Last Friday, as expected, the FTC announced the launch of a coordinated federal-state law enforcement initiative targeting deceptive student loan debt relief companies.  According to the FTC, 11 states and the District of Columbia are participating in the initiative, which is being called “Operation Game of Loans.”  The participating states are Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Kansas,

A recent flurry of FTC enforcement activity targeting companies offering student loan debt relief services suggests such companies could be the subject of the announcement scheduled for tomorrow “of a major coordinated consumer fraud enforcement initiative” between the FTC and state attorneys general.

The announcement was originally scheduled to be made on October 11 at

Last week, the CFPB published a blog post with tips for consumers facing a cash flow emergency.

We were glad to see that the blog post included a warning to consumers about debt relief or settlement companies.  The CFPB advised consumers to beware of for-profit debt relief or settlement companies that promise to pay off

The CFPB has filed a complaint in a California federal district court against three law firms and two individual attorneys alleging that they offered debt relief services to consumers in violation of the Telemarketing Sales Rule (TSR) and the Consumer Financial Protection Act (CFPA).

The CFPB’s complaint alleges that in offering debt relief services, the

The CFPB announced the filing of a proposed stipulated final judgment and order in its December 2014 lawsuit against Student Loan Processing.US (a fictitious business name of Irvine Web Works, Inc.) and its individual owner.  Filed in a California federal district court, the CFPB’s lawsuit alleged that the defendants violated the Telemarketing Sales Rule (TSR)

A Florida federal district court has entered a preliminary injunction against several companies and an individual who were named as defendants in a complaint filed by the CFPB in August 2015 charging them with violations of the Consumer Financial Protection Act (CFPA) and Telemarketing Sales Rule (TSR).

The complaint alleges that the defendants operated debt

On December 11, the CFPB announced lawsuits against two student loan debt relief companies alleged to have deceived borrowers into paying upfront fees for federal student loan repayment benefits that are available for free.

The action against College Education Services LLC and its individual owners, which was filed jointly by the CFPB and the Florida

The latest chapter in the CFPB’s “comprehensive effort to address consumer harm and to root out unlawful practices across the debt settlement industry” is a settlement announced yesterday with Global Client Solutions, “a leading debt-settlement payment processor,” its CEO, and the chairman of its parent company’s board of directors.  In its complaint filed in a

Although we thought an announcement that the CFPB had begun taking complaints about new products would be made at its field hearing on consumer complaints last week, that announcement was made today.  The CFPB announced that it is now taking complaints from consumers about prepaid cards, such as gift cards, benefit cards, and general purpose