Massachusetts One Step Closer to Regulating Debt Settlement

Collections & Credit Risk is reporting the State of Massachusetts is a step closer to regulate for-profit debt settlement companies operating in the state. Debt settlement companies would have to disclose their fees and create a budget analysis before enrolling consumers. “The longer Massachusetts waits, choosing not to oversee this industry, the more consumers will … Read more

USDR Comes Out to Publicly Support 15% Success Fee Cap for Debt Settlement in California

Here is a copy of testimony that was presented in California today to support a debt settlement fee cap at 15% of savings. 20 April 2011 The Honorable Ellen Corbett
Senate JUDICIARY COMMITTEE 
 State Capitol, Room 2187 
Sacramento, CA 95814  RE: SB 708 (Corbett) – Support Dear Senator Ellen Corbett: On behalf of U.S. Debt … Read more

Debt Settlement Does Not Need to Be Closed Down. It Needs to Be Cleaned Up. – Podcast

I had a very interesting conversation with a debt settlement insider that mentioned how many debt settlement companies he talks to that hate me for what I write. Yea, I’m not losing sleep over that. I made the following podcast of this article so you could enjoy it with background music. Debt Settlement Does Not … Read more

New Indiana Law Goes Into Effect July 1, 2010 and Impacts Debt Settlement

It’s really not all that tough to comply but debt settlement and other credit repair and debt relief companies will need to register and obtain the bond before doing business in Indiana. Here is a link to the latest version of the law so helpfully provided by Pamela Fratini, Esq. in her letter to me. … Read more

The Easiest and Most Obvious Way to Fix the Debt Settlement Industry and Prevent Regulation

With all the pushing and pulling from the debt settlement industry, TASC, and USOBA over their enthusiastic laments about the debt settlement industry does not need regulation or advance fee bans, one critical point is lost on all, this is an absolutely easy problem to fix. The Current Problem: Consumers languish for years in debt … Read more

Text of HR 5387 Version of Debt Settlement Consumer Protection Act of 2010

Here is the text of HR 5387 that was proposed in the House of Representatives. HR 5387 IH 111th CONGRESS 2d Session H. R. 5387 To amend the Consumer Credit Protection Act to provide for regulation of debt settlement services, and for other purposes. IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES May 25, 2010 Mr. GUTIERREZ (for … Read more

HR 5387 Introduced to Regulate Debt Settlement Services

I don’t have the text of the bill yet but HR 5387 was referred to the House Committee on Financial Services on May 25, 2010. The bill amends the Consumer Credit Protection Act to provide for regulation of debt settlement services. The sponsor of the bill is Rep. Luis Guiterrez, IV of IL and cosponsors … Read more

Morning After: Debt Settlement Industry Celebrating. “Game On”

It’s May 21, 2010 and in a move that only seems to amplify the arrogance of the party makers in the debt settlement industry, that appear to be no more than profiteers charging consumers tens of thousands of dollars for debt settlement service that are questionably effective and dubiously successful, it’s back to business as … Read more

Debt Settlement Consumer Protection Act Labeled Anti-Consumer By TASC

May 14, 2009 Here is an recent email that was sent to me at click here that is reported to be sent out by The Association of Settlement Companies to members to try to defeat the Debt Settlement Consumer Protection Act. Three things struck me. To label the bill as anti-consumer is not helpful. There … Read more

Senator Rockefeller Warns Attorneys’ General About Debt Settlement Industry in Email

Here is a copy of an email that was sent to Attorney’s General to support continued efforts to rein in debt settlement. Dear Mr. Attorney General: As Chairman of the United States Senate Committee that oversees consumer protection, I have been very concerned by the growth of consumer financial scams during the recent economic downturn. … Read more

AARP Urges Illinois Governor to Sign the Debt Settlement Consumer Protection Act

HB 4781 Would Give Consumers the Strongest Protections in the Nation against Fraudulent Debt Settlement Agencies SPRINGFIELD, Ill., May 7 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Burdened with piling debt in a down economy, thousands of Illinois consumers contact debt settlement agencies in search of help – only to find huge fees, deceptive business practices, and often times no … Read more

Illinois Senate & House Pass Aggressive Debt Settlement Consumer Protection Legislation With Strong Bipartisan Support

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan today applauded the General Assembly for passing the Debt Settlement Consumer Protection Act, HB4781, which has now passed both houses. This legislation is crafted to prohibit debt settlement firms from engaging in unfair and abusive practices aimed at bilking financially strapped consumers. The Senate today passed the bill with a … Read more

AARP Gets Tough With Debt Settlement Companies

Burdened with debt, millions of consumers contact debt settlement agencies in search of help – only to find out that what looked like the light at the end of the tunnel turned into a nightmare because of huge fees and deceptive business practices. As bills keep piling on the kitchen tables of a growing number … Read more

Rules for Debt Settlement Companies Would Help Protect Consumers

An editorial out of Michigan does a good job of summing up the grassroots feelings of educated consumer activists regarding needed debt settlement regulations. Here is the editorial: Pay off your debts for just pennies on the dollar! One phone call can save you from years of financial misery! Sales pitches like these might sound … Read more