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Consumer and Business Debt Counseling Services – CBDC Sued by Colorado AG

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Consumer and Business Debt Counseling Services (CBDC), a 501(c)3 nonprofit credit counseling company I’ve written about before, here, has just been sued by the Colorado Attorney General. The scoop on CBDC was they has close working relationships and referrals from for profit companies that were charging high advance fees. The official release says: Colorado Attorney General John Suthers announced today ... Read More »

    Debt Relief USA, James Wojcik and Valerie Leath Banned from Selling Financial Products and Services

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    As part of its continuing crackdown on scams that target consumers in financial distress, the Federal Trade Commission settled charges against a debt relief operation that allegedly lured consumers nationwide into paying thousands of dollars in up-front fees, but in most cases failed to actually reduce their credit card debts, and in many cases left them even deeper in debt. ... Read More »

      Persels & Associaties Sued By My Professional Advice and Legal Advice Line for Diverting Money

      A tipster (send in your tips here) sent me a copy of a recent complaint against Neil Ruther, Persels & Associates, Joann Ruther, Adam Ruther, WMS Partners, Silo Point Holding, Silo Point, Patrick Turner, Mark Sapperstein, Westport Property Holdings, and Ruther Inner Harbor. According to the suit filed in Maryland, My Professional Advice and Legal Advice Line were engaged in ... Read More »

        Lawyer Suspended for Fee Splitting With Non-Lawyers

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        The Florida Bar News is reporting that another lawyer has been suspended for engaging in marketing with non-lawyers. The claims made in the case sound incredibly similar to those in both the mass joinder and attorney model debt settlement activities. In this case, William Timothy O’Toole with Summit Legal was allegedly working in conjunction with non-Lawyers Randy Baker and Solomon ... Read More »

          Bay View Law Group Added to Target List

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          The Scott Law Group in Washington State has just added Bay View Law Group to the list of companies they are going after. As of today the list includes: Alliance8, Inc Amerix Corporation Ascend One Corporation Bay View Law Group, PC CareOne Services, Inc CDS Client Services (dba Capital Debt Settlement) Century Negotiations, Inc. Consumer Law Associates, LLC Debt Relief ... Read More »

            Debt Relief USA Ran for Bankruptcy Cover But FTC Says “Not So Fast”

            On August 17, 2010 the Federal Trade Commission sued Debt Relief USA, Kelly Reilly, Alvin Bell, James Wojcik, and Valerie Leath. Previously Debt Relief USA had been in the news on this site. Part of that news was about how the company was running for cover to ditch their liabilities under a bankruptcy filing in 2009 in an effort to ... Read More »

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

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              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 »

                Tom Roland and Enhanced Servicing Solutions Slamed With Half Million Dollar Civil Fine.

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                Colorado Attorney General John Suthers announced yesterday that his office has obtained a $590,000 judgment against Orlando, Fla.-based Enhanced Servicing Solutions after the company engaged in unregistered debt management services for Colorado consumers. The judgment, which comprises $504,000 in civil fines and $90,000 in consumer restitution, followed a June complaint against the company and its president, Thomas Roland. The judgment ... Read More »

                  Morgan Drexen Complaints Stuck in Court

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                  Morgan Drexen appeard in court in Virginia on this past Tuesday in an effort to get this lawsuit tossed out. See: Morgan Drexen Sued in Virginia. Called Parasitic. Allegedly Violated Credit Counseling Act Morgan Drexen Virginia Lawsuit Update On Tuesday, Morgan Drexen appeared in court and asked to have the suit dismissed. In a hearing that lasted 27 minutes the ... Read More »

                    Legal Helpers Debt Resolution Hit With Cease and Desist Order

                    Legal Helpers Debt Resolution Does Not Get a Free Pass

                    Legal Helpers Debt Resolution was hit with a $314,000 fine today and issued a cease and desist letter to immediately stop its unlicensed debt adjustment business in Illinois. The State of Illinois found that LHDR cannot avail itself of an exception as attorneys under the Illinois debt settlement laws. The cease and desist letter was issued by the Illinois Department ... Read More »

                      Clint Johnson Suspended by Bar. Receiver Appointed. Impacts, Johnson Law Group, Debtwave, CBDC.

                      A tipster (send in your tips here) has just sent in documents which show that the State of Florida has not reinstated attorney Clint Johnson. His licensed remains suspended and Leslie Eiserman, CPA was appointed as receiver on July 14, 2011. This may have a significant impact for debt settlement clients that were working with Johnson law Group in Florida ... Read More »

                        Steven Vanderhoof Defaults on Settlement for Credit Exchange

                        A tipster (send in your tips here) has just alerted me that Steven Vanderhoof, of The Credit Exchange fame, was just recently sued for non-payment of a settlement agreed to in the Hess Kennedy bankruptcy. Vanderhoof’s lead generation company was sued by the receiver in the Hess Kennedy bankruptcy to claw back money paid for marketing services. Under the terms ... Read More »

                          Fresh Start and Crew Named Hard in GA Class Action Suit

                          Update A class action suit has just been moved to federal court in Georgia. The suit is Davenport v. Fresh Start Advisors, Fresh Start Advisors of Boca Raton East, Fresh Start Advisors of Boca Raton West, Fresh Start Advisors of Lauderhill, Fresh Start Solutions, Settlement Management, WPB Partners, Flow Capital Ventures, Debt Settlement Solutions, National Settlement Solutions, Discount Debt, jason ... Read More »

                            Debt Relief USA Owners to Personally Pay Millions in Court Award

                            I don’t think the former corporate directors of Debt Relief USA will soon forget July 15, 2011. On that day a State of Washington court awarded a class action award of $1.5 million against the directors of a now defunct and bankrupt debt settlement company. James Wojcik, Kelly Reilly, and Alvin Bell will have to personally pony up this big ... Read More »

                              American Debt Services, Quality Support Services, Global Client Solutions in California Class Action

                              On June 29, 2011 a class action case in California was filed against American Debt Services, Quality Support Services, Global Client Solutions, and Rocky Mountain Bank & Trust. The case alleges a now common scheme of evading state state laws regarding debt adjusters or proraters. The complaint says that California consumers were induced by promises provided by American Debt Services ... Read More »

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