Creditor Harassment

Medford Creditor Harassment Lawyer

Consumer Protection Representation throughout Klamath Falls, Medford & Jackson County, OR

Credit harassment can occur through many abusive and predatory tactics used by debt collectors against the public. Fortunately, both Oregon state and the federal government have established consumer protection laws designed to safeguard individuals from these tactics.

These laws may be enforced by some government agencies but you may also have the right to fight back against offenders of these laws through civil lawsuits filed against them seeking damages. At Oakes Law Office, PC we have been representing clients in consumer protection cases for decades.

Our Medford creditor harassment attorney has recovered approximately $100,000 in damages for consumers we have represented throughout those years. If you have been the target of abusive and/or deceptive behavior by unscrupulous debt collectors, we recommend that you consult with our attorney about your case and what can be done to protect your rights and redress the wrongs you have suffered.

What Are Consumer Protection Laws?

Creditor harassment and abusive behavior, deceptive sales practices, as well as credit reporting inaccuracies fall under the following laws:

The Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA)

This is a federal law and program that outlines what a debt collector can and cannot do when attempting to collect payment.

It describes the types of actions that are considered:

  • Abusive
  • Harassing
  • And deceptive

It also outlines penalties that may be collected from offenders of this law.

The Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA)

This is another law created by Congress that allows consumers to fight back against inaccuracies and disputes related to your credit report.

Oregon Unlawful Debt Collection Practices Act

This law is similar to the FDCPA in that it controls the actions of debt collectors when attempting to make collections from consumers in our state.

The Unlawful Trade Practices Act (UTPA)

The UTPA allows consumers to recover damages from businesses that engage in deceptive practices when selling real estate, goods, or services.

Reach out to Oakes Law Office, PC for a consultation about your creditor harassment case. Contact us online or at (541) 204-2037 for an evaluation.

What Is Creditor Harassment?

Examples of creditor harassment under the FDCPA include but are not limited to:

  • Calling you before 8 a.m. or after 9 p.m.
  • Contacting you when you have turned the matter over to an attorney
  • Threatening you with arrest or jail if you fail to pay them
  • Using profane, intimidating, or abusive language when speaking with you
  • Trying to get payment for a debt that is not yours or that has been paid off
  • Telling family, friends, roommates, employers, neighbors, or other third parties about your debt
  • Failing to provide a notice that verifies the debt and allows you to dispute it
  • Contacting you where you work after you have told them not to call you there

What Are the Penalties for Creditor Harassment Violations?

In any type of creditor harassment violations, you may be able to file a lawsuit against the offender for statutory damages of $1,000 along with a recovery of legal fees and court costs as well as other actual damages such as for lost wages through wage garnishment and/or emotional distress.

What Is Considered a Credit Reporting Violation?

Violations of the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) include:

  • Listing debts that you no longer owe or were never yours in the first place
  • Listing debt amounts that are inaccurate, reporting that late payments were made when they were not
  • And failing to investigating a disputed debt on your report

Many other types of violations can occur under this law as well

Regardless of the type of state or federal violations of the above laws you believe you have been subject to, we recommend that you learn more about your individual case by discussing the details with our Medford creditor harassment attorney. Our firm can evaluate your situation to determine your legal options.

Connect with our team online or at (541) 204-2037 to schedule your case evaluation today with our creditor harassment attorney.

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