Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Ohio Law Firm Sued for Deceptive Debt Collection Practices


The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) is suing an Ohio law firm. The suit claims that Weltman, Weinber & Reis made collection calls and sent collection letters to millions of consumers stating that attorneys were involved in collecting the debt. The law firm created the allusion that attorneys had reviewed the files in detail, when that was not the case.
 
The letters stated that attorneys had reviewed the authenticity of the debt incurred by the consumers, including debt from credit cards, installment loan contracts, mortgages, and student loans.
 
CFPB said in a release, “typically, no attorney had reviewed any aspect of a consumer’s individual debt or accounts.”
 
The suit claims the law firm is in violation of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act and the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. The law firm denies breaking any laws in its debt collection efforts.