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Five New York Judgments Vacated and Dismissed for Client

We were retained by a client living in Arizona who had 5 NY judgments on his credit report and was distraught by the effect these judgments were having on his credit score and ability to obtain ...
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Houslanger & Associates Federal Lawsuit Revived

On Monday, the Second Circuit ruled that Andrew Benzemann should be allowed to sue Citibank after his account was frozen while the bank tried to collect another customer’s debt. This case stems ...
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Forster & Garbus and Mullooly Jeffrey Rooney and Flynn Property Liens Vacated

We were recently retained for two cases where our clients had very similar issues regarding property liens due to judgments improperly entered against them. In the first case, the client’s ...
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Palisades Acquistion XVI Judgment Matter Vacated

This client initially contacted our firm after his bank account was frozen due to a New York judgment that had been entered against him in 2003. He had already moved to Florida at that time and was ...
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Debt Collection Regulation

As of July 2016, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau announced that it intends to overhaul the debt collection market by capping collector contact attempts and by ensuring that companies have ...
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FTC Wins Summary Judgment Action Against New York Based Debt Collector

In late October, a federal judge for the United States District Court for the Western District of New York granted summary judgment in an action taken by the FTC against a group of abusive debt ...
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Legal Action Taken against New York Debt Collection Scheme

In early November, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the New York Attorney General, filed a lawsuit in a federal district court against a debt collection network based in Buffalo, New York. ...
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Law Firms Must Apply For Debt Collection License In New York

November 30th is a big deadline for attorneys and law firms acting as debt collection agencies in New York City. Those practicing debt collection have until this date to submit an application for a ...
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Kirschenbaum & Phillips Judgment Vacated and Dismissed

We were contacted by a consumer who was worried that he would have his wages garnished because of an old default judgment against him. EMCC, a debt buyer had obtained a default judgment against our ...
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Houslanger and Associates Judgment Vacated

We were contacted about a default judgment obtained against a consumer by Palisades Acquisition, a debt buyer using the services of Todd Houslanger & Associates to enforce the judgment against him ...
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Navy Federal Credit to Pay $28.5 Million For Improper Debt Collection

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau took action against Navy Federal Credit Union for abusive and improper debt collection practices regarding the accounts and loans of active duty military, ...
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Selip & Stylianou Judgment's Vacated And Dismissed

Selip & Stylianou, the collection law firm formerly known as Cohen & Slamowitz obtained two default judgments against our client in 2008 and 2009 respectively. The first creditor was Metro ...
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Debt Collector, Allied Interstate LLC Sued for $10 Million over Robocalls

Four district attorneys in California have sued debt collection company, iQor, and its subsidiary, Allied Interstate LLC for $10 million. The district attorneys have alleged that the companies ...
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Increase In Private Student Loan Lawsuits

A recent trend shows that private student loan lenders are taking more people to court for falling behind on their student loans. While no formal record is kept of such lawsuits, the Associated Press ...
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NCO Portfolio Management Debt Dismissed

A former client retained our services again when another old debt came back to potentially garnish his wages. A default judgment had been entered against him in 2008 by NCO Portfolio Management, one ...
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Midland Funding Judgment Vacated and Debt Resolved

We were contacted by a client who learned that she had a default judgment entered against her back in 2008 by Midland Funding or Midland Credit Management, one of the biggest debt buying companies in ...
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New Consumer Debt Collection Regulations

On September 15, 2016, a coalition of 59 different consumer advocacy groups sent the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau a letter detailing their concerns regarding the CFPB’s proposed debt ...
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PRESSLER & PRESSLER JUDGMENT RESOLVED

As often occurs, our client learned about a 2008 default judgment when his bank account was frozen by debt collection attorneys Pressler & Pressler in connection to a debt owned by First ...
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Daniels Norelli, Stephen Einstein & Associates & Mullooly Jeffrey Rooney & Flynn Cases Defended

Clients often come to our firm with multiple judgments entered against them during a time of financial hardship in their lives. Most commonly, it is the result of job loss, divorce, or medical issues. ...
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Eltman Law Case Resolved

Our client retained us after he received a notice from his bank regarding a judgment entered against him in 2008 in Ulster County Supreme Court. The letter indicated that the judgment creditor was ...
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Student Loan Bankruptcy Brunner Test Challenged

In August, NACBA and NCLC filed an amicus brief to the Eleventh Circuit student loan discharge case, Acosta Conniff v. ECMC. The case was appealed from the United States District Court for the Middle ...
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Well Fargo to Pay $3.6 Million for Illegal Student Loan Practices

In late August, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau took action against Wells Fargo for illegal private student loan servicing practices. The practices resulted in increased costs and unfair ...
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PINPOINT TECHNOLOGIES JUDGMENT VACATED AND DISMISSED

Pinpoint Technologies is a well-known debt buyer whom frequently sues consumers and enforces on default judgments obtained in New York and New Jersey. In this case our client was sued in Albany by ...
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UNIFUND CCR CASE DISMISSED

We were retained in this situation to defend our client in New Jersey as she was being sued by Unifund CCR, a common debt buyer through the law firm of Ragan & Ragan, who commonly handle these ...
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STUDENT LOAN CHARGEOFFS

In February 2016, the Government Accountability Office released a report that suggests that the Obama administration’s policies have exacerbated student debt. Student loans account for nearly ...
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