Massey, Stotser & Nichols is investigating the actions of the law firm Solomon and Solomon PC (“Solomon”), various National Collegiate Student Loan Trusts, including trust numbers National Collegiate Student Loan Trust 2001-X National Collegiate Student Loan Trust 2002-X National Collegiate Student Loan Trust 2003-X National Collegiate Student Loan Trust 2004-X, National Collegiate Student Loan Trust 2005-X, National Collegiate Student Loan Trust 2006-X, and National Collegiate Student Loan Trust 2007-X, (together, the “National Collegiate Student Loan Trusts); Transworld Systems, Inc. (“Transworld”), itself and as successor to NCO Financial Systems, Inc. (“NCO”); and EGS Financial Care Inc. (“EGS”), formerly known as NCO Financial Systems, Inc., and other associated entities and law firms (collectively, “Defendants”) for their role in an apparent scheme to collect alleged defaulted loans from former students and alleged co-signs to private student loans.
Massey, Stotser & Nichols’ investigation has revealed that Solomon and other law firms suing former students and alleged co-signers are filing state lawsuits to collect alleged debts for which they are unable to produce the alleged underlying loan documents when requested, apparently did not have the alleged underlying loan documents in their possession at the time they filed lawsuits, and did not review those loan documents before filing their lawsuits, which is a violation of the legal and ethical requirements to which law firms are held. Additionally, it is alleged that the Defendants and/or their predecessors have ignored requests from consumers to cease and desist contact with consumers regarding these alleged loans, in violation of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (“FDCPA”). Further, it appears that the Defendants are aware or should have been aware that they are unable to prove that these debts are owed and are aware that the alleged debts are too old to sue over.
If you are facing a lawsuit from Defendants, you are not alone. In September 2017, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (‘CFPB”) penalized the National Collegiate Trusts and Transworld $21.6 million for prosecuting illegal debt-collection lawsuits. The CFPB found that the National Collegiate Trusts and Transworld sued consumers in state courts over purported debts that they could not prove were actually owed or were too old to sue over. In addition, the National Collegiate Trusts and Transworld allegedly have employed illegal tactics later in the state-court litigation process, including using false or deceptive affidavits to obtain default judgments. The CFPB found that the Transworld employees or agents who fill out affidavits filed on behalf of National Collegiate Trusts have falsely attested to personal knowledge of (1) the account records and the consumer’s debt, and (2) the chain of assignments establishing entitlement to sue. In fact, these individuals sign the affidavits without reviewing any such evidence, provided affidavits that were not notarized. A copy of the complaint, proposed final judgment, and consent order filed by the CFPB are included here:
All persons sued in state-court debt-collection lawsuits in which a Trust Defendant was named as the plaintiff are potential class members. National Collegiate Trusts does not directly lend money for student loans, rather they are assignees of alleged student loan debts. In fact, the National Collegiate Trusts are merely owners of bundles of student loan debt created using a complex securitization process. Massey, Stotser & Nichols believes these debt-bundles now total $12 billion, with more than $5 billion now classed as in default. The National Collegiate Trusts-which allegedly have no employees-use Transworld to attempt to collect debts allegedly owed on these student loans. It is alleged that Transworld coordinates with law firms throughout the country, including firms like Solomon, to file debt-collection lawsuits against consumers in state courts. In the past three years, it is believed that more than 40,000 such actions have been filed.
If you have ever been sued in a debt-collection lawsuit filed on behalf of any National Collegiate Trust, and you have any questions or wish to discuss your rights or interests with respect to these matters, please contact us.
Even if you feel you are not ready to file a suit, consult one of our qualified lawyers as soon as possible so that you will know your options. We do not charge any fees upfront. In fact, we will only charge attorney’s fees if we obtain a financial settlement for you. If you don’t win, we won’t get paid a legal fee.