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FTC Warns Marketers About Their Shitty Bags

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Staff of the Federal Trade Commission has sent letters warning 20 manufacturers and marketers of dog waste bags that their “biodegradable,” “compostable,” and other environmental claims may be deceptive. The letters, which the staff sent after examining the companies’ environmental, or “green,” claims on their websites and in other media, provide examples of potentially deceptive statements regarding the bags’ biodegradability ... Read More »

    CFPB & Dept of Ed Forgive $480 Million in Student Loans

    Clapping Business People

    Today, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and the U.S. Department of Education announced more than $480 million in forgiveness for borrowers who took out Corinthian College’s high-cost private student loans. ECMC Group, the new owner of a number of Corinthian schools, will not operate a private student loan program for seven years and agreed to a series of new ... Read More »

      Croatia Just Did a Mass Bankruptcy for Its Poorest Citizens

      Happy Croatians

      I have to give a big hat tip to Croatia for trying a new approach to help its poorest citizens find a way out from under unmanageable debt. The program, called “Fresh Start,” eliminates the debts of about 60,000 Croatians who have less than 35,000 kuna ($5,100), and monthly income less than 1,250 kuna ($138). According to the Washington Post, ... Read More »

        Debt and the Theory of Dissaving. Why You Need to Take Action.

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        Being in debt causes us to become paralyzed with uncertainty and that leads to inaction. I want to talk about why if you wait too long to take actin it can be a very expensive mistake. And while I did previously write Get Out of Debt Fast, But Don’t Run, you should not just stand still as well. When people ... Read More »

          Car Title Lenders Deceived Consumers Says FTC

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          The Federal Trade Commission has taken action for the first time against two car title lenders, reaching settlements that will require them to stop their use of deceptive advertising to market title loans. A car title loan is typically a high cost, short-term loan, secured with the consumer’s car title. In administrative complaints issued against two title lenders, First American ... Read More »

            A Look at a Cosigners Navient Student Loans Discharged in Bankruptcy

            Student Loans Concept

            As part of what has become an ongoing look at student loans discharged in bankruptcy the example today is where a cosigner discharged their liability for federal student loans with Navient Solutions. This case is yet another example of how the financial hardship of having to repay unmanageable student loans can lead to a discharge of the student loan debt. ... Read More »

              Diploma Mills Halted by FTC

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              The principal owners of two Florida-based online diploma mills are permanently banned from marketing and selling academic degrees under settlements with the Federal Trade Commission. Alexander Wolfram and IDM Services, LLC, and Maria Garcia have settled charges that they deceived consumers into enrolling in their programs by claiming they could obtain “official” and accredited high school diplomas and use them ... Read More »

                Identity Thieves Con the Department of Education Out of Student Loan Money

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                We’ve heard a lot in the news about people stealing information on people and using that personal information to file for tax refunds. It’s a growing form of identity theft. But in a new twist, Ronzell and Stephanie Mitchell were using stolen personal information to scam the Department of Education out of $270,000 of student loan money. According to WJLA ... Read More »

                  Half Million Dollars of Federal Student Loans Discharged in Bankruptcy

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                  So many people continue to assume student loan debt can’t be discharged in bankruptcy. Even bankruptcy attorneys perpetuate this myth as well. In previous articles, that you can find here, I’ve shown specific examples of both federal and private students loans discharged. I’ve even pointed out broad niches of student loan debt not protected by bankruptcy, in this article. But ... Read More »

                    California Fair Debt Buying Practices Act Gives Consumers Rights

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                    If you are being hounded by a debt collector over an old debt and you live in California, you need to pay attention to the Fair Debt Buying Practices Act. Under that new California law the buyer of old debts who is now attempting to collect on the debt has certain hurdles to jump over before you have to pay. ... Read More »

                      Cell Phone Provider to Pay Millions for Throttling Data. Refunds Available.

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                      TracFone, the largest prepaid mobile provider in the U.S., has agreed to pay $40 million to the Federal Trade Commission to settle charges that it deceived millions of consumers with hollow promises of “unlimited” data service. The FTC’s complaint against TracFone alleges that since 2009, TracFone has advertised prepaid monthly mobile plans for about $45 per month with “unlimited” data ... Read More »

                        Attorney Mitchell Stein Gets 204 Months in Federal Prison. Refunds to Begin.

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                        It’s hard to believe it has been nearly four years I’ve been writing about Mitchell Stein, an attorney out of California who, at the time, was involved in the mass joinder approach of selling consumers hope they could sue their mortgage company. Stein seemed to be at the forefront of the movement that was selling litigation to consumers all across ... Read More »

                          Discover Bank Debt Consolidation Offer Review

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                          Is your mailbox getting stuffed with offers from creditors? Here is a recent offer from Discover Bank that appears to be a debt consolidation loan to pay off debt. In order to help people better understand the offer, I’ll break it down for you below, page by page, and point out what I think are the important points. While the ... Read More »

                            Consumers in Debt Starting to Default a Bit More

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                            Data through December 2014, released by S&P Dow Jones Indices and Experian for the S&P/Experian Consumer Credit Default Indices, a comprehensive measure of changes in consumer credit defaults, continued to show an increase in default rates. The national composite posted a default rate of 1.11% in December, up four basis points from November 2014. The first mortgage default rate rose ... Read More »

                              Outlook Email Migration – Scam Alert

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                              Beware of the following email being sent out that appears to come from an official government source. The email reads: “From: Cook, Bryant D Sent: Tuesday, January 27, 2015 2:18 PM To: Cook, Bryant D Subject: Help Desk Dear Email User, Please be prepared for all systems to be offline for maintenance today. We are currently Migrating your outlook account ... Read More »

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