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“I am a Florida consumer protection attorney who has 29 years experience,” consumer rights expert Donald E. Peterson explained. “I have probably consulted with a couple thousand people about their debts including potential bankruptcy clients who were defendants in collection lawsuits and consumers who were seeking a lawyer to represent them because they were being sued by a creditor or debt collector. NONE of them were ever sued by a payday lender. Not one.”
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In 2014 several firms were reprimanded and required to pay compensation for illegal practices; Wonga.com for using letters untruthfully purporting to be from solicitors to demand payment—a formal police investigation for fraud was being considered in 2014—and Cash Genie, owned by multinational EZCorp, for a string of problems with the way it had imposed charges and collected money from borrowers who were in arrears.
But Peterson went beyond just his own personal experience: “Around 2006, I searched clerks’ online dockets to determine whether a large brick & mortar payday lender ever sued anyone. I searched the records for several counties in central Florida and found approximately five lawsuits during a period of five to seven years. It made me wonder what was unique about those five borrowers that motivated the payday lender to file suit. I have read that there are payday lenders in Ohio who actually sue sometimes. I am not observing this in Florida nor have I ever heard that it’s a national problem.”
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