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Debt Settlement Employee Blows the Whistle, Confesses

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What I am about to publish makes it sound like ALL debt settlement companies might operate like this. In my reporting and investigations I have found that to not be true. It’s only MOST of them that appear to operate like this. There are still some good guys around that do care. I’d love to tell you this information provides ... Read More »

    Senator Rockefeller Warns Attorneys’ General About Debt Settlement Industry in Email

    Here is a copy of an email that was sent to Attorney’s General to support continued efforts to rein in debt settlement. Dear Mr. Attorney General: As Chairman of the United States Senate Committee that oversees consumer protection, I have been very concerned by the growth of consumer financial scams during the recent economic downturn. I am writing to share ... Read More »

      CareOne’s Mike Croxson Speaks Out About Debt Settlement Legislation

      Today I was able to speak with Mike Croxson from CareOne about their performance fee based debt settlement services. We chatted about what life would be like in the debt settlement world with fee caps, what fee he could operate under, how the front-end debt settlement model is a dinosaur, the issues with credit counselors getting a pass on the ... Read More »

        Expert Settlement Professional (ESP) Debt Settlement Product from P&E Solutions, Appears There is a Big Problem

        Here is a tip that I received about ESP debt settlement software. The tip was sent to me at [email protected] If you have a industry tip, send it in. I just wanted to give you a nugget of insight on the ESP product. You are definitely on to something. This group is swaying companies right and left to join in ... Read More »

          Debt Settlement Attorney Model Looks Dead

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          May 12, 2009 It appears that the latest version of the Debt Settlement Consumer Protection Act kills the attorney model people are running to adopt in order to avoid the regulation. While the new bill increases the performance fee earned after a successful settlement to 10% it define a debt settlement service as: “(i) offering to provide advice or service, ... Read More »

            Debt Settlement Consumer Protection Act Attached as Amendment. Fee Increased. Attorney Model Killed.

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            The Debt Settlement Consumer Protection Act has been attached as an amendment for vote with the Restoring American Financial Stability Act of 2010. It is S.AMDT.3960 and based on support of the Restoring American Financial Stability Act of 2010 the amendment will probably be approved. Text of amendment with change to settlement fee being 10% instead of 5% and what ... Read More »

              North Dakota Now Working on Debt Settlement Regulation

              North Dakota

              It is reported “the state banking commissioner and the consumer protection division in the attorney general’s office are proposing the law, which would require the companies to register with the state. It also would cap the amount a consumer would have to pay up front to $100 and limit a company’s charges to 15 percent of the savings gained by ... Read More »

                Listen to USOBA Debt Settlement Company Lie to Sell Services

                Right now debt settlement companies are claiming they are being unfairly targeted by regulators, the Senate Hearings on Debt Settlement, and the Debt Settlement Consumer Protection Act. A reader sent me a mailer he just received from a debt settlement company that is part of the United States Organization of Bankruptcy Alternatives (USOBA), the trade association that testified at the ... Read More »

                  Kentucky Signs Into Law New Tough Debt Adjusting Law That Regulates Debt Settlement Companies and Others

                  Kentucky Debt Adjusting Fees

                  I’ll admit I’m a bit late with this news but on April 13, 2010 Kentucky signed into law a new tough set of rules that regulate credit counseling, debt settlement and foreclosure assistance. FRANKFORT, Ky. — Gov. Steve Beshear was joined today by Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway as he signed into law HB 166, a consumer protection bill that ... Read More »

                    Ethical Debt Settlement Firm Speaks Out About the Debt Settlement Consumer Protection Act

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                    Here is a statement from a debt settlement company in response to the proposed Debt Settlement Consumer Protection Act. It is interesting to see a debt settlement company that is in favor of measures that might still close a majority of other debt settlement companies. What do you think? Agree? Disagree? Post your comments and feedback below. Get Out of ... Read More »

                      Payday Lenders Fearing Proposed Regulation

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                      While debt settlement companies are furious about pending legislation and feel they have been singled out, the payday lending industry is facing legislation with the Payday Lending Limitation Act of 2010 and that’s not making them happy. Here is a press release from on payday lender. Get Out of Debt Guy – Twitter, G+, Facebook Need More Help? LOS ANGELES, ... Read More »

                        Why I Love Debt Settlement and Why Debt Settlement Isn’t Going Away

                        Debt Settlement Dog

                        Based on some of the things I’ve written about debt settlement some people may think I actually hate debt settlement. In fact nothing could be further from the truth so I wanted to talk about it. With all that has gone on in debt settlement with the investigations, FTC telephone sales rules, Senate hearings on debt settlement, the Debt Settlement ... Read More »

                          AARP Urges Illinois Governor to Sign the Debt Settlement Consumer Protection Act

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                          HB 4781 Would Give Consumers the Strongest Protections in the Nation against Fraudulent Debt Settlement Agencies SPRINGFIELD, Ill., May 7 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Burdened with piling debt in a down economy, thousands of Illinois consumers contact debt settlement agencies in search of help – only to find huge fees, deceptive business practices, and often times no solutions to their problems. But ... Read More »

                            Illinois Senate & House Pass Aggressive Debt Settlement Consumer Protection Legislation With Strong Bipartisan Support

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                            Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan today applauded the General Assembly for passing the Debt Settlement Consumer Protection Act, HB4781, which has now passed both houses. This legislation is crafted to prohibit debt settlement firms from engaging in unfair and abusive practices aimed at bilking financially strapped consumers. The Senate today passed the bill with a vote of 56-1 after the ... Read More »

                              Oregon Bans Nation’s Largest Debt Settlement Firm

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                              Oregon Attorney General John Kroger today announced an agreement with Credit Solutions of America (CSA) that cracks down on the Texas-based debt settlement company’s alleged practice of charging high upfront fees and encouraging consumers to quit paying their creditors. “CSA’s existing Oregon customers may be entitled to a partial refund if they are not satisfied with the service they get,” ... Read More »

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