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January 17, 2013 | By Jim Puzzanghera
WASHINGTON -- A Van Nuys debt collection operation and the people who ran it agreed to pay $1.1 million to settle federal allegations they improperly bullied consumers to get them to repay overdue bills and deceived clients about fees. The settlement ends a case that began in 2011 against Forensic Case Management Services Inc. and permanently bars the owner, David M. Hynes II, and other officers in the company from the debt collection business, the Federal Trade Commission said Thursday.
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BUSINESS
August 11, 1991 | KATHY M. KRISTOF
Anyone who has checked into a hospital knows that once you check out, you'll be confronted with a staggeringly expensive, dizzyingly confusing bill. But what is not common knowledge is that many of these bills contain errors that can cost consumers and their insurers thousands of dollars. How big and how common are the errors? The answer depends on whom you ask.
BUSINESS
December 15, 2013 | By Donie Vanitzian
Question: I own a house and my mom owns a one-bedroom condo in the same homeowners association development. We want repairs made and we're frightened because our board directors constantly threaten owners; if we violate any of their rules or governing documents they'll fine and then sue us. Those threats are reduced to writing by the board's voracious attorney, who threatens to send us invoices for legal fees. Our properties are not in trusts and we're unsure how to proceed. What are the costs of setting up a trust and will a trust protect us from litigation by the association?
NEWS
December 23, 1998 | BILL SHAIKIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The bats and balls are gone, the uniforms consigned to the nostalgia bin. The Mission Viejo Vigilantes play only in court now, with the city suing the team and the team suing the city. The minor-league baseball team vacated its offices soon after its second season in Mission Viejo ended in September. The team disconnected its phone and left no forwarding address, leaving an angry band of creditors wondering when--and if--they might get paid.
NEWS
July 13, 1990 | ROBERT C. TOTH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Virtually unnoticed among the many superpower negotiations, the United States and Soviet Union are trying to settle U.S. claims of more than $1 billion on debts that predate the Bolshevik Revolution, including old czarist bonds bought by Americans. Recent U.S.-Soviet commercial talks have focused on Soviet efforts to obtain most-favored-nation trading status, which would enable the Soviets to get the U.S. government credits and loans they need to resuscitate their economy.
BUSINESS
May 1, 1997 | (Bloomberg News)
Chicago-based Montgomery Ward Holding Corp. may have violated practices related to the collection of debt from credit card customers, based on an internal audit by the retailer's majority shareholder. General Electric Co.'s GE Capital Services unit said an internal audit of debt collection practices identified some "issues which we're moving swiftly to rectify," according to spokesman John Oliver. Oliver said GE was confident that the matter won't be material to GE or Montgomery Ward.
BUSINESS
February 8, 2008 | Molly Selvin, Times Staff Writer
The long arm of the law reaches only so far, according to a federal appeals court. In a win for consumers, a three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled this week that a San Clemente debt collection company could be sued for alleged overly aggressive tactics, even when the company is working on behalf of prosecutors. The appeals court ruled in a lawsuit against American Corrective Counseling Services Inc.
NEWS
November 15, 1986 | United Press International
The Reagan Administration announced stepped-up efforts Friday to collect $68 billion in delinquent debts and government loans, with one official declaring that "Uncle Sam ain't gonna be Uncle Patsy anymore." At a Justice Department news conference, officials said they will use four laws recently signed by President Reagan to toughen federal debt collection and better combat waste, fraud and abuse.
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