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FTC Accuses Student Loan Debt Relief Operation of Deceiving Consumers

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​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 monthly payments would go towards their student loans. In the complaint, filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern…

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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 offered closed-end, installment loans online and falsely claimed it was licensed in Virginia to do so.  According to the…

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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 (“SCRA”), 50 U.S.C. § 3953. The SCRA prohibits foreclosure on the home of a servicemember during active military service…

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

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​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 premises. The court granted this relief in response to a complaint filed by the FTC alleging that the…

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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. § 4012a(f)(4).  The Board of Governors asserted that where a pattern or practice of violations of NFIA…

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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 Protection Act (“VCPA”), Virginia Code §§ 59.1-196 to 59.1-207, through its lending practices. The defendant lender allegedly made illegal, unlicensed loans at…

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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 mortgage loan repayment services.  The court, however, denied the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (“CFPB”) request for $74 million in restitution, finding that the…

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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 violating the False Claims Act (“FCA”) and the Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery, and Enforcement Act of 1989 (“FIRREA”). The Federal…

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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 Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”)​. The FTC charged the defendant company and individuals with violating Section 5(a)…

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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 Deceptive Trade Practices-Consumer Protection Act, and Identity Theft Protection and Enforcement Act. A jury in the District Court of…

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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 public land records to track land ownership.  The Kentucky AG has provided county clerks with information to post in…

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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, permanently banning the company from operating in Massachusetts and voiding over 200 loans made by the company to Massachusetts borrowers. The judgment also prohibits…

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DC Attorney General Obtains Consent Order Against Phony Debt Relief Company

​On May 23, 2017, the District of Columbia Attorney General’s Office announced that it had entered into a consent order with a Maryland debt relief company and its owner for violating the District of Columbia’s Consumer Credit Service Organizations Act, D.C. Code § 28-4601, et seq., by falsely promising to help consumers reduce or eliminate debt. The debt relief…

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DC Attorney General Announces Settlement With Debt Collection Company Resulting in Forgiveness of $219,000 in Consumer Debt

On April 14, 2017, the District of Columbia Attorney General’s Office (AG) announced that it had entered into a settlement agreement​ with a California-based debt collection company and its owner arising from allegations that their debt collection practices violated the District of Columbia’s Consumer Protection Procedures Act and Debt Collection Law. The…

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