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The Leviton Law Firm, Ltd. (LLF) is a law firm based in Illinois that specializes in third-party commercial debt collection. LLF has received consumer complaints alleging violations of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA), including improper communication tactics and threatening to take actions that cannot legally be taken. If you have been contacted by LLF, understand your rights before taking action.
According to the Better Business Bureau (BBB), The Leviton Law Firm, Ltd. was founded and incorporated in 2012. LLF established a profile page with the BBB in 2011, a year prior to their founding date. LLF is listed as a law firm.
According to its website, The Leviton Law Firm “is concentrated on commercial collection matters, insurance subrogation, bankruptcy matters, and international collections.” LLF’s goal is “to negotiate amicable settlements and workouts between our clients and debtors in order that the parties may attempt to continue their business relationships in this very challenging economic environment.”
LLF’s website indicates its litigation services are separated into five divisions: bankruptcy; international collections under the CISG; international collections law firm; international asset verification; and litigation and defense. LLF’s bankruptcy division represents “unsecured and secured creditors in all bankruptcy matters, including filing of proof of claims and preference actions on a contingent fee basis.”
LLF’s international collections divisions represent international import-export businesses operating under the United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods (CISG), as well as international companies with a “credit insurance division …or…exporter directly selling to a U.S. company on credit.” In either case, The Leviton Law Firm represents “foreign creditors and credit insurers in collection matters in the United States” and conducts “collection and investigation for foreign companies doing business in the United States.”
LLF’s international asset and verification division conducts “investigation and verification of accounts receivable” and verifies purchase orders, including “inventory, ship date, terms, cost, billing information, and shipping information to ensure accuracy.” Their litigation and defense division offers legal services for lien claims, replevins, debt collection civil actions, employment contracts, real estate and construction, sale of business, bank and wage garnishment, and other commercial concerns.
The The Leviton Law Firm website does not provide information about its compliance policies and does not provide links or references to consumer protection resources, laws, or enforcement agencies.
The BBB has closed 3 complaints against The Leviton Law Firm in the past three years, with 1 closed in the past 12 months. Complaints are split among those alleging problems with billing and collections, advertising and sales, and customer service. Since May 2015, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has received 13 complaints about The Leviton Law Firm. Justia lists at least 1 case of civil litigation involving LLF.
Absolutely. Here are some Sample Cases against The Leviton Law Firm Ltd.
Complaints against Leviton Law Firm commonly allege overt deception and potentially illegal collection practices. In October 2017, a complainant indicated an LLF representative had impersonated an attorney, law enforcement official, or government official while attempting to collect a debt. In August 2017, a complainant indicated that despite requests that LLF cease contact efforts, their representatives persisted in those efforts.
In August 2017, a complainant indicated he had been contacted by Leviton Law Firm regarding an overpaid balance for workers’ compensation insurance. Despite having agreed to settlement terms, LLF representatives continued to send him letters and “were incredibly rude on the phone and accused him of not making the payment even after proof was sent.” In addition, the complainant asked LLF representatives whether they had any relationship with the collection agency that had previously handled the delinquency. Initially, LLF said there was no relationship, but after continued questioning, they admitted they did have a relationship with the agency. The complainant indicated that Leviton Law Firm is “very deceitful and should not be allowed to do debt collection if they cannot be honest about what they say and do, and confirm…which company…the debt was originally with and who is actually owed money, to begin with.”
Finally, in May 2017, an LLF representative contacted a corporate employee and his colleagues via email demanding $120,000 in payments and copies of corporate documents. Despite a request that LLF cease all contact efforts, the CEO of the company received a demand from complainant concluded that the “debt is inaccurate and LLF shows no desire to follow the law.” that they be allowed “to come to their office and make copies of…documents.” The complainant concluded that the “debt is inaccurate and Leviton Law Firm shows no desire to follow the law.”
The Leviton Law Firm, Ltd.
3 Golf Center, Ste. 361
Hoffman Estates, IL 60169-4910
Telephone: (847) 621-6072
Understanding Your Debt Collection Rights
The Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) and the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) are federal laws that regulate the collections industry. The FDCPA prohibits actions such as using tactics intended to harass, oppress, or annoy consumers. The FCRA regulates how collection agencies report information to credit reporting agencies. Additional consumer protection laws include the Consumer Financial Protection Act (CFPA) and the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA). These laws are enforced by federal agencies such as the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). The complaints above illustrate why it is important to understand your rights and responsibilities under these laws when you are attempting to communicate with collection agencies.
In addition, these laws provide individuals with a means to seek monetary damages in court. For example, the FDCPA allows consumers to recover damages of up to $1,000, plus attorney fees and court costs, in cases proving violations of the FDCPA. Seek legal assistance if you are trying to resolve a dispute with a 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, a 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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