Are you being called by Leikin, Ingber & Winters, P.C.?* Here's what you need to know.
It appears that many debt collectors will do absolutely anything to settle a debt. They call you every day, approach your employer, and leave threatening voice messages, all the while hoping that you’ll never clue in that you have rights and what they are doing is illegal.
Your Rights Under the FDCPA
The Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) limits the methods that third-party debt collectors may use to collect a consumer debt. Deceptive and bullying tactics like the following can result in a fine and even loss of the agency’s license.
- Using obscene or profane language
- Contacting them at their workplace after being advised that such calls are not permitted
- Threatening action they are not in a position to legally take
- Calling before 8:00 a.m. and after 9:00 p.m. in your time zone
- Calling your friends, neighbors, and co-workers and telling them that you owe a debt
- Reporting inaccurate information to the credit bureaus
Company Profile: Leikin, Ingber & Winters, P.C.
If you are being called by Leikin, Ingber & Winters, P.C., information about the firm is below.
Leikin, Ingber & Winters, P.C. is a debt collection law office located in Southfield, Michigan. It was established in 1977, has less than 10 employees, and is managed by partner Paul Ingber. A review of records on file at the PACER (Public Access to Court Electronic Records) website confirms that consumers who believed they were being harassed by Leikin, Ingber & Winters, P.C. have fought back by taking the firm to court.
Alleged Violations against Leikin, Ingber & Winters, P.C.
Brenda Radford vs. Leikin, Ingber & Winters, P.C.*
According to PACER, on or about July 14, 2011, Leikin, Ingber & Winters, P.C. filed a lawsuit against Michigan resident Brenda Radford on behalf of its client, a hospital. The firm allegedly represented to the district court that Ms. Radford lived in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, but she did not reside there when the lawsuit was filed.
After the suit was filed but prior to service on Ms. Radford, Leikin, Ingber & Winters, P.C. allegedly received notice that she resided in Goodrich, Michigan but failed to advise the court that she was no longer in Bloomfield Hills. Ms. Radford later alleged that instead of refiling the lawsuit in the appropriate venue, the firm changed the address on the summons and caused her to be served with a lawsuit in the incorrect venue.
Feeling harassed by Leikin, Ingber & Winters, P.C., Ms. Radford hired a consumer attorney and sued the firm for allegedly violating the FDCPA by proceeding with a lawsuit in a county where she did not reside.
The matter was later settled.
Hire an Attorney
The phone numbers for Leikin, Ingber & Winters, P.C. is 1-248-353-1070. If you see this number on your caller ID when the phone rings, it is a heads-up that you are being called by Leikin, Ingber & Winters, P.C., likely about an alleged debt. If they file a lawsuit against you in a venue that is not located in your county of residence, hire a consumer attorney. If you file a claim against Leikin, Ingber & Winters, P.C. with your attorney’s help, you could potentially win $1,000 per violation as well as attorney's fees, court costs, and any actual damages, so never let shame or embarrassment over owing a debt make you back down.
*Case taken from PACER (www.pacer.gov). File number is Case 2:11-cv-14009-PDB-MJH from the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan.
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 Leikin, Ingber & Winters, P.C., or any other third-party collection agency, you may not be entitled to any compensation.