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CFPB Called Upon to Toughen Payday Loan Standards

By K&S on January 29th, 2015 | No Comments

Posted in: Debt Collection Methods, Debt Collectors
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In a recent opinion piece for the New York Times, Executive Vice President and Director of Federal Policy at the Center for Responsible Lending, Gary Kalman, calls upon the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) to crack down on standards for payday loans – standards that currently cause more problems for low-income consumers than they resolve….

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Stopping “Robocalls” to Your Cellphone

By K&S on January 19th, 2015 | No Comments

Posted in: TCPA, Telephone Consumer Protection Act
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Are you being harassed by robocalls? You may be entitled to as much as $500 to $1,500 per call. In a recent appearance on Eye Opener (PHL17), our own Craig T. Kimmel took a moment to discuss robocalls, how they affect consumers, and what consumers can do when they’re being abused or harassed by these…

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Study Suggests Quantum Physics Can Eliminate Credit Card Fraud

Quantum physics may make future credit cards “impossible to hack,” say the authors of a recent study. As we all know, credit cards in their current state are prone to exploitation. This can cause major headaches for consumers hoping to keep their identities and credit lines out of the hands of cyber crooks. The credit…

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Phantom Debt Collectors Haunt Latinos, Are Busted by FTC

Harassing debt collectors seeking payment for “phantom debt” are becoming more common, says the FTC. Thousands of Spanish-speaking consumers were targeted by debt collectors Centro Natural Corp. and Sumore LLC, who tricked them into paying over $2 million in phantom debts. A “phantom debt” is any claim for payment which is too old to collect,…

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ABC News Reports Fake Debt Collectors Threaten Victims with Jail Time

Earlier today, ABC News reported that phony debt collectors are calling thousands of innocent people across the country, illegally threatening them with jail time and other legal action. If you follow the Credit Law Blog, you’re probably already aware that this is a direct violation of the FDCPA (Fair Debt Collection Practices Act). The FDCPA…

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Iowa Man’s Overdue Debt Tripled by Debt Collector

Vietnam War veteran Dana Franks of Iowa is under pressure from an Omaha, Nebraska-based debt collection firm to pay over $15,000 for a $5,000 credit card debt from 2006. The debt stems from a Capital One credit card Franks used after the passing of his wife eight years ago. While Franks would like to settle…

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Second Circuit Reverses Ruling in TCPA ‘Express Prior Consent’ Case

When Albert Nigro contacted National Grid to end electrical service to his deceased mother-in-law’s New York home, he never expected to be bombarded with automated collection calls for someone else’s debt. So how does a man wind up in the sights of a debt collector’s auto-dialer for a bill that isn’t his own? During his…

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Fake Debt Collector Scams Thousands, Pleads Guilty

Dealing with an endless barrage of debt collection calls is one thing, but when a debt collector demands that you pay a debt, threatening legal action even though you don’t recall owing any debt to begin with? That’s something else entirely. Unfortunately, this was the reality for nearly 600,000 Americans when Kirit Patel’s company, Broadway…

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Pressler & Pressler Hit with Class Action

In a recent article published by NJ Law Journal, it was reported that a putative class action has been filed against the largest collections firm in New Jersey, Pressler & Pressler. This news comes in the wake of a recent ruling that determined “four-seconds” is not enough time to be considered “meaningful attorney review” under…

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Obama Admin Seeks to Expand MLA, Reduce Predatory Lending

The Obama Administration and the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) are aiming to curtail predatory lending practices by expanding the protections offered to active service members and their families. These actions are intended to broaden the Military Lending Act (MLA), crushing loopholes in current statutes by allowing it to cover all forms of payday, refund…

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