Student Loans

CFPB Settles Illegal Fees Allegations with Student Debt Relief Company

On March 15, 2016, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced that it had entered into a consent order and settlement with a national student debt relief company over allegations that the company charged illegal and excessive fees. According to the Complaint, the company operated online student debt management websites that offered services related to…

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FDIC and Federal Reserve Settle Claims Against Bank and Financial Aid Refund Distributor

On December 23, the FDIC and Federal Reserve each announced settlements in closely related enforcement actions against a bank and a company that distributed financial aid refunds.  The FDIC settled its claims for deceptive practices in violation of Section 5 of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Act with each defendant.  The Federal Reserve brought its Section 5…

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Two Student Debt Relief Companies Banned from Operating in Massachusetts

On November 24, the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office (“AG’s Office”) announced​ that it has reached two separate settlement agreements with student debt relief companies.  The two companies agreed to assurances of discontinuance and agreed to pay $56,000 and $40,000 respectively relating to allegations of charging illegal upfront fees prior to delivering​ full…

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DOJ and State AGs Obtain $100 Million in Student Debt Relief for Students of For-Profit Colleges

On November 16, 2015, the DOJ announced a settlement with a national for-profit education company over alleged violations of the False Claims Act and the Higher Education Act. The settlement resolves four separate qui tam suits filed against the company in federal court. In conjunction with the DOJ announcement, the Attorneys General…

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Washington Attorney General Victorious Against Student Loan Debt Adjustment Company

​​On November 10, 2015, the Washington Attorney General announced ​it received a judgment in Washington Superior Court against a student loan debt adjustment company for allegedly overcharging students and collecting unlawful fees. The judgment comes approximately three months after summary judgment was entered in favor of the Attorney General, as was reported ​by…

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CFPB Summarizes Supervisory Trends for May through August, 2015

On November 3, 2015, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) released its Supervisory Highlights report​ detailing the Bureau’s supervision efforts for May through August of 2015. The report summarizes the violations of consumer protection laws the Bureau observed during the four-month period and identifies the areas in which the Bureau has…

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