Today’s economy has caused many people to experience financial difficulty. When they lose their jobs or experience a medical emergency, they can be left unable to pay their debts. A lot of debt collectors don’t care about your financial crisis: they will abuse and harass you.
If this happens to you, you can fight back.
Your Rights Under the FDCPA
The Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) regulates the professional conduct of third-party debt collectors and will fine or shut down any company that repeatedly does the following to indebted consumers.
- Calling you before 8:00 a.m. and after 9:00 p.m. in your time zone
- Discuss your financial situation with a third party, such as a friend or co-worker
- Claiming that your property will be seized
- Using profane language
- Pretending to be members of law enforcement
- Saying that they will ruin your credit
Company Profile: Weinberg Mediation Group, LLC
If you are being called by Weinberg Mediation Group, LLC, here is a general overview of the company’s background.
Weinberg Mediation Group, LLC is a collection agency located in Buffalo, New York. It opened in 2016, has approximately 10 employees, and is managed by CEO Jerry Verhage. The company presently has an F rating with the Better Business Bureau.
An inspection of litigation records at the PACER website confirms that consumers who thought they were being harassed by Weinberg Mediation Group, LLC stood their ground and refused to be bullied.
Alleged Violations against Weinberg Mediation Group, LLC
According to PACER, in or around November 2016, Weinberg Mediation Group, LLC started calling a New York consumer to collect a debt. He claimed that in December, a collector called his mother and told her that they were going to have her son arrested and garnish his wages.
When the consumer called Weinberg Mediation Group, LLC, a representative allegedly belittled him and asked him how could he put his mother through this.
They also allegedly told him that he was a grown man and should take care of his debts, and threatened to contact his workplace, have his wages garnished, and apply a cost exceeding $3000.00 in lawyer fees.
In June 2017, Weinberg Mediation Group, LLC allegedly left a voice message on the answering machine of the consumer’s mother, threatening to have the county involved if he failed to pay the debt.
Feeling harassed by Weinberg Mediation Group, LLC, the consumer filed an FDCPA lawsuit against the agency for allegedly:
- Using harassing and abusive means to collect a debt
- Discussing the consumer’s debt with his mother
- Threatening legal action it could not take
The matter was later resolved.
Hire a Consumer Lawyer
The phone numbers for Weinberg Mediation Group, LLC are:
When they appear on your caller ID, Weinberg Mediation Group, LLC is trying to contact you. If they use abusive language and belittle you, don’t put up with it. Instead, hire a consumer lawyer and file a claim against Weinberg Mediation Group, LLC for mistreating you.
Debt collectors who violate the FDCPA can be ordered to pay $1,000 per incident plus legal fees, so companies that abuse consumers have a lot to lose.
Case taken from PACER (pacer.gov). File number is Case 1:17-cv-00618-WMS from the United States District Court for the Western District of New York.
*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 Weinberg Mediation Group, LLC or any other third-party collection agency, you may not be entitled to any compensation.