Monday, December 28, 2009

SE Penna Man Sues Mann Bracken for FDCPA Violations

A Chester County man accused the debt collection law firm of Mann Bracken, LLP of violating the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA), when it allegedly failed to verify and validate a consumer debt it was collecting. The consumer filed his FDCPA lawsuit in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania seeking a judgment against Mann Bracken and an unspecified amount of statutory damages, actual damages, attorney’s fees, and the costs of the lawsuit.
The Complaint alleged that the consumer received a dunning letter and properly responded with a dispute letter demanding some evidence that the alleged debt was valid. "Instead of providing that evidence," his attorney, Joseph A. Mullaney, III, stated, "Mann Bracken allegedly continued to try and collect the disputed debt." "The FDCPA does not allow continued collections until the debt collector provides the evidence," Mullaney continued. The consumer seeks to vindicate not only his own FDCPA rights, but to demonstrate to large debt collection law firms that consumers are not without power.

Alas, any such vindication may be unrealized when Mann Bracken collapsed as a result of allegations that it was in bed with the National Arbitration Forum, a private arbiter of debt collection lawsuits.

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