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Are You Being Called By Overton, Russell, Doerr, and Donovan, LLP?* Here’s What You Need to Know

Are you tired of debt collectors hounding you day and night? Many people dealing with difficult financial services have been driven to bankruptcy because they couldn’t tolerate the harassment. Don’t let it happen to you. There are federal laws that protect you no matter how much money you owe.

Your Rights Under the FDCPA

The Fair Debt Collection Practices Act has been protecting consumers since 1977, but a lot of collection agencies pretend that it doesn’t exist. Knowing that abuse can yield the results they want, they take actions like the following:

  • Failing to send a debt validation letter within five days of first contacting you
  • Claiming that you can go to jail for not paying a debt
  • Harassing you over a debt that isn’t yours
  • Leaving voice messages that do not identify them as debt collectors
  • Failing to report your dispute to the credit bureaus
  • Adding illegal service fees to the original debt

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Company Profile: Overton, Russell, Doerr, and Donovan, LLP

If you are being called by Overton, Russell, Doerr, and Donovan, LLP, an overview of the firm is below.

Overton, Russell, Doerr, and Donovan, LLP is a debt collection law office in Clifton Park, New York. It was founded in 1981, employs 25 people, and is managed by Jeffrey Doerr. The firm has an F rating with the Better Business Bureau. A search of the PACER legal archive confirms that those who believed Overton, Russell, Doerr, and Donovan, LLP was harassing them researched their rights and then acted on them.

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Alleged Violations against Overton, Russell, Doerr, and Donovan, LLP**

According to PACER, in or around early 2018, Overton, Russell, Doerr, and Donovan, LLP began contacting a Michigan consumer to pay a debt that he denied owing.

The consumer provided the firm with his name, birthday, address, and social security number to confirm that they were speaking with the correct person, and was allegedly told that his name and address did not match their records but his birthday and social security number did.

The consumer explained that this has happened before and he was not the person they were looking for, but the following day, Overton, Russell, Doerr, and Donovan, LLP allegedly called him again and told him there was a judgment against him, with his social security number attached to it, and he would need to provide them with proof the debt was not his.

Feeling harassed by Overton, Russell, Doerr, and Donovan, LLP, the consumer hired a lawyer and sued the firm for:

  • Pursuing collection actions without verifying the debt
  • Harassing him with legal action

The matter was later dismissed.

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Hire a Consumer Lawyer

The phone numbers for this law office are:

If they appear on your caller ID, you are being called by Overton, Russell, Doerr, and Donovan, LLP and should seek legal advice. If they threaten you with legal action over someone else’s debt, hire a consumer lawyer and file a claim against Overton, Russell, Doerr, and Donovan, LLP. The FDCPA allows you to recover damages of $1,000 per violation, so take a stand when debt collectors cross the line.

**Case taken from PACER (pacer.gov). File number is Case 2:18-cv-13561-GCS-DRG 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 Overton, Russell, Doerr, and Donovan, LLP or any other third-party collection agency, you may not be entitled to any compensation.

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Additional Resources

About the author:

Contributing Author: Sergei Lemberg

Sergei Lemberg is a consumer rights attorney, practicing since 2006, whose practice focuses on consumer law, class actions and personal injury litigation. He is known for a United States Supreme Court case (Facebook v. Duguid) defending consumers from autodialers under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act of 1991 to send unsolicited text messages. He is also the author of Defanging Debt Collectors, a book that teaches consumers how to battle debt collectors and win.

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