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IN THE MATTER OF:
WINDSOR LAW, P.C.
WHEREAS, the Banking Commissioner (“Commissioner”) is charged with the administration of Part XII of Chapter 669, Sections 36a-800 to 36a-812, inclusive, of the Connecticut General Statutes, “Consumer Collection Agencies”, and the regulations promulgated thereunder (Sections 36a-809-6 to 36a-809-17, inclusive, of the Regulations of Connecticut State Agencies) (“Regulations”);
WHEREAS, Windsor Law is a Missouri professional corporation with an office at 701 International Parkway, Suite 400, Lake Mary, Florida. Windsor Law is not currently licensed to act as a consumer collection agency in Connecticut;
WHEREAS, the Commissioner, through the Consumer Credit Division of the Department of Banking, conducted an investigation pursuant to Section 36a-17(a) of the Connecticut General Statutes into the activities of Windsor Law to determine if it had violated, was violating or was about to violate the provisions of the Connecticut General Statutes within the jurisdiction of the Commissioner;
WHEREAS, as a result of such investigation, the Commissioner alleges that Windsor Law, during the period of February 26 through July 8, 2013, acted as a consumer collection agency in Connecticut without a consumer collection agency license, in violation of Section 36a-801(a) of the Connecticut General Statutes;
WHEREAS, the Commissioner believes that such allegation would support the initiation of enforcement proceedings against Windsor Law, including proceedings to issue a cease and desist order against Windsor Law pursuant to Sections 36a-804(b) and 36a-52(a) of the Connecticut General Statutes, and impose a civil penalty of up to one hundred thousand dollars ($100,000) per violation against Windsor Law pursuant to Sections 36a-804(b) and 36a-50(a) of the Connecticut General Statutes;
WHEREAS, initiation of such enforcement proceedings would constitute a “contested case” within the meaning of Section 4-166(2) of the Connecticut General Statutes;
WHEREAS, Section 4-177(c) of the Connecticut General Statutes and Section 36a-1-55(a) of the Regulations of Connecticut State Agencies provide that a contested case may be resolved by consent order, unless precluded by law;
WHEREAS, both the Commissioner and Windsor Law acknowledge the possible consequences of formal administrative proceedings, and Windsor Law voluntarily agrees to consent to the entry of the sanction described below without admitting or denying the allegation set forth herein, and solely for the purpose of obviating the need for formal administrative proceedings concerning the allegation set forth herein;
WHEREAS, Windsor Law herein represents to the Commissioner that it has not acted within this state as a consumer collection agency since July 8, 2013;
WHEREAS, Windsor Law specifically assures the Commissioner that the violation alleged herein shall not occur in the future;
WHEREAS, on August 28, 2013, Windsor Law filed a Main Office – Application for Consumer Collection Agency License (“Application”) with the Commissioner, which Application is currently pending;
AND WHEREAS, Windsor Law, through its execution of this Consent Order, voluntarily agrees to waive its procedural rights, including a right to notice and an opportunity for a hearing as it pertains to the allegation set forth herein, and voluntarily waives its right to seek judicial review or otherwise challenge or contest the validity of this Consent Order.
CONSENT TO ENTRY OF SANCTION
WHEREAS, Windsor Law, through its execution of this Consent Order, consents to the Commissioner’s entry of a Consent Order imposing the following sanctions:
|1.||No later than the date this Consent Order is executed by Windsor Law, Windsor Law shall remit to the Department of Banking by cashier’s check, certified check or money order made payable to “Treasurer, State of Connecticut”, the sum of Five Thousand Dollars ($5,000) as a civil penalty; and|
NOW THEREFORE, the Commissioner enters the following:
|1.||The Sanction set forth above be and is hereby entered;|
|2.||Upon issuance of this Consent Order by the Commissioner, this matter will be resolved and the Commissioner will not take any future enforcement action against Windsor Law based upon the allegation contained herein; provided that issuance of this Consent Order is without prejudice to the right of the Commissioner to take enforcement action against Windsor Law based upon a violation of this Consent Order or the matters underlying its entry, if the Commissioner determines that compliance with the terms herein is not being observed or if any representation made by Windsor Law and reflected herein is subsequently discovered to be untrue;|
|3.||Nothing in the issuance of this Consent Order shall adversely affect the ability of Windsor Law to apply for or obtain a license or renewal license under Part XII of Chapter 669, Sections 36a 800 to 36a-812 et seq., of the Connecticut General Statutes; and|
|4.||This Consent Order shall become final when issued.|
Issued at Hartford, Connecticut
this 5th day of March 2014. ________/s/_________
Howard F. Pitkin
I, David R. Smith, state on behalf of Windsor Law, P.C., that I have read the foregoing Consent Order; that I know and fully understand its contents; that I am authorized to execute this Consent Order on behalf of Windsor Law, P.C.; that Windsor Law, P.C. agrees freely and without threat or coercion of any kind to comply with the sanctions entered and terms and conditions ordered herein; and that Windsor Law, P.C. voluntarily agrees to enter into this Consent Order, expressly waiving the procedural rights set forth herein as to the matters described herein.
Name: David R. Smith
Windsor Law, P.C.
State of: MO
County of: Jackson
On this the 28 day of February 2014, before me, Amanda M. Chaney, the undersigned officer, personally appeared David R. Smith who acknowledged himself/herself to be the President of Windsor Law, P.C., a corporation, and that he/she as such President, being authorized so to do, executed the foregoing instrument for the purposes therein contained, by signing the name of the corporation by himself/herself as President.
In witness whereof I hereunto set my hand.
Date Commission Expires: 03/7/18