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Telephone Consumer Protection Act Class Action Filed Against Debt Relief and Collection Companies

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About a week ago I published an article about the dangers faced by debt relief companies, and others, for violations of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA). Well just today comes a class action case filed against Freedom Financial Network, Freedom Debt Relief, and Consolidated Credit Counseling. The case was filed in New York state. The bigger question here is ... Read More »

    Teacher Discharges Loads of Student Loans in Bankruptcy. ECMC Fights Back.

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    Today I’m looking at another bankruptcy discharge case, see more here, where a bankruptcy judge felt it was appropriate to allow for a legal discharge of student loan debt. In this case the consumer represented herself in the action and has fought a valiant battle. Even though President Obama and the Department of Education have recognized a valid and reasonable ... Read More »

      Student Financial Aid Websites Illegally Billed Consumers

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      Today the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau filed a complaint and proposed consent order in federal court against Student Financial Aid Services, Inc. for illegal sales and billing practices. The Bureau alleges that the company, which until recently operated FAFSA.com, lured in consumers with misleading information about the total cost of its subscription financial services and hit them with undisclosed and ... Read More »

        Who is SelectSLHelp.com Asks a Reader

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        I received an email asking me if I knew anything about a new website SelectSLHelp.com. I have to admit, I’m scratching my head about the website. According to public domain records the domain name was created on July 1, 2015 but their testimonial page has testimonials that appear they have been around longer. One testimonial says, “SelectSLHelp.com was able to ... Read More »

          Bankruptcy Court Wants to Discharge Spousal Consolidation Student Loans. Educational Credit Management Corporation Says, “Not So Fast.”

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          I have to admit I am totally perplexed by the media and popular myths that believe student loans can’t be discharged in bankruptcy. Even a lot of bankruptcy attorneys believe this wildfire myth. Thanks to some amazing readers and tipsters I’ve just received a collection of cases where the consumer managed to have their student loans eliminated in bankruptcy, right ... Read More »

            Discover Bank Screwed Over Student Loan Holders Says CFPB

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            Today the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) took action against Discover Bank and its affiliates for illegal private student loan servicing practices. The CFPB found that Discover overstated the minimum amounts due on billing statements and denied consumers information they needed to obtain federal income tax benefits. The company also engaged in illegal debt collection tactics, including calling consumers early ... Read More »

              FTC Smacks LifeLock for Violations of Previous Agreement

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              The Federal Trade Commission today asserted that LifeLock violated a 2010 settlement with the agency and 35 state attorneys general by continuing to make deceptive claims about its identity theft protection services, and by failing to take steps required to protect its users’ data. In documents filed with the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona, the FTC charged ... Read More »

                CFPB Says Citibank Really Screwed Over Consumers With Debt Protection

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                The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has ordered Citibank, N.A. and its subsidiaries to provide an estimated $700 million in relief to eligible consumers harmed by illegal practices related to credit card add-on products and services. Roughly 7 million consumer accounts were affected by Citibank’s deceptive marketing, billing, and administration of debt protection and credit monitoring add-on products. A Citibank ... Read More »

                  10 Ways to Cut the Cost of Self Storage

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                  Americans buy – and keep – a lot of stuff. That’s made self-storage a $24 billion industry, according to its major trade group, the Self Storage Association. According to the SSA, 84 percent of all U.S. counties have at least one self-storage facility. It’s been one of the fastest-growing sectors of the commercial real-estate industry for the past 35 years, ... Read More »

                    CFPB Says if Morgan Drexen Owes You Money You Are Potentially SOL

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                    The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has finally taken down the old Morgan Drexen website and put up a message of their own. See MorganDrexen.com for the latest version of the CFPB informational message. But yesterday on the CFPB website they put up advice and information for consumers who were harmed in the Morgan Drexen / Walter Ledda debacle. The most ... Read More »

                      Reader Expresses Concern About My Enrollment Ctr and Colonial Law Group

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                      I received the following email from a reader via the tipster (send in your tips here) line. As I normally do, I looked into the concerns to see if the concerns held water. I’ve also reached out to the companies named in the reader email and asked for contact information so I can get their responses to the concerns of ... Read More »

                        E Entertainment Television And Miranda Lambert Get Scammed to Sell Garcina Cambogia Slim

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                        The following fake E Entertainment Television page caught my eye as it crossed my browser. The average person is going to be fooled by this scam advertisement. You see, it’s a fake E News site. The site this add appears on is eOnline-Celebrit.com. Sounds legit but the site was registered on May 5, 2015 and the ownership of the domain ... Read More »

                          Mother Wins Bankruptcy Discharge of National Collegiate Student Loan Trust Student Loans

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                          A Los Angeles bankruptcy judge ordered student loans to be discharged on July 6, 2015 because they did not qualify as education loans under 11 U.S.C. 523(a)(8). Judge Neiter, United States Bankruptcy Judge in the Los Angeles Division of the Central District of California, presided over the adversary proceeding case no. 2:14-ap-01722-RN, Schwartz v. National Collegiate Student Loan Trust and ... Read More »

                            Chase Bank in Deep Shit Over Bad Debt Collection Practices

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                            Over half a million consumers just caught a break with help from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. It appears the CFPB has taken tough action against a major bank for basically screwing over consumers who were being forced to pay debt they rightfully should not have had to. The CFPB Says… Today the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and Attorneys General ... Read More »

                              Dubious Student Loan Assistance Offer From a Church?

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                              A tipster (send in your tips here) just sent me the following email they received today offering student loan assistance. On first glance it seems like just a run of the mill offer for help. Maybe one people might bite on. But why is this allegedly being sent out by the HRock School of Supernatural Ministry in Pasadena, California? I ... Read More »

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