On February 8, 2021, the Delaware Attorney General (Delaware AG) announced that it filed an administrative lawsuit against a California-based debt-management services company for allegedly violating the Delaware Uniform Debt-Management Services Act, the Delaware Consumer Fraud Act, and the Delaware Deceptive Trade Practices Act.
According to the Delaware AG, the debt-management company used misleading advertising to target elderly and low-income Delaware residents. The company then allegedly arranged for a Delaware notary to travel to consumers’ homes as a “representative” of the company. During these visits, the notaries allegedly would present consumers with the company’s debt settlement contract, which was titled as a “Legal Services Agreement” and referred to the company as a “law firm” despite the fact that the company was not a law firm and employed no Delaware attorneys. The Delaware AG further alleges that the agreements contained hidden, duplicative, and misleading fees.
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