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Antitrust Claims Survive Motions to Dismiss in the New Jersey Tax Lien Bid-Rigging Class Action

The plaintiffs’ antitrust claims in the New Jersey municipal tax lien auction bid-rigging class action may proceed, the federal judge presiding over the litigation has ruled. New Jersey municipalities hold public...more

Dodd-Frank News: October 2014: Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act Update

In This Issue: - RECENT CASES .. Mortgage Servicing Rules .. Antiretaliation Provision ..Credit Default Swaps Antitrust Litigation ..CFPB Involvement in Litigation - IN THE...more

FTC Targeting Deceptive Advertising of Mortgage Lead Generators

The Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) recent complaint against Intermundo Media, LLC (Intermundo) alleging deceptive marketing tactics under the FTC Act and Mortgage Acts and Practices – Advertising Rule (MAP Rule)...more

Federal Appeals Court Upholds District Court Order Barring Telemarketers From Selling Mortgage And Debt Relief Programs

This month, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit issued a decision to uphold the District Court of Northern Ohio’s earlier ruling prohibiting the defendants from selling false mortgage assistance and debt relief...more

Mortgage Lead Generator Will Pay $500,000 to Settle FTC Charges about False Ads

On September 12, a mortgage refinancing lead generator, Intermundo Media, LLC (doing business as Delta Prime Refinance), agreed to pay a $500,000 civil penalty, among other things, to settle the FTC’s allegations that the...more

Feds, States Sweep Country for Mortgage Relief Scams

In an enforcement sweep dubbed “Operation Mis-Modification,” the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), and 15 state Attorneys General have targeted “foreclosure relief scammers that have...more

CFPB, FTC, And State Authorities Coordinate Action Against Foreclosure Relief Companies

On July 23, the CFPB, the FTC, and 15 state authorities coordinated to take action against foreclosure relief companies and associated individuals alleged to have employed deceptive marketing tactics to obtain business from...more

“Operation Mis-Modification” Targets Foreclosure Relief Companies

The CFPB continues to ramp up its enforcement actions and its collaboration with state AG offices as part of the new “Operation Mis-Modification.” The CFPB, the FTC and fifteen states announced a series of lawsuits...more

Mortgage Lead Generator To Pay $250,000 in FTC Settlement on Deceptively Advertised Mortgage Rate Charges

GoLoansOnline.com, Inc., a Houston, Texas-based mortgage lead generator, will pay the Federal Trade Commission $250,000 under a settlement announced earlier this month of claims it operated mortgage lending websites that...more

CFPB and FTC Representatives Speak at Symposium on Fine Print

CFPB General Counsel Meredith Fuchs and CFPB Assistant General Counsel for Law and Policy Anne Zorc spoke last week at the Georgetown Consumer Law Society and Citizen Works’ symposium entitled “Making the Fine Print Fair.”...more

FTC Settles First Mortgage Advertising Rule Enforcement Action

The Federal Trade Commission recently announced a settlement of its first enforcement action under its Mortgage Acts and Practices - Advertising Final Rule (MAPR)....more

FTC Obtains Settlement Regarding Marketing Of Mortgage Refinancing Services To Servicemembers; Announces First Settlements In...

On June 27, the FTC announced that a mortgage broker will pay a $7.5 million civil penalty to resolve alleged violations of the agency’s Telemarketing Sales Rule (TSR) and Mortgage Acts and Practices – Advertising Rule (MAP...more

'Do Not Call' Violations Lead to $7.5 Million Civil Penalty

On Thursday, June 27, 2013, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) announced that Mortgage Investors Corporation of Ohio, Inc. (“Mortgage Investors”) will pay a $7.5 million civil penalty for alleged violations of the...more

FTC Submits Financial Acts Enforcement Letter To CFPB

On May 14, the FTC released a letter it sent to the CFPB’s assistant directors for fair lending and supervision examinations describing activities related to the FTC’s administration and enforcement of the regulations...more

FTC Sends FCRA Warning to Providers of Rental Histories

The Federal Trade Commission continues to keep Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) enforcement at the forefront of its activities, as shown by its recent warnings to operators of six websites that provide information about...more

McCarn v. HSBC USA, Inc.: A Federal Court Dismisses a Plaintiff's Attempt to Apply Antitrust-Conspiracy Principles to a Consumer...

On November 13, 2012, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California, in McCarn v. HSBC USA, Inc., 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 162257, issued an important decision rejecting as inadequate a plaintiff’s attempt to...more

CFPB and FTC announce joint action against mortgage advertisers

The CFPB and FTC announced that they have sent warning letters to mortgage advertisers urging them to review their marketing materials to ensure that they comply with the Mortgage Acts and Practices-Advertising Rule...more

CFPB, FTC Announce Crackdown on Deceptive Mortgage Advertising

On November 19, 2012, the Federal Trade Commission and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau announced that they have launched a new coordinated effort to protect consumers, focusing on mortgage advertisements that they...more

FTC Wins Judgment in Mortgage Modification Case

On July 2, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that it obtained a $2.6 million judgment against three defendants for failing to provide mortgage modification services after collecting upfront fees from borrowers. The...more

FTC Obtains Injunction, Asset Freeze on Alleged Mortgage Scam

The Federal Trade Commission has obtained an order from the federal court for the Central District of California for a preliminary injunction and asset freeze against all the defendants in an alleged mortgage modification...more

National Settlement Executive Summary 2012

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY OF MULTISTATE/FEDERAL SETTLEMENT OF FORECLOSURE MISCONDUCT CLAIMS written by Philip A. Lehman, Assistant Attorney General Consumer Protection Division, North Carolina Department of Justice. The...more

Home Loan Modification Tips

As the recession continues to take its toll, it is not uncommon for many home owners to try to renegotiate the terms of their loans. The main federal agencies responsible for regulating the loan modification and foreclosure...more

Late Night Emails to a Bankruptcy Attorney

When I opened my bankruptcy law practice here in the Phoenix area a while back I wanted to create a website where clients could easily communicate with me and learn about the bankruptcy process. In the morning when I check...more

FTC Takes Action on Fraudulent Mortgage Relief Companies

Every cent counts these days. And it is no wonder that scam programs are on the rise, including many socalled mortgage relief companies that promise to reduce your mortgage but deliver nothing. Of late the FTC has taken...more

FTC’s Mortgage Acts and Practices Advertising Rule May Not Help Consumers

The FTC recently issued the Mortgage Acts and Practices – Advertising Final Rule. This rule is the FTC’s response to a congressional directive to address unfair or deceptive acts in the mortgage loan industry. Briefly, the...more

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