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.

Debt Settlement Company Enters into $1 Million Consent Judgment with Massachusetts AG

On August 31, 2021, the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office (Massachusetts AG) announced that it reached a settlement with a Massachusetts-based debt settlement company to resolve allegations that the company violated the Massachusetts Consumer Protection Act.  The settlement resolves a lawsuit originally filed by the Massachusetts AG in 2018.  In the complaint, the Massachusetts AG alleged that the…

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DOJ and OCC Obtain $5.5 Million Settlement, Resolving Allegations of Lending Discrimination

On August 30, 2021, the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced that, together with Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), it reached a settlement with a bank, resolving allegations that the bank engaged in lender discrimination in the Houston, Texas area. In 2017, the OCC initiated a fair lending examination…

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CFPB Settles Credit Reporting-Related Claims With Debt Collector for $850,000

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On August 17, 2021, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) filed a proposed settlement order that would resolve allegations that a debt collection company had violated the Consumer Financial Protection Act (CFPA), the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) and its implementing regulation, Regulation V, and the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA). The CFPB’s complaint, filed in…

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Georgia AG Reaches Settlement with Debt Collector for Alleged Unlawful Debt Collection Practices

​On August 12, 2021, the Georgia Attorney General’s Office (AG) announced​ it had entered into a settlement with a debt collector, resolving allegations that the company violated the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) and the Georgia Fair Business Practices Act (GFBPA). After conducting an investigation, the Georgia AG alleged that the company engaged in…

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Massachusetts AG Settles with Online Loan Servicer for Alleged Abusive Debt Collection Practices

​On August 12, 2021, the Massachusetts Attorney General (AG) announced ​a settlement ​with an online loan servicer, resolving allegations that the company engaged in abusive debt collection practices in violation of the AG’s debt collection regulations. After the AG’s Office conducted an investigation into the company, the Massachusetts AG alleged that the company, which…

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California Settles with Student Loan Debt Relief Company for Allegedly Collecting Illegal Fees

​On August 9, 2021, the California Department of Financial Protection and Innovation (DFPI) announced ​that it had entered into a settlement agreement with a Tustin-based student loan d​ebt relief company, resolving allegations that the company violated the California Consumer Financial Protection Law (CCFPL) when it collected illegal advance fees under the Telemarketing Sales Rule (TSR). This settlement comes as the…

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FTC Settles with Two Florida-Based Companies for Allegedly Providing Assistance to Student Debt Relief Scam

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​On July 12, 2021, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced a settlement with two Florida-based companies and their CEO, resolving allegations that the companies aided a student debt relief scam by providing false or deceptive information in order to obtain merchant processing for the scheme. The settlement will permanently bar the two…

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