Debt-Relief Industry

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CFPB alerts Google to student debt relief scammers

Rohit Chopra, the CFPB’s outgoing Student Loan Ombudsman, has sent a letter to Google to alert the company that “student loan debt relief scammers may be targeting student loan borrowers through the company’s search...more

“Abusive” Development – Recent Applications of the Prohibition against Abusive Acts and Practices

The enactment of the Dodd-Frank Act in 2010 created the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) and, among other things, vested it with broad authority to enforce prohibitions on unfair, deceptive and abusive acts and...more

Tough Weeks for Morgan Drexen in CFPB Debt Relief Litigation

It’s been a rough couple of weeks for debt-relief services firm Morgan Drexen. You may recall our previous post about the CFPB’s action against Morgan Drexen in the Central District of California and the alleged antics that...more

Consent Judgments Entered Against Individuals and Law Firm Accused of Mass-Joinder Mortgage Rescue Scams

Consent judgments in a lawsuit brought by the Florida and Connecticut Attorneys General have been entered against five individuals and one law firm for their part in an alleged “mass-joinder” mortgage rescue scam....more

Washington State AG Sues Student Loan Debt Adjustment Firm

The Washington State Attorney General recently filed an action in state court against a student loan debt adjustment firm and its individual principal alleging that the firm charged illegal fees and failed to provide required...more

FTC Settles with Texas-Based Mortgage Company Over Mortgage Relief Scams

On March 5, the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas approved a settlement agreement between the FTC and a Texas-based mortgage relief company and its owners (Defendants) to resolve allegations that they...more

Cases We’re Watching: CFPB v. Morgan Drexen

We don’t know about you, but we’ve been following the contentious litigation between the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and debt-relief services company Morgan Drexen pretty closely. The CFPB filed its lawsuit in...more

Student Debt Relief Services Slapped with TSR and UDAAP Claims

On December 11, 2014, the CFPB filed two actions against debt relief companies. Complaint for Permanent Injunction and Other Relief, Consumer Fin. Prot. Bureau v. IrvineWebWorks, Inc., No. 8:14-cv-1967 (C.D. Cal. Dec. 11,...more

CFPB announces lawsuits against student loan debt relief companies

On December 11, the CFPB announced lawsuits against two student loan debt relief companies alleged to have deceived borrowers into paying upfront fees for federal student loan repayment benefits that are available for free....more

CFPB Reaches Settlement Agreement with Debt Relief Company and Law Firm

Last Thursday, December 4, 2014, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) reached a settlement agreement with Premier Consulting Group LLC and the Law Office of Michael Lupoloverrequiring the defendants to pay a fine...more

CFPB announces consent order relating to alleged debt relief scam

The CFPB has announced that it has entered into a proposed consent order with Premier Consulting Group LLC and a related law firm to settle claims that the defendants charged consumers upfront fees in violation of the...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

CFPB, AG’s, secure $92M in debt relief for servicemembers victimized by predatory lending

The CFPB, after an investigation in cooperation with 13 state attorneys general, has entered into a consent order with Colfax Capital Corporation, a California consumer lending company (Colfax), and its wholly-owned...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

Illinois AG Sues Student Debt Relief Firms

On July 14, Illinois Attorney General (AG) Lisa Madigan announced that her office filed separate civil lawsuits in state court against two student debt relief firms and their principals. The lawsuits allege that the...more

Individual Liability in CFPB Enforcement Proceedings

To date, the CFPB has brought 12 cases—out of more than three dozen total CFPB enforcement cases—in which it named individuals as defendants or respondents liable for violations of consumer protection statutes. Below, we...more

Guilty pleas entered in CFPB’s first criminal referral

The CFPB’s first publicly announced criminal referral has resulted in the entry of guilty pleas by a debt settlement company and its principal, according to a Reuters report. The referral, which was made to the U.S. Attorney...more

New York Launches Student Protection Unit, Investigation Of Debt Relief Companies

On January 22, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo launched a new Student Protection Unit within the New York Department of Financial Services dedicated to investigating potential consumer protection violations in the student loan...more

Target of CFPB Complaint Loses Argument on Unconstitutionality

The United States District Court for the Central District of California denied a motion to dismiss brought by a target of the CFPB’s enforcement powers. In August 2013, the CFPB filed a complaint against a debt relief-service...more

D.C. federal court dismisses Morgan Drexen lawsuit against CFPB

A Washington, D.C. federal district court has dismissed the lawsuit filed by Morgan Drexen against the CFPB that alleged the Bureau’s structure was unconstitutional because it violated the Constitution’s separation of powers....more

CFPB Demonstrates its Broad Scope

While it has only just begun its third year, the CFPB has already left its mark with a series of recent enforcement actions. Below are four examples of how the CFPB has wielded the broad scope of its mandate....more

CFPB Files Complaint Alleging Violation of Telemarketing Sales Rule

The CFPB filed a complaint in the United States District Court for the Central District of California against a debt-relief service company alleged to have violated the FTC’s Telemarketing Sales Rule and engaged in deceptive...more

CFPB Takes Action Against ‘Abusive’ Acts by Debt-Relief Company

Recently, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the watchdog agency of the financial industry, has proved that it has considerable bite. Created under the Dodd-Frank act to fill gaps in regulatory coverage, the CFPB’s...more

FTC Sues Payment Processor For Assisting Allegedly Fraudulent Credit Card Debt Relief Operation

On June 5, the FTC announced that it has added a payment processor as a defendant in an existing suit against a debt relief firm that the FTC alleges operated a credit card interest rate reduction scam....more

FTC Charges Payment Processor with ‘Assisting and Facilitating’ Debt Relief Scam

The Federal Trade Commission recently brought an enforcement action against a company that processed credit card payments for the operator of an alleged debt relief telemarketing scam. This action serves as a reminder to...more

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