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Wall Street Wants a Take-down of Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

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The sweeping financial reforms instituted by the previous White House administration face serious threats as Wall Street and the politicians backed by them set their sights on the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. The creation of the CFPB in 2010 is intended to serve as a watchdog over large banks and corporations that threaten consumer… Read More »

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Student Loan Debt Lawsuits Lucrative for Collection Firms

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Student loan debt collections are big business for a number of collections agencies, which often bank on little resistance from defendant debtors. Default judgments can be obtained when debtors decide it’s not worth hiring an attorney and confronting the allegations in court. But as our student loan debt defense attorneys in Miami know, many… Read More »

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Report: Wells Fargo Illegally Repossessed Hundreds of Military Members’ Cars

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The Department of Justice is reporting an additional multi-million dollar fine against banking giant Wells Fargo for the illegal seizure of motor vehicles from active military service members. Federal law mandates that any bank seeking to repossess the vehicle of an active duty service member must first get a court order. Wells Fargo didn’t… Read More »

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FCC: Robocalls are No. 1 Consumer Complaint in U.S.

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The Federal Communication Commission reports U.S. consumers are on the receiving end of approximately 2.4 billion robocalls every month (as of last year). That’s an increase from the average 1.5 billion roboscam calls that were made monthly in 2015. So it’s unsurprising that robocalls are the No. 1 consumer complaint. These were driven in… Read More »

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Consumers Fight Back Against Robocallers

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Phone scams are on the rise, with the U.S. Department of Justice reporting new investigations almost weekly. Some call and pose as debt collections agencies, seeking repayment of non-existent deaths. Others pose as charity workers. These individuals can be hard to spot – and extremely difficult to catch. The DOJ made major headlines last… Read More »

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Student Loan Lawsuits Can Fail on Several Grounds

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Tens of thousands of student loan lawsuits are filed every year by creditors who allege default on collectively billions of dollars in private student loan debt. Although we are teetering on the edge of a student loan debt crisis, the reality is many of these lawsuits are riddled with factual and legal errors. Some… Read More »

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Banks May Soon Be Able to Block Consumer Protection Lawsuits

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A rule created by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to shield consumer rights in the form of class action lawsuits against financial institutions has been voted against by the U.S. Senate – with Vice President Mike Pence casting the tie-breaking ballot. In a White House Press release, it was argued the majority (half plus… Read More »

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Pro Se Litigants at a Disadvantage in Miami Foreclosure, Debt Defense

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There are many arguments for why one should never represent themselves in court – even if he or she is a licensed attorney. It’s referred to as “pro se” litigation, and it’s a legal term that means “on one’s behalf.” It’s generally not required for civil litigants (or even criminal defendants) to hire an… Read More »

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Equifax Hack Doesn’t Dampen GOP Zeal to Deregulate Credit Agencies

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Equifax, one of the three major credit reporting agencies, is responsible to collect detailed data from American consumers, including driver’s license numbers, Social Security numbers and more. Earlier this month, a massive data breach was revealed that may impact as many as 143 million Americans. As many as 209,000 people have had their credit… Read More »

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U.S. Sues Deutsche Bank for Subprime Trading

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Ten years after the financial crisis that leveled the U.S. housing market, the federal government is taking civil action against the previous head of subprime trading at Deutsche Bank. The complaint accuses the former bank executive Paul Mangione of tricking investors, leading them to believe some $1 billion in securitizations were sound, when in… Read More »

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