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The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is asking a court to order Portfolio Recovery Associates to pay $24,000,000 in penalties and damages. The CFPB’s announcement on March 23, 2023, said it had caught Portfolio “red-handed” in 2015 committing numerous violations of law, and that Portfolio had not changed its practices. The CFPB said Portfolio has […]

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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration released its projections for traffic fatalities in 2022, estimating that 31,785 people died in traffic crashes in the first nine months of the year. While this was a slight decrease from the number of fatalities from car accidents in 2021, it is still too high. With the effects of […]

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Wisconsin residents who get their cellphone service through T-Mobile are currently facing a high risk of identity theft. T-Mobile disclosed this week that 37 million of its customers had their private information compromised by a hacker or hackers who were accessing the data from November 25, 2022 through January 5, 2023. This is reported to […]

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PORTAGE COUNTY, Wis. (WAOW) — Groups from across Portage County are uniting ahead of the winter to make sure area veterans get the resources they need. It can often be difficult to ask for help, especially for veterans who are re-integrating into civilian life. But one father is willing to go the extra mile, making sure […]

MADISON, Wis. — A Madison teenager with cerebral palsy suffered severe medical setbacks after Madison Metropolitan School District staffers in the post-graduation “18 to 21” program failed to follow a plan for her daily care, according to her mother and a pending lawsuit citing the teen’s doctor’s notes. “She wasn’t able to bear her own […]

We have much to be proud of and celebrate at LawtonCates. Not only have our attorneys been recognized for their professional achievements, but we also have a new team member. Selection to Super Lawyers Attorneys Terrence M. Polich and Dixon R. Gahnz have been chosen to the 2022 Wisconsin Super Lawyers list. Receiving this honor requires going through a multiphase […]

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The battle between debtors and debt collectors has been raging for years. In recent times, law changes have given debtors a fighting chance. Even though these law changes haven’t shifted the odds to favor debtors, the balance of power has shifted enough that desperate debt collectors have resorted to committing offenses that violate consumer protection law. […]

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On Saturday, August 20th, the family of Jason Simcakoski, a veteran of the United States Marines and Stevens Point native who tragically lost his life in 2014, hosted the fourth annual Simmy Golf Tournament at Glacier Wood Golf Club. Both singles and foursomes were encouraged to participate in the event, which began at 8 am […]

TBone Accident

A recent series of serious car accidents in our area illustrates the fact that traffic accidents, fatalities, and injuries are an increasing problem everywhere. Most recently in Madison, a 72-year-old bicyclist was killed when he was struck by a car while riding his bicycle. Traffic fatalities are up substantially in Dane County. In 2021, there was a […]

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If you have made a payment to a debt collector and been charged a service fee, convenience fee, or other charge imposed for making the payment, you might have a right to sue the debt collector. “Pay to Pay” is the name generally given to charges that are often imposed by debt collectors when taking […]