Editorials | Obama blinked and a consumer champion lost | Seattle Times Newspaper. Take note: If you are designated as the official responsible for watching out for consumer interests, doing your job too well may result in you being shown the door. Elizabeth Warren was a warrior for consumer rights and reform of predatory […]
Caller ID and Spoofing | FCC.gov. Finally, we have some small teeth in a law to discourage clear, unambiguous fraud. This type of activity is not just immoral, but clearly in violation of federal (and perhaps many states’ law). As always, any consumer’s best protection against fraudulent activity is the consumer’s own vigilance and skepticism, […]
Remember, the law office that has filed suit on behalf of their client against you is looking out for their client's best interest, not yours.
Remember, the law office that has filed suit on behalf of their client against you is looking out for their client’s best interest, not yours. Why should I hire a lawyer if I can work something out with them myself? Sometimes the opposing party’s lawyer will negotiate a settlement on behalf of their client and […]
Hanna recently picked up another foe—an Atlanta attorney whose practice focuses on representing consumers in debt-collection matters. At issue was a 2008 suit brought by Alpha Receivables, one of Hanna's clients, against an Atlanta woman, Jennifer Chattman. Alpha claimed in DeKalb County State Court that Chattman owed it $1,505. Chattman's lawyer, Daniel E. DeWoskin, proved that Chattman never had such a debt and filed a counter-claim. Alpha admitted it made an error and withdrew the case. In June, DeWoskin sued in federal court, saying Alpha Receivables and Hanna's firm committed fraud and violated state and federal laws regulating debt-collection practices by creating a fictional debt and trying to collect it from Chattman.
There is an unfortunate epidemic in this country of debt buyers purchasing old credit card debt and pursuing collection in illegal, unethical, and unprofessional ways.