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Debt Collection Firm Enters Consent Judgment for $1 Million in Restitution with Massachusetts AG

On July 27, 2017, the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office (Massachusetts AG) annou​​nced that it ​entered into a consent judgment​ with the largest debt collection law firm in the state and two of its principals.  The agreed consent judgment, which asserted violations of the Massachusetts Consumer Protection Act, G.L. chapter 93A, section 2, was entered​​ in…

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FTC Obtains Temporary Restraining Order Freezing Assets of Debt Collection Operation

​On July 10, 2017, the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida entered a temporary restraining​ order (“TRO”) halting operations and freezing the assets of a debt collection operation, at the request of the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”)​. The FTC charged the defendant company and individuals with violating Section 5(a)…

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Debt Collector Ordered to Pay $25 Million to State of Texas for Illegal Debt Collection Practices

On July 11, 2017, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton secured a $25 million judgment and permanent injunction against a portfolio management company and a small law office for violations of the Texas Debt Collection Act, Texas Deceptive Trade Practices-Consumer Protection Act, and Identity Theft Protection and Enforcement Act. A jury in the District Court of…

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Massachusetts AG Obtains Preliminary Injunction Against Debt Collection Law Firm Over Illegal Practices

On July 13, 2017, the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office (“Massachusetts AG”) announced​ that it obtained a preliminary injunction against a debt collection law firm and its principal attorney.  The Massachusetts AG alleged that the law firm engaged in unlawful collection practices, in violation of the Massachusetts AG’s debt collection regulations. The law firm collected debts for…

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DC Attorney General Obtains Consent Order Against Phony Debt Relief Company

​On May 23, 2017, the District of Columbia Attorney General’s Office announced that it had entered into a consent order with a Maryland debt relief company and its owner for violating the District of Columbia’s Consumer Credit Service Organizations Act, D.C. Code § 28-4601, et seq., by falsely promising to help consumers reduce or eliminate debt. The debt relief…

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Minnesota AG Secures Judgment Against Debt Collector Over Allegedly Abusive Collection Practices

On May 15, 2017, the Minnesota Attorney General’s office (“Minnesota AG”) announced that it obtained a judgment in a lawsuit filed in Minnesota state court against a debt collection company.  As a result of the final judgment, the company is permanently barred from collecting debts in Minnesota and must pay a…

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