Sanctioned Attorney Goes After Debt Defense Leaders That Got Him Involved

Yesterday I wrote about the misfortunes of Daniel Rufty, a new North Carolina attorney that learned some very hard lessons about being a local representative for a debt settlement company. You can read that post here. Rufty sued Jason Blust, Law Offices of Jason Blust, Lit Def Strategies, and Relialit after his disciplinary debacle. The … Read more

New Attorney Learns the Lessons of Being a Front for Debt Relief The Hard Way

I just discovered the misfortunes of Daniel S. Rufty, an attorney in North Carolina that was brought before the North Carolina State Bar for his debt relief business. Rufty was a brand new attorney hired to represent an out-of-state group of lawyers for their debt settlement business. Things did not end well for Rufty but … Read more

Dave Ramsey Company Pays Out on Employment Discrimination

Dave Ramsey Company Pays Out on Employment Discrimination

I previously wrote about Julie Anne Stamps who alleged she was terminated by Ramsey’s company, Lampo Group for being a lesbian. See the section “Gay Woman Fired” in this post. In an interesting turn of events, the Ramsey company, Lampo Group aka Ramsey Solutions, has agreed to pay out $76,900 on claims of “employment discrimination … Read more

Another Debt Relief Scam Folds and Settles With FTC

The operators of an alleged credit card interest rate reduction scam will be permanently banned from the debt relief industry as part of court orders resolving charges by the Federal Trade Commission and the Florida Office of the Attorney General. The defendants—Gino de Paz, Grace de Paz, and Shabana Khublal—allegedly engaged in deceptive and abusive … Read more

Elevate Credit Settles Lending Issues With Attorney General

Elevate Credit Settles Lending Issues With Attorney General

Attorney General Karl A. Racine announced that Elevate Credit, Inc. (Elevate), a predatory online lender, will pay at least $3.3 million to refund over 2,500 District consumers who were misleadingly marketed high-cost loans and lines of credit, waive over $300,000 in interest owed by those consumers, and pay $450,000 to the District. The company will … Read more

Remaining Defendants Banned from Providing Student Loan Debt Relief Services

The remaining defendants in a deceptive student loan debt relief scheme are permanently banned from providing all student loan debt relief products and services in settlements with the Federal Trade Commission. The settlements with Jay Singh, the two corporate defendants he controls, and seven other corporate entities resolve charges the FTC in brought in November … Read more

The End Has Come With a Whimper for Arete Financial Freedom and Others

The End Has Come With a Whimper for Arete Financial Freedom and Others

The court just recorded an apparent final disposition in the Arete Financial Freedom lawsuit. The parties included under the Stipulated Order for Permanent Injunction and Monetary Judgment include Arete Financial Group, Arete Financial Freedom, CBC Conglomerate, 1file.org, Diamond Choice Inc., Interest Rate Solutions, J&L Enterprise, Premier Solutions Servicing, La Casa Bonita Investments, Inc., La Casa … Read more

Lexington Law and CreditRepair.com Get Exposed

Back in 2019, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) filed suit against PGX Holdings, Progrexion Marketing, Progrexion Teleservices, eFolks, CreditRepair.com, Lexington Law, and John Heath. I’ve kept an eye on the case against the credit repair operations but much of it has occurred behind closed doors under sealed documents. But we now have a public … Read more

Update on Case Against Premier Student Loan Center

It appears the case against Consumer Advocacy Center and Premier Student Loan Center is still under management by the Court Appointed Receiver. What follows is the Receiver’s update for activities between May 1, 2021 to October 31, 2021. Premier Student Loan Center Case Summary I. RECEIVERSHIP ACTIVITIES During this period, the Receiver and his team … Read more

Can There Ever Be Any Winners in These Debt Relief Lawsuits?

I’ve seen a lot of unfortunate situations in the debt relief space. I’ve written about many, but the problem between the Plaintiffs and Defendants and the mutual attorneys in one particular situation seems to be spiraling to a new level I’ve not seen before. No End in Sight Not long ago I wrote Student Loan … Read more

FTC Charges Two Florida-based Companies with Helping Student Debt Relief Scammers

Two Florida companies and their CEO will be permanently barred from offering payment-processing services to settle Federal Trade Commission allegations that they aided a criminal student debt relief scam that bilked $62 million from thousands of students and their families. According to the FTC’s complaint, Moneta Management, LLC, Moneta Management, Inc., and their CEO Michael … Read more

I Kind of Feel Bad for Julie Queler and Her Student Loan Assistance Business Mess

Let me start by saying my impression and opinion of the Julie Queler mess is based on public records. These are court documents and ultimately the case will have to play out in court. According to a July 7, 2021 court filing, Julie Queler, a Defendant in a suit with GM Law Firm, National Legal … Read more

NJ Attorney in CT Hot Water Over a Loan Modification in 2014

The State of Connecticut has flexed its muscle against New Jersey attorney Filipe Pedroso and Pedroso Legal Services for providing loan modification assistance. The State says Pedroso is a licensed attorney in New Jersey but not in Connecticut. According to official documents, Pedrosa states he only assisted one Connecticut resident in 2014 but now faces … Read more