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In our constant effort to keep pace with the latest developments in debt collector psychosis, we find recent manifestations in the following incidents. If you’re looking for debt collector harassment, you don’t have to search much further.
First a brief review: The Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) governs the collection of consumer debt. Among the prohibited tactics, for example, are threats. Debt collectors can’t threaten consumers, physically or financially, and, they can’t threaten to take any action which they are not legally permitted to take.
Let’s see if these qualify:
Threats to dig up dead relatives! It doesn’t get any better than this. The debt collector, collecting an unpaid funeral bill, threatened to dig up the debtors’ recently deceased children, and hang the bodies from a tree outside the debtors’ front door if the bill wasn’t paid right away. I told you this was good. So good, in fact, that it won an award of $700,000……for the debtor.
In this next one, the kids are still alive.
Threatening to take away children. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) brought a complaint against a debt collector who reportedly told a consumer over the phone: “We can take you to jail if you don’t pay now. We will send the sheriff to your work and drag you out the door. And while you’re in jail, the police will take away your children.”
Hey, end of the day, a guy still needs to put bread on the table.
Here’s another proven fundraiser: loss of liberty.
Threatening Arrest. For a $300.00 debt which the consumer said she had already paid, the debt collector called her workplace and told her co-workers that the consumer was going to be arrested, and that they would have to come down to the station and pick her out of a lineup.
Although this makes absolutely no sense, you’re not likely to be a critical thinker, when your crime causes co-workers such an inconvenience, and places you squarely center stage. (Though, in fact, you may second from the left)
Finally, there is one episode of debt collector abuse that is so “off-the-charts” twisted, so disgusting that I don’t feel comfortable passing it along here. So we’ll just skip it.
I mean, it is so sick, that one hesitates to give it life by mentioning it. I’ve thought about this a lot, and I just can’t.
The FTC reports that collectors allegedly threatened to kill a debtor’s dog if she didn’t pay. And not just kill. Specifically, the collectors told a woman that they would have her dog “arrested, then shoot him, and eat him” if she didn’t pay.
Keep in mind that in order to protect her dog from arrest, all the consumer had to do was pay. Also, the FTC used the word “allegedly”, so it probably, really, never happened. Right?
I mean, come on. Debt collectors don’t say stuff like that.
Nobody’s that psycho.
If you have been sued or harassed by Cavalry SPV I, LLC, we can help.
We know Cavalry. We know their attorneys, and their tactics. As a result we can get a favorable outcome for you. To learn how, call us now for a free consultation at 877-551-0210; or, submit your contact information to the right, and we will contact you promptly.
Here’s more about Cavalry:
Cavalry Portfolio Services, LLC is a debt buyer headquartered in New York which purchases “distressed consumer loans” – fancy talk for defaulted credit card debt. When Cavalry sues, the name of the plaintiff is likely to be Cavalry SPV I, LLC. “SPV” stands for Special Purpose Vehicle, a separate subsidiary entity designed to service and collect Cavalry’s debt.
Cavalry is represented in California primarily by the Winn Law Group in Fullerton. While clients have reported problems with Winn’s non-attorney debt collectors, I have found their attorneys to be professional and reasonable. Given the opportunity, Winn prefers to settle cases rather than take them to trial. This business model is informed, no doubt, by two factors: (1) Cavalry cases suffer the from same lack of admissible evidence problems as do all debt buyer cases; and, (2) located in New York with hundreds perhaps thousands of cases in California alone, Cavalry is generally unwilling to bear the cost of flying witnesses cross-country to testify in cases with these problems. Consequently, as trial approaches against an experienced debt collection defense attorney, Cavalry is willing to accept settlements which are favorable to the consumer.
To see what’s best for you, give us a call. We’ll give you our thoughts for free.
If you have been sued or harassed by Unifund CCR, LLC, we can help.
We know Unifund well. We know their attorneys, and their tactics. As a result we can get a favorable outcome for you. To learn how, call us now for a free consultation; or, submit your contact information to the right, and we will contact you promptly.
Here’s more about Unifund:
Unifund CCP Partners, Inc. is a large national debt buyer based in Cincinnati, OH, which purchases, sells and manages “under-performing and distressed” consumer receivables, including defaulted consumer credit card accounts.
Unifund relies on two law firms primarily to file its debt collection lawsuits in California: the Fresno law firm of Lang Richert & Patch, and, from Los Angeles, Kenosian & Miele.
Unifund’s cases suffer from the same core weaknesses as other debt buyer cases: (1) proving that the defendant owed money to the original creditor; and, (2) proving the Unifund purchased the defendant’s defaulted account. Under California law, testimony from the original creditor is necessary to prove that defendant defaulted on a credit card account and owed a debt. The large banks which sell credit card debt to Unifund have not made witnesses available for this purpose, and there is no reason to expect a change. Think of it this way: What are the chances that a major national bank, dedicated to its bottom line, will fly an witness to California to testify in a trial in which the bank has no financial interest whatsoever? Let’s move on. Unifund typically attempts to circumvent this requirement with testimony from its own witness, submitted by declaration. These “declarants”, however, can be subpoenaed to trial for cross-examination. Since Unifund is similarly reluctant to incur travel expenses from Cincinnati plus lodging for its witnesses, favorable settlement offers tend to result in the days leading up to trial.
To learn how we can help you against Unifund call us toll free at (877) 551-0210 for a free consultation, or you can provide your contact information to the right and we will contact you.
If you have been sued or harassed by Portfolio Recovery Associates, we can help.
We know Portfolio well. We know their attorneys, and their tactics. As a result we can get a favorable outcome for you. To learn how, call us now for a free consultation; or, submit your contact information to the right, and we will contact you promptly.
Here’s more about PRA:
Portfolio Recovery Associates, Inc. bills itself as “a market leader in the consumer debt purchase and collection industry.” Founded in 1992, Portfolio Recovery Associates spent $408 million buying debt with a total face value of $9.8 billion by 2011. That’s about $.04 on the dollar. By the end of 2011, the company employed more than 2,600 people in 10 states and had annual earnings of $100.8 million.
Portfolio Recovery Associates relies on several law firms to collect its debt in California, including Hunt & Henriques, Bleier $ Cox, and the Legal Recovery Law Offices of Mark Walsh.
At the outset of a case, PRA will typically demand 75% of the principle amount to settle. When faced with experienced debt defense counsel, however, Portfolios demands will shrink as trial approaches. Recently, for example, this office defended a $ 42,000 credit card collection lawsuit against Portfolio Recovery Associates. For over a year, Portfolio stuck to its settlement demand of $30,000 – just under 75%. Then, a week before trial, they settled $9,600.
In this case, about six weeks before trial, we took the deposition by PRA’s witness.Fortunately, we were able to poke several holes in their case. PRA settled for 20% of the balance sought rather than bring a weakened case to trial. (A deposition is out of court testimony taken under oath before a court reporter priro to trial. Deposition testimony can be used at trial to descredit a witness.) While depositions can be expensive, in larger cases, they are necessary in preparing for trial.
To learn how we can help you against Portfolio Recovery Associates,LLC call us toll free at (877)551-0210 for a free consultation, or you can provide your contact information to the right and we will contact you.
Equable Ascent Financial, LLC, based in Buffalo Grove, IL, is a national debt buyer and collection company which acquires defaulted consumer and business credit card debt and collects it for its own account. “Equable” – not “E-quit-able” – means: “not varying or fluctuating greatly”, as an “an equable climate”. An airplane makes an “equable ascent” to great heights, as does this company according to its ambitions, perhaps.
In California, the primary collection law firm used by Equable Ascent Financial is the Legal Recovery Law Office of Mark Walsh, located in San Diego, CA. Equable also uses the CIR Law Firm, located in San Diego as well. Equable Ascent, like all debt buyers, carries the burden at trial of proving ownership of the debt at the time of assignment for every link in the chain of title. Legally, this requires witness testimony from every prior owner of the debt, including the original creditor, usually a bank. Sadly for Equable – but not for consumers – banks don’t make their employees available to testify in collection cases in which they have no financial interest whatsoever. There’s no money in it. This weakness in Equable’s cases tends to result in a favorable settlement for defendants who are represented by competent debt defense counsel. Equable’s Illinois location is also a significant factor driving settlement. Getting to the courthouse for trial costs time and money. Equable simply cannot afford to send employees to CA to testify in every one of its hundreds, perhaps thousands, of CA cases each year. Thus, as trial approaches, Equable Ascent Financial becomes particularly amendable to settlement on favorable terms, and, even dismisses cases outright rather than go to trial.
To learn how we can help you against Equable Ascent Financial, LLC please click on one of the links at the top of the page. You can also feel free to call us toll free at (877)551-0210 for a free consultation, or you can provide your contact information to the right and we will contact you.
If you have been sued or harassed by Asset Acceptance, LLC we can help.
We know Asset well. We know their attorneys, and their tactics. As a result we can get a favorable outcome for you. To learn how, call us now for a free consultation; or, submit your contact information to the right, and we will contact you promptly.
Here’s more about AA :
Asset Acceptance, LLC, which began buying defaulted debt in 1962, was one of the oldest and largest debt-buyers in the country, until it was acquired in 2013 by Encore Capital Group, the parent company for debt buyer Midland Funding, LLC (Midland).
Asset was located in New York. Midland now operates Asset out its San Diego offices. Asset lawsuits are brought exclusively by Midland’s in-house legal staff. Midland is a huge debt buyer in its own right. The asssumption of the Asset caseload, increases the burden on its legal staff, which has not been comensurately increased.
While Midland will take its Asset cases to trial, given the size of the joint caseload, their business model is focused on settlement, especially where the defendant is represented by knowledgeable counsel.
Why don’t you give us a call to learn the best course of action for you, or fill out the form to the right. It’s free, and we’ll give you our thoughts.
If you have been sued or harassed by Persolve, LLC, we can help.
We know Persolve well. We know their attorneys, and their tactics. As a result we can get a favorable outcome for you. To learn how, call us now for a free consultation; or, submit your contact information to the right, and we will contact you promptly.
Here’s more about Persolve:
Persolve LLC is a debt buyer located in Chatsworth, CA which purchases defaulted credit card debt to collect for its own account. In a given case, Persolve may be a first-in-line debt buyer, meaning it has purchased the debt directly from the credit card issuing bank (original creditor), or, it may be a secondary debt buyer, purchasing previously sold accounts from other debt buyers. Persolve frequently purchases debt from debt buyer Riverwalk Holdings.
To prevail in court, Persolve must prove every link in the “chain of title”. More specifically, Persolve must establish with admissible evidence that every prior owner held valid title to the debt when it sold the debt to the next “buyer” in the chain. By law, this requires testimony from each prior owner of the debt. I’ve never seen this happen. Think of it this way: What’s the likelihood that a company – especially a bank – dedicated to solely to making money, will send an employee to a trial in California, to testify in a case in which the company has no financial interest whatsoever? Thus, the more links in the chain, the more difficult it is for Persolve to prove its case.
As a result, when faced with a defense attorney who has experience trying collection cases, Persolve will settle favorably as trial approaches. Why settle at all, if Persolve can’t prove its case? Good question. Settlement eliminates risk. And there is always risk. There is an old saying: “Even the best case has a 50-50 chance of losing”. In credit card collection cases, the major risk is that you draw a judge who disregards the law…totally. That is – the outcome is a foregone conclusion. There are plenty of these judges around. Get a good judge you can win, get a bad one….forget about it.
Persolve has an in-house legal department which handles all its collection lawsuits. The “department” consisted of two attorneys, one of whom has recently left the company. Its legal staff is overloaded with cases and understaffed. Persolve simply cannot try all its cases, so it focuses on getting default judgments and trying cases against consumers who represent themselves.
To learn how we can help you against Persolve, LLC call us toll free at (877)551-0210 for a free consultation, or you can provide your contact information to the right and we will contact you.
If you’ve been sued or harassed by Midland Funding, we can help.
We know Midland well. We know their attorneys, and their tactics. As a result we can get a favorable outcome for you. To learn how, call us now for a free consultation; or, submit your contact information to the right, and we will contact you promptly.
Here’s more about Midland:
Midland Funding LLC is a large, national debt buyer based in San Diego. Midland Credit Management (MCM) is the debt servicing arm of Midland Funding, and sends collection letters to consumers prior to Midland Funding LLC (Midland) filing suit. Let us know if you get a settlement offer from MCM. We’ll give you our thoughts, no charge.
Midland uses several law firms in California to file its debt collection lawsuits but has been bringing most of its cases with its in-house legal department. Midland also recently acquired major debt buyer Asset Acceptance, LLC and has taken all the “Asset” cases in-house as well. This has increased the caseload of its legal department and has made them even more amendable to settlement than usual.
Midland will look to settle rather than try cases, especially when opposed by an attorney who knows how to try a debt defense case.
To learn how we can help you against Midland Funding call us toll-free at (877) 551-0210 for a free consultation, or provide your contact information to the right and we will contact you.
Bleier & Cox is a debt collection law firm in Encino CA. Their primary clients are Capital One Bank and Discover Bank. Occasionally they will represent FIA Card Services, the account servicing arm of Bank of America, and debt-buyer Midland Funding LLC.
Bleier & Cox is a very capable law firm. While clients have complained about the tactics of their non-lawyer debt collectors, the attorneys at Bleier & Cox are tough but reasonable. They push cases to trial against defendants who represent themselves, as well as against attorneys who lack experience defending credit card cases. Also, Bleier & Cox will use Summary Judgment procedures in an effort to win cases early, without a trial.
We know Bleier & Cox from opposing them over the years and have achieved excellent results. If you have been sued by Bleier & Cox, we can help. To learn how, please fill out the form to the right and we will contact you, or call us at 877-551-0210 for a FREE consultation and case review.
We’ll go over your options and the consultation is free. So call now.