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CFPB and States Take Action Against Freedom Stores for Illegal Debt Collection Practices Against Servicemembers

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and the Attorneys General of North Carolina and Virginia took action today to protect military servicemembers from illegal debt collection practices. The CFPB alleges that Freedom Stores, Inc., Freedom Acceptance Corporation, and Military Credit Services LLC used illegal tactics to collect debts, including filing illegal lawsuits, debiting consumers’ accounts without authorization, and contacting servicemembers’ commanding officers. The CFPB and the states filed a consent order in federal court to require the three companies and their owners and chief officers, John Melley and Leonard Melley, Jr. to provide over $2.5 million in consumer redress and to pay a $100,000 civil penalty.


CFPB Sues Texas Company for Sham Credit Card

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is suing a Texas-based company, Union Workers Credit Services, for deceiving consumers into paying fees to sign up for a sham credit card. The Bureau alleges that the company falsely advertises a general-use credit card that, in actuality, can only be used to buy products […]

Prepared Remarks of CFPB Director Richard Cordray at the Sprint Enforcement Press Call

By Richard Cordray

Thank you for joining us on this call. Today we are announcing that we are suing Sprint, the wireless carrier, for illegally cramming consumers’ bills with unauthorized third-party charges. Sprint’s flawed billing system allowed unscrupulous merchants to add unauthorized charges to wireless bills, and consumers ended up paying tens of millions of dollars in such […]

CFPB Sues Sprint for Cramming Consumers with Unauthorized Third-Party Charges

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau filed a lawsuit against Sprint Corporation for illegally billing wireless consumers tens of millions of dollars in unauthorized third-party charges. The Bureau’s complaint alleges that Sprint operated a billing system that allowed third parties to “cram” unauthorized charges on customers’ mobile-phone accounts and ignored complaints about the charges. The CFPB seeks refunds for affected consumers and penalties to deter unauthorized third-party charges in the future.


CFPB Report Finds Continued Decline in College Credit Card Agreements

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) released its annual report on college credit card agreements, which shows a nearly 70 percent decline in the number of agreements since Congress passed new disclosure requirements in 2009. These findings highlight the trend of marketing partnerships between colleges and financial institutions shifting from credit cards toward other products such as debit and prepaid cards, which generally have fewer sunshine protections. The report also found that most colleges with credit card agreements do not make those agreements readily accessible to students and families.


Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Announces Project Catalyst Research Pilot On Consumer Saving

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced a Project Catalyst research pilot to analyze the effectiveness of certain practices designed to encourage positive saving habits. The research will focus on saving behavior among low- and moderate-income prepaid card users who often do not have access to traditional savings accounts and who may face unique challenges building regular saving habits.


CFPB Takes Action to End Student “Debt Relief” Scams

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) took action to put an end to two student “debt relief” scams that illegally tricked borrowers into paying upfront fees for federal loan benefits. The CFPB, in a joint filing with Florida’s Attorney General, shut down student debt relief company College Education Services and separately filed a lawsuit against Student Loan Processing.US for illegally marketing student debt relief services. The Bureau is issuing a consumer advisory today warning student loan borrowers to be wary of paying high fees for free federal loan benefits.

CFPB Spotlights Concerns with Medical Debt Collection and Reporting

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) released a report that found medical debt has a significant impact on consumer credit, as 43 million Americans have overdue medical debt on their credit reports. The CFPB is concerned that the systems for incurring, collecting, and reporting medical debt can create difficult challenges for consumers. To better address these challenges, the CFPB is announcing that the major consumer reporting agencies will be required to provide regular accuracy reports to the Bureau on how disputes from consumers are being handled.

Prepared Remarks of CFPB Director Richard Cordray at the Medical Debt Collection Hearing

By Richard Cordray

Today the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has come here to talk about debt collection and credit reporting, both in general and more specifically as they relate to medical debt. Collection of consumer debts serves an important role in the proper functioning of consumer credit markets. Obviously if lenders and other providers cannot get paid what they are owed, they cannot provide the kinds of products and services that consumers need to improve their lives.


Prepared Remarks of CFPB Director Richard Cordray at the Columbus Metropolitan Library

By Richard Cordray

Thank you for joining us. Let me first thank my good friend Patrick Losinski for the kind introduction. Today we are here to highlight the partnerships that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (known as the CFPB for short) is building with libraries around the country to promote accessible financial education information for consumers. We are […]


CFPB Takes Action Against Debt-Settlement Firm

Today the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced that it has asked a federal district court to enter a consent order requiring Premier Consulting Group LLC to pay a fine of $69,075 for charging consumers illegal up-front fees for debt settlement services they never received, and to take other steps to prevent future legal violations


CFPB Proposes Expanded Foreclosure Protections

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) proposed additional measures to ensure that homeowners and struggling borrowers are treated fairly by mortgage servicers. The proposal would require servicers to provide certain borrowers with foreclosure protections more than once over the life of the loan, to put in place additional servicing transfer protections, and to take steps to protect borrowers from a wrongful foreclosure sale. The proposal would also help ensure that surviving family members and others who inherit or receive property have the same protections under the CFPB’s mortgage servicing rules as the original borrower.

Prepared Remarks of CFPB Director Richard Cordray at The Clearing House

By Richard Cordray

Thank you all for inviting me to speak again this year. Last year, I spoke to you about the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s important new mortgage rules. I talked about how we are working to create a level playing field for all consumer financial products and services – among banks and nonbank firms in both the mortgage origination market and the mortgage servicing market. And I described how we are striving to strike the right balance as we write rules, conduct examinations, and handle investigations.


CFPB Takes First Action Against ‘Buy-Here, Pay-Here’ Auto Dealer

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) today took its first action against a “buy-here, pay-here” car dealer. The dealer, DriveTime, harmed consumers by making harassing debt collection calls and providing inaccurate credit information to credit reporting agencies. DriveTime must pay $8,000,000 as a civil money penalty, end its unfair debt collection tactics, fix its credit reporting practices, and arrange for harmed consumers to obtain free credit reports.