Friday, October 10, 2008

Capital One, U.S Trustee Settle Charges Of Allegedly Screwing Over Consumers Filing Bankruptcy Over Credit Card Debt

The Wall Street Journal reports:

  • The U.S. Trustee Program, an arm of the Justice Department that monitors bankruptcy courts, settled with Capital One Financial Corp. on Thursday over allegations that its credit-card unit filed about 5,600 claims on credit-card debts that it wasn't entitled to and improperly received $340,000 from debtors as a result.

  • The settlement marks a victory for the U.S. Trustee Program, which in recent years stepped up its investigations into potential wrongdoing by some creditors against debtors in bankruptcy, following complaints from consumer advocates, law professors and judges that debtors weren't being adequately protected. That has been a particularly hot topic amid the current nationwide foreclosure crisis, in which many homeowners have turned to bankruptcy as a way to save their homes.

For more, see Capital One in Settlement Over Card Debt (may require subscription; if no subscription, go here, then click link for the story).