Sued for Debt by Roach & Murtha, P.C.?
Roach & Murtha, P.C. is a creditors’ rights firm located in Nassau
County, Long Island. Previously it was known as the law firm of Peter
T. Roach & Associates. It engages in collecting debts and assisting
in the collection of any type and amount of debt including, subrogation,
commercial debt, judgments, promissory notes, and accounts receivable.
The firm also engages in the liquidation of security interests on equipment
or vehicle leases through repossession and deficiency judgments. The firm
represents creditors, debt buyers, and other debt-collection companies
including Discover Bank, Creditrust, LVNV Funding, LLC, Citibank, and
JP Morgan Chase Bank.
The partners of the firm are Peter T. Roach and Timothy J. Murtha. Mr.
Roach is admitted to practice in New York State, the United States District
Court for the Northern, Southern, Eastern, and Western Districts of New
York, and the District of Columbia. Before opening his firm in 1979, Mr.
Roach was a CEO of a mortgage banking company. Mr. Murtha is admitted
to practice in New York, Connecticut, and the Eastern District of New
York. He has spent more than a decade litigating collection cases in the
collection industry throughout New York States.
The firm uses debt collection software to electronically receive cases.
The technology allows consumers to make payments by telephone or online
on the firm’s website. Following a judgment, the firm uses debt
collection software to locate debtor’s bank accounts in an effort
to freeze the funds of the account. These accounts may also be garnished
and applied toward entered judgments.
A notable case brought against the firm is
Fedotov v. Peter T. Roach and Associates,
P.C., 354 F. Supp.2d 471 (S.D.N.Y 2005) In
Fedotov, the consumer brought a class action against the law firm for alleged
violations of the Fair Debt Collection Practice Act. In this case, the
plaintiff received a credit card issued by Citibank. The plaintiff failed
to make the payments on a credit card amount and Citibank referred the
matter to the firm for debt collection. The firm sent a collection letter
on behalf of Citibank to the plaintiff demanding payment of the credit
card debt. The contents of the letter were the basis for the lawsuit.
The firm sought to stay the proceedings in favor of arbitration and the
court granted this motion.