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Andrew Houser Praises the FTC for Telemarketing Sales Rules

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I wish I had a time machine to go back two years and tell Andrew Houser of 2010 that he’d be praising the FTC for implementing the Telemarketing Sales Rules in 2012. In a syndicated article out today, Houser, the CEO of Freedom Financial Network says this about the FTC changes: “Prior to the implementation of the FTC rules in ... Read More »

    UK Debt Relief Providers May Lose Credit License On The Spot

    The Office of Fair Trading, (UK Equivalent of FTC) has announced they are considering adding a new power to their quiver of tools to deal with rouge debt relief companies. This new proposal seems very risky to even good and compliant debt relief providers in the UK. Under this new proposal the OFT could suspend the required consumer credit license ... Read More »

      National Consumer Group Wants You to Review Their Website

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      Dav_Daddy posted a message in the forum and asked us to review their website for National Consumer Group at my-ncg.com. I’ll let the readers of the site take a look and offer most of the feedback in the comments section below. But in a quick look at their site it did strike me as very odd that the home page ... Read More »

        Edward Cherry, The Sunshine State Land Trust, and Others Appeal Asset Freeze

        A reader brought to my attention that on October 19, 2012, Ed Cherry and other related entities had a notice of appeal recorded regarding the asset freeze for himself, The Sunshine State Land Trust Company, Growth Capital Funding, Florida Land Trust Services, and Zion Partners Irrevocable Trust. The court document reflect the asset freeze is being appealed to the Fourth ... Read More »

          Nonprofit Credit Counseling Solutions to Get License Revoked and New Path Financial Gets Connecticut Cease & Desist

          Credit Counseling Solutions, Inc Credit Counseling Solutions out of Branford, Connecticut is in danger of losing their license to operate as a non-profit credit counseling agency according to the Connecticut Division of Banking. The State has announced the credit counseling agency bond was cancelled. The company failed to provide proof they replaced the bond with a new bond. The debt ... Read More »

            Court Grants FTC Preliminary Injunction Against Pro Credit Group and Others

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            On October 17, 2012 the Court granted a Preliminary Injunction against Defendants Dale Robinson (“Robinson), Consumer Credit Group, LLC (“CCG”), William Balsamo (“Balsamo”), and First Financial Asset Services (“FFA”). This case involves the following stated facts. The FTC alleges that since January 2010 Defendants have engaged in a scheme to defraud consumers by selling them a service that purports to ... Read More »

              Freedom Financial Network & Freedom Debt Relief to Refund Almost All Clients Under Settlement

              Thanks to a reader who alerted me, I discovered Freedom Financial Network, Freedom Debt Relief, Global Client Solutions, Rocky Mountain Bank and Trust, Andrew Houser and Bradford Stroh have agreed to settle a lawsuit filed against them and refund millions in consumer fees. According to the agreement, people eligible for refunds of fees paid include “(i) were customers of any ... Read More »

                Oh Crap Mark Atalla. That’s Going to Leave a Mark.

                Under the heading of what not to do, this one is right in that playbook. American Mortgage Consultants and Home Guardian Solutions were charged by the FTC for not allegedly not doing nice things to consumers. One of the defendants, Mark Nagy Atalla allegedly violated “nearly every provision of the Mortgage Assistance Relief Services Rule” and wound up in this ... Read More »

                  What to Do When Your Debt Relief Company Gets a CFPB Civil Investigative Demand Letter

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                  The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) has investigations underway that span the full breadth of the Bureau’s enforcement authority over providers of financial products and services and their vendors. If your company is the recipient of a civil investigative demand (“CID”) from the CFPB the process is not an easy one. You have to issue a record retention notice, negotiate ... Read More »

                    Debt180.ca – DitchMyDebt.ca – Really? Can You Honest Back Up Those Claims?

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                    In light of a recent hammer blow by the FTC against a debt relief lead generator, a reader sent in their concerns about a site, Debt180.ca that they called a troubling lead generation site for Canadian debt relief companies. It only takes a glance to spot the similarities between what the U.S. Federal Trade Commission identified in their lawsuit and ... Read More »

                      Debt Relief Lead Generator Ryan Golembiewski Settles With FTC for Big Bucks

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                      The Federal Trade Commission has taken action against a debt relief lead generator, who we’ve written about before, that appears to have made false statements about the effectiveness and efficacy of debt settlement, bankruptcy and credit counseling. As you will read, the statements made to induce consumers into debt settlement and credit counseling (debt management plans) is not accurate or ... Read More »

                        Consumer Debt Default Rates Continue Downward Decline

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                        Data through September 2012, released today 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, showed that most loan types saw a decrease in default rates, including the national composite’s ninth consecutive monthly decline. Four of the five loan types posted their lowest rate since the ... Read More »

                          Kansas Chapter 13 Trustee Clawing Back Money From LHDR, Armored Debt Center and Meracord

                          On October 3, 2012 Laurie B. Williams, a Kansas Chapter 13 bankruptcy trustee, filed suit against Legal Helpers Debt Resolution, Macey Aleman Hyslip & Searns, Armored Debt Center, Global Client Solutions, Meracord, and NoteWorld Servicing Center to recover money paid by the consumer to the companies prior to them filing bankruptcy. The complaint makes the following statements and allegations: Defendants ... Read More »

                            US National Legal Solutions Snagged by Connecticut

                            The State of Connecticut, Department of Banking, has just announced issuing a cease and desist notice to US National Legal Solutions, / USNLS, Inc. According to the State: Respondent is a purported California corporation with an office at 92 Corporate Park, Suite C254, Irvine, California. On September 28, 2010, a Connecticut resident, while physically present in this state, entered into ... Read More »

                              Ohio Appeal Drags Out of State Debt Relief Companies Back to Ohio

                              The Knox County, Ohio Court of Appeals issued an interesting opinion that might be of interest to anyone selling attorney based debt settlement services in Ohio. In this case the consumer, Martha Bumpus, was sold debt settlement services by Texas based companies and now the companies will have to pay to fight their case in Ohio. The case brings up ... Read More »

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