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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 »

    Connecticut Goes After an August Crop of Debt Relief Providers, Including Lawyers

    I’ve said if before but the one state debt relief providers don’t want to mess with is Connecticut. Their Department of Banking is probably the leading department in the entire country for going after debt relief providers. I think what is obvious from this recent class of Connecticut students is that simply being a lawyer does not give you a ... Read More »

      Lloyd Ward Accused of of Gross Legal Malpractice by The Debt Answer and ABC Debt Relief: Update to Most Bizarre Debt Relief Suit of the Year

      Not that long ago I published a story about the most bizarre debt relief lawsuit of the year where Lloyd Regner and The Debt Answer, among others, were suing his ex-partner Kevin Devoto and Dallas attorney Lloyd Ward. A tipster (send in your tips here) sent in a copy of a newly filed amended complaint in the matter. Much of ... Read More »

        State Law Group Appears in the Connecticut Time Out Corner

        New update from Connecticut today on another debt relief company. State Law Group is a purported California professional law corporation with offices, at various times, at 1740 E. Garry Avenue, Suite 221, Santa Ana, California; 4533 MacArthur Boulevard, Suite 1000, Newport Beach, California; 4533 MacArthur Boulevard, Suite 537, Newport Beach, California; and 1720 E. Garry Avenue, Suite 111, Santa Ana, ... Read More »

          Persels & Associates Appears to Discover Millions of Dollars. CareOne Facing Bankruptcy?

          Back in September, 2011 a class action lawsuit in Florida resulted in a very disappointing settlement for consumers. Basically consumers received no compensation and lost their rights, (here). People complained about the proposed and final settlement but to no avail. In the Florida case Neil Ruther from Persels & Associates said they could not fund a big settlement. “In order ... Read More »

            CT Fidelity Debt Solutions Ass Kicking for June, 2012

            Man oh man. If you are a debt relief provider, Connecticut is not one state you want to play around with. Each month we get a new crop of debt relief companies that have run afoul of state regulations. Here is the graduating class for June 2012. Fortunately for debt relief providers there is only one new name to add ... Read More »

              Lloyd Ward Sued for Malpractice. It Just Keeps Getting Worse and Worse for the Guy.

              Texas debt settlement attorney Lloyd Ward seems to take blow after blow after blow. I’m not even sure how many active lawsuits he’s involved with at the moment. He’s got at least two class action suits open, a suit filed against him by the State Bar of Texas, his suit against the BBB, a judgment or two against him, some ... Read More »

                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. Get Out of Debt Guy – Twitter, G+, Facebook Need More Help? Debt Relief Servicing WHEREAS, the Notice alleges ... 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 – Warning to Companies

               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 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

                            Ready to Collapse

                            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 »

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