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FTC Settles Claims Against Student Loan Debt Relief Company for Over $2.3 Million

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On June 11, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that it had settled claims against an individual and his loan debt relief companies in connection with its coordinated federal-state enforcement initiative to target deceptive student loan debt relief scams, called “Operation Game of Loans.”  Enforcement Watch covered a similar enforcement action earlier…

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FTC Obtains Preliminary Injunction Against Mortgage Relief Operation

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On May 8, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) announced that the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California granted its request to preliminarily enjoin affiliated California-based debt relief companies from continuing operations, and to freeze their assets. In its complaint, the FTC alleged that the companies violated Section 5(a) of the Federal Trade Commission Act,…

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CFPB and OCC Settle with National Bank for $1 Billion Over Auto and Mortgage Lending Practices

On April 20, 2018, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB)​ and Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) each announced settlements totaling $1 billion with a national bank resulting from a coordinated action between the two agencies. The OCC found that deficiencies in the bank’s enterprise-wide compliance risk management program…

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FDIC Reaches $2 Million Settlement with Bank for Charging Allegedly Excessive, Undisclosed Fees

​On March 7, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) announced that it reached a settlement with a Delaware bank, resolving allegations that the bank engaged in unfair and deceptive practices in violation of Section 5 of the Federal Trade Commission Act ​(the “FTC Act”) and violated the Electronic Funds Transfer Act,…

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FTC Accuses Student Loan Debt Relief Operation of Deceiving Consumers

​On February 7, 2018, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) announced an enforcement action against a student loan debt relief operation, claiming it deceived consumers out of $28 million by falsely promising that their monthly payments would go towards their student loans. In the complaint, filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern…

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Federal Reserve Enters Consent Order With Kansas Bank Over Deceptive Mortgage Origination Practices

​On November 28, the Federal Reserve announced that it had entered into a consent order with a Kansas state bank, resolving allegations that the bank engaged in deceptive residential mortgage lending practices in violation of Section 5 the Federal Trade Commission Act. According to the consent order, the bank’s loan officers often gave borrowers…

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FTC Secures Summary Judgment Over Alleged Fraudulent Mortgage Relief Scheme

On September 20, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC)  announced that the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California entered summary judgment against two law firms and two individuals for their participation in an allegedly fraudulent mortgage relief scheme. According to the FTC, the law firms misrepresented to consumers that they could obtain monetary recoveries…

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FTC Obtains Temporary Restraining Order Freezing Assets of Debt Collection Operation

​On July 10, 2017, the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida entered a temporary restraining​ order (“TRO”) halting operations and freezing the assets of a debt collection operation, at the request of the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”)​. The FTC charged the defendant company and individuals with violating Section 5(a)…

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FTC Brings Suit Against Debt Collector for "Phantom Debts"

On June 23, 2017, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced​​ that it has filed a complaint in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of North Carolina against a North Carolina debt collection company and its owner, alleging that the defendants took money from consumers for fake or “phantom” debts they did not owe. According…

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FTC and Florida AG Agree to Nearly $5 Million Settlement With Defendants Pitching "Worthless" Credit Card Interest Rate Reductions

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On June 5, 2017, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that a federal district court had entered its eighth order against the remaining defendants in an illegal robocall ring in which defendants promised to help consumers lower their credit card interest rates. The FTC, in conjunction with the Florida Office of the Attorney…

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