A Cherry Hill law firm has agreed to pay $137,656 to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that it helped its client, a mortgage modification company, engage in unfair, abusive and deceptive marketing practices.

The federal suit, in Federal Trade Commission v. Hope Now Modifications, 1:09-cv-1204, was notable for the government’s attempt to hold a law firm liable, based on agency theory, for the actions of a client.

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