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J Hass Group Debt Settlement Fine Upheld at Three Times State Request

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“Around the same time last year, the J. Hass Group was slapped with a cease and desist order by the Arizona Department of Financial Institutions accusing the J. Hass Group of “engaging in unlicensed activity as a debt management company.” The company was ordered to pay a $50,000 fine. Although their offices have since been cleared out, J. Hass has ... Read More »

    Evidence CFPB Actively Investigating Next Generation Debt Settlement

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    In what is the first big sign that the CFPB is tackling debt settlement, a tipster (send in your tips here) sent me a copy of a letter from the CFPB to Next Generation Debt Settlement. The letter states the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau issued a Civil Investigative Demand letter on August 3, 2012. The letter asked Next Generation Debt ... 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 »

        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 »

              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 »

                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 »

                    Today’s Group of Debt Relief Companies Slapped by Connecticut

                    Readers of the site will know by now that the State of Connecticut does not take much guff from debt relief companies. Here is the latest round of debt relief companies named by the State for performing unwelcome services. The Mortgage Law Group, The Law Office of Macey Aleman & Searns, Attorney Process Solutions WHEREAS, on April 24, 2012, the ... Read More »

                      Ryan Sasson, Legal Helpers Debt Resolution and Others Sued by Employees New York Class Action Suit

                      On September 11, 2012 a suit was filed in New York by employees against LHDR Help, Legal Helpers Debt Resolution, Macey Aleman Hyslip & Searns, Thomas Macey, Jeffrey Aleman, Jeffrey Hyslip, Jason Searns, Credit Advocates Law Firm, and Ryan Sasson. The suit was filed by Benjamin Xue, Esq. & Brian Shenker, Esq, 401 North Broadway, Suite 1009, New York, New ... Read More »

                        Court Dismisses Lloyd Ward’s Suit Against GetOutOfDebt.org

                        On October 7, 2011 Dallas debt settlement attorney Lloyd Ward sued my wife, myself, this site, and the company. You can read about the suit at Lloyd Ward and Lloyd Ward & Associates Sue GetOutOfDebt.org. Today the court dismissed the case. – Source Read More »

                          Silverleaf Debt Solutions, Lloyd Ward and Others Sued by Ohio Bankruptcy Trustee

                          Lloyd Ward, Amanda Ward, Stephanie (Cherwin) Regner, Lloyd Regner at Turtle Creek Karaoke Lounge duing happier times. Now all are being sued in one or another debt relief lawsuits.

                          A bankruptcy trustee in Ohio has filed suit against the following parties: Lloyd Ward, Lloyd Ward & Associates, Lloyd Ward Group, Silverleaf Debt Solutions, fka Debt Relief RX USA, and Michael Miles. This complaint is interesting because it raises this point, “Defendants deceptively disparaged bankruptcy as a viable alternative for Debtors.” That’s the first time I can recall an attorney ... Read More »

                            The Debt Answer and ABC Debt Relief Clients Facing an Uncertain Future

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                            A tipster (send in your tips here) sent in a copy of a recent court filing in Texas in the mosh pit of lawsuits between Lloyd Regner v. David Glenwinkel and Nisco Enterprises and Kevin Devoto v. Lloyd Regner, ABC Administrative Services, ABC Debt Relief, The Debt Answer, and Stephanie Cherwin. According to the court documents, Devoto, Regner’s former partner ... Read More »

                              FTC Slams Shut Operations of Debt Relief Marketers We’ve Written About

                              Today the Federal Trade Commission announced actions against a number of debt relief companies. Ironically, one was BlackRock Professional Corporation that I wrote about last week, here. Another was Jackson Hunter Morris & Knight, which we’ve written about here. Also named in the action are Nelson Gamble & Associates, which we’ve written about here. The FTC complaint and Temporary Restraining ... Read More »

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