Consumer Law Group Sued by Florida Attorney General as a Debt Settlement Loopholer

A tipster (send in your tips here) just sent me a copy of a recent case filed by the Attorney General of Florida against Consumer Law Group, Michael Metzner, David Ran Barnea, Ran Barnea, and Daniel Post. This seems to be an excellent case of the advanced fee debt settlement legal model, unraveling. It was … Read more

North Carolina Calls Consumer Law Group Bogus in Settlement Announcement

It appears an issue with North Carolina and Consumer Law Group finally came to an end. You can read past stories about Consumer Law Group here. What was most interesting about the Consumer Law Group action North Carolina took was the definition of what true attorney representation was in a debt settlement program. Not only … Read more

The Consumer Law Group, American Credit Counselors and Michael Metzner Sued in Georgia

A reader brought to my attention a class action suit filed in Georgia and now moved to Federal Court. The case is Guzman v. The Consumer Law Group, American Credit Counselors, and Michael Metzner. The complaint is another in a series of complaints we’ve seen where a debt relief company is accused of violating the … Read more

State of North Carolina vs. Consumer Law Group. My Morning in the Courtroom.

This morning I had a rare opportunity to go down to the court house and watch a motion argued in the case State of NC vs. Consumer Law Group and Michael Metzner. It was a motion to dismiss and attorney Richard Epstein from Greenspoon Marder flew in from Florida to represent Consumer Law Group. In … Read more

Consumer Law Group Says the Florida Attorney General Needs to Back Off Investigating Them

The Consumer Law Group, American Debt Negotiators, Michael Metzner, Ran Barnea, and Daniel Post have filed suit against the Florida Attorney General. The Consumer Law group and others engage in debt relief services. I’ve written about Consumer Law Group before. This legal model debt settlement firm has been in the news after the BBB warned … Read more

NC AG Not Laughing at Attorney Model Debt Settlement

Recently the office of Attorney General Roy Cooper went after Consumer Law Group, Michael Metzner, American Debt Negotiators, Ran David Barnea, and Daniel Post in a suit against them for debt settlement services. I happen to have a copy of the complaint from the case and I wanted to run through it to point out … Read more

Consumer Law Group Bails Out of North Carolina After Attorney Model Fails

WRAL television in Raleigh, NC is reporting Consumer Law Group of Florida, who was recently sued by the NC Attorney General, has agreed to pull out of North Carolina. Under North Carolina law, it’s illegal to charge an upfront fee to help negotiate debts, also called debt adjusting or debt settlement. Some companies promising debt … Read more

Consumer Law Group Slammed By North Carolina. Fees, Not Help.

The Consumer Law Group should be barred from illegally collecting money to settle debts and made to pay refunds to more than 3,000 North Carolinians, according to a lawsuit filed by Attorney General Roy Cooper. “Taking advantage of consumers who are trying to pay off their bills is wrong, and it’s also against the law,” … Read more

BBB Warns Consumers About The Consumer Law Group Debt Settlement Services

According to an article out of St. Louis today the St. Louis BBB has issued a warning telling consumers not to do business with the Florida based Consumer Law Group. According to the BBB, a Hazelwood nurse paid the company an upfront fee of $1,500 in April 2009. She got nothing in return, remains behind … Read more

I’m Enrolled with The Consumer Law Group and Can’t Afford My Medication. – Dauna

Dauna “Dear Steve, I am 62, on disability and enrolled with Consumer Law Group last July. Because of my declining health, I need the funds which currenty go to the Consumer Law Group, for medication. My question is, if I discontinue these payments, will my retirement pension, which I receive in addition to social security, … Read more