What Happened in USA Case Against Rayan Vanderhoof?

Question: Dear Steve, Steve Vanderhoof’s widow Rayan Vanderhoof and her CURRENT STATUS with the Department of Justice and her company Olympus Medical Group Corporation for Medicare Fraud? Was Ms. Vanderhoof ever convicted? Answer: Many of the court records in the case of the United States of America v. Rayan Vanderhoof are sealed and not publicly … Read more

FTC Gives Companies Terse Warning About Fake Customer Reviews

The Federal Trade Commission is blanketing industry with a clear message that, if they use endorsements to deceive consumers, the FTC will be ready to hold them responsible with every tool at its disposal. “Receipt of the notice puts your company on notice that engaging in conduct described therein could subject the company to civil … Read more

Student Loan Assistance Programs Have Case Dismissed

Cases tossed out against Benjamin Zuckerman, Berger Singerman, Chantel L. Grant, GM Law Firm, Gregory Fishman, Julie Queler, Kevin Mason, National Legal Staffing Support. The cases involving the student loan assistance companies above were dismissed by the Court ending a previous flurry of suits attempting to recover money for consumers. The reason why it appears … Read more

I Get Threatening Phone Calls From Bellman & Sterns

Question: Dear Steve, Every once in a while, I get a weird voice mail threatening legal action through county court services claiming the caller’s client has attempted to contact me several times. The callback number given is 833-259-6457, which a search links to Bellman & Sterns, https://www.bellmanandsterns.com/. I’m not hard to find; having just purchased … Read more

USA Student Loans – Consumer Complaint – October 7, 2021

Consumer Complaint Submission

Consumer Statement: I had USA Student Loans assist with loan consolidation, which they did accomplish. They promised that they were assisting in setting me up in the Student Loan Forgiveness Program, which they did not do. They did change payments to an income-based repayment plan, which is part of the requirement to approach loan forgiveness. … Read more

Public Service Loan Forgiveness Gets Big Boost Towards Delivering Promises

The Public Service Loan Forgiveness federal student loan forgiveness program was designed to attract good people into lower-paying fields that serve the public good. These fields include teachers, firefighters, law enforcement, military, low-income medical care, etc. While President Bush created the program, it was all but murdered under President Trump. As a result, people that … Read more

FTC Opens the Door to More Defense to Repayment Claims for Student Loan Forgiveness

The FTC made the announcement below that seems to open the door for students with federal student loans to explore the possibility of applying for a Borrower Defense Loan Discharge. The Federal Trade Commission put 70 for-profit higher education institutions on notice that the agency is cracking down on any false promises they make about … Read more

California Passes New Law That Settlement Companies Need to Read

The Governor of California has just approved AB 1405 regarding debt settlement practices. Considering the number of debt settlement companies located in especially Southern California, this should create some new risks and liabilities for them. The new law targets not only the companies that sell and perform settlements but also the payment processors as well. … Read more