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NYC Consumer Debt Defense Project: Podcast 6: The Intersection of FDCPA and L&T Law

In this episode, we take a look at the intersection of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act and L&T law. To help us do that, we spoke with James Fishman, from the law firm of Fishman & Mallon. We spoke with Mr. Fishman about his pioneering use of consumer protection statutes in the housing law area. In particular, we spoke…read more →

The Real Deal: Washington Heights renter prevails in “game changer” case

  By David Jones Law firm Kucker & Bruh will have to cough up $22,000 to an 82-year-old Washington Heights tenant, who claimed the firm launched a bogus eviction case against him on behalf of a landlord client — a case said to be the first of its kind. Rafael Lee, a resident of 810 West 183rd Street, claimed the…read more →

New York Law Journal: Debt Collecting Firm Is Found Liable for ‘Benign’ Error

By John Caher A debt collecting law firm that “blindly” relied on a client’s records and mistakenly went after an 82-year-old tenant is liable for Fair Debt Collection Practices Act damages even though the slip-up was “benign” and it backed off immediately after learning of the error, a Southern District judge has held. Judge Lorna Schofield stressed that the Fair Debt…read more →

Beware of Debt Settlement Companies!

Why is there still a market for debt settlement companies?  Could it be the “debt settlement” company’s tantalizing promise to cut your debt in half, or better yet, to make it disappear into thin air? Given the state of our economy and the ever increasing rates of unemployment, a debtor’s desire to obtain a quick fix, a fast settlement, and…read more →

More Consumers Suing Over Debt Collection Harassment

by Josh Crank Debtors and their attorneys in California have contributed over the last seven years to a fivefold increase in lawsuits alleging illegal debt collection practices, according to an analysis recently published by the Sacramento Bee. The surge in suits against collection agencies has intensified as the economy struggles to recover, suggesting that collectors are increasingly pushing the envelope…read more →