New York Law Journal: “A law firm that mass-produced collection letters and litigation documents violated the federal debt collection act in a matter it filed a decade ago, a federal judge has ruled. In August 2000, [the law firm] sued Arthur Miller, after he failed to respond to a letter . . . [that] gave Miller 30 days to contest a $1,678 balance he owed . . . . In finding the firm liable for violations of §1692(e) of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, [the judge said] that the ‘attorney review practices prior to both the issuance of the debt-collection letter . . . and the commencement of legal action were inadequate for [FDCPA] purposes, thus rendering misleading these communications with Miller.’ The decision ‘digs a grave for attorneys’ who send letters and then file suit on behalf of debt buyers with ‘no information, no documents, and no meaningful attorney review,’ said Brian L. Bromberg of the Bromberg Law Office, who has represented Miller for the past eight years.”
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