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CONSUMER FINANCIAL PROTECTION BUREAU SUES OCWEN FOR "FAILING BORROWERS AT EVERY STAGE OF THE SERVICING PROCESS"

Ocwen Misconduct.jpgIn late April of 2017, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) sued Ocwen Financial Corporation over allegations of widespread misconduct in how it serviced borrowers' loans.

Charges Filed Against Foreclosure Rescue Fraud Duo

Many homeowners in crisis have turned to so-called foreclosure "rescue" firms. The owners of one such New Jersey foreclose rescue firm are being sued for allegedly violating state consumer fraud laws, as well as laws governing debt counseling and financial advertising.

Financial Reform Summit

Financial Reform Summit.jpgAttorney Shelley Slafkes recently spoke as a panelist in the Financial Reform Summit, hosted by New Jersey Citizen Action Education Fund (NJCAEF). The NJCEF is a non-profit organization dedicated to the financial empowerment of low income and moderate income people in New Jersey. Together with community leaders, the summit brought together advocates, students, elected officials, financial institutions, small business owners and other stakeholders to hear experts and leaders talk about some of the most pressing economic issues facing New Jerseyans.

Students Paying on their Parents' Loans

In a new twist on the student loan crisis, this year has seen a growing number of students paying on their parent's loans. The problem started with the Parent PLUS loan system, a system that is notorious for granting parents large amounts with few strings attached. 

Consumer Rights in the Supreme Court this Term

If you are applying for a job, it is likely that your potential employer will search for your name online. It is becoming increasingly more common to find companies using online information as part of a formal or informal background check before extending a job offer. Certain online search engines have created a business out of compiling public information about a person and packaging it for employers or any interested party to find. But what can you do if you discover that the information in these search engines is wrong?

Student Loan Relief Scam Busted!

According to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), a student loan debt relief scam has illegally been tricking borrowers into paying for federal loan benefits. Student Aid Institute, Inc., misrepresented to consumers that it was affiliated with the Department of Education.

Are You in the Financial Danger Zone?

If you are struggling to make ends meet, the thought of filing for bankruptcy has probably crossed your mind. It is likely a scary thought, but it shouldn't be. The media consistently reports on businesses and celebrities that seek debt relief and makes it sound like it is the end of the world. What the media never reports is how most people emerge from their Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 with little or no remaining debt.

Debt Relief: A New Approach to Employee Recruitment

With the student loan crisis facing thousands of millennials, companies are taking note and starting to offer debt relief options as a recruitment perk. Most graduates do not care about gym memberships and free snacks as much as they want help with their student loan debt. In fact, debt relief options are more important than retirement for many of them.

Can you Repay your Credit Card Debt?

If your holiday spending got out of control and you are wondering how you are going to pay your credit card debt, you are not alone. In fact, it has been reported by NerdWallet that the average American household has approximately $15,000 in credit card debt. But how do you payoff your credit card debt and still afford the necessities and save for your retirement? There is no easy answer.

Protect your Financial Welfare: Proceed with Caution to an ATM

Most people consider it very safe to pull money from automated-teller machines (ATMs) for quick withdrawals of cash. Unfortunately, there are scammers who are using ATMs to steal your personal information, including your PIN number, debit card number, expiration date on your card and any other information encoded on your card's magnetic strip. Con artists tamper with ATMs and use skimming devices that allow them to steal from unsuspecting consumers by recreating your card and gaining access to your accounts.

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