Is a debt collector threatening to take you to court over a credit card account? Are you receiving hostile and aggressive messages on your home and work voicemails?
Are your friends and family getting calls? If the answer to all of these questions is yes, you are being harassed and you don’t have to tolerate it.
Your Rights Under the FDCPA
The Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, or FDCPA, makes it illegal to bully, deceive, or otherwise manipulate you into paying a debt.
If the collection agency assigned to your account uses any of these practices when communicating with you, your next call should be to a consumer lawyer.
- Calling you before 8:00 a.m. and after 9:00 p.m. your time
- Using profane and obscene language
- Calling you at work after you’ve told them that your employer won’t let you take such calls
- Threatening legal action they are not eligible to take or have no intention of taking
- Discussing your debt with your friends, neighbors, and co-workers
- Contacting you after you have formally requested that all communications cease
Company Profile: Gravano, Mattrey & Mayner, LLC
If you are being called by Gravano, Mattrey & Mayner, LLC, below is some additional information on the company.
Gravano, Mattrey & Mayner, LLC is a debt collection agency located in Buffalo, New York. It was founded in 2010, has less than 10 employees, and is managed by owner Nick Johnson.
A close inspection of litigation records available through the PACER website reveals that people who felt they were being harassed by Gravano, Mattrey & Mayner, LLC invested their resources in a consumer lawyer instead.
Alleged Violations against Gravano, Mattrey & Mayner, LLC
According to PACER, in or about early February 2012, Gravano, Mattrey & Mayner, LLC began calling a California consumer to collect a debt.
During the first communication, he informed the caller that the number was a work telephone number and requested that he not be called there.
Despite this request, collectors allegedly called him several more times at work throughout the month of February 2012.
The consumer also complained that on or about February 22, 2012, Gravano, Mattrey & Mayner called his son-in-law and said that he would be subpoenaed to testify in New York if the consumer did not pay the alleged debt.
Feeling harassed by Gravano, Mattrey & Mayner, LLC, he hired a consumer lawyer and sued the company for the following alleged FDCPA violations:
- Calling him at work after being asked to stop
- Engaging in harassing and abusive means to collect a debt
- Using false, deceptive and misleading means to collect a debt
A judgement was entered in favor of the plaintiff.
Hire a Consumer Lawyer
The phone number for Gravano, Mattrey & Mayner, LLC is 1-716-362-9154. If it appears on your caller ID, it means that a debt collector is calling you.
If they try to bully you into paying by calling you at work and exposing details of your debt to your relatives, hire a consumer lawyer immediately.
Such conduct violates the FDCPA, and if you file a claim against Gravano, Mattrey & Mayner, LLC, you could be awarded statutory and punitive damages in addition to your legal fees.
Don’t be bullied: act on your rights and fight back.
Case taken from PACER (pacer.gov). File number is Case 3:12-cv-01349-W-MDD from the United States District Court for the Southern District of California.
*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 Gravano, Mattrey & Mayner, LLC or any other third-party collection agency, you may not be entitled to any compensation.