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Legal Helpers Debt Resolution Allegedly Winding Down Business After Settling Class Action for Millions

In an article out today by Ameet Sachdev of the Chicago Tribune, for which I was interviewed, we learn an interesting fact. Jason Searns, the firm’s general counsel, said publicity surrounding the lawsuit and settlement has made it hard for Legal Helpers to attract new customers outside Illinois, and the decision was made to cease operations after servicing its existing ... Read More »

    Latest Targets of Connecticut Enforcement Actions – June-July, 2012

    Here is a summary of the latest enforcement actions against debt relief companies from Connecticut. Hopefully their experiences can become lessons learned so others can avoid the same fate. As you can see below, it’s been kind of a slow month. Debt Relief Servicing WHEREAS, the Notice alleges that Debt Relief Servicing offered to engage in debt negotiation in this ... Read More »

      Lloyd Ward & Associates and Meracord Hit With RICO Class Action Suit Apparently Open to All Clients

      Yesterday the law firm of Hagens Berman filed a class action suit (3:12-cv-05657) in the State of Washington against Meracord (Formerly NoteWorld), Linda Remsberg personally, Lloyd E. Ward, Lloyd Ward PC, Lloyd Ward & Associates, The Lloyd Ward Group, Lloyd Ward Group II, Ward Holdings Inc, and Settlement Compliance Commission. This marks the second active class action suit against Lloyd ... Read More »

        Details in on Multi-Million Dollar Settlement by Legal Helpers Debt Resolution / Macey, Aleman, Hyslip & Searns

        I’ve previously published information about the July 2, 2012 settlement reached between the State of Illinois and Legal Helpers Debt Resolution AKA Macey, Aleman, Hyslip & Searns. Here are the details of the filed settlement and I would be stunned to see how Legal Helpers Debt Resolution could call this a victory supporting their position as an attorney model debt ... Read More »

          Tax Defense Network – ConsumerTaxReports.org Warning to Companies

          ConsumerTaxReports.org/Tax Defense Network are one in the same company. Below you will find a background history on Tax Defense Network and how we at JG Tax Group have successfully stopped these two entities from what we believe to be libeling our company. Tax Defense Network has set up a website called www.consumertaxreports.org. This website claims to deliver “Real Reviews”, “Honest ... Read More »

            The Clusterf**k Continues – Amended Complaint Filed in Kevin Devoto Suit Against Lloyd Regner and The Debt Answer

            This just in. Sources tell me a copy of the amended complaint was just served against parties named. I originally covered the first version of this suit filed in my post Bear Hunt Excuse Used in Update to Most Bizarre Debt Industry Lawsuit. Let’s see what the latest version alleges. The entities named are Kevin Devoto and Nisco Enterprises v. ... Read More »

              FTC Bans Christopher Mallet and Eric Synstad for Life From Debt Relief Business

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              One Operator Allegedly Impersonated Federal Agencies; Settlements Ban Both from the Debt Relief Business The Federal Trade Commission halted two operations that deceived consumers who were looking for help dealing with their debts, including one firm that tricked people by impersonating federal government agencies. The two firms agreed to settlements with the FTC that ban them from the business of ... Read More »

                Macey, Aleman Face Illinois Disciplinary Charges for Misconduct From LHDR Activity. If Stands, Possible Death Blow for Attorney Loophole.

                Thanks to a tipster (send in your tips here) I was alerted to a recent action filed against Thomas Macey and Jeffrey Aleman by the Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission. You can find the full filing below. But to summarize, it appears that the charges are that Macey and Aleman, through Legal Helpers Debt Resolution, breached their of fiduciary ... Read More »

                  Debt Relief Firms and Owners Settle Big With FTC Over Performance Issues and Forensic Audits

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                  The operators of an allegedly deceptive mortgage modification business will pay more than $750,000 in ill-gotten gains to settle Federal Trade Commission charges. The settlements also permanently ban the 11 defendants from selling any mortgage assistance relief products. The FTC’s case against the four operators of the Debt Advocacy Center and another group of seven defendants that allegedly provided “forensic ... Read More »

                    CT Updates Their List of Debt Relief Companies in the Crosshairs

                    The Connecticut Department of Banking has just updated they page with new recently actions against debt relief companies. This crop includes United Processing Center, 1st American Debt Solutions, Legal Settlement Solutions, and The Consumer Law Group. United Processing Center WHEREAS, on April 27, 2012, the Notice was sent by certified mail, return receipt requested, to United Processing’s agent (Certified Mail ... Read More »

                      Tim Gibbons & National Employee Benefits Group – Again

                      A tipster (send in your tips here) has just sent me an interesting document on a company, National Employee Benefits Group. I wrote about National Employee Benefits Group and it’s managers and/or owners before in Debt Relief Companies of Tim Gibbons and Jennifer Yoffe Not What They Seem. In the comments to that article, Tim Gibbons went ballistic and claimed ... Read More »

                        Illinois Class Action Filed Against Freedom Debt Relief, Freedom Financial Network, Debtmerica, Global Client Solutions and Others

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                        A May, 2012 class action lawsuit filed by Theresa Driscoll and others has just been moved to Federal court. The case was filed against Freedom Debt Relief, Freedom Financial Network, Debtmerica, Global Client Solutions, Andrew Houser, and Bradford Stroh. The case claims the Defendants violated the Illinois Debt Settlement Consumer Protection Act {“IDSCPA”) and Illinois Consumer Fraud and Deceptive Business ... Read More »

                          Scott Law Group Updates Debt Settlement Companies They’ve Filed Against

                          The Scott Law Group is very active in suing debt settlement companies in the State of Washington. Their litigation page now lists 59 debt settlement companies or related entities in active litigation. – Source They have recently added the following companies to their active litigation page. Debt Pay Gateway, Inc. Debt Pay, Inc. Fidelity Debt Solutions, LLC Global Debt Management, ... Read More »

                            Lloyd Ward, Amanda Ward, and More Named in Washington Class Action Suit

                            Dallas attorney Lloyd Ward who was very involved in the debt settlement business was recently hit with a class action suit in the State of Washington. The suit was filed by The Scott Law Group against Lloyd Ward & Associates, Lloyd Ward PC, The Lloyd Ward Group, Lloyd Ward, Amanda Ward (his wife), Silverleaf Debt Solutions, and Michael Miles. The ... Read More »

                              CC Brown Law, Fidelity Debt Solutions and Others Hit by Connecticut Department of Banking

                              The Connecticut Department of Banking is one busy department. A new wave of administrative orders and settlements is out again with some new debt industry participants named. Some readers may recognize some of the names instantly. One that caught my eye was CC Brown Law, that came up in a comment and was alleged to be indirectly related to a ... Read More »

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