Wednesday, April 24, 2013

'Brachfeld Law Group' With Boss Erica Brachfeld Listed As Worst of the Worst In LA Times Article

Erica Brachfeld 
UPDATED: July 8th, 2013.
The 'Brachfeld Law Group' and boss lady Erica Brachfeld, her photo, an investigation and expose will now begin of these jackals much like my investigation and expose of the David J. Stern Law Office in Florida which resulted in putting then out of business.  See bio of boss lady Erica Lynn Brachfeld, 43,  CLICK HERE.  From Court Records, ERICA LYNN BRACHFELD, in individual, also known as ERICA LYNN BRACHFELD-SHUBIN; ERICA L. BRACHFELD, Professional Corporation, also known as THE BRACHFELD LAW GROUP, PC, doing business as BRACHFELD AND ASSOCIATES.

UPDATE July 24th, 2013...."Begining of the End"- The Brachfeld Law Group’s financial woes are no longer secret.  The Brachfeld Law Group has recently defaulted on a settlement agreement with a client of ours. Citing financial woes and a speculative ability to “keep its doors open,” this law collection law firm appears to be in deep trouble. If you owe money for which you are paying Brachfeld Law Group, you should probably call the creditor directly to be sure that your payments are being properly credited to your account. And if you have questions, you can always call us here at Michigan Consumer Credit Lawyers at (248) 353-2882 and we would be happy to assist you, for free.
 The Brachfeld Law Group, PC was founded in 2001 by Ms. Erica L. Brachfeld and operated as Brachfeld Law Group until October, 2012, phone 866-598-9391.  Currently, they operate contact centers in California, and Texas. According to its Web site, Brachfeld Law Group is “staffed with experienced collections personnel and Licensed Attorneys, and all collections staff are tested on state and FDCPA law as a prerequisite to employment and tested annually thereafter.” However, according to its track record, Brachfeld Law Group’s collection activities shed a much different light when analyzed under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act.

 According to the Public Access to Court Electronic Records (PACER), Brachfeld Law Group has been sued about 70 times in the last 3 years for debt collection harassment. It does not get any better for Brachfeld Law Group at the Better Business Bureau. The Better Business Bureau has processed 107 billing/collection issues, and 155 total complaints, regarding Brachfeld Law Group in the last three years.

BRACHFELD LAW GROUP…THE WORST OF THE WORST…LA TIMES 8/20/2012...Aggressive debt collection tactics are drawing federal scrutiny.Federal regulators and state lawmakers are taking action against aggressive tactics by debt collectors that have been aided by outdated laws and lax oversight. The Brachfeld law practice files several thousand debt-collection lawsuits a month. Consumer lawyers said the firm often files suits with little documentation.”They stand out to me as among the worst of the worst,” said Aidan Butler, a Los Angeles consumer attorney.
August 20, 2012|By Jim Puzzanghera, Los Angeles Times…
WASHINGTON — Hard economic times have helped push millions of Americans deeply into debt, plunging many into a dark world filled with relentless collection agents, aggressive lawyers and companies that profit mightily if they can get people to pay up. Aided by outdated laws and lax oversight, debt collection has become a $12-billion-a-year business as people increasingly have fallen behind on their bills for credit cards, student loans, hospital stays and other expenses.
Federal regulators, along with lawmakers in California and several other states, are starting to take action against debt collection firms over aggressive tactics that authorities said are becoming rampant. Those tactics include intimidating phone calls, unfounded threats of arrest, harassment of relatives and neighbors and a flood of lawsuits aimed at squeezing money for unpaid bills from paychecks or home equity — recovering $55 billion in debts in 2010. Southern California is home to two of the debt-collection industry’s major players — ones that consumer advocates alleged have been at the forefront of improper behavior. Encore Capital Group Inc.of San Diego, which buys unpaid bills from businesses, has faced numerous lawsuits filed by state attorneys general and private lawyers, alleging it used false and faulty affidavits, much the way banks allegedly used robo-signing in filing foreclosure documents.

Brachfeld Law Group in El Segundo, one of the nation’s largest debt collection law firms, has been contending with allegations that it failed to investigate the facts adequately when it pursued some debts. A spokesman said the firm checks to ensure accuracy. In one case, though, Brachfeld allegedly helped pursue the wrong person for a debt he never owed. Several years ago, debt collectors began pursuing state Sen. Lou Correa (D-Santa Ana) for an unpaid Sears bill they said he owed. He told them they had the wrong man, but the debt collectors never wavered. “These folks are very aggressive,” Correa said. “They’ll call back repeatedly and say, ‘Tell us some personal information so we can tell it’s not you.’ When all of a sudden is the burden of proof on me?” Last year, Correa discovered his Senate paycheck was being garnisheed because of a $4,329 lien for the Sears debt. Brachfeld had obtained a default judgment in court, even though, Correa said, the lawsuit was never served on him and he knew nothing of the claim or the court hearing. He later learned that the debt belonged to a Luis Correa from Santa Ana. The man had a different Social Security number, different address, even different first name — the senator is legally Jose Luis Correa.
The Brachfeld law practice files several thousand debt-collection lawsuits a month. Consumer lawyers said the firm often files suits with little documentation.”They stand out to me as among the worst of the worst,” said Aidan Butler, a Los Angeles consumer attorney. In 2009, Butler won a $12,000 judgment from Brachfeld in Los Angeles County Superior Court for a consumer who had been sued by the firm to collect a $16,000 Capital One debt. Butler had alleged that Brachfeld violated debt collection laws by, among other actions, making harassing phone calls and failing to validate the debt. Butler said he has defended about a dozen clients against suits filed by Brachfeld and each time the suit was dismissed. In Alameda County, two consumers filed a class-action suit in 2010 against the Brachfeld firm and Encore subsidiaries, accusing them of illegally sending repayment letters and pursuing collection lawsuits without conducting reasonable investigations of the debt, with little involvement by lawyers and with the use of false affidavits. The suit is pending. Gottlieb said he had no knowledge of the suit. 

 If Brachfeld Law Group has harassed you over a debt, whether they called you excessively, threatened you, made misrepresentations when trying to collect old debts, called you at work despite knowing you cannot receive these type of calls at work, disclosed your debt to a third party, tried to collect a debt from you that you did not owe, or left you a voicemail message without the proper disclosures, contact Agruss Law Firm, LLC, for a free case evaluation, toll Free: 888-572-0176.

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