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U.S. Department of Education Discharges Student Loans for Victims of Alleged Ashford University Deceit

The U.S. Department of Education (DOE) approved $72 million in borrower defense to repayment discharges for students of online for-profit school Ashford University, which allegedly made substantial misrepresentations to students. The approval was based on a review of evidence presented by California AG Rob Bonta in a successful lawsuit that we previously reported, in which…

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Student Loan Scams May Increase in Wake of Biden v. Nebraska

South Carolina AG Alan Wilson and the FCC’s Robocall Response Team are warning consumers about a potential rise in student loan debt scam robocalls and robotexts following the Supreme Court’s recent decision in Biden v. Nebraska, which struck down the Biden administration’s student debt forgiveness plan. AG Wilson and the FCC warn that scammers often…

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FTC Targets Ed Tech Provider for Using Children’s Personal Information for Advertising in Violation of COPPA Rule

The FTC obtained an order against education technology provider Edmodo, LLC for allegedly violating the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) Rule by collecting personal data from children without parental consent, using the data for advertising, and outsourcing its COPPA compliance responsibilities to schools. A complaint filed by the DOJ on behalf of the FTC…

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FTC Files Complaints Against Two Allegedly Phony Student Debt Relief Programs

The FTC filed a complaint against SL Finance LLC and a separate complaint against BCO Consulting Services, Inc. and SLA Consulting Services Inc., as well as the companies’ owners. The FTC alleges that the companies violated the FTC Act, the Telemarketing Sales Rule, and the Graham-Leach-Bliley Act by allegedly operating two student loan debt relief…

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