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FTC Settles Claims with Student Loan Debt Relief Companies

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On May 17, 2021, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced​ a settlement​ with several student loan debt relief companies and their respective owners.  The settlement stems from a complaint filed in 2019, in which the FTC alleged the companies charged illegal upfront fees and led consumers to believe the fees​ were going towards consumers’ student loans in violation of Sections…

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California Settles with Online School for Allegedly Deceptive Financing Practices

On April 26, 2021, the California Department of Financial Protection and Innovation (DFPI) announced that it had entered into a settlement agreement with an online coding school, resolving allegations that the school engaged in deceptive acts and practices in violation of California’s new Consumer Financial Protection Law (CCFPL). The school offers its…

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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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FTC Distributes $1.7 Million to Affected Consumers in Alleged Student Loan Debt Relief Scam

On February 10, 2021, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that it will begin distributing over $1.7 million to consumers that it claims lost money as a result of an alleged student loan debt relief scheme.  The payments are part of a 2018 settlement with a student debt relief group, previously covered ​by Enforcement Watch, that resolved…

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California DFPI Files First Enforcement Action Against Student Debt Relief Company

On February 3, 2021, the California Department of Financial Protection and Innovation (DFPI) announced its first formal enforcement action against an Irvine-based student debt relief company.  The DFPI’s action alleges that the company’s student debt relief practices violated the California Consumer Financial Protection Law and Student Loan Servicing Act. According to the DFPI, for over three…

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California DFPI Launches Investigation Into Four Student-Loan Debt-Relief Companies

On February 4, 2021, the California Department of Financial Protection and Innovation (DFPI) launched an investigation into whether four California-based student-loan debt-relief companies violated the new California Consumer Financial Protection Law (CCFPL) and Student Loan Servicing Act (SLSA).  The CCFPL took effect on January 1, 2021 and expanded the DFPI’s regulatory…

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Financial Aid Services Company Ordered to Pay $14.7 Million in Deceptive Practices Lawsuit

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On January 26, 2021, a California federal judge granted the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) motion for default judgment against a now-defunct financial aid services company.  The court also granted in part the CFPB’s motion for summary judgment against the company’s founder. The ruling resolves a complaint filed by the CFPB in 2015, previously covered ​by…

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Minnesota AG Settles with Student Loan Debt-Relief Company for Allegedly Unlawful Fee Collection

On January 14, 2021, Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison (Minnesota AG​​) announced that his office reached a settlement with a California-based student loan debt-relief company that allegedly collected unlawful fees from customers and made misrepresentations to them regarding its ability to forgive student loans. According to the Minnesota AG, the company allegedly made false promises to…

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CFPB Secures Consent Order Against Student Loan Servicer for Failure to Comply with 2015 Consent Order and Alleged Deceptive Acts and Practices

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On December 22, 2020, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced​ that it had secured a consent order ​against a national student loan servicer based on its failure to comply with a 2015 consent order issued by the CFPB.  Specifically, the company misrepresented the minimum periodic payments owed by consumers on their student loans, misrepresented…

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