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Stopping Annoying Texts and Calls is Getting More Difficult

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The Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) protects consumers from receiving unwanted and unauthorized texts, faxes, and phone calls. It allows consumers to sue and to obtain damages if callers violate the law. Because the penalties for violators can be expensive, big business and the debt collection industry is always trying to find ways to… Read More »

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Lawsuit Settled by Investors Over Fake Wells Fargo Accounts

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Wells Fargo has settled a class action suit against the bank involving more allegations of fraudulent activity. This one stems from the revelation that bank employees opened up fake accounts or accounts for consumers, which were not authorized by account holders. Scandal Involving Unauthorized Accounts  The scandal, first revealed in 2013, involved Wells Fargo’s… Read More »

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Could Supreme Court Gut Damages in Consumer Cases?

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With a new Supreme Court justice in the process of being nominated, there are new concerns about rulings that may affect consumers. One concern is how the court may in the future deal with what is known as a Spokeo issue, which could gut many important consumer protections. Spokeo and Statutory Damages Spokeo comes… Read More »

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Are You Liable for the Debts of Your Spouse or Future Spouse?

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One of the most frequent questions consumer lawyers get is the extent of liability that a spouse has for the debts that are incurred by the other. Sometimes spouses are worried about being responsible for debts incurred by the other spouse during the marriage, and other times people may ask whether they will become… Read More »

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Mixed Credit Files Can Lead to Inaccurate Credit Reports

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There are many reasons why having good credit—or at least keeping your credit as positive as possible—is a good thing. It can be difficult enough keeping our credit healthy even in the best of circumstances. But when something shows up on our credit that isn’t ours, or that we don’t recognize, it can be… Read More »

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Robocalls and Unwanted Solicitation Calls are On the Rise

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Does it feel like your phone is ringing constantly with robocalls? You’re not alone – the number of these calls has skyrocketed lately. April marks the high point of these calls since 2015. By one estimate, there were 3.4 billion such calls in April of this year, or 112 million of them every day…. Read More »

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Wells Fargo Admits to Error That Cost Borrowers Their Homes

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When the economy tanked around 2007-2008, the government knew that something had to be done to help people keep their homes. One option that was created was the Making Home Affordable Program (also known as HAMP, or Home Affordable Modification Program). The HAMP Program The program was designed to modify home loans to a… Read More »

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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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