Violation Tracker Individual Record

Company: 
Hoffman Law Group
Penalty: 
$27,730,579
Year: 
2015
Date: 
May 29, 2015
Primary Offense: 
consumer protection violation
Secondary Offense: 
mortgage abuses
Violation Description: 

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the State of Florida were granted a final judgment against the Hoffman Law Group and corporate affiliates accused of using deceptive marketing practices and scamming distressed homeowners into paying illegal advance fees. Working together, five companies tricked consumers into paying millions of dollars in illegal upfront fees to join frivolous lawsuits that the companies falsely claimed would pressure banks to modify their loans or provide foreclosure relief. The court found the corporate defendants liable for $11,730,579 -- the full amount of illegal fees paid by consumers -- and ordered them to pay a $10 million civil penalty, in addition to penalties to the State of Florida.

Level of Government: 
federal
Action Type: 
agency action
Agency: 
Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
Civil or Criminal Case: 
civil
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