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Who is Cornerstone Legal Group?

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A reader wrote in and wanted to know more about a debt relief company, Cornerstone Legal Group. I am not familiar with the company at cornerstone-legal.com so I’d love to hear from anyone who has used this company in the comments below. If we look at the ownership of the domain name it does not help to solve the mystery, ... Read More »

    FL Judge to Debt Settlement Companies. Fuck Me? Fuck You!

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    In 2012 there was a stinker of a class action settlement offered to consumers in a Florida class action case. An agreement was reached in that settlement where the attorneys got paid, cash awards were made to charities and the 125,000 harmed consumers got nothing. Consumer organizations objected as unfair. You can read about that case, here. Thanks to an ... Read More »

      Meracord, Noteworld, and Fidelity and Deposit Company Hit With Class Action

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      While the flood of lawsuits against debt settlement companies has slowed considerably yet one more class action has been added against Meracord, Noteworld, and Fidelity and Deposit Company of Maryland. This time in Arizona. The complaint provides a very long description of the alleged actions and conspiracy between the debt settlement escrow company and the companies they elected to work ... Read More »

        Canada Pushes Back on Debt Settlement With New Regulations

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        In Ontario a bill passed recently which significantly impacts the delivery of debt settlement services there. First, I owe a big hat tip to a good friend up there in the great white north for alerting me to this. This new bill impacts both debt settlement companies and credit counselors. Bill 55, the Stronger Protection for Ontario Consumers Act 2013, ... Read More »

          CRL Report Results in Silence From the Debt Relief Industry

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          The other day I published the debt settlement recommendation report from The Center for Responsible Lending (CRL), click here. As vocal as critics have been in attacking this site and myself for being outspoken about consumer unfriendly debt relief practices I felt certain people would have comments to offer about the CRL recommendations. But silence, except for one commenter. Some ... Read More »

            CRL Comes Out With Debt Settlement Warning. Is it Fair?

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            The Center for Responsible Lending just released a paper on debt settlement. Take a look at the information they published and add your comment below if you think their research is on the mark or way off base. It appears CRL relied upon data published by the American Fair Credit Council in making their determinations on effectiveness. CRL even thanks ... Read More »

              The National Consumer Hardship Program Mailer

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              Well it looks like possibly misleading debt reduction mailers are still being sent out by that old postal permit 1297 in Sacramento, California. This one is for something that looks like a government check when you glance at it from the outside. The mailer is really for something called The National Consumer Hardship Program. And the fake check even goes ... Read More »

                Morgan Drexen Hits Speed Bump in Suit Against the CFPB

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                Previously the somewhat debt settlement, social media, call center, software developing, reputation defending company Morgan Drexen in California sued the CFPB and challenged its constitutionality. I’ve written about that here, here, and here. On October 17th the United States District Court for the District of Columbia issued an opinion in the case. In the 29 page opinion, Judge Kollar-Kotelly had ... Read More »

                  Meracord / NoteWorld Falls to CFPB. Global Client Solutions to Follow?

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                  Yesterday the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau announced an action and settlement against Meracord, previously known as NoteWorld. Meracord was one of the two primary players assisting debt relief companies to collect money from consumers and then pass it on to debt relief companies. Global Client Solutions is the second. What makes this current episode all seem so silly was the ... Read More »

                    Debt Care USA Added to Scott Law Group Hit List

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                    The Scott Law Group, the Spokane law firm that has seemingly specialized in pursuing many debt relief companies has added a new company to their list. Debt Care USA has been added after a September 27, 2013 class certification in Spokane County Superior Court. Case documents can be accessed here. As of today the companies listed in play with The ... Read More »

                      Consumers Still Prime Targets for Debt Settlement Bogus Mailings

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                      I just received a submission from my I Buy Junk Mail program that serves as an example of the continued marketing that is going on to consumers with money troubles. In just a week or so, one consumer received the three irritatingly deceptive mailers you see below. I’ve reported before on mailers sent bearing the same postal permit numbers, (Santa ... Read More »

                        Lloyd Ward and His BFF Lloyd Regner Found Guilty

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                        The only part of this story which make it even more bizarre is the fact Lloyd Ward and Lloyd Regner, ex-business partners, are now involved in suing each other and allegedly trying to win back their mutual former clients from each other. Whatever was going on between them, can be read here. But in a press release issued a couple ... Read More »

                          Not All Debt Settlement is Bad. Ask the Rural Housing Service.

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                          There has been so much written, and a lot by me, of deceptive and poor debt settlement actions taken by consumer debt settlement companies that apparently have no clue what they are doing in the field. For many years I have defended the use of debt settlement in the right situation. The problem has been debt settlement was sold as ... Read More »

                            Massachusetts One Step Closer to Regulating Debt Settlement

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                            Collections & Credit Risk is reporting the State of Massachusetts is a step closer to regulate for-profit debt settlement companies operating in the state. Debt settlement companies would have to disclose their fees and create a budget analysis before enrolling consumers. “The longer Massachusetts waits, choosing not to oversee this industry, the more consumers will be taken advantage of by ... Read More »

                              Details on CFPB Lawsuit Against Morgan Drexen

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                              Yesterday I mentioned the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau filed suit against Morgan Drexen. As I mentioned, I said I would take more time today and wander through the complaint filed and share more about the allegations. If there was no doubt in the mind of any debt relief industry executive if the CFPB was set to regulate the industry, the ... Read More »

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