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Morgan Drexen Case Exposes Issues in Attorney Model Debt Settlement

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On December 16, 2011, Juanita White v. Morgan Drexen was filed in Virginia. Frankly, I’m getting sick of reporting on all the suits in the debt industry and I was going to pass on this one, until I read it. If all the facts and allegations are true, it’s enlightening. I think readers will be especially interested in the details ... Read More »

United Financial Systems and Christopher Boulahanis Reach Settlement With Florida AG

This is actually a picture of the UFS building that a reader sent in previously. The Florida Attorney General just made a big announcement concerning the non-profit credit counseling group United Financial Systems. This is a company that we first announced was likely to implode back in August of 2010. Unfortunately the economic impact caused by United Financial Systems will ... Read More »

Robert Manning and Responsible Debt Relief Institute Named in Software Suit

A tipster (send in your tips here) sent in a recent suit by the Cole Group, Inc and Robert Manning, Newtonian Finances, Debtorwise Foundation, and Responsible Debt Relief Institute. Frankly, the suit is a bit of a shocker. The Manning approach to helping credit counseling groups work out a satisfactory way to determine the most effective way to resolve debt ... Read More »

Global Client Solutions Moves Unusual Nelson Gamble & Associates FL Case to Federal Court

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On December 11, 2011, Global Client Solutions moved a case against them to Federal Court. The case is Ronda Andrews v. Nelson Gamble & Associates and Global Client Solutions. The case alleges that in August or September, Nelson Gamble and Associates contacted Andrews and offered their services in the form of a consumer debt consolidation program. Andrews reviewed the program ... Read More »

United Employee Benefits Hit With Cease & Desist. But Wait, That’s Not All.

I’ve written some previous articles about United Employee Benefits, a company that made my watch list and was sending unsolicited faxes for debt relief services. Well a tipster (send in your tips here) just alerted me that the company has received an order to desist and refrain from the State of California, Department of Real Estate. The tipster (send in ... Read More »

Arrest Warrants Issued for Orange County Men Involved in Mortgage Modification Business

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A tipster (send in your tips here) has just informed me that arrest warrants have been issued for Curtis Melone and Christopher Fox in Orange County, California. A check of the states of the action shows that Curtis Melone is currently in receiving at the jail. The Orange County Court website shows Fox to be a fugitive along with King ... Read More »

The Consumer Law Group, American Credit Counselors and Michael Metzner Sued in Georgia

A reader brought to my attention a class action suit filed in Georgia and now moved to Federal Court. The case is Guzman v. The Consumer Law Group, American Credit Counselors, and Michael Metzner. The complaint is another in a series of complaints we’ve seen where a debt relief company is accused of violating the tough and limited fees imposed ... Read More »

Wisconsin Busy Going After Unlicensed Debt Relief Companies

The State of Wisconsin is NOT a place to sell debt relief services if you are not licensed by the State of Wisconsin, Department of Financial Institutions, Division of Banking. In the past week the division has gone after Everest Debt Solutions, FDN Solutions, Next Step Resolution, NCD, National Center of Debt, and Asset Retention Group. Here are the most ... Read More »

Legal Helpers Debt Resolution and Rise Above Debt Relief Named in Suit

“Dear Steve, don’t you ever get tired of writing about lawsuits that involve Legal Helpers Debt Resolution?” “Yes!” A lawsuit filed against Legal Helpers Debt Resolution, Thomas Macey, Jeffrey Aleman, Jeffrey Hyslip, Jason Searns, Rise Above Debt Relief, Jeffrey Dumas, and Jeff Boulton in Ohio was recently moved to Federal Court. The case is Carl Burks & Danielle Burks against ... Read More »

Everest Debt Solutions / FDN Solutions – Nailed by Wisconsin

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The State of Wisconsin is reporting a recent action against Everest Debt Solutions and FDN Solutions. I must disclose that Everest Debt Solutions has a unique place in my experience in reporting on the debt relief industry. Without a doubt, Everest Debt Solutions is in the top three of the strangest thread of responses a company has made in response ... Read More »

Affiliate Relationship Melts Down. Strategic Debt Solutions Sues Saltzman, CLSA and Ira Frazer

Soon we’ll need to start a new category, “When Affiliate Relationships Go Bad.” They seem to be coming a bit faster these days. A reader send me in information about a suit that was filed at the end of October but was just removed to Federal Court. The case is Strategic Debt Solutions v. Saltzman Law Group, Martin Saltzman, Consumer ... Read More »

Legal Helpers Debt Resolution and JEM Group Named in Ohio Suit

A suit filed in Ohio has just been recently remove to Federal Court. The suit is Theodore Mangosh and Linda Mangosh v. Legal Helpers Debt Resolution, Thomas Macey, Jeffrey Aleman, Jeffrey Hyslip, Jason Searns, JEM Group, Joanne Garneau, and Arthur Garneau. The suit states, “Among the most recent conspiracies, this action arises for a coordinated scheme devised by Defendants with ... Read More »

Attorney Evan Kagan Sued for Commissions Owed by Non-Attorney

I don’t go out hunting for these things. They just arrive in my inbox. Today comes this interesting suit involving attorney Evan Kagan in Florida. You can see past articles involving Evan Kagan here. This case is Automated Financial Transaction v. Evan Kagan, individually, and Law Offices of Evan S. Kagan, Consumer Legal Group. The case was filed on October ... Read More »

CESI Debt Solutions Asks Maryland to Help in Dispute With Amerix

Recently I wrote about the suit filed by Amerix against CESI Debt Solutions (Consumer Education Services, Inc.) See the cleverly titled post Amerix Files Suit Against CESI Debt Solutions. An insider just forward to me a copy of a new filing in this matter, this time in Maryland. CESI is asking the Maryland Office of the Attorney General, Consumer Protection ... Read More »

Global Client Solutions Class Action Suit in Illinois, Move to Federal Court

Yesterday a class action suit, Karen Manczak v. Global Client Solutions and Global Holdings was moved from State Court to Federal Court. The suit was originally filed in September, 2011. – Source The suit alleges Global Client Solutions (“GCS”) is a debt settlement service provider and falls under the Illinois definition of “debt settlement provider” and “debt settlement services.” The ... Read More »

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