DFPI) announced that it entered into five Memorandums of Understanding (MOUs) with five different earned wage access companies.  Earned wage access companies provide consumers with advances or “on-demand pay” before their pay day for wages that they have earned but not yet received.  According to…

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