Hayt Hayt & Landau or HHL is a law firm based in New Jersey that specializes in third-party debt collection. HHL has received consumer complaints alleging violations of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA), including misrepresentation and threatening to take actions that cannot legally be taken. If you have been contacted by HHL,make sure you understand your rights before taking action.
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According to the Better Business Bureau (BBB), Hayt, Hayt, & Landau, LLC was founded in 1929 and incorporated in New Jersey in 2003. The BBB established HHL’s profile page in 1994. HHL is listed as a law firm and collection agency. The BBB site hosts two additional pages for HHL—one page that does not provide a rating indicates an address in Westbury, NY; the other indicates an address in Philadelphia, PA, where Hayt Hayt & Landau has a satellite office. Buzzfile estimates HHL’s annual revenue at $7.2 million and the size of its headquarters staff at 57 employees.
According to its website, HHL “has made its focus helping clients to achieve their business objectives by assisting them in addressing their legal challenges.” HHL’s stated mission is “to represent…clients through innovative and efficient legal representation…[and] a firm culture of dedication to our clients, our employees, our community[,] and our profession…through a deep sense of responsibility, pride of accomplishment, and commitment to client service.”
The Hayt Hayt & Landau website does not provide detailed information about its business practices or client base, indicating only that they “place great emphasis on effective communication…and [on] working in concert to assist clients in keeping pace with the demands they confront each day.” In addition, their clients include “major corporate enterprises and mid-market companies.”
A link at the bottom of the home page leads to the Disclaimer page, which provides a general liability notice about information on the website. However, the site does not provide links or references to consumer protection resources, laws, or enforcement agencies.
As of December 2017, the Better Business Bureau (BBB) has closed 3 complaints against Hayt Hayt & Landau in the preceding 3 years, with 1 complaint closed in the past 12 months.All of the complaints allege problems with billing and collections. As of September 2016, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has received 1 complaint about HHL. Justia lists at least 14 cases of civil litigation involving Hayt Hayt & Landau.
Hayt Hayt & Landau LLC Contact Information
Hayt, Hayt, & Landau, LLC
2 Industrial Way West
Eatontown, NJ 07724
It is illegal for a debt collector to threaten to sue you or garnish your wages. It is also unlikely Hayt Hayt & Landau would sue you for a debt you may not owe or they cannot validate. However, debt collection agencies are known to have summoned debtors to court and garnish wages after a default judgement. Contacting an attorney BEFORE this could possibly happen would be a smart move. We’ve helped thousands of consumers fight back against unscrupulous debt collection harassers. Find out if we can help you too today!
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Absolutely. Here are some Sample Cases against Hayt Hayt & Landau LLC
In September 2013, in United States District Court, District of New Jersey, a judge issued an Opinion in a case alleging Hayt Hayt & Landau had violated provisions of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA). The FDCPA Sections 1692(a)(4) and (a)(5) require that all collection letters sent by companies defined by the FDCPA as debt collectors include“a statement that if the consumer notifies the debt collector in writing within the thirty-day period that the debt…is disputed, the debt collector will…[mail] verification of the debt… to the consumer…and a statement that, upon the consumer’s written request within the thirty-day period, the debt collector will provide the consumer with the name and address of the original creditor, if different from the current creditor.” In addition, such letters must be sent“within five days after the initial communication with a consumer in connection with the collection of any debt…unless the…[specified] information is contained in the initial communication or the consumer has paid the debt.” In this case, the plaintiff had acquired a credit card debt through Chase Bank. The debt was eventually purchased by HHL, who sent her a collection letter. The plaintiff’s complaint alleged that the letter she received from HHL did not contain the required statements and therefore violated the FDCPA. The plaintiff also indicated that HHL had used a form letter, and that the same language that was missing in her letter was also missing from similar letters sent to other consumers from whom HHL was attempting to collect delinquent debts. The court found in favor of the plaintiff’s individual case, and she was awarded $1,000 in statutory damages, plus court costs and attorney fees. In addition, the court agreed to certify the case as a class action, and notices were sent to approximately 51,000 residents of New Jersey and Pennsylvania who may have received a similar collection notice.
The September 2013 hearing was held to determine whether the final settlement of the class action would be approved. The settlement required Hayt Hayt & Landau to pay $40,000 to settle any claims resulting from the class action notice; $40,000 in attorney fees; and an additional $1,000 to the plaintiff for serving as the leader of the class action. Responses to the class action notices came from 5,082 of the 51,000 recipients, and included 4 objections. The objections were dismissed; the settlement was approved; and the class action claimants were each awarded $7.87.
The Fair Debt Collections Practices Act (FDCPA) and the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) are enforced by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). The FDCPA regulates the behavior of collection agencies by prohibiting actions such as the use of abusive or threatening language; harassment; or the use of false or misleading information to collect a debt.
The FCRA regulates how collection agencies and creditors report delinquent debts to credit reporting agencies. Additional consumer protection laws include the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) and the Consumer Financial Protection Act (CFPA). The complaint above illustrates how these laws can be extremely effective tools to hold accountable collection agencies who fail to adhere to their provisions.
These laws also provide individuals with a means to seek monetary damages in court. For example, the FDCPA allows consumers who have been violated to recover damages of up to $1,000, plus attorney fees and court costs.
Seek legal assistance to find the relief you may be entitled to if you are having difficulty resolving disputes with a debt collection agency.
Your debt harassment checklist:
- You are receiving multiple calls per week from third party collection agencies
- You are receiving early morning or late night calls from debt collectors
- You are recieving calls at work from a debt collection agency
- Debt collectors are calling your friends, neighbors, or coworkers
- Collectors are threatening you with violence, lawsuit, or arrest
- A debt collector attempts to collect more than you owe
- You are being threatened with negative credit reporting
- A debt collector attempts to intimidate you
- Criminal accusations are being made towards you
- Use of obscene language during an attempt to collect
- Automated robocalls are being made to your phone in an attempt to collect
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