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Global Client Solutions to be Called to Testify Before the Senate Commerce Committee

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In what could be a first step towards a mortal wound for Global Client Solutions and similar companies like NoteWorld, Senator McCaskill has said that Global Client Solutions will be called to testify before a Senate Committee. This is especially telling since Global Client Solutions, through its partner, Rocky Mountain Bank, has been advised to know their debt settlement customers ... Read More »

    I Am Going to be Dead Right on This. Fighting the FTC Rules Will Sink the Debt Settlement Industry.

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    Shenanigans and actions of the debt settlement industry members and their trade associations will do more to further limit the activities of the debt settlement industry. Rather than embrace the FTC rules and come out in support of fair and reasonable directives from the Federal Trade Commission to protect consumers from debt relief, debt settlement, and debt negotiation companies, groups ... Read More »

      Financial Freedom of America Named in Senate Testimony Today

      As part of the testimony of the Senate hearing today on Protecting Consumers from Deceptive Debt Settlement Schemes a consumer provided testimony that named Financial Freedom of America, a USOBA member. It appears the company may have since changed their name, the website now brings up Financial Freedom Processing. What Financial Freedom Tells Consumers We advocate fairness for every ... Read More »

        FTC Testifies About Ongoing Efforts to Protect Consumers from Deceptive Debt Relief Scams

        The Federal Trade Commission today told the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation that the FTC has made it a top priority to protect financially distressed American consumers from deceptive debt relief schemes. With Americans continuing to feel the effects of the economic downturn, the FTC has stepped up efforts to stop fraudulent financial schemes that exploit consumers, ... Read More »

          Rumor – Debt Settlement Companies Plan to Beat the FTC Rules With UK Law Firm

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          This is a rumor and not confirmed but I thought it was worth discussing. The scuttlebutt is that a number of debt settlement companies and marketers plan to get around the FTC telemarketing sales rules on debt settlement and debt relief services by forming an offshore law firm in London and making the member companies part of the firm in ... Read More »

            Debt Management Plan With United Financial Systems Runs Off the Rails

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            Out of The Morning Call comes the story, Debt management firm mismanages debt, in which United Financial Systems of Margate, Florida is thrown under the bus for collecting money from a consumer and not sending it to her creditor. Oops! Greene said United Financial Systems withdrew money from her account as scheduled, but failed to make three payments to Chase ... Read More »

              The Debt Settlement Good Faith Estimate Guide for the Confused Consumer

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              As of September 27, 2010, debt settlement and debt relief companies are going to have to provide data to consumers when enrolling new clients or when promoting results. These facts are are part of the “Good Faith Estimate” and will help consumers to select the company they wish to work with. The Federal Trade Commission says that they have determined ... Read More »

                Is This the Right Time For TASC and USOBA Members to Vote With Their Dues?

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                My friend and fellow debt coach, Damon Day, had a recent article that raises a very good question. In the article he said: TASC and USOBA are funded directly through debt settlement company membership dues. Settlement companies that are members of these associations often pay thousands of dollars a month and that money is used directly by TASC and USOBA ... Read More »

                  Mike Croxson from CareOne and I Talk About The New FTC Rules, Attorney Model Debt Settlement and the Lack of Clarity in Credit Counseling

                  Mike Croxson, the president of CareOne, a provider of debt settlement and debt management plans, and I chat about current events in the debt relief world. Some of the issues Mike and I talk about: Where are the loopholes from the Federal Trade Commission telemarketing sales rules. What is the endgame to chasing loopholes. The access to attorneys for debt ... Read More »

                    Apparently The FTC is Not Concerned for Consumers Suffering a Crisis of Debt

                    Given the questionable legal basis supporting the FTC’s attempt to amend the TSR, and the interest the debt-settlement industry is receiving from Congress and various state legislatures, it appears that the FTC’s aggressive attack on the settlement industry is motivated by political pressure exerted by special interest groups opposing the industry, rather than a genuine concern for consumers suffering a ... Read More »

                      Morgan Drexen Not Telling The Whole Story on Fees? The Most Bizarre PR Encounter I’ve Ever Had.

                      What began as a simple story about a Morgan Drexen press release last week has turned into so much more. Last Friday I wrote “Is Debt Settlement Company Morgan Drexen a Flip-Flopper?” where I talked about their seemingly sudden switch from opposing the Federal Trade Commission effort to roll out new rules that regulate debt settlement companies, to applauding them. ... Read More »

                        Debt Settlement Not Singled Out for Advance Fee Regulation. MARS Hit as Well.

                        Here is a very interesting letter from the National Association of Attorneys General regarding new proposed rules by the FTC for mortgage assistance relief services (MARS). The loan modification industry has be filled with deception and abuse and many consumers have lost thousands when law groups promised results but did not deliver. Two recent failures come to mind, Liberty Law ... Read More »

                          United Law Group Files Bankruptcy. Lawyer Surrenders License. Hands Company to New Lawyer.

                          In what is the prelude to a sad series of debt relief companies that will probably fail soon, United Law Group, a debt relief law firm out of California, has filed a Chapter 11 bankruptcy. I don’t hold out much hope they will survive so I’m going to declare them headed towards the dead pile. On June 30, 2010, United ... Read More »

                            Global Client Solutions, ONB Bank and Trust, and GHS Debt Solutions Hit With Class Action Suit

                            This suit was filed on August 3, 2010 in Missouri. The Plantiff is Myra Perkins and other class participants v. Global Client Solutions, ONB Bank and Trust, GHS Solutions, and GHS Debt Solutions. The suit states: This action is brought by Plantiff on behalf of herself and a proposed class of Missouri residents who paid defendants to act as debt ... Read More »

                              Is Debt Settlement Company Morgan Drexen a Flip-Flopper?

                              Thanks to a great tipster (send in your tips here) I learned today that Morgan Drexen sent out a press release that was unbelievable. Debt settlement company Morgan Drexen was against nearly everything the FTC was working on in the proposed telemarketing sales rules. Even the Federal trade Commission says so in their final document. “One industry member [Morgan Drexen] ... Read More »

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