State AGs

VA AG Sues Open-End Credit Plan Lender

On September 13, 2017, Virginia Attorney General (“Virginia AG”) Mark R. Herring announced that it had filed suit in Virginia state court against an open-end credit plan lender for allegedly violating the Virginia Consumer Protection Act (“VCPA”), Virginia Code §§ 59.1-196 to 59.1-207, through its lending practices. The defendant lender allegedly made illegal, unlicensed loans at…

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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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Arizona AG Obtains Judgment and Injunction Against Mortgage Relief Operation

On July 27, 2017, the Arizona Attorney General’s Office (Arizona AG) announced that it had obtained a judgment​ against an allegedly fraudulent mortgage relief company and its owner.  The company is alleged to have targeted homeowners who were considering defaulting on “upside down” mortgages.  The company purportedly promised to take over…

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Massachusetts AG Obtains Preliminary Injunction Against Debt Collection Law Firm Over Illegal Practices

On July 13, 2017, the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office (“Massachusetts AG”) announced​ that it obtained a preliminary injunction against a debt collection law firm and its principal attorney.  The Massachusetts AG alleged that the law firm engaged in unlawful collection practices, in violation of the Massachusetts AG’s debt collection regulations. The law firm collected debts for…

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Virginia AG Settles With Unlicensed Pawnbroker Over Illegal Interest Rates & Fees

On June 30, 2017, the Attorney General for the Commonwealth of Virginia (Virginia AG) announced that it had entered into a proposed consent order to resolve an action filed in Richmond City Circuit Court against a Virginia-based pawn broker that allegedly assessed excessive fees, made motor-vehicle-secured loans without a title loan license, and charged illegal interest…

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