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Elimadebt Player Comes Back Around in FTC Settlement With First Universal Lending

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David Feingold, a lawyer out of Florida, who I first reported about in relation to Elimadebt, has surfaced again as part of a reported FTC $18.8 million settlement regarding his actions in the loan modification business. The Balm Beach Post is reporting that David J. Feingold, Sean Zauser, and David Zauser have agreed to pay back $18.8 million which will ... Read More »

    Johnson Law Group Florida Gets Permission to Make Client Payments Under Supervision

    The Florida Bar had recently gone after attorney Clint Johnson of the Johnson Law Group for irregularities in his law firm trust account. In fact Attorney Johnson had his law license suspended. You can catch up by reading this article. When I wrote that last article the court still had a freeze on all of Johnson’s trust accounts, including those ... Read More »

      Global Client Solutions Named in Yet Another Case. This Time With Alliance8, Freedom Financial Management, Richard Lenard.

      The cases keep on coming against Global Client Solutions. Here is one I just spotted that had been previously filed in state court but was just moved to federal court on May 6, 2011. Mary Lord v. Alliance 8, Freedom Financial Management, Global Client Solutions, Rocky Mountain Bank & Trust, and Richard Lenard. It appears the move was brought about ... Read More »

        CCCS of Greater Atlanta Sues CreditAbility

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        On May 25, 2011, Consumer Credit COunseling Service of Greater Atlanta filed suit against a debt relief company in Iowa named CreditAbility. It seems CCCS of Greater Atlanta, who goes by the name CredAbility took exception to the similarly named debt relief provider, CreditAbility. In July 2005 CCCS of Greater Atlanta filed a trademark application for the mark CredAbility. They ... Read More »

          Century Negotiations, David Leuthold, Freedom Debt Relief, Fast Track Debt Relief and Debt Shield all Named in Class Action

          On May 24, 2011 a State of Washington class action case was moved to federal court by Fast Track Debt Relief. The case, Rule v. Century Negotiations, David Leuthold, Freedom Debt Relief, Fast Track Debt Relief and Debt Shield was filed by Paul Lawrence of Pacifica Law Group in Seattle, Washington and Richard Epstein, Esq. of Greenspoon Marder. It looks ... Read More »

            Company Claiming to Reduce Credit Card Interest Rates – Shuttered by FTC

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            The FTC has settled two actions that charged marketers with deceptively claiming they could reduce consumers’ credit card interest rates. Both operations allegedly made deceptive telemarketing calls, called consumers on the Do Not Call Registry, and used illegal robocalls. The settlements will ban all of the defendants from selling debt relief services. Advanced Management Services The FTC charged that Advanced ... Read More »

              United Financial Systems and Fidelity Debt Solutions Banned in Wisconsin

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              Poor old United Financial System out of Florida. Looks like they promised to make client refunds in Wisconsin, did not meet the deadlines and Wisconsin closed them down. – Source Fidelity Debt Solutions out of San Diego got shut down in Wisconsin as well for operating without a debt adjustment license. It appears Fidelity Debt Solutions was given notice of ... Read More »

                Morgan Drexen Claimed to be Unfair and Deceptive in Suit by West Virginia AG. Includes Local Attorney.

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                This comes from the WV AG press release but I’ve requested a copy of the complaint from the State. What’s interesting about this announcement is that the AG office also went after the local attorneys in West Virginia as well. Attorney General Darrell McGraw Sues Kansas, California, and West Virginia Lawyers to Halt Morgen Drexen Debt Collection Business CHARLESTON – ... Read More »

                  Debt Relief Companies Targeted by Scott Law Group in Washington

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                  In response to an article I posted yesterday here in which I mentioned Darrell Scott, Esq. said he was going after 16 settlement companies, a reader sent in the actual list of companies. The tipster (send in your tips here) said: “The Scott Law Group, P.S. is currently involved in debt settlement litigation involving the following companies:” Ascend One Corporation ... Read More »

                    Former Ameridebt Credit Counseling CEO Headed to Jail

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                    Andris Pukke, the former head of the nonprofit credit counseling group Ameridebt was sentenced to 18 months in jail yesterday. This marks his second trip back to jail for activities that began with his credit counseling operation in Germantown, Maryland. Pukke pled guilty in January to hiding funds from authorities after he was ordered to turn over all funds for ... Read More »

                      United Debt Managers Gets Cease and Desist Order From Maine

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                      According to public records, United Debt Managers of Miami, Florida is not authorized to offer services in Maine. The company received a cease and desist order on may 17th from the State of Maine. — WHEREAS United Debt Managers, LLC, a debt management services company located in Miami, Florida was notified by the Maine Bureau of Consumer Credit Protection (“the ... Read More »

                        Roni Deutch, the “Tax Lady” Closes Firm in Face of Jail Time

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                        Roni Deutch, the tax lawyers who we’ve seen advertising on television for years, has decided to surrender her law license and close her tax practice. She is claiming she is totally broke in the face of the charges filed against her for ripping off consumers with fees for services never delivered. A Sacramento Superior Court judge in April froze her ... Read More »

                          Washington Nails Global Client Solutions as a Debt Adjuster. Game Changer.

                          Yesterday the Supreme Court of Washington issued an opinion in the Carlsen v. Global Client Solutions case in Washington State. You can read more about that case here and here. At the heart of the case that continued to the Supreme Court of Washington was the matter if Global Client Solutions was culpable as a debt adjuster even though they ... Read More »

                            Hope Financial Group Get Kicked Out of Wisconsin But Ordered to Refund All Residents.

                            On May 9, 2011 the State of Wisconsin sent a letter to Hope Financial Group of Orange Park, Florida letting them know they were no longer welcome in Wisconsin. Apparently this is just another one of those efforts of state licensing people reaching out to debt adjustment services following a complaint and then taking action. According to the State of ... Read More »

                              Solid Ground Financial Hit With Washington State Class Action Suit

                              The Scott Law Group out of Spokane has filed a class action lawsuit against Solid Ground Financial, David Smith, Scott Haick, Rubin McEachron, JIO Reserves, and Stephen Detta. The claim is that the Defendants engaged in a uniform conspiratorial and predatory scheme to enrich themselves at the expense of financially strapped Washington families by violating Washington statutes designed to protect ... Read More »

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