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Previous Employees of United Law Group Help Start Brookstone Law

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Update 4-8-2011: Brookstone Law is involved in seeking consumers to join mass joinder cases and while this article talks boldly about Brrokstone Law I’ve also published others in which I’ve praised Vito Torchia, Jr. of Brookstone Law. Anyone reading this article and wanting to know more about the reality of the players in the mass joinder space should see Vito ... Read More »

Stupid Foreclosure Rescue Group Warned and Then Changes Name. Now Banned in North Carolina.

A so-called foreclosure rescue company that previously operated in Charlotte and Colfax, NC and its owner are banned from ever doing foreclosure assistance work in North Carolina, Attorney General Roy Cooper announced today. “Taking people’s money and then failing to help them just pushes homeowners even closer to foreclosure,” Cooper said. “We’ll keep going after these foreclosure rescue schemes that ... Read More »

Foreclosure Relief Service Provider Pays Big Bucks to Colorado

On January 4, 2010 Colorado Attorney General John Suthers announced that a Jefferson County District Court judge has entered a final judgment against Sherron L. Lewis, Jr., (DOB: 9/26/1956) after he failed to respond to the state’s lawsuit over his illegal foreclosure-relief activities. The judgment permanently bars Lewis from providing foreclosure-relief services and requires that he pay $181,266 to the ... Read More »

Payday Everyday Settles Issues With Texas by Sending Over a Lot of Cash

Colorado Attorney General John Suthers announced yesterday that attorneys from his office have reached an agreement with a Dallas, Texas-based payday lender, Payday Everyday of Colorado, to settle issues involving the company’s repeated failure to comply with state-ordered corrective actions since 2009. Under the final agency order, filed by the office’s Uniform Consumer Credit Code unit, Payday Everyday of Colorado ... Read More »

Unlicensed GHS Solutions Handing Back Lots of Cash to Idaho Residents

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GHS Solutions is handing back $303,218 to Idaho residents and paying a $15,000 bill to Idaho for penalties, attorney fees and investigative expenses. It seems that GHS Solutions was servicing Idaho residents without being licensed in the state to do so. Oops. The Idaho Statesman is reporting: Since at least July 2008, GHS Solutions provided debt-settlement services to at least ... Read More »

Tax Defense Network and Interesting Past Worth Knowing

A tipster (send in your tips here) has been sending me information on the Tax Defense Network at taxdefensenetwork.com. The company is located at: Tax Defense Network, Inc. 13901 Sutton Park Drive, South Suite 220 Jacksonville, Florida 32224 The point the tipster (send in your tips here) brought to my attention was that the listed owners of the Tax Defense ... Read More »

State Banking Commissioner Pitkin Issues Temporary Order to Cease and Desist Against JHASS Group, L.L.C. A/K/A J. Hass Group, LLC

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Connecticut State Banking Commissioner Howard F. Pitkin issued an administrative order against JHASS GROUP, L.L.C. a/k/a J. HASS GROUP, LLC (“JHASS”) of Scottsdale, Arizona. The order included a Temporary Order to Cease and Desist a Notice of Intent to Issue Order to Cease and Desist, a Notice of Intent to Impose Civil Penalty, and a Notice of Right to Hearing. ... Read More »

Debt Settlement Company Elite Financial Services Agrees to Repay Missouri Consumers

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Attorney General Koster yesterday announced that the Massachusetts-based debt settlement firm Elite Financial Services, Inc., has agreed to refund all fees paid by Missouri consumers and cease operating in Missouri. Koster said Elite Financial Services charged consumers a fee and promised to reduce their unsecured debt, such as credit card debt, but failed to do so in many instances. He ... Read More »

Credit Counseling Groups in the Crosshairs With Pay For Performance History

This comes straight from a tipster (send in your tips here) who directed me to the site of Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy. I reached out to CPM for additional information but as of the time of publication I had not heard back. Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy is continuing its investigation into fraudulent “debt counseling” and debt collections in the subprime ... Read More »

Debt Relief Company Uses Notaries to Meet With Consumers. Notaries Turn the Company In to Regulators.

21st Century Legal Services, Inc. out of California, with 301 unanswered BBB complaints (source), has just agreed to pay almost $300,000 in fines to the state of Wisconsin as the result of a default judgment. What makes this case so interesting for other areas of debt relief services is that it used local notaries to make in-person visits to gather ... Read More »

Texas AG Returns $3.7 Million to Defunct Debt Relief USA Customers

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The Texas Attorney General’s Office has obtained a court order disbursing $3.7 million to Texans and customers in other states who were defrauded by a now bankrupt debt relief firm. Court documents filed by the State indicate that Debt Relief USA Inc. unlawfully collected millions of dollars from Texans who hired the firm to settle their outstanding debts. Debt Relief ... Read More »

FTC Action Shuts Down Debt Relief Robocallers Claiming to Lower Interest Rates

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At the Federal Trade Commission’s request, a U.S. district court has approved a settlement shutting down two groups of Florida-based telemarketers that allegedly flooded consumers with misleading pre-recorded robocalls falsely promising to reduce their credit card interest rates. The agency reached a settlement that permanently bans the two related operations from making robocalls and selling debt relief services. The settlement ... Read More »

FTC Puts Debt Relief Business – Out of Business Because of Marketing Activities

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A deceptive advertising operation has been banned from the debt relief business under a settlement agreement with the Federal Trade Commission. As part of a continuing crackdown on scams that target consumers in financial distress, the FTC charged the defendants with deceptively claiming they could save consumers thousands of dollars by reducing their credit card debt. According to the FTC’s ... Read More »

CareOne Conspiracy Theorists, It’s Over.

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There has been a bunch of chatter about the fact CareOne has lost their BBB rating. That is certainly the way it appeared. What in fact happened was that the BBB had changed the BBB rating to a No Rating when it was announced that there was going to be a multi-state settlement that involved CareOne. As of today the ... Read More »

FTC Charges Financial Freedom of America, Debt Professionals of America, and Debt Consultants of America with Making Unsubstantiated Claims that They Could Eliminate Consumers’ Debt

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As part of its continuing crackdown on scams that target consumers in financial distress, the Federal Trade Commission has charged three debt relief operations with making unsubstantiated claims to lure consumers nationwide into paying thousands of dollars in up-front fees, but failing to reduce credit card debts as promised. According to the FTC’s two complaints, the defendants made deceptive claims ... Read More »

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