2014 News Releases

AG Schmidt: Florida company to pay fines and penalties for violating Kansas consumer protection laws

Release Date: Oct 14, 2014

TOPEKA – (October 14, 2014) – A Florida company will pay more than $21,000 in fines and penalties for violating the Kansas Consumer Protection Act and the Kansas Credit Services Organization Act, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt announced today.

 Cypress Law Group Inc, doing business as The Cypress Law Group, P.L. of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, agreed to a consent judgment ordering them to pay $21,500 in investigative fees and civil penalties.  In addition, the firm must pay $5,400 in restitution to two Kansas consumers.  The investigation stemmed from a consumer complaint regarding fees paid to the firm for assistance in requesting a loan modification from a mortgage servicer.  It was determined that the Cypress Law Group was advertising and providing debt management services to Kansas consumers without a license and charging grossly inflated prices for similar services that were readily obtainable by licensed credit services organizations.

 Judge Rebecca Crotty approved the judgment in Shawnee County District Court.

 “Companies doing business in Kansas must respect Kansas laws,” Schmidt said.  “We continue to vigorously pursue violations of the Kansas Consumer Protection Act and the Kansas Credit Services Organization Act.” 

 Kansans who believe they may have been the victim of a scam should contact the attorney general’s office by calling (800) 432-2310 or online at www.InYourCornerKansas.org .

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