Weber & Olcese PLC Collection Complaints. Stop the calls
Many consumers bring up complaints about harassing collection calls
Weber & Olcese PLC 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 calling, and how you can stop them.
Jeffrey Weber was admitted to the Michigan Bar Association in 1994. Michael Olcese was admitted to the Michigan Bar Association in 1992. The Weber & Olcese website states that these two attorneys established their law firm as a “creditors’ rights law firm” whose “clients include individuals and local businesses, as well as, national corporations, banks, financial institutions, lending companies and credit grantors.” Their stated mission is to change the culture of collections by providing their clients with “superior legal representation; results-oriented programs; personalized plans of actions; responsive client service; flexible fee structures; … [and] cutting-edge technology.” They refer to consumers as their “customers” who can expect “quality service with every interaction; a working relationship; [and] returning telephone calls and following up on promises.” Consumers contacted by this firm can expect to be “treated the way [Weber and Olcese representatives] would want to be treated” and to receive expert education about debt collection.
Buzzfile indicates that Weber & Olcese has been in business as a provider of legal services for 21 years; has an annual revenue of $3.4 million; and employs a staff of 23 at their headquarters.
In keeping with their philosophy as a “creditors’ rights firm,” the Weber & Olcese website does not mention anything about consumer protection laws like the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA), the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), or the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). Their web-based Contact from does not inform site visitors of their rights under the FDCPA.
Complaints against Weber & Olcese PLC
The Better Business Bureau lists a total of only 4 consumer complaints against Weber & Olcese, and none of them provide any details. The two customer reviews are both negative and allege overly aggressive collection tactics and rude customer service. The BBB has given this firm a rating of A-. Justia lists at least 11 cases of civil litigation in which Weber & Olcese were named as a defendant.
Sample Case against Weber & Olcese
One sample cases against Weber & Olcese indicates why it may be so difficult to find information about the performance of a company of this size, and that has been in business for 21 years. In 2011 in United States District Court in the Eastern District of Michigan, Southern Division, plaintiff Shanel Moore filed a complaint against Jeffrey Weber, Michael Olcese, and the Law Firm of Weber & Olcese, P.L.C., alleging improper actions on the part of “Robert Reznick and/or his company Due Process of Michigan, Inc. and/or its associates during the execution of an order to seize property.” According to the Judge’s Memorandum and Order Granting Defendant’s Motion for Summary Judgement, Weber & Olcese obtained a default judgement against the plaintiff in the amount of $4,487.67 on behalf of Credit Acceptance Corporation. Again according to the Memorandum, Michigan law allows licensed court officers to seize the property of debtors to satisfy a judgement, and Weber & Olcese have a history of employing Robert Reznick and Due Process of Michigan when they “resort to actual execution on a judgement instead of settlement.” Acting on the judgement against the plaintiff, Weber & Olcese submitted to the 37th District Court in Warren, MI a request for an order to seize “personal property…includ[ing], but not limited to…money, wherever located.” After the order was approved, Weber & Olcese assigned it to Reznick, and on August 2, 2007, the plaintiff alleges that two men who “said they were Deputy Sheriffs and ‘in representation of Rob Reznick’” came to her apartment in Warren. One of the men was later identified as an employee of Due Process of Michigan. The judge’s memorandum indicates the plaintiff testified that the men told her to “come up with $2,500 or they were going to seize her property.” Plaintiff testimony indicates two more men showed up, did not identify themselves and did not speak to the plaintiff. After two hours, the plaintiff was able to “get $1,500 wired to her from her mother… [and was required] to sign an agreement to make monthly $100 payments.” After the incident, the plaintiff filed a multi-count complaint. The judge’s memorandum dismisses the plaintiff’s complaint in its entirety citing a lack of evidence that Weber & Olcese, Robert Reznick, and Due Process of Michigan had either conspired to or in fact violated the plaintiff’s civil rights. The prevailing legal argument in this case may technically disprove the plaintiff’s claims; however, the FDCPA was enacted to prevent precisely the kind of abusive debt collection practices this case examined. Although Weber & Olcese appear to have found a way around federal laws by acting on Michigan state law, their conduct in this case appears to violate the spirit of the FDCPA, an examination of which is conspicuously absent throughout the discussion.
Press Releases of Lawsuits Brought On By Lemberg Law Against Weber & Olcese, P.L.C.
September 29, 2015. On September 21, 2015, the U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan, gave preliminary approval of a class action settlement in Whitford v. Weber & Olcese (No. 1:15-cv-400). The court also preliminarily certified the following settlement class:
All persons with Michigan addresses to whom Weber & Olcese, P.L.C. mailed an initial debt collection communication that stated: “If you notify this firm within thirty (30) days after your receipt of this letter, that the debt or any portion thereof, is disputed, we will obtain verification of the debt or a copy of the judgment, if any, and mail a copy of such verification or judgment to you,” between April 15, 2014 and August 26, 2015, in connection with the collection of a consumer debt on behalf of Bank of America, N.A.
The hearing regarding final settlement will be held on January 11, 2016.
Weber & Olcese PLC Contact Information
Weber & Olcese, P.L.C.
PO Box 1330
Birmingham, MI 48012
Understanding Your Debt Collection Rights
The Fair Debt Collections Practices Act (FDCPA) is designed to protect the rights of consumers faced with debt collection. Other laws, such as the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) and the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), extend and expand these rights. These laws require that collection agencies and their employees refrain from certain activities. Physical confrontation and threats such as those in the case above are very clear violations of the FDCPA. Other provisions prohibit using abusive or threatening language; making an excessive number of calls to the same person; calling someone at work after they have indicated they are not allowed to receive personal calls at work; and in some states calling before 8:00am or after 9:00pm.
Fortunately, the FDCPA’s protections are not limited to restricting and regulating the conduct of bill collection agencies. The FDCPA also provides a means for consumers who have been harassed to recover monetary damages of up to $1,000, plus attorney fees and court costs. Consider seeking assistance to find relief you are entitled to if you are concerned that your rights have been violated.
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What Our Clients are Saying
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“I would like to thank you and your staff for all the help you’ve provided to me. Honestly, you have a wonderful staff that has dealt professionally and been very empathetic at a time in my life when I hit a speed bump.”
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