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State takes on big credit in consumer protection showdown

When consumers are faced with harassment and other abuses committed by big banks, the law generally favors consumer protection but such protections can be difficult to enforce. One state has become frustrated enough on behalf of its citizens who are navigating a legally complex and often abusive web of credit card debt that it has said "enough." California is currently suing banking giant JPMorganChase for allegedly committing "debt collection abuses against tens of thousands of California consumers," according to the New York Times and state court records.

Class Action FDCPA Settlement Delivers Relief to Victims and Establishes Important Principles to Hold Debt Collectors Accountable

The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio granted preliminary approval to a class action settlement for unlawful debt collection practices by a law firm based in Lebanon, Ohio. The federal class action lawsuit alleges that the debt collector sued consumers in a county other than where they lived or signed the debt being sued on, which violates the "venue" or "distant forum" provisions of the Fair Debt Collection Practice Act and the Ohio Consumer Sales Practices Act.

Debt Collectors Dealt A Serious Blow: Asset Acceptance Accepts $2.5 Million Penalty

Asset Acceptance, a large debt buyer and collector, agreed to pay $2.5 million to settle a claim by the Federal Trade Commission. Read The Official Report  The FTC alleged that Asset Acceptance engaged in a variety of unlawful debt collection practices, including threatening to sue on debts that were so old that they were time barred by the applicable statutes of limitations. This practice is widespread and violates the FDCPA which prohibits threats of action that the debt collector does not intend to undertake, like suing on debt that is "out of statute." (Read More About the FDCPA Here)

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