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Pennsylvania AG Halts Operations of Student Loan Forgiveness Company

​On December​ 16, 2020, the Pennsylvania Attorney General (Pennsylvania AG) announced ​a settlement with a California-based student loan forgiveness company for alleged violations of state consumer protection laws.  According to the Pennslyvania AG, the company used false advertising tactics and posted fraudulent customer reviews on the Better Business Bureau website.  Further, the company…

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Pennsylvania AG Halts Bank’s Allegedly Aggressive Auto Loan Debt Collection Practices

On August 19, 2020, the Pennsylvania Office of the Attorney General announced that it had entered into a voluntary compliance agreement with a regional bank to stop allegedly aggressive auto loan debt collection practices. The agreement arose out of allegations made by the Pennsylvania AG that the bank engaged in unfair and manipulative practices,…

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Court Orders Defendants in Student Debt Relief Scheme to Pay Over $10.7 Million in FTC Case

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​On March 10, 2020, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced ​that it obtained a permanent injunction and monetary judgment from the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California (the Court) against three defendants that allegedly deceptively marketed student loan debt relief services. The Court’s order was entered on February 27, 2020, and…

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California DBO Settles with Point-of-Sale Lender Making Illegal Loans

​On January 16, 2020, the California Department of Business Oversight (DBO) announced it had reached a settlement with a point-of-sale lender​ to stop making illegal loans and refund $282,000 in fees it collected from almost 17,000 California consumers. In September 2019, the lender applied to the California DBO for a lender’s license.  Upon review of the lender’s product and information, the California…

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CFPB and State AGs Seek Preliminary Injunction in Suit Against Student Loan Debt Relief Companies

​On October 21, 2019, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced that, together with the Attorneys General (AGs) of Minnesota, North Carolina, and California, it had filed a complaint and sought a temporary restraining order in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California against a group of debt relief companies. …

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CFPB Settles With Payday Lender for $100,000

​On February 5, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced a settlement with a regional retail payday lender, resolving allegations that the lender violated the Consumer Financial Protection Act (CFPA).  Specifically, the CFPB alleged that the lender failed to take adequate steps to prevent unauthorized charges; failed to promptly monitor, identify,…

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