Is TASC the New Sheriff in Debt Settlement?

Recently Dave Leuthold, the executive director of TASC, and I have been communicating about the news that TASC has come out, be it a bit begrudgingly, in support of the new Federal Trade Commission telemarketing sales rules (TSR) that regulate the debt relief and debt settlement industry and protect consumers. The full rules going into … Read more

Debt Settlement Companies Caught Violating New FTC Rules Better Prepare to Pay Really Big Fines

To be honest I really had not thought about how much the fines per violation were going to be for companies that were found to be not in compliance with the new Federal Trade Commission telemarketing sales rules covering debt relief organizations. I mean how much could they really be? Well, thanks to the FTC … Read more

Are Global Client Solutions and NoteWorld Going to Start Dropping Debt Settlement Companies?

As I write this article there are only 40 days till the first part of the new Federal Trade Commission telemarketing sales rules (FTC TSR) kick in on September 27, 2010 regarding truth in advertising and good faith estimates. With all of the debt settlement entities that third-party escrow companies Global Client Solutions and NoteWorld … Read more

FTC Testifies About Ongoing Efforts to Protect Consumers from Deceptive Debt Relief Scams

The Federal Trade Commission today told the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation that the FTC has made it a top priority to protect financially distressed American consumers from deceptive debt relief schemes. With Americans continuing to feel the effects of the economic downturn, the FTC has stepped up efforts to stop fraudulent … Read more

The Debt Settlement Good Faith Estimate Guide for the Confused Consumer

SourceAs of September 27, 2010, debt settlement and debt relief companies are going to have to provide data to consumers when enrolling new clients or when promoting results. These facts are are part of the “Good Faith Estimate” and will help consumers to select the company they wish to work with. The Federal Trade Commission … Read more

Mike Croxson from CareOne and I Talk About The New FTC Rules, Attorney Model Debt Settlement and the Lack of Clarity in Credit Counseling

Mike Croxson, the president of CareOne, a provider of debt settlement and debt management plans, and I chat about current events in the debt relief world. Some of the issues Mike and I talk about: Where are the loopholes from the Federal Trade Commission telemarketing sales rules. What is the endgame to chasing loopholes. The … Read more

New Debt Settlement Rules – Get Out of Debt Radio Show

This week Damon Day and I talk about the new debt settlement rules that were announced by the Federal Trade Commission, the need for them, the impact on debt settlement companies, why some debt settlement companies will fail and others thrive, and more about the attorney model of debt settlement that is being promoted as … Read more

Morgan Drexen Not Telling The Whole Story on Fees? The Most Bizarre PR Encounter I’ve Ever Had.

What began as a simple story about a Morgan Drexen press release last week has turned into so much more. Last Friday I wrote “Is Debt Settlement Company Morgan Drexen a Flip-Flopper?” where I talked about their seemingly sudden switch from opposing the Federal Trade Commission effort to roll out new rules that regulate debt … Read more

Is Debt Settlement Company Morgan Drexen a Flip-Flopper?

Thanks to a great tipster (send in your tips here) I learned today that Morgan Drexen sent out a press release that was unbelievable. Debt settlement company Morgan Drexen was against nearly everything the FTC was working on in the proposed telemarketing sales rules. Even the Federal trade Commission says so in their final document. … Read more

Howard Dvorkin, Consolidated Credit Counseling Services on New Debt Settlement Rules

This morning Howard Dvorkin, the president of Consolidated Credit Counseling Services, a Florida based credit counseling non-profit company, and I talked about the new debt settlement rules and other things. Here are some of the topics we chatted about. Attorneys getting into debt settlement right now. Credit Advocates, a Florida debt settlement company, regarding this … Read more

USOBA Responds to New FTC Rules. What the Hell is Wrong With USOBA?

Yesterday I wrote about a statement that The Association of Settlement Companies (USOBA) made about the new consumer protection rules passed by the Federal Trade Commission covering debt settlement companies. Now today the other trade association, United States Organizations for Bankruptcy Alternatives sends out their press release on the new rules. First off, I was … Read more

CONSUMER ALERT – Do Not Enroll in Any Debt Settlement Program Before October 27, 2010 That Charges a Fee Before Debt is Settled

The new Federal Trade Commission rules have now been released that will regulate how fees can be charged in debt settlement programs. Any consumer that is thinking of enrolling in any debt settlement program before the new rules take effect on October 27, 2010 needs to be aware, after that date a debt settlement company … Read more

My Review of the New FTC 16 CFR Part 310 Telemarketing Sales Rule for Debt Relief Services

I’m just now getting an opportunity to sit down with the entire 229 page FTC document and go through it. Overall the FTC appears to have placed little to no weight or credence on the testimony or supplied facts of the debt settlements trade associations of The Association of Settlement Companies (TASC) and the United … Read more

It’s a Game Changer – Initial Review of New Rules for Debt Relief Services, Advertisers, Marketers, and Providers

This assessment of the new debt relief industry rules from the Federal Trade Commission comes from my friends at the Venable law firm and is worth reading for their assessment. FTC Issues Final Rules for Debt Relief Services: Landmark Changes for Service Providers, Advertisers and Marketers of Debt Relief Services On July 29, 2010 at … Read more