One of my favorite productivity blogs, MakeUseOf.com, recently published an article about a free credit score service called CreditKarma.com.  CreditKarma seeks to approximate your credit score based on factors that the Fair Isaac Company (FICO) has made public – but note that CreditKarma does not provide a FICO score. Apparently, however, CreditKarma has done a…

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The New York Times recently published an interesting article entitled “Automated Debt Collection Lawsuits Engulf Courts.”   The article points out that with the downturn in the economy, collection lawsuits are growing in number even though many of the lawsuits are either based on stale (time barred) claims, or are based on summary file information that…

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You have probably heard the terms “zombie debt” or “out of statute debt” but how can these types of debts impact you?  In this 20 minute video, comedian John Oliver describes in a very entertaining manner how the debt buying industry works and how this largely unregulated industry harms consumers. If you ever get sued…

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The Washington Post reports that Indonesian authorities are accusing Citibank of responsibility for the death of 50 year old Irzen Octa, who was $5,700 in debt on his Citibank credit card.   Mr. Ocra was allegedly beaten to death by non-employee debt collectors hired by Citibank to collect a delinquent $5,700 credit card debt. Citibank denies…

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Atlanta based Frederick J. Hanna & Associates successfully defended itself against an FDCPA lawsuit filed by a New York resident in a New York federal district court.   The Daily Report newspaper reports that a Syracuse, New York resident sued Hanna for violation of the FDCPA after receiving a collection letter that threatened future “additional remedies”…

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Following the ruling by the Supreme Court of the United States in Bank of America Corp. v. City of Miami, 137 S. Ct. 1296 (2017), one of the primary and developing issues in FHA disparate impact litigation is proximate cause. The issue of whether an alleged violation… Coleman Braun

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The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit recently held that a consumer plaintiff’s breach of contract claim against a defendant bank failed where the bank processed the consumer’s transactions in accordance with the terms of the agreement with the consumer, even though the… Jeffrey Karek

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