A U.S. District Court today granted the CFPB andthe State of Florida a final judgement against Hoffman Law Groupand affiliated companies for what the agency said was usingdeceptive marketing practices and scamming consumers.

According to agency, the North Palm Beach, Fla. companiestricked consumers into paying illegal advance fees and joiningfrivolous lawsuits that the companies said would pressure banks tomodify underwater home loans or provide foreclosure relief.

The U.S. District Court for Florida's Southern District foundthe corporation and its affiliates liable for more than $11.7million in fees illegally charged to consumers and further orderedthe companies to pay $10 million to the CFPB and additional finesto the State of Florida.

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