Q: A company is calling all my family saying I am being sued and they need to find me is this legal
A company I assume is a collection agency but maybe a lawyers office has called several of my family members across the US saying it is urgent they get me because I am being sued in court for fraud. First can someone really tell my family or friends such personal information.? Also wouldn't I have received something from a court if this was true. if they can find my family they can surely find me
A: Collection agencies often skirt the law. In most states, they can lawfully contact relatives and sometimes neighbors/employers. Lawyers are different because they are restrained in some collection tactics, but they can easily file a lawsuit to collect. There can be legitimate reasons to contact relatives/neighbors if the lawyer cannot get in contact with you. Since I don't know all the things said by the person on the phone I cannot comment about whether the disclosure of information is lawful (note: if you really are being sued for fraud/non-payment, this information is almost always public).
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