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Consumer Law Group Says the Florida Attorney General Needs to Back Off Investigating Them

The Consumer Law Group, American Debt Negotiators, Michael Metzner, Ran Barnea, and Daniel Post have filed suit against the Florida Attorney General.

The Consumer Law group and others engage in debt relief services. I’ve written about Consumer Law Group before.

This legal model debt settlement firm has been in the news after the BBB warned consumers to stay away from the company and when the North Carolina Attorney General went after them.

From the suit filed on January 13, 2011 Consumer Law Group appears to be attempting to stem the Florida investigation of this group by claiming the Attorney General “is not permitted to investigate the practice of law and services offered by The Consumer Law Group…”

The CLG model does not seem to be much different than that offered by other attorney model debt relief firms. CLG offers debt settlement and bankruptcy filing assistance, much like Legal Helpers Debt Resolution does.

Apparently the Florida Attorney General’s office is turning up the heat on Consumer Law Group and has recently subpoenaed former employees of CLG and it’s processing company American Debt Negotiators, for the purpose of furthering their investigation into Consumer Law Group.

It’s interesting in reading the complaint that the allegation is made that the investigation can’t continue, and not that there should not be a continuing investigation under Florida’s Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices Act. Some may say that it makes the company look extra guilty when they are trying to block the investigation and not assisting in clearing up any potential misunderstandings to clear their name.

Even Consumer Law Group admits that a suit by the Florida Attorney General against them is in the works, along with personal suits against Metzner, Barnea, and Post. – Source

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  • Grc

    The Consumer Law Group, P.A. firm’s domain: MYCONSUMERLAWGROUP.COM current whois registration has the owner listed as Domain Admin with a phone number and address that is associated with a second firm called American Credit Counselors Inc. A historical whois search shows that shows the domain to be connected to yet a third firm that is also using the same phone number and address: acchelp.org

    If you Google these other 2 firms they both appear to be active business.

    FYI… The whois registration violates ICANN policy if it has incomplete or inaccurate info which Godaddy strictly enforces….If anyone filed an anonymous complaint with Godaddy
    at the link below Godaddy would require the owner to IMMEDIATELY correct / amend the record with the true and full name of the domain owner.

    https://supportcenter.godaddy….

  • Grc

    The Consumer Law Group, P.A. firm’s domain: MYCONSUMERLAWGROUP.COM current whois registration has the owner listed as Domain Admin with a phone number and address that is associated with a second firm called American Credit Counselors Inc. A historical whois search shows that shows the domain to be connected to yet a third firm that is also using the same phone number and address: acchelp.org

    If you Google these other 2 firms they both appear to be active business.

    FYI… The whois registration violates ICANN policy if it has incomplete or inaccurate info which Godaddy strictly enforces….If anyone filed an anonymous complaint with Godaddy
    at the link below Godaddy would require the owner to IMMEDIATELY correct / amend the record with the true and full name of the domain owner.

    https://supportcenter.godaddy.com/DomainServices/ReportInvalidWhois.aspx?DomainName=myconsumerlawgroup.com&prog_id=godaddy

  • RICO

    Very interesting (dare I say desperate) move here by targets apparently being investigated for unfair and deceptive practices (by their own admission).

    A move like this, if even successful, will not take the heat away, it will likely increase it, and from places that are far better left out of the mix i.e. State Supremes.

    The case CLG cited does support their position, but it was to quash a subpoena served by the AG against a now notorious foreclosure mill law firm recognized as part of foreclosuregate. I will be curious if the court will grant declaratory relief in this instance. Actually, disappointed if they grant the relief sought. Too many consumers have and continue to be taken by the tag team of marketers teamed up with law firms offering debt settlement and loan modifications.

    Maybe FL AG should pursue civil RICO instead.

  • RICO

    Very interesting (dare I say desperate) move here by targets apparently being investigated for unfair and deceptive practices (by their own admission).

    A move like this, if even successful, will not take the heat away, it will likely increase it, and from places that are far better left out of the mix i.e. State Supremes.

    The case CLG cited does support their position, but it was to quash a subpoena served by the AG against a now notorious foreclosure mill law firm recognized as part of foreclosuregate. I will be curious if the court will grant declaratory relief in this instance. Actually, disappointed if they grant the relief sought. Too many consumers have and continue to be taken by the tag team of marketers teamed up with law firms offering debt settlement and loan modifications.

    Maybe FL AG should pursue civil RICO instead.

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