Several lawsuits have been filed against various mental health facilities across the State of Texas by former patients who claim they were held against their will without cause. According to one lawsuit filed in federal court, nine individuals were held against their will after voluntarily agreeing to seek treatment at various mental health facilities including Mayhill Behavioral Health, Millwood Hospital, DeSoto at Hickory Trail, and Behavioral Hospital of Bellaire. The plaintiffs have alleged that the defendants held them against their will through a series of fraudulent and illegal acts, including falsifying documents to secure detention orders from a judge. The lawsuits also allege that the defendants use intimidation, manipulation, and fear to keep voluntary and involuntary patients from leaving the facilities.
On April 26, 2011, a Harris County jury hit Jubilee Financial Management, LLC, The Credit Card Solution (TCCS), Freedom from Debt Alliance, and Robert M. Lindsey with a $13.8 million verdict. The jury found that these defendants defrauded indebted Texans and failed to register with authorities in violation of state law. According to the State's enforcement action, the defendants assured customers that they could eliminate their credit card debts and restore credit ratings by filing lawsuits that would allow the defendants to erase their debts and reap thousands of dollars in court-awarded damages from debt collectors; this was false.