Are you being called by Lamont, Hanley & Associates, Inc.?* Here’s what you need to know.
Consumers with debts that have gone to collections are regularly subjected to threats, harassment, and embarrassing public disclosures by debt collectors. In many instances these people declare bankruptcy to stop the abuse, unaware that they have rights that protect them from such dedicated harassment.
Your Rights Under the FDCPA
The Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, or FDCPA grants you the right to dispute a debt and tell collection agencies to stop to stop calling them. It also regulates what debt collectors can say or do and prohibits tactics like those below.
- Using profane and obscene language
- Pretending to be police officers or federal agents
- Contacting you at work despite knowing that personal calls are not allowed there
- Calling you before 8:00 a.m. and after 9:00 p.m.
- Failing or refusing to identify themselves as debt collectors trying to collect a debt
- Making threats they have no intention of following up on, such as seizing your house or having you arrested
Company Profile: Lamont, Hanley & Associates, Inc.
If you are being called by Lamont, Hanley & Associates, Inc., information about the company is below.
Lamont, Hanley & Associates, Inc. is a debt collection office located in Manchester, New Hampshire. It was established in 1991, has approximately 50 employees, and is managed by its President, John W. Hanley. Records on file at the PACER (Public Access to Court Electronic Records) website suggest that consumers who believed they were being harassed by Lamont, Hanley & Associates, Inc. stood up for themselves by filing a lawsuit against the company for allegedly violating the FDCPA.
Alleged Violations against Lamont, Hanley & Associates, Inc.
Pamela Casso vs. Lamont, Hanley & Associates, Inc.*
According to PACER, during August-September, and October 2013, Illinois resident Pamela Casso allegedly received at least 30 automated, prerecorded phone messages from Lamont, Hanley & Associates, Inc. on her cell phone. When she returned the calls she was told that the company was attempting to reach her husband.
Feeling harassed by Lamont, Hanley & Associates, Inc., Ms. Casso hired a consumer attorney and sued the company for allegedly violating the FDCPA by using harassing and abusive means to collect a debt.
The matter was later dismissed.
Hire an Attorney
The phone numbers for this debt collection company are as follows:
If you see either of them your caller ID when the phone rings, it means that you are being called by Lamont, Hanley & Associates, Inc.. If they keep calling your cell phone about someone else’s debt, hire a consumer attorney who can help you file a claim against Lamont, Hanley & Associates, Inc. If you win your case, you may be awarded $1,000 per FDCPA violation plus any applicable fees and damages. If a collection agency tries to bully you into paying, the law could eventually force them to pay you instead.
*Case taken from PACER (www.pacer.gov). File number is Case: 1:13-cv-07809 from the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Eastern 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 Lamont, Hanley & Associates, Inc., or any other third-party collection agency, you may not be entitled to any compensation.