Colorado Attorney General fails to prove that Debt Collection Law Firm overcharged

Posted by Clyde Hutchins | Apr 17, 2017 | 0 Comments

Colorado Attorney General fails to prove that Debt Collection Law Firm overcharged

Earlier this month, the Denver District Court ruled that the Castle Law Group, a large foreclosure law firm, did not engage in overcharging and imposing deceptive costs for foreclosure services.The case was brought by the Colorado Attorney General in the wake of the foreclosure housing crisis. The Attorney General alleged that the Castle Law Group and several related foreclosure services entities conspired together to raise the costs associated with foreclosure services. After a three week bench trial early this year, the Court basically concluded that the evidence failed to show a conspiracy to overcharge as described by the Attorney General.

Although the Castle Law Group prevailed on the main claims in the case, the Court ruled that the firm should pay a $119,500 penalty for failing to disclose to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac that it had made a profit in service fees.

The case is State of Colorado, et al. v. The Castle Law Group, LLC, et al. Case No. 14CV32763.

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Clyde Hutchins

Clyde Hutchins is the founder of Harmony Law. Mr. Hutchins started his career as a lawyer in Cheyenne, Wyoming. First gaining experience as a law clerk for the district court judges, Mr. Hutchins entered private practice with a Cheyenne firm focused on civil litigation, business law and some general practice law. Later, Mr. Hutchins went to Alaska, where he was the chief litigator for a firm that engaged in bond law, corporate law, securities law, and the broad reach of municipal law. Mr. Hutchins returned to Cheyenne to represent the State of Wyoming in the national tobacco arbitration. While in that position, he developed the consumer protection unit for the Wyoming Attorney General's Office. He led over 120 investigations and enforcement actions in Wyoming and worked on numerous joint cases with the Federal Trade Commission and other states, including Colorado. Mr. Hutchins relocated to Colorado in 2016 and founded Harmony Law. Mr. Hutchins has established Harmony Law in three principal areas of law. First, it is a general practice firm in the areas of business law, estate planning and family law. Secondly, it is a civil litigation firm, practicing law in state and federal courts throughout Wyoming and Colorado. Finally, it is one of the few firms in Wyoming or Colorado that focuses on consumer protection law.


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