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Georgia AG Announces $8.5 Million Settlement with Debt Collector

On April 4, Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr (“Georgia AG”) announced? an $8.5 million settlement with a national debt collector, resolving allegations that the company violated the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act...more

Student Loan Debt Relief Company Banned from Doing Business in Kansas

?On February 6, 2018, a Kansas state court entered a default judgment against a Florida student debt relief company banning it from doing business in Kansas and ordering it to pay over $39,000 back to one consumer. Kansas...more

FTC Accuses Student Loan Debt Relief Operation of Deceiving Consumers

?On February 7, 2018, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) announced an enforcement action against a student loan debt relief operation, claiming it deceived consumers out of $28 million by falsely promising that their...more

Virginia Attorney General Announces Settlement with Online Lender, Resulting in $2.7 Million in Relief to Virginia Consumers

?On February 7, 2018, Virginia Attorney General Mark R. Herring (Virginia AG) announced a settlement with a Virginia based online lender for alleged violations of the Virginia Consumer Protection Act. The lender allegedly...more

Federal Reserve Announces It Will Restrict Growth of National Bank Until It Improves Governance

On February 2, 2018, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (the “Board”) announced that it would restrict the growth of a national bank based on its past consumer abuses and compliance failures and its need to...more

DOJ Sues Foreclosure Trustee for Illegally Foreclosing on Homes of Servicemembers

On November 9, the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) annou?nced its lawsuit against a foreclosure trustee for wrongfully foreclosing on at least twenty-eight servicemembers in violation of the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act...more

FTC Obtains TRO Temporarily Freezing Assets of Georgia-Based Debt Collection Business

?On November 8, a federal court in Georgia issued a temporary restraining order against a Georgia-based debt collector, freezing its assets and granting the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) immediate access to its business...more

11/17/2017  /  Asset Freeze , Debt Collectors , FDCPA , FTC , TRO

CFPB Files Suit Against National Debt-Settlement Services Provider For Allegedly Misleading Consumers

On November 8, 2017, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) announced it filed suit in federal court in California against a national debt-settlement services provider and its CEO based on alleged violations of the...more

Federal Reserve Board Announces Penalty Against State Bank for Alleged Violation of the National Flood Insurance Act

?On September 14, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System announced the execution of a settlement with a state bank concerning alleged violations of the National Flood Insurance Act (“NFIA”), 42 U.S.C. §...more

VA AG Sues Open-End Credit Plan Lender

On September 13, 2017, Virginia Attorney General (“Virginia AG”) Mark R. Herring announced that it had filed suit in Virginia state court against an open-end credit plan lender for allegedly violating the Virginia Consumer...more

CFPB Secures $7.9 Million Trial Verdict Against Mortgage Loan Servicer

On September 8, a federal judge in California ordered a national mortgage services company to pay a $7.9 million civil penalty based on false or misleading marketing statements it allegedly made to consumers about its...more

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...more

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...more

US Attorney Announces Settlement with Florida Condominium Complex Over Alleged FHA Reverse Mortgage Fraud

On July 20, 2017, acting United States Attorney Stephen Muldrow announced a civil settlement with the owner of a Florida condominium complex over fraudulent reverse mortgage transactions. Defendant had been accused of...more

Kentucky AG Announces Home Loan Protections in Connection with Settlement with Mortgage Recording Company

On May 25, 2017, Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear (“Kentucky AG”) announced steps it is taking to provide guidance to Kentucky homeowners whose banks use online mortgage recording databases? instead of traditional...more

New York-Based Debt Collector Banned from Doing Business in Kansas

On May 26, 2017, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt (Kansas AG) announced that a New York-based debt collector and its owner were banned from debt collection and enforcement in Kansas. Shawnee County District Court Judge...more

Massachusetts AG Obtains Judgment Against Online Auto Title Lender for Illegal Loans

On May 25, 2017, Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey (“Massachusetts AG”) announced? a final judgment and permanent injunction entered? in Suffolk Superior Court against an unlicensed ?online auto title lender,...more

FTC Files Suit Against Student Debt Relief and Credit Repair Scheme

On May 25, 2017, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) announced that it filed a complaint? in federal court in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida against a student loan debt relief and...more

CFTC Commissioner advocates minimal regulation of blockchain technology, letting private sector lead

On March 29, 2016, J. Christopher Giancarlo, the Commissioner of the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission, or CFTC, spoke at the Depository Trust and Clearing Corporation 2016 Blockchain Symposium. His speech encouraged...more

Digital Currency to the Rescue: Bitcoins as Solution to Greek Capital Controls

This week Cubits.gr and BTCGreece began a partnership aimed at providing a solution to Greek capital controls. Part of that solution entails supporting voucher payments backed by bitcoin and installing one thousand Bitcoin...more

Death and Bitcoin: How Digital Currencies Affect Estate Planning

It may not be at the forefront of your digital currency interests, but cryptocurrencies have unique characteristics that require careful consideration for estate planning. If you have bitcoin, for example, but your...more

Federal Appeals Court Upholds FTC HSR Rule on Pharma Patent Licenses

Background – the HSR Act: Under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976 (the HSR Act), acquisitions of voting securities, assets and other commercial interests which exceed certain monetary thresholds...more

Overstock Issues First Cryptosecurity

In January 2014, Overstock.com became the first major online retailer to accept payment in bitcoin. Less than eighteen months later, Overstock is now the first company to offer qualified buyers the option of purchasing...more

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