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WHO DO OUR COURTS REALLY PROTECT?

The Built-In Bias Favoring Mortgage Banks  By Michael Cormier Staff Writer In these early days of the Trump presidency we’re all getting a refresher course in Government-101. As I write this, the Trump administration is going head to head with the federal courts over the administration’s immigration ban. It’s all over the news in a […]

Corruption in Banking/Mortgages

When It Comes to Shady Banking Practices, Trust Your Gut   By Michael Cormier Staff Writer Ever get that uneasy feeling in your gut? That “Something’s just not right,” feeling? I’ll bet you have. It may have been the time that car salesman told you the funny ticking noise in the engine was nothing to […]

THEFT BY DECEPTION

THEFT BY DECEPTION: The Mortgage Shell Game  By Michael Cormier Staff Writer   “The slickest way to lie is to tell the right amount of truth – then shut up.”  ― Robert A. Heinlein This quote by the great science fiction writer, Robert Heinlein, sounds like a description of a futuristic dystopian society where half-truths […]

VALID FORECLOSURE? LOOK AGAIN

By Michael Cormier Staff Writer   Knowledge is Power – Francis Bacon   We’ve all heard Francis Bacon’s quote before in some form or other. For centuries it’s been used again and again in speeches and literature. Yet, however it’s used, it always means the same thing: When we gather facts and take the time […]

Collection Firm Targets Debtors' Relatives By Misusing Outdated Law

Collection Firm Targets Debtors’ Relatives By Misusing Outdated Law

A Pennsylvania debt collection firm has found itself in legal trouble after misrepresenting the state’s Filial Responsibility Law. The attorney general recently initiated a lawsuit that accuses Hamilton Law Group of misusing this rule in its efforts to collect doctor and dentist fees. If a court decides against the collection agency, it will need to […]

Big Changes at Credit Bureaus Could Improve Scores

Big Changes at Credit Bureaus Could Improve Scores

After negotiating with New York’s attorney general for months, the top three credit reporting agencies have reached an agreement that applies throughout the nation. The bureaus plan to enact major changes to the ways that they record late or unpaid bills. They will also make it less difficult for Americans to correct errors on credit […]

Abusive Debt Collection Agency Shut Down in Georgia

Abusive Debt Collection Agency Shut Down in Georgia

A notorious Buford, Georgia debt collector known as Zenith Financial Group has been forced out of business. It was accused of employing highly abusive practices on a regular basis. A state government agency ordered the firm to cease operations, cancel existing debts and pay a fine. Furthermore, Zenith’s owner must end all debt collection activities […]

OCC Fines Bank of America with $30 Million, Requires them to Make Amends with 73,000 Customers

OCC Fines Bank of America with $30 Million, Requires them to Make Amends with 73,000 Customers

While there are plenty of laws designed to protect consumers from unsavory lending and collecting practices, harmful and unfair collection often goes unpunished.  Banks can and do get away with harming their customers every day — so when one gets caught and fined, it is big news. Bank of America was hit with a hefty […]

Court Forces Unethical Collection Agency to Pay $83 Million

Court Forces Unethical Collection Agency to Pay $83 Million

Debt collectors frequently bother and intimidate people who don’t really owe them money. A stunning court verdict in Missouri will strongly discourage this behavior. The jury decided that Portfolio Recovery Associates must pay an individual almost $83 million for aggressively trying to collect credit card debt that she didn’t owe. This collection agency also needs […]

Major Banks Halt Unfair Credit Reporting Practices for Consumers Who Filed Bankruptcy

Major Banks Halt Unfair Credit Reporting Practices for Consumers Who Filed Bankruptcy

For most consumers, bankruptcy is seen as a last resort — one that is supposed to reset their financial possibilities and allow them to start over again. Bankruptcy is monitored and approved by a court order — and creditors seeking to get around the fair credit reporting laws have found some sneaky ways to harm […]

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