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CFPB Hits Debt Settlement Services Provider With Lawsuit

The Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection (CFPB or Bureau) has filed suit against the largest debt settlement services provider in the country, accusing the California-based entity of violating Dodd-Frank and the...more

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

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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

CFPB sues nation’s largest debt-settlement services provider

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The CFPB has filed a lawsuit in a California federal district court against Freedom Debt Relief (FDR) and its CEO for alleged violations of the Consumer Financial Protection Act (CFPA) and the Telemarketing Sales Rule (TSR). ...more

The CFPB Shuts Down Another Credit Repair Service

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The CFPB recently submitted a proposed stipulated final order that would shut down a credit repair service and permanently enjoin it from “[a]dvertising, marketing, promoting, providing, offering for sale, selling, assisting...more

What Real Estate Settlement Service and Other Consumer Financial Services Providers Need to Know About the CFPB’s Final...

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

On July 10, 2017, in a surprise move, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB or Bureau) issued its long awaited final rule on arbitration (Final Arbitration Rule). This rule-making has been a lightning rod issue for...more

CFPB files proposed stipulated final judgments in actions against credit repair companies and individuals

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The CFPB announced that it had simultaneously filed two complaints and corresponding proposed stipulated final judgments in a California federal district court in actions against four credit repair companies and three...more

CFPB files complaint alleging defendants ran unlawful debt relief operation

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The CFPB has filed a complaint in a California federal district court against three law firms and two individual attorneys alleging that they offered debt relief services to consumers in violation of the Telemarketing Sales...more

CFPB November 2016 complaint report highlights other financial services complaints, complaints from Oklahoma consumers

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The CFPB has issued its November 2016 complaint report which highlights complaints about “other financial services,” a category that includes debt settlement, credit repair, check cashing, and money orders.  The report also...more

NY AG Secures $1.6 Million Settlement For Alleged Mortgage Relief Scheme

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On November 2, the New York Attorney General (AG) announced a $1.6 million settlement with a debt settlement company and its principal, resolving allegations that the company violated New York’s deceptive and unlawful...more

CFPB sues credit repair company

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The CFPB announced that it has filed a lawsuit in a California federal district court against a credit repair company for alleged violations of the Consumer Financial Protection Act (CFPA) and Telemarketing Sales Rule (TSR)....more

CFPB files supplemental amicus brief in Third Circuit FDCPA case to address Spokeo

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The CFPB has filed a supplemental amicus brief with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in Bock v. Pressler & Pressler, LLP, the case in which the district court ruled that a debt collection law firm violated the...more

CFPB Jan. 2016 complaint report highlights “other financial services complaints,” complaints from NY State/NY metro area consumers

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The CFPB has issued its January 2016 complaint report which highlights “other financial service” complaints and complaints from consumers in New York State and the New York metro area. In addition to the major complaint...more

CFPB announces consent order relating to alleged debt relief scam

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

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

CFPB’s first criminal referral ends in 9-year sentence

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The CFPB’s first publicly announced criminal referral has resulted in a nine-year sentence for the principal of a debt settlement company, who pled guilty to several of the charges. The referral, which was made to the U.S....more

Is the RQFII Program En route to Australia?

by K&L Gates LLP on

Bank of China's Renminbi Settlement Service in Sydney - In late July this year, the Bank of China unveiled its Chinese Renminbi (RMB) Settlement Service in Sydney. The Settlement Service utilises the Australian Stock...more

CFPB settles enforcement action against another debt settlement payment processor

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The latest chapter in the CFPB’s “comprehensive effort to address consumer harm and to root out unlawful practices across the debt settlement industry” is a settlement announced yesterday with Global Client Solutions, “a...more

CFPB Complaints Database Expands to Include Prepaid Cards and Nonbank Products

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

On July 21, 2014, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) announced that it has further expanded its Consumer Complaint Database (“Database”) to include additional types of financial products. Specifically, the CFPB...more

CFPB now taking complaints on prepaid cards, debt settlement services and more

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Although we thought an announcement that the CFPB had begun taking complaints about new products would be made at its field hearing on consumer complaints last week, that announcement was made today. The CFPB announced that...more

Former Colorado regulator and consumer advocate Laura Udis to join CFPB as manager for payday lending program

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

We have learned that, starting Monday, Laura Udis will join the CFPB as the Payday and Small Dollar Lending Program Manager in Research, Markets and Regulations. Ms. Udis comes to the CFPB from the Consumer Federation of...more

CFPB Shows It’s a Tough New Cop on the Beat With Case Against Payment Processor

by Ifrah PLLC on

On October 3, 2013, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau announced it had filed a complaint in federal district court in Washington state against a leading debt-settlement payment processor, Meracord LLC, and its CEO. ...more

CFPB Brings Action For Processing Illegal Debt-Settlement Fees

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, or CFPB, announced an enforcement action against Meracord LLC, a leading debt-settlement payment processor, for allegedly helping others to collect millions of dollars in illegal...more

CFPB brings enforcement action against debt settlement payment processor

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

In the latest chapter of its “comprehensive effort to prevent consumer harm in the debt-settlement industry,” the CFPB has announced the settlement of an enforcement action brought against “a leading debt-settlement payment...more

FTC Signals Interest in Enforcement of Deceptive Advertising Laws Against Payment Processors

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Ignorance of the law is no excuse; nor is (willful) ignorance of a business partner’s illegal activities. That’s a lesson to be learned from a recent amended complaint filed by the FTC which named a payment processor...more

CFPB Files Enforcement Action Against Debt Services Company

The CFPB recently filed an enforcement complaint and stipulated judgment against a Florida-based debt services company, which represents the first of its kind alleging that the company is liable under Dodd Frank and the...more

CFPB announces criminal referral relating to alleged debt-relief scam

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

At a press conference yesterday in New York City, Director Cordray announced that the CFPB had made a criminal referral to the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York arising out of the CFPB’s...more

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