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05/31/2018

The defendants in two student loan debt relief cases have agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission claims that they charged consumers illegal upfront fees and falsely promised to help reduce or forgive student loan debt burdens.

The settlements with Strategic Student Solutions and Bloom Law Group are part of a coordinated federal-state law enforcement initiative targeting deceptive student loan debt relief scam announced by the FTC in October 2017, called Operation Game of Loans.

PLAN E-News
05/24/2018

​American Bar Association President Hilarie Bass filed written testimony Wednesday, May 23, with the Senate supporting increased funding for the Legal Services Corporation to help close America’s “justice gap.” The testimony expressed the ever-growing need for legal services in areas including the opioid crisis, and in recent natural disasters. It also emphasized the federal role in justice for all, recommended against placing an unfunded mandate for legal services on states and localities.

PLAN E-News
05/23/2018

Martin Luther King, Jr. GraphicThe 2018 Martin Luther King, Jr. Summer Internship Program is underway at legal aid programs across Pennsylvania. This year’s class includes law students from Penn State, Penn State-Dickinson, Widener Commonwealth, Pitt, Washington University (St. Louis), Temple, and Florida International law schools. The students attended a two-day orientation program in Harrisburg on May 17-18 and are beginning their summer of service at many PLAN programs. 

PLAN E-News
05/23/2018

The National Legal Aid and Defender Association (NLADA) has announced G. Gordon Bonnyman and Gary Horton as the winners of the 2018 Kutak-Dodds Prize. This award honors civil legal aid attorneys and public defenders who through the practice of law have significantly enhanced the quality of life for individuals who cannot afford legal representation.

PLAN E-News
05/22/2018

The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) has announced the availability of an updated publication of “A Guide to Utility Ratemaking.” PUC Commissioner Norman J. Kennard recently updated the original handbook he wrote more than 35 years ago with former PUC Commissioner James H. Cawley. The new 190-page handbook is designed as an introduction to ratemaking for customers and new practitioners and also is a research tool for the more advanced participant. 

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