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FTC Files Suit Against Third-Party Bill Payment Company

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On April 25, 2024​, the FTC announced​ that it filed a suit against a Washington-based ​third-party bill payment company​ and two of its chief executives ​​for engaging in allegedly ​deceptive ​and misleading ​​practices​ in violation of Section 5(a) of the FTC Act, 15 U.S.C. § 45(a), Section 521 of the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (GLB Act), 15 U.S.C. 23 § 6821, and…

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FinTech Companies Settle PPP-related Claims with FTC

On March 18, 2024, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced ​that it ​entered into proposed orders with two fintech firms, resolving allegations of misconduct tied to the firms’ involvement in federal COVID-19 Paycheck Protection Programs (PPP).  Specifically, the proposed orders resolve allegations that the firms violated Section 5(a) of the FTC Act,…

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California Federal Court Bans Mortgage Operators as Result of Joint FTC and DFPI Case

​On February 2, 2024, the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California issued an order permanently banning several companies and their owners from the telemarketing and debt relief businesses and requiring them to pay approximately $19 million in restitution and civil money penalties​.  This order came as a…

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Illinois Federal Court Issues Injunction and $28.7 Million Judgment Against Telemarketing Operation

On January 31, the Federal Trade Commission announced that a federal court in Illinois entered final orders against a telemarketing company and its owners as part of a judgment against an allegedly illegal telemarketing scheme. In the lawsuit, the FTC accused the defendants of making millions of illegal, unsolicited calls to people who were…

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FTC Reaches Settlement With Cash Advance Company

On January 24, 2024, the Federal Trade Commission announced that it had reached a settlement with an online cash advance provider and its co-founders resolving claims that the company violated the FTC Act, the Restore Online Shopper’s Confidence Act (ROSCA), and the Equal Credit Opportunity Act (ECOA),  by engaging in allegedly deceptive marketing tactics and…

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FTC Enters Settlement with California-based Lead Generator

On January 2, 2024, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced it had reached a settlement with a California-based lead generator resolving allegations that the company facilitated illegal telemarketing calls.  This lead generator owned the domain to several websites and sold thousands of leads to third parties for telemarketing purposes. The…

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FTC and Wisconsin AG File Complaint Against Auto Financing Company

On October 24, 2023, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that it had filed a complaint against a Wisconsin-based auto dealership alleging “unfair or deceptive acts or practices in or affecting commerce” in violation of FTC Act,15 U.S.C. § 45(a), and violations of the Equal Credit Opportunity Act (ECOA) and Regulation B, which prohibit…

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FTC and CFPB Announce $15 Million Settlement Against Credit Reporting Agency For Alleged Inaccuracies In Tenant Screening Reports

​On October 12, 2023, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced that they filed a joint complaint​ and obtained a $15 million settlement​ against a parent credit reporting agency and one of its subsidiaries for alleged violations of the Fair Credit Report Act (FCRA) with respect to tenant…

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FTC Reaches Consent Order with For-Profit College Resolving Allegations of Deceptive Advertising and Loan Agreements

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On October 18, 2023, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) announced that that they had filed a complaint and entered into a stipulated order with a for-profit college and its parent company.  Under the consent order, the college will cancel $3.4 million in student debt, resolving allegations that it made false claims about post-graduation job placements and…

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FTC Approves Consent Order with Payment Card Network Operator for EFTA Violations

On May 30, 2023, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that it had finalized a consent order with one of the nation’s largest credit and debit card providers in an administrative action regarding alleged violations of the Electronic Funds Transfer Act (EFTA), as amended, 15 U.S.C. § 1693o-2, and its implementing regulation,…

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FTC Brings Action Against Two Companies Involved in Illegal Student Loan Relief Schemes

On May 8, 2023 the FTC announced that it filed complaints against two loan forgiveness and debt relief companies on April 24, 2023 alleging that they falsely claimed to be affiliated with the Department of Education. The companies allegedly told students that certain fee payments would count toward repayment programs and student…

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FTC Obtains Temporary Restraining Order Against Credit Repair Operation

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On May 6, 2022, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that, at its request, the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida had issued a temporary restraining order (TRO), effectively shutting down a credit repair operation. In the FTC’s complaint, it alleged that the company charged consumers hundreds of dollars for credit repair services that…

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FTC Obtains Permanent Injunction Against For-Profit Medical School

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On April 15, 2022, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that it obtained a permanent injunction against an Illinois-based, offshore, for-profit medical school for deceptive marketing practices. In its complaint ​and stipulated ​order​ filed same-day in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, the FTC alleged that the school violated the Telemarketing Sales Rule (TSR) when…

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FTC Announces $10 Million Settlement With Auto Dealers for Alleged Junk Fees and Discriminatory Practices

On April 1, 2022, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that it reached a settlement​ with a group of Illinois-based auto dealers to resolve allegations that they had violated Sections 13(b) and 19 of the Federal Trade Commission Act (FTCA), 15 U.S.C. § 53(b), 57b, the Truth in Lending Act (TILA), 15 U.S.C. §§ 1601-1666j,…

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Court Enjoins Credit Repair Company From Making Misrepresentations to Consumers

On March 21, 2022, the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced that it obtained a permanent injunction against a credit repair company and its CEO, barring the company from making representations that it can improve consumers’ credit scores.  The injunction was issued by the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas in relation…

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FTC Stops Alleged Credit Repair Scheme that Filed False Identify Theft Complaints

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On March 21, 2022, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that it had obtained an injunct​​ion halting a Texas-based credit repair operation.  The company allegedly obtained millions of dollars from consumers by falsely claiming to consumers the company could remove negative information from credit reports.  The company would then allegedly file fake identify theft reports to remove…

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