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Hoffman Law Group Mass Joinder Marketing Complaint Unsealed

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Last week the Consumer Financial Protection Agency and the State of Florida filed a complaint against a whole host of folks for selling consumers mass joinder lawsuits against their lenders. The named Plaintiffs included Benn Willcox, BM Marketing Group, File Intake Solutions, Legal Intake Solutions, Marc Hoffman, Michael Harper, Nationwide Management Solutions, The Hoffman Law Group, and The Residential Litigation ... Read More »

    World Law Group Still Slogging It Out With North Carolina

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    It was just brought to my attention that the issue between the debt settlement group World Law and The State of North Carolina is still going on. There was even a recent amended complaint filed by the State. In the latest round of public documents the State makes the following claims in its June 25, 2014 filing. The Amended Complaint ... Read More »

      Guys and Gals With Guns Raid Mortgage Assistance Law Firm

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      Yesterday The Hoffman Law Group in Florida was raided by armed law enforcement officers after the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and The State of Florida obtained a temporary restraining order against Michael Harper, Benn Willcox, Marc Hoffman, The Hoffman Law Group, The Residential Litigation Group, Nationwide Management Solutions, Legal Intake Solutions, File Intake Solutions, and BM Marketing Group. From the ... Read More »

        It’s Official Now, Student Loan Assistance is the New Debt Settlement

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        This week has been a big week for the student loan assistance niche. Not only were groups like the New York Times and Wall Street Journal publishing articles about this vertical but a tipster (send in your tips here) just pointed out the Scott Law Group in Washington State is on the hunt for harmed consumers. And let’s not forget ... Read More »

          Should We File a Class Action Suit Against Sallie Mae and the Art Institute?

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          “Dear Steve, I’m a graphic designer that graduated in 05 with a bachelor of science in graphic design from none other then the Art Institute of Ft. Lauderdale. I just read an article about paying back Sallie Mae loans and felt it was really enlightening, but bankruptcy? It seems that there are hundreds of thousands of people with the same ... Read More »

            Morgan Drexen Gets Slapped for Millions in West Virginia

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            On July 15, 2014 a West Virginia court came down hard on the Morgan Drexen business model. You may recall that Morgan Drexen was a big player in the national debt settlement business but felt they could charge advanced fees for services since it was really lawyers delivering services and thus exempt from many laws or regulations. According to the ... Read More »

              Frederick J Hannah & Associates Collection Company of CFPB Shit List

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              Today, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) filed a lawsuit in a federal district court against a Georgia-based firm, Frederick J. Hanna & Associates, and its three principal partners for operating a debt collection lawsuit mill that uses illegal tactics to intimidate consumers into paying debts they may not owe. The Bureau alleges that the Hanna firm churns out hundreds ... Read More »

                Student Loan Rescue Offers Draw Growing Concern and AG Suit

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                Just recently more press has appeared about the growing market of student loan assistance companies. One article even said, “For the debt settlement industry, all this means a tantalizing gold mine of new customers. “Your entire student loan can be forgiven,” Broadsword Student Advantage of Carrollton, Texas, boasts in radio ads. Debt settlement companies, which offer to help borrowers lower ... Read More »

                  Phony Payday Loan Lenders Lose Rolls Royce and Ferrari

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                  The operators of a Tampa, Florida-based payday loan broker scheme have agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that they falsely promised to help consumers get loans, but instead used consumers’ personal financial data to take money from their bank accounts without their consent. Claiming to be affiliated with a network of 120 potential payday lenders, defendants Sean C. Mulrooney ... Read More »

                    Hoffman Law Group Labeled Scam by Former Lawyer

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                    The Hoffman Law Group, who promised all sorts of mortgage relief for troubled homeowners, is certainly in the hot seat. Both the Palm Beach Post and WKMG in Orlando have recent articles about allegations and activities. The Orlando story was interesting. The video below shows a local reporter trying to get a comment from attorney Marc Hoffman, who the Florida ... Read More »

                      Loan Modification Victims of Lucas Law Center Get Money Back

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                      The Federal Trade Commission is mailing refund checks totaling $499,701.84 to 229 consumers who paid the Lucas Law Center an advance fee for mortgage loan modifications the company falsely claimed it would obtain for them. Lucas Law Center allegedly used an attorney to circumvent state prohibitions against receiving a fee before providing any services; the defendants charged up to $3,995 ... Read More »

                        What Can Sallie Mae Do to My Mom? – James

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                        “Dear Steve, My mother has no clue what she is doing when it comes to finances and there is no question that my Mother’s student loans are going to default very soon (213 days and counting). She is 65 years old and a part-time hairdresser who works for a boss that requires her to pay for her own chemicals. We ... Read More »

                          My Private Student Loan Debt is Not Being Eliminated Because of My Disability. – Wayne

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                          “Dear Steve, I am a 62 yr. old male. I am disabled since approximately 1977. Have been on Disability from work and on SSDI forever. I have tried schooling twice, but my disability has kept me from getting and keeping work. I am on limited, fixed income. Some work disability and SSDI. Last schooling I had Fed. and Sallie Mae ... Read More »

                            So What Can I Do About My Private Student Loans So I Don’t Default? – Temple

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                            “Dear Steve, I have an excessive amount of private school loans. My parents did not necessarily help me during college and so my loan amount was requested at a little more than my tuition in order to sustain other college expenses. At this time I have exhausted my Graduated Repayment options and am no longer eligible for any type of ... Read More »

                              National Employee Benefits Group – Consumer Complaint – June 23, 2014

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                              Consumer Statement: Responded to a fax to my work, I first thought it was from out uinion seiu or uhw. after contacting these people they first appeared they were interested in helping us out on debt consolidation, over 2 years, they handle one small credit debt about 1500 dollars, on the other hand we paid off 3 debt about the ... Read More »

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