FTC Gets Ass Kicked on Appeal and Wins at Same Time

Back in 2012 the FTC lost a case it had brought against Corey Butcher, Brent Butcher, and Financial Freedom of America, Financial Freedom Processing. The case was one where the FTC said the performance statements made by the debt settlement companies were not accurate and could mislead consumers. In what seemed like a ruling from … Read more

Financial Freedom Processing, Debt Consultants of America and Debt Professionals of America Post Press Release on Victory

A reader just brought this press release to my attention. Federal Judge Rules in Favor of Financial Freedom Processing, Debt Consultants of America and Debt Professionals of America, Finding that the Federal Trade Commission Failed to Prove its Claims DALLAS, March 21, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ — In a stunning rebuff of the Federal Trade … Read more

FTC to Pursue Other Options in Debt Settlement Case Loss in Texas

Under the heading of “wow that was fast,” I’ve already received a response from the Federal Trade Commission to their recent loss in a Texas Federal Court in their case filed against Freedom Financial Processing, Debt Professionals of America, Debt Consultants of America, Robert Creel, Corey Butcher, and Nikki Creel. In that case, which you … Read more

Court Issues Unfavorable Decision to FTC in Debt Settlement Performance Claims Suit

A court in Texas a just issued an opinion that appears to fly in the face of the FTC Telemarketing sales rules claims about debt settlement program performance statements. On March 12, 2012, Judge David Godbey issued the following opinion in the case involving Freedom Financial Processing, Debt Professionals of America, Debt Consultants of America, … Read more

What Landed Financial Freedom of America, Debt Professionals of America, and Debt Consultants of America in Hot Water With the FTC

The suits filed recently by the FTC against Financial Freedom of America, Debt Professionals of America, and Debt Consultants of America surround a common thread and common practices of many debt relief providers. A wide swatch of debt settlement companies have been guilty of similar marketing practices that the FTC is strongly saying are deceptive, … Read more

FTC Charges Financial Freedom of America, Debt Professionals of America, and Debt Consultants of America with Making Unsubstantiated Claims that They Could Eliminate Consumers’ Debt

As part of its continuing crackdown on scams that target consumers in financial distress, the Federal Trade Commission has charged three debt relief operations with making unsubstantiated claims to lure consumers nationwide into paying thousands of dollars in up-front fees, but failing to reduce credit card debts as promised. According to the FTC’s two complaints, … Read more

Debt Settlement Companies Put Consumers in a Deep Debt Hole. “They Are a Ponzi Scheme.”

Peter Goodman from the New York Times had a piece published recently, excerpts below. It slayed the debt settlement industry as opportunists and harmful for consumers at large. Those that feel they offer a legitimate and fair debt settlement service are not going to like the long article much. But then again, the good guys … Read more

Debt Consultants of America, Debt Professionals of America, and Financial Freedom of America Review

This review became very unusual. Shortly after looking into Debt Consultants of America I discovered that Butcher and Creel also run at least two additional debt settlement companies in the same building. This review is a combination of information about Debt Consultants of America, Debt Professionals of America, and Financial Freedom of America. I find … Read more

Big News in the Debt Settlement World. Vermont Kicks Debt Settlement USA and Financial Freedom of America Ass.

In a move that could be a very interesting trend setter, the state of Vermont has forced two debt settlement companies to refund all fees paid by state residents. While Vermont is a small state and not a whole lot of residents worked with these two companies, it is an interesting approach by a state … Read more