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  • A+ BBB Rating Conferred Upon Our New York Law Firm

    || 12-Apr-2017

    In addition to the numerous honors conferred upon the Law Office of Simon Goldenberg PLLC by organizations like Superlawyers, Avvo, and Martindale-Hubbell, we are proud to announce our accreditation by the Better Business Bureau ("BBB") serving the Metropolitan New York, Long-Island, and Mid-Hudson Region. We are very proud of the A+ rating that we received after the BBB conducted a ...
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  • Super Lawyers Honors Simon Goldenberg as a Rising Star in New York

    || 3-Oct-2016

    For the third consecutive year, Super Lawyers has selected Simon Goldenberg, Esq. to the New York Rising Stars list. Each year, no more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in the state are selected by the research team at Super Lawyers to receive this honor. This award was conferred upon Mr. Goldenberg for his continuous achievements in the realm of consumer law and debt relief. The Law Office of ...
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  • What is the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act?

    || 20-Jun-2016

    In days gone by, creditors and lenders had almost-free range to do what they please in pursuit of debt owed by individuals and businesses alike. To put an end to their questionable business practices and bring some peace of mind to Americans in financial trouble, the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) was enacted in the late 1970’s. In particular, it was meant to be prevent and ...
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  • How Can I Repair My Credit & Raise My FICO Score?

    || 15-Jun-2016

    Banks and lenders decide who they should give money to and how much interest should be applied on that loan based on credit and FICO scores. The higher someone’s credit score, the more likely they are to get that money and for less interest. This is also true when making a significant purchase with a credit card, such as an automobile. If your credit score is high, you will technically pay ...
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  • Wells Fargo Student Loans Investigated by CFPB

    || 12-Oct-2015

    New York - The Wall Street Journal reported on Friday that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is investigating Wells Fargo regarding its student loans servicing practices. Although the specifics of the investigation are unclear, it appears that the probe on Wells Fargo began back in late 2014. Wells Fargo is the second largest originator for private student loans in the United States. ...
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  • Super Lawyers Achievement - New York Rising Star - Simon Goldenberg

    || 5-Oct-2015

    Simon Goldenberg, Esq., principal attorney at the Law Office of Simon Goldenberg PLLC has been selected to the 2015 New York Rising Stars list for the area of Consumer Law. Each year, no more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in the state are selected by the research team at Super Lawyers to receive this honor. Attorney Goldenberg has been conferred with this award for the consecutive years of 2014 ...
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  • Law Prohibiting Credit Card Surcharge is Upheld in Court

    || 2-Oct-2015

    NEW YORK, September 29 – New York’s Second Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a New York law prohibiting the imposition of surcharges on purchases made on credit cards. In a unanimous 3-0 vote, the federal appeals court issued a 57 page decision overturning the 2013 judgement passed by U.S. District Judge Jed Rakoff in the lower courts, which found the ban of the imposition of credit card ...
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  • JPMorgan Chase to Pay $136M to Settle CFPB Claims

    || 11-Sep-2015

    In 2013, the Attorney General of California noticed an abundance of lawsuits filed by JPMorgan-Chase that were flooding their courts. The majority of these lawsuits were debt collection cases against credit card borrowers, for which many of the cases had scant evidence. Based on her observations, Attorney General Harris took civil action against JPMorgan-Chase. Following her action, The state of ...
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  • Can a lawyer help resolve student loans in New York?

    || 4-Sep-2015

    If you're reading this blog, you are probably struggling with student loan debt. You might be on the brink of missing a payment, or you might have already fallen into default. You may be curious as to what a lawyer could do to help resolve your debt. In order for a lawyer to identify how they could be of potential assistance, they first need to establish the types of loans you have as well as ...
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  • Student Loan Debt Crisis Is Growing

    || 3-Sep-2015

    The student loan debt crisis continues to remain a sore eye for students around the country. While many have proposed ideas to combat the crisis, students continue to bear the brunt of the growing crisis. Over the last decade, the total amount of student debt has nearly doubled to $1.19 trillion dollars, with 7 million borrowers in default. While undergraduates are capped at $57,500 in federal ...
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  • Collection Attorneys Battle for Rights in NYC

    || 1-Sep-2015

    On occasion, laws created by a state's different governing bodies will overlap and cause mass confusion. Deciphering the law in these bizarre occasions can be like battle between an immovable object and unstoppable force. Neither governing body has true power over the other, as a result the interpretation is in the hands of the courts What follows usually follows is a shift in the ...
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  • Navient Student Loan Servicer Under Scrunity by CFPB

    || 28-Aug-2015

    Potential Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Enforcement Action against Navient (Formerly Known As Sallie Mae) Earlier this month, Navient Solutions, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Navient Corporation and corporate spinoff of Sallie Mae, informed their shareholders of a potential Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Enforcement Action. Navient is one of the nations largests servicers ...
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  • Action against Pressler and Pressler for FDCPA Violations

    || 25-Aug-2015

    What is a reasonable amount of time for an attorney to review a case prior to instituting litigation? That question is the crux of the ongoing case of Bock v Pressler & Pressler LLP. As it currently stands, the case has entered the U.S. Third Circuit Court of Appeals. After a previous ruling stated that Pressler and Pressler failed to meet some of the requirements of the Fair Debt Collection ...
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  • Debt Collection Regulations in New York City

    || 21-Aug-2015

    New Regulations on Debt Collection in New York Many consumers are aware that the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act governs the permissible conduct of debt collectors. What many people don’t know if that certain localities provide consumer protections beyond the Federal laws. For example, agents attempting to collect debt from consumers in New York City are regulated by the Department of ...
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  • Student Loan Reform Proposals: 2016 Presidential Candidates

    || 18-Aug-2015

    In the 2016 presidential election, a growing problem is beginning to wiggle its way into the debate: the student loan epidemic. For a number of years, many jobs that did not require higher education were exported overseas, and as such, the need for college education has dramatically increased. As the necessity of higher education has grown we have seen the costs of tuition skyrocket. It is this ...
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  • Discover Student Loans To Pay 18.5 Million For Violations

    || 7-Aug-2015

    Many borrowers find it difficult to manage student loan debt. However, the challenges become exaccerbated when a loan servicer mishandles accounts en-masse. In recent news Discover Financial has come under heavy fire by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). This ordeal has it's roots in 2010 when Discover acquired over 800,000 private student loans from CitiBank. Since the ...
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  • City Marshal Garnish Wages and Levy Bank Accounts

    || 26-Jun-2015

    Caution: NYC Marshals can garnish wages and freeze bank accounts ! When a money judgment is entered in the Civil or Supreme Court's of New York City, the Plaintiff can obtain the services of a New York City Marshal in order to enforce the judgment. The Marshal is a public official and is empowered to institute a wage garnishment with a judgment debtor's employer and/or contact a judgment ...
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  • What Is The FDPCA And How Does It Protect From Abusive Debt Collectors?

    || 25-Jun-2015

    Dealing with debt can be a stressful. It can cause all sorts of anxieties that can take a serious toll on one’s family life, personal life and even your mindset in the office. So if debt collection is so frustrating already, why do some collectors feel the need to make it so much harder? That’s one of the reasons why Congress passed Fair Debt Collection Practices Act. What Is The Fair ...
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  • How To File Chapter 7 Bankruptcy in New York

    || 2-Jun-2015

    You've probably landed on this blog because you are interested in learning more about how to file a petition for bankruptcy protection in New York. A chapter 7 bankruptcy is also know as a "liquidation". It can be filed individually, or jointly with a spouse. Chapter 7 bankruptcy can be a relatively quick and cost-effective method for qualified individuals to discharge many types of ...
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  • Student Loan Disability Discharge

    || 10-Apr-2015

    Are you unable to work and are receiving Social Security Disability Insurance? Are you a veteran that is unemployable due to a service-connected discharge? You have rights! Defenses to your debt may exist, and you may be able to discharge or forgive your Federal student loans. If you are totally and permanently disabled you may be eligible to discharge your loans through the Total and Permanent ...
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