Are You Being Called By Curtis O. Barnes*? Here's What You Need to Know
The fact that you owe money does not give debt collectors the right to harass you. If you get rude letters and demanding calls, Don’t put up with it. You have options that include suing the collection agency for compensation.
Your Rights Under the FDCPA
The Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) was passed in 1977 to protect consumers from unethical debt collectors. If a collection agency violates your rights under the FDCPA, you have a right to demand compensation for using tactics like the following:
- Swearing, yelling, and calling you names
- Contacting you after you have sent a cease and desist letter
- Calling you before 8:00 a.m. and after 9:00 p.m. in your time zone
- Using an autodialer to leave a series of pre-recorded messages
- Failing to identify themselves as debt collectors trying to collect a debt
- Calling you at work after you tell them that you can’t take personal calls there
Company Profile: Curtis O. Barnes
If you are being contacted by Curtis O. Barnes, here are some additional company details.
Curtis O. Barnes is a debt collection law office in Anaheim, California. It was established in 1998, fewer than 10 employees are employed there, and is managed by owner Curtis O. Barnes. Legal files at the PACER website legal confirm that consumers who believed that they were being harassed by Curtis O. Barnes were not fazed by legal action. Instead, they took their own.
Alleged Violations against Curtis O. Barnes**
According to information on the PACER website, in or around 2010, the Law Office of Curtis O. Barnes allegedly tried to collect a debt from a Missouri couple by calling them constantly. One caller allegedly told the man that if the account was not paid, his fiancé would be garnished. The woman kept receiving calls at her workplace, during which they allegedly discussed the debt with third parties.
Feeling harassed by Curtis O. Barnes, the consumers sued the firm for:
- Using unfair and unconscionable means to collect a debt
- Calling at work although such calls were prohibited by the employer
- Threatening to take action that cannot legally be taken
The matter was later dismissed.
Hire a Consumer Lawyer
The phone number for this debt collection law office is 1-866-477-8222. If it appears on your caller ID, a representative of Curtis O. Barnes is on the line. If they make false threats and harass you at work, you may want to hire a consumer lawyer and file a claim against Curtis O. Barnes. You could be awarded $1,000 per FDCPA violation as well as any damages and the court costs as compensation for collection agency behavior that is not tolerated by law. Complete the Free Case Evaluation above today!
**Case taken from PACER (pacer.gov). File number is Case 4:10-cv-00735-FJG from the United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri, Western Division.
*Disclaimer: The content of this article serves only to provide information and should not be constructed as legal advice. If you file a claim against Curtis O. Barnes or any other third-party collection agency, you may not be entitled to any compensation.