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Debt Collection Attorney Generals

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

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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...more

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

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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...more

The State AG Report Weekly Update

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Consumer Protection- 14 AGs Oppose Rollback of FCC Net Neutrality Protections- 14 Democratic AGs, led by Illinois AG Lisa Madigan, submitted comments urging the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) to ensure open...more

The State AG Report Weekly Update April 2017

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Consumer Protection - Colorado Attorney General Obtains Judgment Against Debt Collection Company - Colorado AG Cynthia Coffman obtained a judgment against debt collection company Peak Resolution LLC, its owner, and...more

State AGs Ask Supreme Court to Spark Major Expansion to Scope of Federal Debt Collection Law

Should a full-service consumer finance company be subject to federal debt collection law when it attempts to collect upon debt it purchased? Attorneys general from Maryland, the District of Columbia, California, New York, and...more

Vermont AG Settles Lawsuit with California Student Loan Debt Consolidation Company

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On November 18, 2016, the Attorney General for the State of Vermont (Vermont AG) announced that it had entered into a settlement with a California student loan debt consolidation company related to the company’s business of...more

Debt Collection Practices Under Scrutiny of CFPB and NY Attorney General

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On November 2, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and New York Attorney General filed a lawsuit in federal district court in New York over an alleged “massive, illegal debt-collection scheme” that supposedly...more

Massachusetts AG Settles Abusive Debt Collection Claims Against Mortgage Servicer

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On September 28, the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office announced that it had entered into a settlement with a national mortgage servicer to resolve allegations that the servicer had engaged in abusive debt collection...more

District of Columbia Settles Unlawful Collection Claims Against Debt Collector

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On June 21, the Attorney General for the District of Columbia announced a settlement with a debt collector for alleged violations of the District’s debt collection and consumer protection laws. Specifically, the District...more

Arkansas AG Settles Payday Lending Lawsuit for $750,000

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On June 24, the Arkansas Attorney General (AG) announced a settlement with three entities and two individuals, resolving allegations that the defendants conspired to offer illegal payday loans to consumers online while...more

Michigan Attorney General Announces Default Judgment Against Automobile Title Loan Company Over Alleged Usurious Loans

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On June 8, 2016, the Michigan Attorney General announced that a Michigan court entered a default judgment and permanent injunction against an automobile title loan company over alleged usurious loans that violated the...more

Advertising Law - May 2016 #4

NAD Vacuums Up Preference Claims - In a challenge brought by a competing vacuum manufacturer, the National Advertising Division recommended that SharkNinja discontinue a claim that "Americans now choose Shark 2-to-1 over...more

TCPA Connect - March 2016

Prior Express Consent Exists When Cellphone Number Is Shared With Intermediary - Joining other federal appellate courts, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals recently held that prior consent that is provided indirectly to...more

Consumer Groups Urge CFPB to Investigate T-Mobile’s ‘No-Contract’ Marketing

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In early December, several consumer groups joined in a letter asking the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) to investigate T-Mobile over allegedly misleading advertisements and abusive debt collection practices. The...more

FTC Announces ''Operation Collection Protection'' Developments

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The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has announced new developments in ''Operation Collection Protection,'' its new coordinated federal-state enforcement initiative targeting unlawful debt collection practices. The U.S....more

FTC, CFPB, and States Collaborate to Clamp Down on Illegal Debt Collection

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On November 4, the Federal Trade Commission announced an unprecedented coordinated federal-state enforcement effort targeting deceptive and abusive debt collection. This sweeping initiative, termed “Operation Collection...more

CFPB Brings Another Auto Lender Action, This Time for $48M

Why it matters - Continuing its focus on the auto lending industry, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) ordered Westlake Services LLC and subsidiary Wilshire Consumer Credit LLC to pay roughly $48 million for...more

The FCC's TCPA Regulatory Ruling Imposes Tighter Call Restrictions

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Last month, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released a long awaited declaratory ruling and order, FCC 15-72, addressing several petitions which sought clarification of or exemptions from Telephone Consumer...more

Credit Card Issuer Debt Collection Consent Order: The CFPB’s Latest Rulemaking Through Enforcement Effort

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

On Wednesday, July 8, the CFPB announced its latest — and largest — settlement of claims of unfair and deceptive debt collection practices. The OCC and 47 State Attorneys General all were part of the overall settlement. The...more

NY Attorney General, FTC Bring Joint Enforcement Actions against Debt Collectors

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The New York Attorney General and Federal Trade Commission recently announced they had filed two joint federal court lawsuits against debt collectors in the Western District of New York. The Attorney General and FTC are...more

State AGs and Regulators Step Up UDAAP Enforcement

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Dodd-Frank created the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) and granted that federal agency significant powers to regulate financial institutions. But Dodd-Frank also empowers state regulators to enforce the new...more

New York AG, FTC Bring Major Action against Debt Collection Operation

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The New York Attorney General and Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently announced a joint debt collection enforcement action that had been filed in June in federal court in Buffalo, New York, against several corporations...more

Director Cordray highlights CFPB collaboration with state AGs

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The CFPB’s collaboration with state attorneys general was the focus of Director Cordray’s remarks today to the National Association of Attorneys General. Director Cordray discussed the role of such collaboration in various...more

New York Attorney General Announces Settlement with Debt Collector of Payday Loans

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A settlement with the operator of five Buffalo-area debt collection companies announced on November 21, 2013, by New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman marks the latest chapter in the Attorney General's targeting of...more

First State HIPAA Enforcement Action against a Business Associate Returns $2.5 Million Payout

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In February, we alerted you to the first HIPAA enforcement action taken against a business associate. The action was pursued by the Minnesota Attorney General against Accretive Health, a service provider that was involved in...more

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