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Tara Petzoldt is a commercial litigator who represents clients in a variety of litigation matters involving contracts, franchising, investments, torts, financial services, and intellectual property. Her practice also emphasizes fiduciary, trust and probate litigation.

Tara has represented franchisors in contract disputes, enforcement of non-competition agreements and restrictive covenants, actions to protect intellectual property, and other business torts. She represents financial services companies in state and federal litigation and regularly defends financial service providers against various claims. Tara defends mortgage lenders, servicers, and other financial services providers against borrower complaints alleging violations of statutes, wrongful foreclosures, and debt collection statutes. She has represented a number of clients in trust and probate litigation matters involving breach of fiduciary duties and fitness to serve as the personal representative of large estates. She has worked on matters related to fraud, duress and undue influence relating to estate-planning documents. She also has experience preparing for and appearing at bench trials, jury trials, and complex evidentiary hearings.

CFPB Files Suit Against Payment Processor for Its Customers’ Alleged ScamsOn March 3, 2021, the CFPB filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois against BrightSpeed Solutions, Inc., a third-party payment processor, and Kevin Howard, BrightSpeed’s founder and former chief executive officer. In its complaint, the CFPB alleges that between 2016 and 2018, Howard and BrightSpeed knew or