One man was sentenced to 78 months in prison recently after he was found guilty of preying on those who were behind on payments. Not only did the man's collection agency target those who owed money, but he sometimes went after those who did not even have a real debt. In Florida, as in other states, the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act protects those who are in debt from this type of creditor harassment.
One of the most stressful times in an adult's life is when he or she falls behind on bills. The constant calls and threatening letters from a debt collector can add heavy amounts of pressure to an already scary situation. One of the most potent weapons against fear is knowledge. The best thing for anyone in Florida or other states to do is to be aware of what a debt collector can do, and what he or she cannot do.
A consumer has filed a suit against her lender, claiming that her privacy was invaded when the lender continued to harass her. The suit was filed against Santander Consumer USA Inc. in April. The plaintiff alleges that the debt collector violated both the Florida Consumer Collection Practices Act and the Telephone Consumer Protection Act and committed creditor harassment via telephone.
Landlords who make an attempt at taking possession of a rented location should be careful if the tenant has filed bankruptcy, says one report. According to the story, landlords who threaten to evict tenants while attempting to make payment collections could face lawsuits for both punitive damages and emotional distress. This report comes after a Third Circuit Court of Appeals awarded both to tenants whose landlord had violated the automatic stay of bankruptcy. While this case was in another state, similar cases are heard each year in Florida.
Debt collector harassment can be traumatizing to many who are bombarded with calls, letters and even late-night knocks at the front door. One woman was fed up with the antics of a debt collector and decided to do something about it. She sued the man, alleging that he had harassed her over the phone. For those who are struggling with this type of creditor harassment in Florida, this option could be available to them as well.
Life happens and things do not always go as planned, which means that anyone can get behind on their bills. A person may sign papers on a loan with full confidence that he or she can pay the loan back. Unfortunately, an accident, loss of a job or any other unexpected stumbling block can delay the best-laid plans. In Florida and other states, debt collectors can make a person feel that he or she is about to be dragged off to prison if one doesn't pay up immediately. However, there is a way for a person to stop creditor harassment and get back some peace of mind.
The plaintiff in a pending federal lawsuit in Florida claims that Credit One Bank called him hundreds of times in an effort to collect a debt. He alleges that the bank engaged in creditor harassment by calling him at least 200 times. The Tampa man had previously given consent to receive calls, but revoked his consent before the bank's alleged harassment.
After allegedly attempting to collect money for a debt that had been discharged, a debt collector working on behalf of Macy's Department stores is being sued. According to the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, in Florida and all other states, once a debt has been discharged in bankruptcy, a debt collector can no longer attempt to collect on it. According to the suit that was filed on Feb. 17, the defendant did just that.
Debt is manageable, but it can quickly turn into a crushing burden if it is not carefully controlled. If you are being stalked by debt collectors, you have rights. The Fair Debt Collections Act (FDCA) enumerates a series of rights that protect consumers from predatory debt collectors. This post will go over some helpful tips to deal with debt collectors.
A debt collector in Illinois is being sued for allegedly making repeated debt collections calls, despite the fact that the debt was discharged through a bankruptcy case. According to a complaint that was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois, the debt collector violated the Fair Debt Practices Act. Debt collections practices in Florida can be just as aggressive.