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Debt Collection Industry is Upset Over Recent Ruling

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There are many areas where the law has not kept up with technology–even somewhat dated technology. The debt collection industry is now trying to use a decision by a federal court to argue that the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act needs updating to keep up with technology. While the act does need some refreshers,… Read More »

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Miami Leads Country in Mortgage Denials…But Is That Good or Bad?

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A recent study delivered mixed news to South Floridians: Miami and its surrounding areas have the highest rate of mortgage application denials in the country. That can be seen both as good news, and bad news. Miami Leads in Denials  Miami had the highest percentage of mortgage loan application denials of any other city,… Read More »

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New Case Makes Foreclosing Easier for Banks

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Although the foreclosure crisis seems to be behind us, and although the number of foreclosures filed is lower than it was at the height of the crisis, there are still plenty of cases working their way through our court system. Some are newer cases, and some are older ones, with banks oftentimes refiling cases… Read More »

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Consumers Find Power in Debtor’s Unions

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All kinds of ideas have been tried to take on student loan creditors and banks. Most of those ideas have involved the legal system, with borrowers and their attorneys coming up with new and novel ways to combat the student loan collectors, or through filing lawsuits to enforce debt forgiveness programs. Unionizing Borrowers A… Read More »

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The Benefits of Class Action Lawsuits

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Class action lawsuits get a lot of bad publicity. Every time there is a large value verdict, the talk in the news is how juries have run amok, or how consumers are somehow taking advantage of the system. However, although many are quick to criticize class action lawsuits, few are aware of the benefits… Read More »

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Should You Sign Confidentiality and Non-Disparagement Agreements?

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When you settle a consumer case, regardless of whether the case involves a foreclosure, debt collection, or a credit problem, in almost every case, the other side (the bank, credit card, business or lender) will almost always want you to sign a confidentiality agreement as a condition to settling a case. Consumers should think… Read More »

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Collection Letters From Law Firms: Are They Legitimate?

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If you get a lot of collection letters in the mail, they may all seem pretty standard. You may not even be afraid of getting them. But then you get one that looks different. This one is from a lawyer. Now you know you’re in trouble or about to get sued, because there is… Read More »

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You Can Fight a Deficiency Judgment

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A deficiency judgment against a consumer or homeowner can be scary. The amounts owed are usually high, and it can seem like you’re paying for an item that you have already lost to foreclosure or repossession. However, there are some things that you can do to fight back against anybody who is trying to… Read More »

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Second Loans Can Foreclose–But Do They?

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When loans and borrowing on your home equity were easy to come by, a lot of people took advantage of the opportunity to cash out on their own home. As a result, many people have first and second loans. When the foreclosure crisis hit, many ended up getting foreclosed on by first and second… Read More »

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Debt Collector Buys Consumer’s Right to Sue

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When it comes to trying to get out of trouble, debt collection companies and debt buyers will do just about anything. In a move that should at least be recognized as clever, one debt buyer a few years ago attempted to buy its way out of being sued under the FDCPA. Suits Filed Against… Read More »

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