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The FTC filed an amended complaint adding several new defendants in the action currently pending against Federal Loan Modification Law Center, LLP, and six related defendants. The original complaint, filed on April 3, 2009, charged the defendants with misrepresenting that in exchange for a large up-front fee, they will obtain a mortgage loan modification or stop foreclosure in all or virtually all cases, and by misrepresenting that they are affiliated with or endorsed by the U.S. government.

The amended complaint adds the following defendants to the case: Venture Legal Support, PLC; Federal Loan Modifications; SBSC Corporation; and Steven Oscherowitz. The Commission alleges that the additional defendants participated in the challenged practices independently and as part of a common business enterprise. The amended complaint also adds MGO Capital and Legal Turn, LLC as relief defendants. Relief defendants are individuals or entities that did not participate in the alleged deceptive practices, but financially benefitted as a result.

The Commission vote authorizing the staff to file the amended complaint was 4-0. (FTC File No. X090041, the staff contact is Laura M. Sullivan, Bureau of Consumer Protection, 202-326-3327; see press release dated April 6, 2009, at

Copies of the documents mentioned in this release are available from the FTC’s Web site at and from the FTC’s Consumer Response Center, Room 130, 600 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Washington, DC 20580. Call toll-free: 1-877-FTC-HELP.

(FYI 31.2009.wpd)

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