In the wake of the financial crisis and with the advent of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), federal and state enforcement officials have increasingly scrutinized consumer financial products and services. In many situations, these officials and agencies coordinate to advance common or similar claims and actions. Against this backdrop, we created the Consumer Finance Enforcement Watch blog – the marketplace’s first resource for real-time reporting on the full range of public federal and state consumer finance enforcement activity. Here, you will also find links to enforcement documents, statistics on the volume and nature of enforcement actions as well as reports and comments on significant enforcement trends and issues.

Court Halts Operations of VoIP Service Provider for Allegedly Helping to Promote Credit Card Interest Reduction Scheme

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On December 5, 2019, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that a federal court in Texas has halted the operations of a Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) service provider that allegedly played a key role in robocalling consumers to promote a credit card interest reduction scheme that bilked consumers out…

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CFPB Settlement with Military Travel Loan Lender, Servicer Results in $3.5 Million "Suspended Judgment"

On November 25, 2019, the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau (CFPB) filed concurrent consent orders against a Kentucky-based military travel loan lender (here) and its loan servicer (here). The lender sold and financed airline tickets to military servicemembers and their families from 2010-2016​ by both facilitating financing by other creditors and originating loans itself.  The CFPB…

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FTC Files Suit and Obtains Temporary Restraining Order Against Alleged Student Loan Debt Relief Scam

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On November 12, 2019, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that on it had filed a lawsuit against a collection of interrelated companies and individual defendants for allegedly misrepresenting themselves as affiliated with the Department of Education in order to convince consumers to sign up for student loan debt relief. The…

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Massachusetts AG Announces Settlement with Debt Buyer for Alleged Abusive Debt Collection Practices

On November 11, 2019, the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office (AG) announced that it had settled an investigation against a national debt buyer and collector for alleged violations of Massachusetts’ consumer protection law and debt collection regulations through its debt-collection practices. Specifically, the AG alleged that the debt collector pressured debtors…

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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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Real Estate Investment Company Forced to Dissolve Following Washington AG Suit

On October 16, 2019, the Washington Attorney General’s Office (Washington AG) announced that it had reached a settlement with a Kirkland- and Portland-based real estate investment company that requires the company to dissolve and pay up to $85,000 in fines and enforcement costs. ​The Washington AG initiated this action in May 2018, alleging violations of the Washington Consumer Protection Act, RCW 19.86.020.  According…

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New York Attorney General Sues Student-Loan Servicer for Failure to Administer Federal Loan Forgiveness Program

​On October 3, 2019, the New York Attorney General’s office (NY AG) announced that it had filed a lawsuit against a major student-loan servicer for failing to properly administer the federal Public Service Loan Forgiveness program. According to the complaint, the servicer allegedly employed deceptive, unfair, and abusive practices such…

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