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CFPB Pursues Georgia Firm for “Cookie-Cutter” Debt Collection Lawsuits

Imagine having paid-off a debt only to receive a legal notice years down the line insisting you owe more money. That’s what happened to Eduardo Austin of Atlanta, GA, who paid off a $2,400 credit card bill only to discover that Frederick J. Hanna & Associates – a law firm based out of Marietta, Georgia…

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1 800 NOT FAIR FDCPA Attorney Featured in NBC Nashville Story on National Credit Adjustors

Receiving threatening collection calls from National Credit Adjustors? You are not alone and there is help to stop collection calls. FDCPA Attorney Amy Bennecoff was featured in an NBC Nashville investigation into National Credit Adjustors. The story highlights victims of threatening collection calls from National Credit Adjustors. If you receive threatening collection calls, you have…

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Debt Collectors Settle with FTC for $3.3 million, Permanent Ban from Collecting

The Federal Trade Commission Thursday announced a settlement in a long-running case against two debt collection agency owners and their network of companies that threatened lawsuit and arrest over debts consumers often did not owe. The two principal owners of Rincon Debt Management, Jason R. Begley and Wayne W. Lunsford, will surrender more than $3.3…

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The Government Is Looking for Consumer Input To Tighten Debt Collection Law

The following article is written by Michelle Singletary of the Washington Post. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is looking for your input in making debt collection laws even tougher.  If you would like to share your input or suggestions, visit www.regulations.gov. WASHINGTON — If you owe a debt, you should make every effort to pay it….

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Class Action Suit Filed Against Victoria’s Secret Debt Collector For Violations of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act

Lawsuit alleges Allied Interstate charged hidden fees after settlement offers have been accepted Third party debt collector Allied Interstate of Columbus, Ohio, allegedly failed to inform credit-card holders who defaulted on payments and then accepted settlement offers, that interest on the debt would continue to accrue, according to the suit, Luna v. Allied Interstate filed…

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FDCPA Applies to Text Messages and Phone Calls

The Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) has a number of complex stipulations that prohibit debt collectors from utilizing practices deemed as harassing. Although some laws within the act can be pretty straightforward, other policies are more complex. For years, reputable debt agencies have understood that certain phone calling activities are illegal. For example, calling…

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Glendale-Based Debt Collector Fined $1M for Violating the FDCPA

By K&S on September 26th, 2013 | No Comments

Posted in: Debt Collectors, Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, FDCPA
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A Glendale, California-based debt collector will pay $1 million dollars to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that the defendants violated federal law. This is the first FTC action against a debt collector who used text messaging to attempt to collect debts in an unlawful manner. The FTC, the nation’s consumer protection agency, alleged that Archie…

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West Philly Resident Takes Debt Collectors to Court

A resident of West Philadelphia is alleging that a debt collector has engaged in unlawful practices. Kimmel & Silverman, P.C. has filed a complaint against national debt collection company Virtuoso Sourcing, Inc., on behalf of Crystal Monroe. The lawsuit was filed on May 21 in United States District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania. The complaint…

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No Fooling: April is National Financial Literacy Month

By K&S on April 16th, 2013 | No Comments

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Making sound financial decisions starts with knowing your rights as a consumer Consumer advocates are hoping this month that April showers also bring May financial flowers for their clients, using National Financial Literacy Month as a springboard to get people to know their consumer rights to avoid being taken advantage of. According to www.financialliteracymonth.com, Americans…

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Mississippi-Based Security Credit Services LLC Ordered to Stop Deceiving Consumers Through Debt Collection Scandal

After allegedly misleading consumers into paying unnecessary fees and falsely threatening consumers with lawsuits, defendants in a debt collection operation have agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges. The FTC alleged in its complaint that the defendants – a debt buyer and a debt collection law firm, both based in Mississippi – violated the FTC…

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