The Federal Trade Commission has filed contempt charges against a promoter of credit repair and debt relief services and three of his companies, alleging that they continued their deceptive marketing practices in violation of a federal court order. The FTC charged that the defendants tried to take advantage of financially strapped consumers by falsely telling them that almost anyone can ... Read More »
Credit Alliance Group and Credit Alliance Services Alleged to Have Not Helped Credit Rating. Hit With Class Action.
A tipster (send in your tips here) pointed out a recent suit to me in North Carolina, Deborah Sumlin v. Credit Alliance Group and Credit Alliance Services Incorporated. The plaintiff alleges that Credit Alliance Group and Credit Alliance Services, out of Texas, were hired to provide assistance in improving, repairing or correcting credit records, credit histories and credit ratings. It ... Read More »
The Office of Fair Trading in the UK, the near equivalent of the FTC here in the U.S. just announced a crackdown on financial services lead generation sites. In the UK, websites that generate leads must be licensed under the Consumer Credit Act. The sites closed by the government were: www.loansfordisabledpeople.co.uk www.samedayloansforpeopleonbenefits.co.uk www.militaryloans.org.uk www.cashloansforpeopleonbenefits.org.uk www.urgentloansbadcredit.co.uk www.cashtoday.me.uk www.cashpayday.me.uk www.debitcardinstantloans.co.uk www.cashloansunsecured.co.uk www.loansforpeoplewithbadcredit.me.uk ... Read More »
For those of us watching the train wreck of mass joinder efforts it seems every day brings a new episode of how not to run a debt relief business. In this case the mass joinder niche is where attorneys are selling access to lawsuits against banks for improprieties in mortgages. Access is sold through affiliates and marketing agents who have ... Read More »
Global Client Solutions, Debt Care USA, and Nationwide Debt Settlement Group Hit With Oregon Class Action
Global Client Solutions, Debt Care USA, and Nationwide Debt Settlement Group were all recently named as defendants in a Oregon class action suit. This now marks the yet another in a growing line of class action suits that name the chain of players as parties. This case names the front end marketer, back office processor and payment facilitator. The allegation ... Read More »
A tipster (send in your tips here) sent this in. According to the Sun Sentinel out of Florida, the Florida AG is investigating a Florida debt relief company, Horizon Financial. According to state allegations the company was engaged in making solicitation calls that mislead and deceived consumers into thinking they were dealing with a U.S. Treasure Department foreclosure assistance program, ... Read More »
Colorado Attorney General John Suthers recently announced that his office has filed a lawsuit against Castle Rock-based Loan Modification Solutions; its owners, Robert Auhll (DOB: 9/21/1963) and Nanette Auhll (DOB: 3/7/1963); and the company’s salesperson, Thomas Stefanszky (DOB: 7/23/1962), on suspicion that they defrauded consumers in search of home loan modifications and foreclosure relief in Colorado and other states. According ... Read More »
Someone is Gunning for Credit Counseling Groups Budget Right Debt Management and American Credit Counselors
A tipster (send in your tips here) forwarded to me two recent formal complaints to the IRS based regarding Budget Right Debt Management and American Credit Counselors. The issue seems to be regarding IRS 501(q) standards. Now normally this is not something I might publish but in this case it seems the ammunition came from the organizations very own public ... Read More »
It seems the issues surrounding if payment processors in the debt settlement world is getting more complicated. This recent class action case is out of Georgia against NoteWorld and Noteworld Servicing Center; Hattie Burke v. NoteWorld. It appears that NoteWorld gets sucked in not because of their actions but because of the actions of who they decided to provide services ... Read More »
TX Class Action Suit Filed Against Debt Choice, Lexxiom, The Iniguez Law Firm, and Miguel Iniguez, Esq.
A tipster (send in your tips here) brought the recently filed class action case in Texas to my attention. Mary Hope v. Debt Choice, Lexxiom, The Iniguez Law Firm, and Miguel Iniguez. It is yet another case that involves an attorney debt settlement model, back-end servicer, and marketing partner. On March 22, 2011 Mary Hope filed a class action lawsuit ... Read More »
Florida Continues Crackdown on Telemarketing Licenses. Sales Scripts Need to Be Submitted in Advance.
Last year I wrote about the need for a Florida telemarketing license if you are calling out of or into Florida for clients. Information on how to get a license can be found here. Apparently telephone sales scripts need to be submitted to the department prior to use. At least that’s what some folks found out the hard way. This ... Read More »
Yesterday I published information about an attorney in Florida who had his law license suspended for debt settlement activity. What I missed was his partner had his law license suspended as well. Thanks to commenter Bulb it was pointed out to me. “Brett Feinstein, 407 Lincoln Road, Suite 2A, Miami Beach, suspended for six months, effective 40 days from a ... Read More »
A tipster (send in your tips here) forwarded me a copy of the latest disciplinary actions out of Florida that show an interesting situation which may have a far reaching impact on attorney-back office relationships with debt settlement companies. Douglas David Stratton, Miami Beach, Suspended for 30 days, effective 15 days from a January 4 court order. Stratton’s practice expanded ... Read More »
This morning I had a rare opportunity to go down to the court house and watch a motion argued in the case State of NC vs. Consumer Law Group and Michael Metzner. It was a motion to dismiss and attorney Richard Epstein from Greenspoon Marder flew in from Florida to represent Consumer Law Group. In October 2010 I reported on ... Read More »
Are You at Risk of Refunds Back Two Years if Your Debt Settlement Clients File Bankruptcy? Legal Helpers Debt Resolution Judgment Says Yes.
Not long ago I was having a conversation with someone and we were talking about the big refunds debt settlement companies may face from having charged consumers advanced fees for services but not delivered them. The point was also mentioned that for debt settlement clients that enrolled in and paid fees for debt settlement services that later filed bankruptcy, for ... Read More »