Selip & Stylianou LLP Collections Complaints. Stop the Calls

Many consumers bring up complaints about harassing collection calls

Selip & Stylianou LLP is a debt collection agency which receives a lot of consumer complaints to our law firm for debt harassment. Find out who they are, why they might be calling, and how you can stop them.

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What is Selip & Stylianou LLP?

Selip & Stylianou, LLP is a law firm based in New York that specializes in debt collection litigation. Selip & Stylianou have received consumer complaints alleging serious violations of the Fair Debt Collections Practices Act (FDCPA), such as taking or threatening to take illegal actions. If you have been contacted by Selip & Stylianou, make sure you understand your rights before responding.

According to the Better Business Bureau (BBB), Selip & Stylianou, LLC was founded and incorporated locally in Woodbury, NY in 2003. The BBB opened its file in 2006. Prior to January 2015, Selip & Stylianou did business as Cohen & Slamowitz, LLP, and the BBB has posted a notice that “the Law Office of Cohen & Slamowitz, LLP [allegedly] engage[d] in numerous deceptive business tactics to collect…debts.” Selip & Stylianou is listed as both a collection agency and a law firm. Buzzfile estimates Selip & Stylianou’s annual revenue at $26.5 million and the size of its headquarters staff at 123 people.

Selip & Stylianou’s website provides very little information to site visitors. The home page allows five options: consumer login; client login; contact us; about us; and community involvement. The consumer and client login pages require pre-registration and do not provide any information about company policies and practices. The Contact Us page provides mailing addresses, phone numbers, and a web-based contact form, with the following standard disclaimer: “This communication is from a debt collector. This is an attempt to collect a debt. Any information will be used for that purpose.”

The firm profile on the About Us page states only that “Selip and Stylianou, LLP provides its clients with thorough, complete and comprehensive legal representation throughout the entire states of New York and New Jersey in the practice area of Creditor’s Rights litigation and consulting.” The Community Involvement page provides a list of charitable giving recipients.

How many Complaints are there against Selip & Stylianou LLP?

The BBB has closed 17 complaints against Selip & Stylianouin the past three years, and since April2015, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has closed 25 complaints. According to the BBB, while operating as Cohen & Slamowitz, “consumers allege this company attempt[ed] to collect for debt already paid off or arbitrated by another firm, garnished consumer paychecks without consent, called consumers at work, threatened and bullied customers that they [would] be taken to court if they [did] not pay, and, in one case, removed over $15,000 from a consumer’s credit card for payment of debt she disputed.” Justia lists at least 23 cases of civil litigation naming these firms as defendants.

Can you help me file a No Fee Lawsuit against Selip & Stylianou LLP?

Absolutely. Here are some Sample Cases against Selip & Stylianou LLP

In September 2013, in United States District Court, Western District of New York, a judge issued a judge issued a Decision and Order in a case alleging Selip & Stylianou (then Cohen & Slamowitz [C&S]) had violated provisions of the Fair Debt Collections Practices Act (FDCPA). In this case, the plaintiff had incurred and defaulted on a credit card debt. The debt was transferred from HSBC Bank, Nevada, N.A. to Midland Credit, who hired C&S to collect it. The plaintiff received a letter from C&S initially indicating the balance owed was $1835.31, but about two weeks later in a subsequent letter, the amount owed had increased by $147.58. C&S claimed that $140.00 of this increase was the result of their having “mailed a check, along with a summons and complaint, to Buffalo City Court to pay the required filing fee for a newly instituted debt-recovery action against” the plaintiff. The plaintiff claimed that the increase violated the FDCPA. Specifically, the plaintiff cited “Sections1692e, 1692f, 1692g, as well as several of their subsections – 1692e(2)(A), 1692e(B), 1692e(10), 1692e(5), and 1692f(1). Generally, these provisions “make it unlawful for a debt collector to ‘use unfair or unconscionable’ or ‘false, deceptive, or misleading representation or means in connection with the collection of any debt.’…In particular, Section 1692e(2) prohibits the false representation of ‘the character, amount, or legal status of any debt.’ And Section 1692f(1) prohibits the ‘collection of any amount (including interest, fee, charge, or expense incidental to the principal obligation) unless such amount is expressly authorized by the agreement creating the debt or permitted by law.’”
After a series of procedural motions by both parties, the plaintiff prevailed in his effort to prove C&S (Selip & Stylianou) had violated the stated provisions of the FDCPA, with two exceptions: 1) Section 1692g(a), which would have required C&S to send the plaintiff a validation notice for the disputed $140 charge; and 2) Section 1692e(5) prohibiting debt collectors from threatening to take action that cannot be legally taken or that they do not intend to take, since C&S “could, and fully intended to, take legal action against” the plaintiff. The plaintiff also prevailed in his effort to certify the case as a class action lawsuit.

Selip & Stylianou LLP Contact Information

Selip & Stylianou, LLP
P.O. Box 9004
Woodbury, NY 11797-9004
Telephone: (800) 293-6006

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Understanding your Debt Collection Rights

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.

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  • Charles R Sieber

    I have an approximately 15 year old debt that this firm is trying to collect. They sent by regular mail an Information subpoena to someone I know regarding this debt. That person gave the paperwork to another acquaintance to give to me with the envelope opened. This so called subpoena was not sent with copies by certified mail and was not signed by a judge or clerk of the county, but by members of the firm. I am wondering if I can make a complaint about this and pursue this further.I am wondering if they have violated any debt collection laws.

  • Dianna

    I had a pre-trial consumer debt on 06/13/18 which was adjourned for 10/24/18. Without further communication or notice, on 09/05/18, almost two months BEFORE the trial, Selip & Stylianou sought motion against me with a using a file number that is not assigned to my case and was awarded judgment without my knowledge. This act was underhanded, dishonest, crafty and malicious, and I was NOT afforded due process. I filed a motion to vacate and have an upcoming date for 11/14/18, as the clerk’s office was in awe, unable to explain how it happened. I NEED HELP and advice to deal with these unethical crooks. I will also file complaints with the BBB; the Disciplinary Committee; the Bar Association and also against the presiding Judge Carolyn Walker-Diallo. Am also trying to use social media and in the 4th estate to highlight these abuses. Miscarriage of justice must STOP.

  • AnthonyM

    Today I received in the mail a letter from this law firm saying that they have been attempting to reach me to return funds for abandoned property in NY. The letter said to email or contact them. My wife said it was a scam and researched the name of this firm and your website came up with all of this information. Are they allowed to do this since clearly they are not a firm that deals with abandoned property? I am not aware of any current outstanding debt collection against me. To be sure, I checked my credit report and I have nothing listed derogatory against me. All of my accounts are current and in good standing. I’m not sure what I should do, other than not responding to them. I”m just surprised a law firm legally and ethically can pull this type of scheme on people. Thank you.

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