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FTC Settles with Fraudulent Debt Collectors for Millions as Operation Collection Protection Continues

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On July 14, 2016, the FTC announced that, as part of an ongoing crackdown on deceptive collection practices, it reached a settlement with two debt collectors and three companies charged with using illegal collection tactics.  As Enforcement Watch previously covered here, the FTC initially brought the action against the companies in October of 2015 for allegedly taking payments…

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FTC and Illinois AG Secure Temporary Restraining Order Against Companies' Deceptive Payday Loan Collection Practices

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​On March 30, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that the Northern District of Illinois granted the FTC and Illinois Attorney General’s request for a temporary restraining order against an Illinois payday loan collection operation.  The FTC and AG alleged the payday loan collector was in violation of the FTC Act, Fair Debt Collection…

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FTC Secures Temporary Restraining Order Against Debt Relief Services Provider

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​On February 25, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced​​ that on February 16, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California entered a temporary restraining order against ​a debt relief provider that allegedly ​​deceptively marketed home loan modification services and student loan modification services.  The Complaint alleged that for several months…

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FTC and Florida AG Sue Payment Processing Company for Credit Card Processing and Debt Relief Services

On January 8, 2016, the Federal Trade Commission​ (“FTC”) and the Attorney General for the State of Florida​ (“Florida AG”) announced charges against a payment processing business relating to an alleged nationwide debt relief telemarketing scam.  The amended complaint was filed on December 21, 2015 in the United States District Court for the Middle​ District…

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FTC Reaches Settlement with Online Payday Lenders Relating to Deception Charges

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On January 5, 2016, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”)​ announced that two online payday lenders ​reached a settlement with the FTC to resolve charges that payday lenders illegally charged consumers undisclosed and inflated fees.  As part of the settlement, each company agreed to a penalty of $2.2 million and combined waived $68 million in uncollected consumer…

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