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Oregon Bans Nation’s Largest Debt Settlement Firm

Oregon Attorney General John Kroger today announced an agreement with Credit Solutions of America (CSA) that cracks down on the Texas-based debt settlement company’s alleged practice of charging high upfront fees and encouraging consumers to quit paying their creditors. “CSA’s existing Oregon customers may be entitled to a partial refund if they are not satisfied … Read more

Transcript of Undercover Calls to Debt Settlement Companies by Government Investigators

Here is a copy of the undercover calls government investigators made in their examination of fraudulent and deceptive practices by debt settlement companies. TRANSCRIPT OF UNDERCOVER GAO CALLS TO DEBT SETTLEMENT COMPANIES Telling consumers to stop paying their creditors. (Industry trade groups say their members do not do this.): Clip 1: Call from GAO to … Read more

Regulation of Debt Settlement Companies Looming

This is a guest post by Kenneth Long, President of Fiscal Progress. If you would like to submit a guest post for publication, just send me an email to guestpost@getoutofdebt.org. Steve On September 25, 2008 the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) held a public workshop to explore the for-profit debt settlement industry. Panelists representing debt settlement … Read more

Maine AG Queues Up and Sues Credit Solutions of America.

Attorney General Janet Mills announced today that she has filed suit against Credit Solutions of America, Inc. (CSA) and its president, Douglas Van Arsdale, for unfair and deceptive practices in the marketing and provision of debt settlement services to hundreds of Maine consumers. This lawsuit follows an investigation conducted by staff in the Attorney General’s … Read more

Credit Solutions of America and American Debt Arbitration, Debt Settlement Companies, Are Sued by State of Florida

Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum today announced his office has filed two lawsuits on behalf of Florida consumers against five debt settlement-related companies. According to the Attorney General’s lawsuits, the businesses promised consumers they could pay off their debts for a fraction of the amount owed, but instead collected large up-front fees and left customers … Read more

Attorney General Cracks Down on Abusive Debt Settlement Industry

Illionois Attorney General Lisa Madigan took further action to reform an abusive debt settlement industry that wreaks havoc on financially strapped consumers who are increasingly desperate to manage their rising debts in these difficult economic times. Madigan proposed legislation to prohibit debt settlement firms from engaging in unfair practices that harm consumers including charging upfront … Read more

Illinois Attorney General Cracks Down on Debt Settlement Industry

Attorney General Lisa Madigan today took further action to reform an abusive debt settlement industry that wreaks havoc on financially strapped consumers who are increasingly desperate to manage their rising debts in these difficult economic times. Madigan proposed legislation to prohibit debt settlement firms from engaging in unfair practices that harm consumers including charging upfront … Read more

Debt Settlement Companies and Associations Hiring Washington Lobbyists to Persuade Congress

An article in The Hill talks about how the Debt Settlement industry is now hiring lobbyists to meet with members of Congress in order to make their case to continue to exist. Many states and the Federal Trade Commission have reloaded their regulatory shotguns and taken aim at rogue debt settlement companies in the past … Read more

Credit Counseling, Credit Repair, Debt Settlement and Other Scams Are Target of FTC Sweep

The Federal Trade Commission recently annound operation Short Change, an effort to help curb abuses of consumers by groups claiming to offer help. Here is a summary of the companies targeted under Operation Short Change. California Mezey & Associates, Inc., Campos Chartered Law Firm, The Consumer Protection Law Center dba Consumer Law Center, LLC Desist … Read more

Debt Settlement Companies May Not Be Paid For Services Not Yet Delivered Says MO AG

Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster has filed suit against a company that advertised to consumers it could get people out of credit-card debt and lower their monthly payments, but did not deliver the services it promised. Koster said the company, Credit Solutions of America in Richardson, Texas, marketed to Missourians that it could reduce their … Read more

New York Attorney General Sues Two Debt Settlement Firms for Deceiving and Harming Consumers

Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo today announced a new development in his nationwide investigation into the debt settlement industry, filing suit against two debt settlement companies for fraudulent business practices and false advertising. Cuomo filed suit against CSA-Credit Solutions of America, Inc. (“CSA”), based in Richardson, Texas, which is one of the largest debt settlement … Read more