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FTC Reaches Accord With Companies and Individuals Accused of Phony Debt Collection Scam

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​On July 8, 2015, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that settlements were approved against companies and individuals who allegedly operated a fraudulent debt collection scheme that targeted Spanish-speaking consumers.  According to the complaint, the defendants cold called Spanish-speaking consumers nationwide, and falsely held themselves out to be government officials seeking to collect a debt…

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Court Enters Injunctive Relief in FTC and Florida Attorney General Action Against Telemarketers Who Offered Debt Relief Services

​On July 7, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that a federal court entered a preliminary injunction​ halting an alleged nationwide debt relief telemarketing scam and freezing the defendants’ assets. The FTC claims that the defendants millions from consumers.  The complaint, brought by the FTC and Florida Attorney General, alleged that the defendants contacted consumers…

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Payday Lenders Agree to Exit Consumer Lending Business in Settlement With FTC

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On July 7, 2015, the FTC ​announced that it reached two stipulated settlements (available here and here) with payday lenders who allegedly deceived customers by signing them up for loans without their permission and then withdrawing “finance” charges indefinitely. The settlements stem from allegations in a complaint​ filed last year that defendants “purchase consumers’ sensitive financial information from online lead generators or data…

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CFPB Announces Rule Permitting Monitoring of Auto Finance Companies

On Wednesday, June 10, 2015, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) announced a new rule that grants the CFPB the ability to monitor nonbank companies that qualify as “larger participants of a market for automobile financing.”  The CFPB simultaneously adopted a separate rule defining certain automobile leases as a “financial…

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FTC Releases 2014 Annual Financial Acts Enforcement Report

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On June 9, 2015, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) announced that it provided its 2014 Annual Financial Acts Enforcement Report (the “Report”) to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) and the Federal Reserve Board.  The 23-page Report, dated May 29, 2015, provided information about enforcement and related activities involving Regulation Z (Truth in…

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Two Georgia Car Title Lenders enter Consent Orders with FTC on Deceptive Advertising Charges

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​On June 10, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) announced that it unanimously approved consent orders with two Georgia car title lenders that the FTC charged had failed to disclose important conditions about financing for their title loans. In its complaint, the FTC alleged that the car title lenders violated the…

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