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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