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Lawsuits Highlight the Problem of Sewer Service

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A class action lawsuit has been filed against a major law firm that is a big player in the debt collection industry. The suit brings to light a major problem that consumers face when collection law firms have hundreds if not thousands of lawsuits to file: Sewer service.  What is Service? At the start… Read More »

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What is a Debt Buyer?

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When you don’t pay a bill, a debt collector usually comes along to try to collect the debt, either through a phone call, or through a letter (or multiple attempts at both of these). The general population calls all of these people “debt collectors,” but this is a general term, and is not legally… Read More »

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Law Requires Businesses Deal With Consumers Honestly

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Can a business or a company lie to you? Certainly, we expect a certain level of truth from businesses, and we know that lies in advertising can lead to lawsuits. If a lie is in a written agreement, we know that we can sue for breach of contract. On the other hand, there is… Read More »

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Illegal Fees are Often Added to a Homeowner’s Indebtedness in Foreclosure Cases

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Almost every mortgage has a provision allowing a homeowner to reinstate a defaulted mortgage by paying what is due and owing as of the time of the default. This provision applies even if the loan has been accelerated (i.e., everything borrowed is immediately declared to be due), and even if the loan is in… Read More »

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People Are Noticing Wells Fargo’s Pattern of Ineptitude

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Everyone makes a mistake. Maybe even two. But when someone makes mistakes over and over again, they can no longer be called mistakes, but rather, must be called purposeful activity. And when that someone is a large national bank whose mistakes usually involve preying on consumers, it becomes more than what we should have… Read More »

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Arbitration Agreements Aren’t Having the Desired Effects for Some Companies

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We have previously written about the ways that arbitration clauses strip consumers and workers of their rights by requiring that lawsuits be heard before arbitrators instead of before judges and juries. Arbitration also limits a plaintiff’s ability to collect crucial evidence needed to prove a case, and in many instances, arbitration clauses restrict the… Read More »

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What Does a Credit Reporting Agency Have to Do When You Dispute an Item on Your Credit?

By Jacobs Legal |

If you check your credit or get your credit reports, you’ll always see the same basic message: If you don’t agree with something on your credit reports, you can always dispute what’s there. But what can you actually dispute, and what happens when you file a dispute? What Can be Disputed You cannot dispute… Read More »

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Florida High Court Protects Consumers’ Right to Collect Attorney’s Fees

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The Florida Supreme Court has taken a step to help homeowners who seek out attorneys to help them fight foreclosure cases. The recent case allows firms like ours to continue helping those in need. Prevailing Party Contract Provisions It is established law that where a contract (which includes a mortgage) says that a party… Read More »

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Unpaid Federal Workers Face Tough Problems With Creditors

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The government is, at the time this post is written, shut down. For many federal workers, this means that they will likely get paid when the government “re-opens,” but until then, many are reporting to work as normal, without being paid. Although on a much smaller scale, a lot of what federal workers in… Read More »

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Court Sanctions Bank Foreclosure Attorneys for Skipping Trial Three Times

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Since the days when the foreclosure crisis first started, one thing has been consistent: Banks and their attorneys don’t want to provide or produce evidence to homeowners trying to defend their case, and they will make every argument—even frivolous ones—to avoid doing so. It’s one thing to abuse court resources and everyone’s time making… Read More »

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