Latest Posts
Home > Debt Relief Industry > State of Washington Files Amicus Brief in Support of Case Against Freedom Debt Relief and Freedom Financial Network

State of Washington Files Amicus Brief in Support of Case Against Freedom Debt Relief and Freedom Financial Network

Another brief forwarded to me recently by a regulator friend was that of the amicus brief filed by the State of Washington in a private case against Freedom Debt Relief, Freedom Financial Network, Andrew Houser, and Bradford Stroh.

The issue appears to have been if Freedom was in fact a debt adjuster under the Washington Debt Adjusting Act.

The claim by Freedom was that it was not a debt adjuster since “Freedom’s consumers must approve each settlement before the settlement becomes final and in light of the fact that Freedom does not transfer funds to the creditors but instead relies on third parties to do that.”

Freedom is a debt adjuster. What it does fits the statutory definition like a snug shoe. Neither requiring the consumer’s approval of the settlements nor having the consumer’s funds held by a third party creates an exception. The shoe fits and Freedom must wear it. – Source

The State of Washington said “yes”; Freedom is a debt adjuster and the Debt Adjusting Act applies to it.

The brief says “Freedom is a debt adjuster under the DAA, and that it violated the DAA by taking too much in fees and taking them too early, and that all fees should be returned to [plaintiffs] as provided for in the DAA.”

“For the purposes of deciding whether Freedom was a debt adjuster, it does not matter if the consumer had to approve the settlements or whether Freedom, a third party business associate, or the consumer held the funds used to fund the settlements. Freedom still managed and counseled and settled consumer debt and it did so for compensation. That makes Freedom a debt adjuster under the DAA.”

You can read the full brief here.

State of Washington Files Amicus Brief in Support of Case Against Freedom Debt Relief and Freedom Financial Network
Get Out of Debt Guy – Twitter, G+, Facebook

I can always use your help. If you have a tip or information you want to share, you can get it to me confidentially if you click here.

State of Washington Files Amicus Brief in Support of Case Against Freedom Debt Relief and Freedom Financial Network by

Share This and Spread the Word

About Steve Rhode

Steve Rhode
Steve Rhode is the Get Out of Debt Guy and has been helping good people with bad debt problems since 1994. You can learn more about Steve, here.
  • Calculator

    While obviously premature, after reading the Amicus Brief, I can’t help but hear a well known sports caster saying “Down goes Freedom! Down goes Freedom”.

    The brief submitted in the Freedom Debt Relief case along with its cousin submitted in the GCS case, suggest to me that the state of Washington quickly become what I have read and hear industry people refer to as be listed as a “Red State”. As in; No entry. Do Not Go There. Keep Out.

    I should think the Washington AG already has plans for their own IL styled spank down, based on what I have read from them this morning.

    I should hope industry is paying attention this week. It would appear their future is laid out before them and it does not look pretty.

  • Calculator

    While obviously premature, after reading the Amicus Brief, I can’t help but hear a well known sports caster saying “Down goes Freedom! Down goes Freedom”.

    The brief submitted in the Freedom Debt Relief case along with its cousin submitted in the GCS case, suggest to me that the state of Washington quickly become what I have read and hear industry people refer to as be listed as a “Red State”. As in; No entry. Do Not Go There. Keep Out.

    I should think the Washington AG already has plans for their own IL styled spank down, based on what I have read from them this morning.

    I should hope industry is paying attention this week. It would appear their future is laid out before them and it does not look pretty.

Get My FREE Get Out of Debt Guy Newsletter

It is the smart thing to do.

I promise to keep your email safe and secure.

Close

I want to keep you posted each weekday with just one email about the latest get out of debt news, scam alerts and information to beat back debt.

You can unsubscribe at any time with just one click.

After you subscribe, check your email to confirm your subscription. If the confirmation email does not appear in your inbox in a few minutes, check your spam folder for it. Sometimes it likes to annoyingly hide there.


  • It will keep you posted on the latest scams.
  • You will be alerted to the latest articles.
  • You will wind up smarter than everyone else dealing with debt.