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Persels and Associates Gets Into It With Kansas. Kansas Says Not Loving Attorney Model Debt Settlement.

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The Topeka Capital-Journal is reporting an interesting development in Kansas regarding debt settlement. I’ve bolded the most interesting parts of the article below. But this case may be of significant interest for those staking a future under an attorney model to conduct debt settlement activities. Get Out of Debt Guy – Twitter, G+, Facebook A Maryland-based company conducting debt settlement ... Read More »

Ohio Not Happy With National Homeownership Assistance Foundation, Lifeline Financial Legal Home Solutions, and 1st American Law Center

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The press release from the Ohio Attorney General is below but the case that really caught my attention was the one against 1st American Law Center where a California attorney was charged as not being authorized to act as an attorney in Ohio and not registered to do business in the state. The attorney is charged with violating the Ohio ... Read More »

Should Ex-Cons Run Debt Relief or Debt Settlement Companies?

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There are a number of people that I’ve been aware of that are heavily involved in the debt settlement world that have served prison time for fraud and other issues. Up till this point I don’t think I’ve ever specifically reported on anyone in that camp. But I’m interested in what people have to say on the subject if ex-cons ... Read More »

United Law Group Class Action Case Over Loan Modifications, Moving Ahead

Loan modification attorney Sean Rutledge and firm United Law Group lost a recent round in a class action case moving forward in California. The Fourth District Court of Appeal has ruled that a former client can proceed with a suit alleging that Irvine attorney Sean Rutledge, who resigned from the State Bar in November amid accusations of loan modification misconduct, ... Read More »

This is Why Debt Settlement Companies Need to Sit Up, Take Notice, and Fly Straight

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I’m posting this comment I received, not as a threat against debt settlement companies, but as an educational opportunity to show companies that want to play fast and loose with consumers that there are risks. No question: Just a note to tell you that I am a huge fan of your web site. I am a debtor’s attorney in [ ... Read More »

ABC Debt Relief, Kevin Devoto and Lloyd Regner Sued Again. This Time With X-Rated Allegations.

ABC Debt Relief had been sued previously by one of their senior debt consultants, G. Chris Onorato. For some reason Onorato sought new counsel and filed a new suit against ABC Debt Relief and this time names Kevin Devoto as an owner of ABC Debt Relief. Up until this point the fact Kevin Devoto was an owner of ABC Debt ... Read More »

Credit Solutions and Florida. Two Sides of The Same Story

Here is a great example of two sides of the same event. First from the Florida Attorney General, and then from Credit Solutions. Which side do you think was victorious? Get Out of Debt Guy – Twitter, G+, Facebook Florida Attorney General Press Release Attorney General Obtains Injunction Against Debt Settlement Company ~ Credit Solutions’ unfair fees prohibited by temporary ... Read More »

Credit Exchange Hit With $16.4 Million Judgment

Things are all of a sudden not looking so good for Debt Settlement marketers that were involved with the failed debt settlement, contract validation, and debt reduction services company known most commonly as Hess-Kennedy. On July 28, 2010 Steve Vanderhoof and the Credit Exchange were hit with a $16,388,820 judgment for their marketing and services they delivered to Laura Hess ... Read More »

Clean Credit Report Services Loses Big to FTC

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A credit repair operation has agreed to stop making false claims and stop charging up-front fees under a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission. The settlement is part of an ongoing crackdown on scams that target financially strapped consumers, in this case taking hundreds of dollars in fees to purportedly remove negative information from consumers’ credit reports even if the ... Read More »

Doug Van Arsdale of Credit Solutions of America Loses Awesome Football Season Tickets to IRS

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Tipsters have been sending in information about a rumor that Credit Solutions of America CEO just had the IRS seize and sell Dallas Cowboy season tickets he was using to make a little dent in the $4.5 million owed by his other company, Lending.com, to the Internal Revenue Service. The Dallas Morning News is reporting the prime seating tickets sold ... Read More »

Foreclosure Rescue Attorney Must Pay Consumers $1 Million in Restitution

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LOS ANGELES – Attorney General Edmund G. Brown Jr. today announced a $1.1 million judgment against longtime Los Angeles attorney Mitchell Roth after he conned 2,000 desperate homeowners into paying him thousands of dollars to file “frivolous and phony” lawsuits that didn’t reduce a penny of mortgage debt for a single client. “Roth promised foreclosure relief through aggressive litigation, but ... Read More »

Loan Modification Company Apply 2 Save Goes BK. Allegedly Defrauds Consumers.

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(Boise) The owner of Apply 2 Save, a bankrupt Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, mortgage modification company, that allegedly defrauded hundreds of consumers nationwide is prohibited from ever operating a similar business in Idaho, Attorney General Lawrence Wasden said today. Derek Oberholtzer entered a settlement agreement with Wasden’s office that prevents Oberholtzer from acting as a debt or credit counselor and prohibits ... Read More »

Roni Deutch, the Tax Lady who was Getting Into Debt Settlement, Sued for “Heartless Scam”

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I recently wrote about Roni Deutch’s company that mentioned they were getting into debt settlement, here. That’s how she appeared on my radar. But new news about Deutch is out today. SACRAMENTO – Attorney General Edmund G. Brown Jr. today filed a $34 million lawsuit against television’s “Tax Lady Roni Deutch” for orchestrating a “heartless scheme” that swindled thousands of ... Read More »

Attorney General Obtains Injunction Against Credit Solutions of America

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Attorney General Bill McCollum today August 20, 2010 that his office has obtained a temporary injunction against Texas-based Credit Solutions of America, Inc., and Credit Solutions of America, LLC. Hillsborough County Circuit Judge Sam Pendino ruled that these companies are prohibited from charging Florida residents an unfair up-front fee for purported debt settlement services. The ruling was issued from the ... Read More »

Credit Counseling Severely Wounded Under New New Court Ruling. Class Action Suits Expected.

Debt Settlement Companies May Want to Celebrate But Not So Fast. It Impacts Them As Well. In a recent opinion handed down in Zimmerman v. Puccio it was determined that non-profit credit counseling organizations operate as a “credit repair organization” as defined under the Credit Repair Organizations Act (“CROA”). This is entirely bad news for all non-profit credit counseling groups. ... Read More »

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