CFPB seeks to enforce investigative demand issued to New York law firm

By Marian Johns | Mar 13, 2019

NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) — The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has petitioned the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York to enforce a civil investigative demand (CID) issued to a New York law firm.

According to the court filing, the bureau is asking the court to enforce the CID issued to the Law Offices of Crystal Moroney, P.C., (LOCM) relating to the agency's investigation of possible violations of the Consumer Financial Protection Act, and Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA.  

LOCM, based out of Nanuet, New York, provides consumer information to credit reporting agencies and was asked to respond to nearly 50 requests that included demands for interrogatories, written reports, tangibles and other documents, according to the court filing. 

The bureau's petition states LOCM has only partially responded to the requests and has "withheld a number of responses based on its interpretation of certain rules of professional responsibility," according to the court document. 

According to the bureau's court filing, the CID issued to LOCM in June 2018 centers on debt collectors and those who have supplied information to credit reporting agencies who may have been "engaged or are engaging in unfair, deceptive or abuse acts or practices."

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