Suing Debt Collectors (MN): Consumer Protection Federal Litigation [Small Firm]
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This episode is presented by The United States Air Force Judge Advocate General's Corp.
What did you just call me? Many Americans are late -- way late -- on their debt obligations. But debt does not entitle a debt collector to use racial epithets, shame consumers, or call them at certain times. In fact, these practices are illegal.
In this episode, Minnesota consumer rights lawyer and William Mitchell College of Law alumnus Pete Barry explains the federal law that drives his law practice. What does Pete do? "I sue debt collectors." He uses this phrase on his website, as well as at cocktail parties. Explaining what he does in such simple, yet clear terms helps him market to those who don't realize they've been legally harmed.
Pete has owned his own firm since he graduated law school nearly 20 years ago. He describes important criteria for taking a client, what's at the core of every lawsuit, and why we're all better off for the accountability he causes.
This episode is hosted by Debby Merritt, a law professor at Ohio State University. It is sponsored by Barbri Law Preview and Top-Law-Schools.com.
- Barry & Helwig, LLC
- Fair Debt Collection Practices Act
- The Legal Theory of Attorney Fee Shifting: A Critical Overview
- FDCPA Boot Camp
- Urban Institute: Delinquint Debt in America
- Investopedia: How The Debt Collection Agency Business Works
- Bankrate.com: How debt collectors get your money
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