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Blog Posts in 2015

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Jaffe & Asher Sheds Consumer Collection Unit

The Manhattan-based New York branch of Jaffe & Asher, LLP reported to the New York State Department of Labor that it intends to lay-off 75 of its 119 New York employees in February 2016. The firm ...
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Houslanger & Associates Involved in Statute of Limitations FDCPA Case

In a recent ruling, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit reversed a district court judge’s decision to bar debtor Alexander Benzermann from bringing an action under the Fair ...
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Attorney Fights Disqualification Motion in Midland Credit Debt Collection Suit

In a recent case, attorney Mitchell Pashkin, who has previously represented Midland Credit Management Inc., while he was the managing attorney at Cohen & Slamowitz, pushed a New York federal judge ...
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Debt Collector Ordered to Pay $2.5 Million by CFPB

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau filed a federal complaint against EOS for reporting and collecting on disputed and unverified consumer cellphone debt. EOS is a Massachusetts debt collection ...
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Class Action Suit Alleges Rubin & Rothman's Unlawful Collection of Debts

A recent class action suit has been filed by a New Jersey man against debt collection law firm, Rubin & Rothman, LLP alleging violations of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act including use of ...
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Federal Crackdown on Illicit Debt Collecting Practices

In response to widespread complaints and concerns regarding illegal debt collection tactics, federal, state, and international partners have teamed up to better protect consumers. Operation Collection ...
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Handling Holiday Debt

With the holidays rapidly approaching, it can be easy to get caught up in the exciting spirit of gift giving and party hosting. That is until your post-holiday credit card bill shows up at your door. ...
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Selip & Stylianou Judgment Vacated

Our client, a banker contacted us because she was alarmed to find out that there was a default judgment dating from 2004 against her. As a banker, any defaulted debt and especially a judgment can have ...
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Debt Collection Facts

The recent efforts of state and federal regulators to fight abusive debt-collection practices have drawn attention to the prevalence of abusive debt-collection practices throughout the United States. ...
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Huge Settlement for New York Default Judgment Victims

Several thousands of New Yorkers affected by a major debt collection scheme will receive $59 million in a class-action settlement filed in the Federal District Court in Manhattan. This settlement will ...
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The Use of Robocallers to Collect Debt

Congress has recently passed a budget bill that includes a provision to allow debt collectors to used robocall technology to contact borrowers of federal loans. Robocalls either use a technology with ...
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Schachter Portnoy Debt Lawsuit Settled

In this case our client was sued by Cavalry SPV I LLC, a common low end debt buyer by way of their attorneys Schachter & Portnoy LLC whom handle many of these debt collection lawsuits in New York. ...
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Federal Regulators Announce Effort to Fight Abusive Debt-Collection Practices

In a new national campaign targeting abusive debt-collection practices, the Federal Trade Commission emphasized working with its state partners to combat illicit debt collection practices such as ...
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Auto Finance Co. Ordered to Pay $44.1 Million in Relief for Illegal Collection Tactics

The CFPB has ordered an enforcement action against Westlake Services, LLC and Wilshire Consumer Credit, LLC for using illegal debt collection tactics, including phony caller ID, false threats, and ...
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JP Morgan Chase to Pay $100 Million in Credit Card Debt Settlement

In a settlement with the state of California, JP Morgan Chase will have to pay $50 million in compensation to customers and another $50 million in fines to the state of California. This settlement ...
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Mullooly Jeffrey Rooney and Flynn Judgment Vacated

Our client contacted us about a lien on her property dating back from a default judgment that was obtained against her in 2012. Unifund CCR LLC, a common debt buyer had sued her in upstate New York ...
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15 Charged in "Largest Ever" Debt Collection Scheme

On Tuesday, Manhattan federal prosecutors revealed the criminal charges against 15 individuals in what U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara has said to be the “largest fraudulent debt collection scheme ...
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Repayment of Student Loans

Restructuring Loans: Many private loan borrowers want to repay their loans but require alternative repayment plans when their income is insufficient to meet minimum required repayments. In 2008, 10% ...
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Student Loan Failure Reported Throughout Nation

CFPB has released a report outlining the servicing failures by both federal and private student loan borrowers. Consumers have expressed discontent with the practices of many loan providers. These ...
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Mel S. Harris and Stephen Einstein & Associates Merger

The collection litigation and creditor law firms Mel S. Harris and Stephen Einstein appear to have merged ownership. As a result of this merger the firms have expanded their staff and relocated to a ...
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Evidence in Debt Collection Cases

Debt collection agencies are tricky groups, to put it nicely. They buy up debts from major credit card companies and banks at minimal value, all in hopes of being able to turn a profit by collecting ...
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Malen & Associates Bank Levy Lifted

Recently we have been receiving numerous calls from consumers stating that collection law firms or agencies are telling them to simply sign a “conditional release” with their bank to ...
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New Jersey Higher Education Private Student Loans

Over the past few years we have seen a substantial rise in the number of student loan lawsuits filed by New Jersey Higher Education against students in both New York and New Jersey. Although they are ...
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Arrowood Indemnity Student Loan Settled

The debt collection law firm of Kleinman, Saltzman and Bolnick, obtained a default judgment against our client for an alleged student loan that she owed. They did so on behalf of their client Arrowood ...
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Credit Score Basics

Credit scores have become increasingly important, especially when it comes to loans and mortgages. Credit histories and scores are used as indicators to determine the reliability of consumers and the ...
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