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Consumer Groups Call on CFPB to Provide Easy Access to Complaints Filed Against Companies

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Consumers Union and a bunch of other groups have submitted a letter to the CFPB to ask that consumers have easy access to complaints filed against companies. Get Out of Debt Guy – Twitter, G+, Facebook Washington D.C.- A coalition of consumer, civil rights, good government, and community groups have called on the new federal financial watchdog, the Consumer Financial ... Read More »

See Who is For and Against California SB 708 Debt Settlement Legislation

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A tipster (send in your tips here) sent me in the link to the current California debt settlement bill that listed who was before and against it. What is interesting to note is that Visa is for it and Consumers Union. Gail Hillebrand who was behind these efforts at Consumers Union is now with the CFPB. In Support of the ... Read More »

The Importance of Data Transparency When Working With Credit Counseling and Debt Settlement Regulators and Lawmakers

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Recently Christoper Viale, the president and CEO of Cambridge Credit Counseling, and I had a chance to talk about a number of issues that are important in the debt relief world today. You can read the full transcript of our conversation below. Some of the highlights are: Coming forward with actual credit counseling performance data was not embraced with open ... Read More »

Consumers Union to FTC – No Fees Till Debt Fully Settled

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From the FTC comes a record of this discussion where Consumers Union makes the point that under the proposed FTC advanced fee ban debt settlement companies should not be allowed to collect any fee for settling the debt until the debt is fully settled. She does raise some excellent points. “On July 9, 2010, Gail Hillebrand, the Financial Services Campaign ... Read More »

Consumer Groups Make the Case to Not Exempt Debt Settlement Attorney Model From Regulation

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This letter was sent in by a loyal tipster (send in your tips here), thank you. Get Out of Debt Guy – Twitter, G+, Facebook Oppose the House Offer on H.R. 4173 to Exempt Attorneys Engaged in Unfair, Deceptive or Abusive Consumer Financial Practices June 22, 2010 House-Senate Conferees, H.R. 4173 Washington, DC 20510 Dear Senator or Representative: Americans for ... Read More »

Consumer Reports Debt Settlement Article to Come

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A little birdie in the wind told me that Consumer Reports is working on an article that involves debt settlement services. This person said they got the impression that the article was going to not be supportive of debt settlement companies, and in many ways, that’s a shame. Settling your debts for less that you owe can be problematic but ... Read More »

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