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Can Your Credit Be Pulled Without Your Permission?

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There is a common misconception that anybody who wants to check your credit for any reason has to get your written permission. Maybe this comes from the fact that most people do ask for your permission when they pull credit, whether they have to or not, but there are actually occasions when people can… Read More »

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Report: Wells Fargo Tipped Off to Federal OCC Investigation

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A high-level federal examiner at the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency reportedly leaked information to Wells Fargo about the existence of an investigation – something that is strictly forbidden. Debt defense attorneys in Miami know that this kind of disclosure means the bank could have taken measures to protect itself from criminal… Read More »

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Consumer Protection Agency Needs New Leader, Not New Mission

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Over the last several months, the authority and drive of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has been eroded piece-by-piece. Recently, The New York Times reported the agency’s pursuit of predatory payday lenders relaxed considerably amid intense lobbying of the industry to this administration. In just two months, hundreds of lobbyists from the industry will… Read More »

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Miami Debt Defense Attorneys: War on Regulation Only Hurts Consumers

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While Americans are “drowning in debt,” the White House is waging a war on regulation that is ultimately going to push even more consumers into greater debt and higher rates of poverty. Although these plans are touted as part of a pro-business agenda intended to spur economic growth, our Miami debt defense attorneys recognize… Read More »

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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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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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Buffet: Bank Woes Like Cockroaches – Never Just One

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Spotting a single cockroach scurrying across the kitchen floor when you flip the light on is disconcerting enough. What’s even worse is the knowledge there are almost certainly more you can’t see, lurking in dark crevices, part of a systemic problem (of your own creation or otherwise). The same is true of the consumer… Read More »

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Report: Wells Fargo Imposed Home Warranties on Unsuspecting Mortgage Customers

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Wells Fargo and home warranty company American Home Shield (AHS) have been accused in dozens of consumer complaints filed online and with the Federal Trade Commission of charging unsuspecting mortgage customers with a bill for an “optional” home warranty product. The issue was first reported by The Capitol Forum, a paywall-blocked investigative outfit catering… Read More »

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