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Illinois AG Sues Student Loan Debt Settlement Companies Under State Consumer Protection Laws

On May 4, 2015, Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan announced five lawsuits filed on behalf of the State against student loan debt settlement services companies based in Texas, California, Florida, Georgia, and Illinois. The complaints allege that the companies violated Illinois’ consumer protection laws by charging hundreds to thousands of…

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Military Allotment Payroll Processor Enters Consent Order With CFPB Over Fees

On April 20, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced that it entered a Consent Order with a military payroll processor over allegations that the payroll processor applied hidden monthly fees against funds in servicemembers’ accounts, which were designated to pay creditors. The CFPB found that servicemembers usually contracted with…

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Military Financial Services Provider Settles With CFPB for Alleged Failure to Disclose Fees

On April 20, 2015, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) announced that it entered a settlement with a Kentucky-based financial services provider over claims that the company charged excessive fees for the payroll deductions of military servicemen, and that it failed to disclose these fees to consumers. The copany allegedly…

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California Mortgage Lender Settles With CFPB for Allegedly Deceptive Advertising Practices

On April 9, 2015, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) announced a settlement with a California-based mortgage lender over claims that the lender engaged in deceptive advertising practices. The company allegedly mailed advertisements bearing the logos of the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Federal Housing Administration, ostensibly to give…

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Debt Collection Diversion Company Settles With CFPB for Allegedly Illegal Debt Collection Practices

On March 30, 2015, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) announced that a California-based debt collection agency agreed to settle claims over alleged illegal and deceptive collection practices in violation of the Consumer Financial Protection Act (“CFPA”) and the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (“FDCPA”). The CFPB alleged in its complaint…

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Massachusetts AG Obtains Judgment Against Predatory Foreclosure Rescue and Legal Services Company

On March 26, 2015, the Massachusetts Attorney General announced that it obtained a judgment of nearly $1.9 million against a Massachusetts-based financial and legal services company on the ground that the company engaged in unfair and deceptive acts and practices. According to the lawsuit, the company had tageted consumers facing…

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DOJ Reaches First “Buy Here, Pay Here” Auto-Lending Discrimination Settlement

The DOJ announced a settlement of the first “buy here, pay here” discriminatory auto-lending lawsuit. The complaint, filed in January, 2014 by the DOJ, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of North Carolina and the North Carolina Attorney General in the U.S. District Court for the Western District…

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Arkansas Court Orders Texas Credit Repair Company to Comply with Investigative Demand

On January 30, 2015, the Arkansas Attorney General announced that Pulaski County Circuit Judge Chris Piazza granted its petition to enforce a civil investigative demand against a Texas credit repair company, related to its investigation into whether the company’s representations, advertising, and pricing structures violated the Arkansas Deceptive Trade Practices…

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