Q: I and family members have been harassed by Pinnacle Asset Group about a 14 year old debt.
They scared me into authorizing a direct withdrawal of $2400 from my checking account on Sept. 1, 2015 to avoid a civil lawsuit. What options do I have? I have since researched them and several complaints have been made against them.
A: Talk to a consumer protection lawyer in your area. Depending on a number of variables such as how they "scared you," whether or not the collection agency misrepresented the legal status of the debt and the actions they could take, etc., you may have a claim under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act or a state consumer protection statute.
*David Levin is the Partner in charge of UpRight Law's consumer rights litigation department. UpRight Law is a national law firm with licensed attorneys providing bankruptcy and consumer legal services in all 50 states. He is licensed in Illinois, Ohio and West Virginia, as well as several United States District Courts. He has 22 years of litigation experience, the last 18 of which have been focused on consumer rights litigation. This response is for informational purposes only and is not intended to be legal advice. For legal advice, consult an attorney licensed in your state with the appropriate expertise.
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