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World Law and Orion Processing – Raided – Frozen

afraid alone

Last week the CFPB raided Orion Processing’s headquarters after obtaining a search warrant. The CFPB filed a complaint last Monday, and obtained a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) last Tuesday, which was under seal until late yesterday. With the TRO, the CFPB also obtained an asset freeze on all of the defendants’ assets. The defendants include Orion Processing, Derin Scott, David ... Read More »

    Flush – Meracord / NoteWorld

    Cleaning toilet

    A fantastic reader / tipster (send in your tips here) sent me the following press release. Anyone know what Linda Remsberg is doing now? I looked at and that redirects to Evergreen Note Servicing ( (which appears to actually be Evergreen Escrow, Inc.)and goes to a non-existent site. Interestingly, Evergreen Note Servicing sounds a hell of a lot ... Read More »

      Financial Help Services in the News But in the Wrong Way

      BBB Financial Help Services

      A reader sent me a story about a Ft. Lauderdale debt relief company, Financial Help Services. It appears the Bobby Blackmon company has run into what is either an issue of not paying creditors for his Debt Management Plan clients or a serious case of poorly explained client expectations with creditors. In a bizarre move, Blackmon spoke to WSVN television ... Read More »

        Debt Relief Soap Opera – Michael Harper, Hoffman Law Group, Greenspoon Marder

        Mark Bernet Receiver

        Up till now the most bizarre debt relief related lawsuit I had seen was this one which included the “Charlatan,” “Felon,” and “Architect.” But this court document sent to me has to either being the most bizarre of 2014 or be in top contention for debt relief lawsuit honors. It seems to be a soap opera of a bunch of ... Read More »

          Debt Collection Companies Still Think Debt Settlement Offers Are Too Low


          A tipster (send in your tips here) pointed out to me an article in insideARM today that talks about why about half of debt collection companies do not yet work with debt settlement companies. “The second most interesting data point to emerge was only one of the top six reasons for not working with debt settlement providers related to the ... Read More »

   Sucks. Doug Van Arsdale of Credit Solutions Fame Back in the News.

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            An tip just came in from a reader. Seems Doug Van Arsdale the CEO of and CEO of Credit Solutions of America is back in the news. The allegation is that Van Arsdale is the indirect owner of, a Grouponesque spinoff that sells discounts and coupons, is not delivering coupons to consumers more funds to merchants. A visit ... Read More »

              Lawyer Loophole for Debt Settlement Criticized in Minnesotta

              Ready to Collapse

              A very interesting article in the Star Tribune was brought to my attention by a reader. It calls for a closure of the debt settlement loophole in Minnesota that allows attorneys to collect advanced fees. Kara McGuire wrote, “In Minnesota, laws are on the books that forbid charging steep upfront fees for promising to negotiate a deal with creditors to ... Read More »

                Christopher Boulahanis and Capital Debt Relief Meet Georgia

                Christopher Boulahanis, who has been in the news after the collapse of his nonprofit credit counseling group United Financial Systems, appears to have made more news this year with his Capital Debt Relief company being cited by Georgia. While this action took place in February, 2011, the BBB just published this report recently according to a reader. Here is the ... Read More »

                  Consumer Mediation Services Opens to Help Scammed Consumers


                  A new type of company has just opened to help consumers that may have been scammed by a debt relief company, and is looking for money back, but getting nowhere. We all know how frustrating that is. If you are the consumer and you didn’t get the services that were sold to you, the matter could be put to rest ... Read More »

                    Debt Settlement Lead Vendor Murders Partner Over Money


                    A tipster (send in your tips here) sent this in to me in disgust over the usual DUI, DWI, mugshots I post from time to time. They were getting bored with seeing the petty stuff so they wanted to bring the case of two debt settlement lead vendors from 800 Exchange, where one killed the other. Edward Shin, CEO, or ... Read More »

                      Mass Joinder Raids and a Review of the Lawsuits Against Lawyers and Marketers

                      Mass Joinder

                      Yesterday a number of law enforcement officials raided offices of lawyers and marketing participants who have been involved in mass joinder efforts. Consumers were sold access to lawsuits with a number of claims against their lenders and were told they could get their homes free and clear, cash back, stop foreclosure, etc. These efforts were pushed by marketers that took ... Read More »

                        Leading Debt Arbitrators Pissed Off At Canadian Credit Counseling Society

                        Leading Debt Arbitrators Not BBB Accrediated

                        A tipster (send in your tips here) just alerted me that a company I had recently written about in Is Leading Debt Arbitrators in Canada a Poser? is apparently taking a run at another of their critics, the Credit Counseling Society at And while they took an ill fated swipe at the Credit Counseling Society they have only harmed ... Read More »

                          Bankruptcy 2010 Annual Report Out. Chapter 7 Still Mac Daddy.

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                          The United States Courts just released the complete bankruptcy survey for 2010 bankruptcies. It shows that the majority of bankruptcy filings are for Chapter 7. Here is what the 2010 results show. I’ve highlighted the parts that stood out to me. Summary of Findings During calendar year 2010, more than 1.5 million bankruptcy petitions were filed by individuals with predominantly ... Read More »

                            Morgan Drexen Skewered by The Center for Public Integrity

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                            Shirley Gao from The Center for Public Integrity just posted a look at the activities of Morgan Drexen in the case of retired schoolteacher Mary Linville from West Virginia. Linville had engaged Morgan Drexen to provide her with debt settlement services and wound up sued by one of her creditors. The West Virigina Attorney General later filed suit against Morgan ... Read More »

                              Practical Debt Relief Mentioned in Confusing Press Release

                              A reader and tipster (send in your tips here) sent me the link to a rather confusing press release about Practical Debt Relief. The release, which looks like it was put out by their SEO vendor, makes it appear Practical Debt Relief is a lead generator rather than a debt relief provider. Furthermore, eBrandz’ services gave a massive fillip to ... Read More »

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