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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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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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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 Consent Order Results in Permanent Ban for Cash Advance Business Owner

On October 30, 2023, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York​ (SDNY) granted a permanent injunction containing a lifetime ban for the owner of a small-business lending company​​ for unfair business practices and aggressive debt collection methods. On September 27, 2023, Judge Jed. S. Rakoff of SDNY granted summary…

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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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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 Announces Settlement With Remaining Defendants in Student Loan Debt Relief Action

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On January 26, 2022, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that it resolved claims against the remaining defendants in an action concerning student loan debt relief products and services that commenced in 2019.  As we ​​previously reported​, the FTC filed a complaint ​against a collection of interrelated companies in November 2019, alleging that they used fraudulent…

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FTC Announces Settlement with Alleged Phantom Debt Collectors

On December 13, 2021, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) annou​nced that it reached a settlement with a group of ​South Carolina-based debt collection companies to resolve ​allegations that the companies violated the Federal Trade Commission Act (FTC Act) and the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA). The FTC’s complaint, originally filed in July…

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FDIC Announces $1.8 Million Settlement with Oregon-Based Bank

​On May 10, 2021, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) announced​ a settlement with an Oregon-based bank concerning the bank’s alleged violations of Section 5 of the Federal Trade Commission Act (FTC Act), 15 U.S.C. § 45(a)(1).  Under the settlement, the bank stipulated to the issuance of an order​ to pay a civil money penalty of $1.8 million. The FDIC…

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FTC Announces $114 Million Settlement with Payday Lenders

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On February 11, 2021, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced a $114 million settlement with the owners and operators of an alleged tribal payday lending scheme.  The settlement resolves allegations concerning defendants’ purported violations of the unfair or deceptive practice provisions (UDAP) of the Federal Trade Commission Act (FTC Act), 15 U.S.C. § 45(a), the Telemarketing and Consumer Fraud…

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FTC Distributes $1.7 Million to Affected Consumers in Alleged Student Loan Debt Relief Scam

On February 10, 2021, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that it will begin distributing over $1.7 million to consumers that it claims lost money as a result of an alleged student loan debt relief scheme.  The payments are part of a 2018 settlement with a student debt relief group, previously covered ​by Enforcement Watch, that resolved…

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FTC Announces $10.9 Million Settlement for Credit Card Laundering Scheme

​On February 10, 2021, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced settlements with two payment processing companies and two individuals, resolving claims concerning an alleged credit card laundering scheme perpetrated in violation of the Federal Trade Commission Act (FTC Act), 15 U.S.C. § 53(b), and the Telemarketing and Consumer Fraud and Abuse Act (Telemarketing Act), 15 U.S.C. §§…

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FTC Reaches Settlement with Two Nevada Companies for Alleged Credit Card Scheme

On January 29, 2021, the FTC announced that it filed a proposed settlement in the District of Nevada with two Nevada-based consulting companies, resolving claims ​that the companies violated the FTC Act, Telemarketing and Consumer Fraud and Abuse Prevention Act, Telemarketing Sales Rule, Credit Repair Organizations Act, and Consumer Review Fairness Act. The FTC alleged that, since…

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FTC Reaches $1.5 Million Settlement with Payment Processor Over Fraud Allegations

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On December 10, 2020, the Federal Trade Commission (Commission) announced that it reached a settlement with a payment processor and its former CEO for alleged violations of the Federal Trade Commission Act (FTCA). The complaint alleges that the payment processor illegally processed more than $93 million in consumer credit card charges related to fraudulent…

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FTC Files Complaint Against California-Based Mobile Banking App

​On November 18, 2020, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced​ ​that it had filed a complaint ​against a California-based mobile banking app and its founder and CEO for allegedly falsely misrepresenting to users that they would receive high interests rates on their banking accounts and that they would have constant access to their funds. According to the complaint,…

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