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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 »

Debt Relief Companies Targeted by Scott Law Group in Washington

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In response to an article I posted yesterday here in which I mentioned Darrell Scott, Esq. said he was going after 16 settlement companies, a reader sent in the actual list of companies. The tipster (send in your tips here) said: “The Scott Law Group, P.S. is currently involved in debt settlement litigation involving the following companies:” Ascend One Corporation ... Read More »

The Wild Ride in Debt Relief – Andrew Housser

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The following guest post was contributed by Andrew Houser. Andrew Housser is co-founder and co-CEO of Freedom Financial Network, LLC, the parent of Freedom Debt Relief, which has settled over $1 billion in debt for its customers in the past 8 years. He sits on the executive board of the American Fair Credit Council (formerly TASC), a position he has ... Read More »

Washington Nails Global Client Solutions as a Debt Adjuster. Game Changer.

Yesterday the Supreme Court of Washington issued an opinion in the Carlsen v. Global Client Solutions case in Washington State. You can read more about that case here and here. At the heart of the case that continued to the Supreme Court of Washington was the matter if Global Client Solutions was culpable as a debt adjuster even though they ... Read More »

Report From the TASC Conference. Attendee Sends in Their Notes,

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Just in, an attendee at the TASC conference just held in Las Vegas has sent in their notes of what they felt was the highlights for readers. Get Out of Debt Guy – Twitter, G+, Facebook TASC – THURSDAY BOB LINDERMAN: GENERAL COUNSEL OF FREEDOM DEBT RELIEF GOALS AND OBJECTIVES: “THIS IS A CONSUMER CENTRIC, REGULATOR SENSITIVE, BUSINESS FRIENDLY ORG ... Read More »

We Are Still With Freedom Debt Relief But Should We Consider Bankruptcy? – Donna

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“Dear Steve, We had a house flood in 2001 and had no insurance, didn’t qualify for any federal help, so took a $25K SBA loan and financed the rest – approx $45K on credit cards. We made ends meet but were struggling. In 2005 husband was transferred for job and we incurred the expense of moving. Sold the flooded house ... Read More »

What’s Your Opinion? Is Debt Settlement the Unauthorized Practice of Law?

I was just reading a recent case filed against Freedom Debt Relief, Freedom Financial Network, Global Client Solutions, and Brad Allen. The case alleges that the defendants violated the debt relief provisions of the bankruptcy code, violated California law, engaged in the unauthorized practice of law and violated the California consumer fraud act. You can read the full complaint here. ... Read More »

Are You at Risk of Refunds Back Two Years if Your Debt Settlement Clients File Bankruptcy? Legal Helpers Debt Resolution Judgment Says Yes.

Not long ago I was having a conversation with someone and we were talking about the big refunds debt settlement companies may face from having charged consumers advanced fees for services but not delivered them. The point was also mentioned that for debt settlement clients that enrolled in and paid fees for debt settlement services that later filed bankruptcy, for ... Read More »

Freedom Debt Relief Pays Over One Million Dollars to Settle With NY Attorney General

Just last week Freedom Debt Relief settled with the State of Washington for a bit over $740,000. Today out of New York comes the announcement that Freedom Debt Relief os now settling an issue there for $1.1 Million. This case should be a warning to any debt settlement company that is advertising any claims of specific savings and debt reductions ... Read More »

Freedom Debt Relief to Pay Big Settlement to Washington Residents

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The Attorney General in Washington announced today they had reached a settlement with Freedom Debt Relief to pay nearly $800,000 in restitution plus attorneys fees and costs. We’re paying special attention to operations that take advantage of people who, due to this tough economy, are already struggling to put food on the table and keep the lights on,” Attorney General ... Read More »

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 ... Read More »

Does the New Debt Settlement Industry Get It?

A tipster (send in your tips here) sent in a link to a recent article from CreditCards.com that was published on Fox Business, “Debt settlement industry in flux as new rules start.” In the article is a section attributed to Andrew Houser from Freedom Debt Relief. Cherry picking the good cases Housser from the settlement industry trade group says the ... Read More »

I Went With Freedom Debt Relief and Now I’m Getting Sued. – Danna

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i had a sick daughter with 3 children–she has been in and out of hospitals–she had insurance but not enough–i have been helping her with medicene plus my own medicene. i am taking care of children, feeding,clothing, school supplies and the only way i could make it was to use my 2 credit cards–30,000– i had to go to freedom ... Read More »

I Am Working With Freedom Debt Relief and Chase is Suing Me. – Margaret

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i am in freedom debt relief with chase and capital one 30,000.00 totol i had to us the cards because of my daughters type 1 diebetic and helping with expensive medicene. i also took in her 3 children. this was the only way i could make it. i had excellent until this. i am 60 years old i had to ... Read More »

Freedom Debt Relief to Layoff 120 and Close Office

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Mark Anderson of the Sacramento Business Journal is reporting that Andrew Houser and his Freedom Financial Network will close their office in Sacramento, California and begin “curbing its local operation Nov. 15, with employees winding down over about a six-month period.” The change is blamed on recent FTC telemarketing rules changes and the need to realign the business moving forward. ... Read More »

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