California man alleges Florida law firms defrauded clients with student loan program

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Feb 14, 2018

LOS ANGELES (Legal Newsline) – A Los Angeles man alleges several Florida law firms committed legal malpractice with their private student loan resolution service program.

Matthew Ali, individually and on behalf of all others similarly situated, filed a complaint on Feb. 9 in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California against Kevin Mason PA, GM Law Firm LLC, Kevin P. Mason, Chantel L. Grant, et al. alleging violation of the Racketeer Influence and Corrupt Organizations Act and California's Unfair Competition Law and other counts.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that he and the class members were offered legal services by the defendants via cold calls or direct solicitations through mail to enter into a so-called private student loan debt resolution programs. The plaintiff alleges the program was offered to consumers who are struggling with the repayment of their Navient-serviced private student loans.

The plaintiff states class members unknowingly agreed to pay 50 percent of their total private student-loan balance to the defendants in monthly payments for 60 months. These payments were allegedly not applied in any way to student loan balances and instead were fees that were kept by the defendants. 

The plaintiff holds the defendants responsible because they defrauded clients by charging them for legal services that were not done.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks judgment for all costs of prosecuting the litigation, pre- and post-judgment interest, attorneys' fees and grant such additional relief as the court may deem just and proper. He is represented by Daniel R. Gamez of Gamez Law Firm, PC in San Diego, California.

U.S. District Court for the Central District of California case number 2:18-cv-01110-CBM-FFM

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