Morgan Drexen was a big debt settlement company who lost big this year to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). The loss led to the shutdown of Morgan Drexen and their bankruptcy filing is leading to a liquidation of the company with a hopeful distribution of some available money to consumers.
But a couple of recent comments have been received about some firm called Howard Law who is allegedly taking over Morgan Drexen clients. While it might be perfectly legal to do, it just feels like an end run in the CFPB and bankruptcy cases.
Morgan Drexen was previously affiliated with a Howard Law in this article. Then there was the press release “Howard Law, P.C. Joins Morgan Drexen in Support of Los Angeles School’s Running Team.” – Source
That press release said, “”Howard Law has a wonderful working relationship with Morgan Drexen Integrated Systems, as our law contracts to utilize its support services to assist our front office and back office operations,” said Vincent Howard, Managing Shareholder of Howard Law, P.C.”
But the reader comment that really piqued my interest was, “I’m been making paying to Morgan Drexen for over 3 years now. Now I’m told that Howard Law is still my attorney and I never knew they were. I’m unable to speak to anyone on the phone and no one is returning my call. My payments are taking out or my bank account monthly and now I don’t know what to do. Help Me !!!”
I have reached out to Howard Law in Costa Mesa, California, forwarded them the comment above and asked them to help me understand what ongoing relationship their could be between Morgan Drexen and Howard Law. By the time of the publication of this article, I had not heard back.
If you have any information you are willing to share regarding some connection between Howard Law and former Morgan Drexen clients, please contact me here.
I just want to get to the bottom of this issue and get a better understanding of what is really going on regarding former Morgan Drexen clients and Howard Law.
In a moment of sheer utter coincidence I did notice that Howard Law describes themselves in their page title as “Anaheim Employment Attorney Contact Us About Your Legal Matter Orange County, California Labor Lawyer” and is located at the same former street address as Morgan Drexen, 675 Anton Blvd. – Source
What in the world would a labor and employment attorney have to do with any former Morgan Drexen client? Looks like apples and oranges to me. According to their practice areas they say they specialize in Consumer Protection & Class Actions, Labor & Employment, Personal Injury Matters, and Social Security Disability. That doesn’t sound like a debt settlement firm to me. But then again, what do I know?
Vincent Howard, the firms managing attorney, makes no statement about helping people with debt settlement in his biographical statement. But he does say he is very concerned about protecting consumers. He says, “For me, helping people is what makes this work so rewarding,” Howard says, “and at the end of the day, protecting the public is what trial lawyers do.” He also says, “And the reason I’ve focused on these areas is because I’ve dedicated my life to righting wrongs and protecting the public.” – Source
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He sounds like he really cares about protecting consumers from dubious acts which is why I’m left scratching my bald head.
So here is where this story stands right now. If it is true that Howard Law is doing anything with the former Morgan Drexen clients, the CFPB would like to know more and I don’t want to be in the middle of any communications anyone might want to have with the CFPB.
So, if you have information on this, please feel free to contact the CFPB’s Consumer Response team at (855) 411-2372.
If this is all a misunderstanding and the consumers who are contacting me are wrong or mistaken, please post a comment below so I can update the story.
If I ever hear back from Howard Law I’ll update this post.
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