Sued By Metro Portfolios Inc In New York or New Jersey?
- August 9, 2016
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By: Robert J. Nahoum
WHO IS METRO PORTFOLIO INC.?:
Metro Portfolio Inc. is an infamous “debt buyer”, buying up portfolios of old debt from banks, credit card companies, hospitals, doctors, cell phone companies and car companies for pennies on the dollar. The debt buyers then try to collect the full amount from consumers, plus interest, penalties, late fees, overdraft fees, attorney’s fees and whatever other kinds of fees they can dream up.
Metro Portfolio Inc. is a located at 199 Crossways Park Drive, Woodbury, New York 11797. While Metro Portfolio Inc. has only filed one New York debt collection case in 2016 and a small handful in 2015, its legacy lives on in the form of default judgments entered against New York consumers.
Metro Portfolio Inc. is an accused notorious violator of federal debt collection laws known as the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) and is sued regularly by consumers for these violations. The FDCPA is a federal law that regulates the collection of consumer debts. It precludes third party debt collectors from using false, misleading, deceptive and harassing debt collection tactics.
Metro Portfolio is exclusively represented in New York by the debt collection law-firm Selip & Stylianou, LLP (formally known as Cohen and Slamowitz). Like Metro Portfolio, Selip & Stylianou has been accused of and sued for violating the FDCPA.
Conveniently Metro Portfolio and Selip & Stylianou operate out of the same location – 199 Crossways Park Drive, Woodbury, New York leaving many to believe that the relationship between the 2 debt collectors is much more cozy than a law firm and its client.
THE PROBLEM WITH METRO PORTFOLIO INC.:
To Metro Portfolio Inc., you the consumer are no more than an entry on a spreadsheet, you are data. Unfortunately for Metro Portfolio Inc., entries on spreadsheets are not enough to win against you in court.
In a debt collection lawsuit, Metro Portfolio Inc. always has the burden to prove that the consumer is responsible for the debt. To meet this burden, Metro Portfolio Inc. must prove that: (1) it has the right to sue you; (2) the debt is yours; and (3) you owe the amount for which you were sued. It is never the burden of the consumer to prove that he or she does not owe the debt.
To meet its burden, the proof submitted by the Metro Portfolio Inc. must be based on “personal knowledge”. Personal knowledge means that the person offering the evidence on behalf of Metro Portfolio Inc. must be a witness to the event shown in a particular document. For example, if credit card bills are offered into evidence on behalf of Metro Portfolio Inc., the person offering the evidence must have personal knowledge of how the information in the credit card bill got there, how it is generated and how it is maintained. That person must have personal knowledge of the computer system and how it operates. If this person does not have such personal knowledge, the evidence is “hearsay” and it cannot be used.
Remember, to Metro Portfolio Inc., you are just an entry on a spreadsheet. For this reason, Metro Portfolio Inc. routinely lacks the evidence necessary to prove its case and beat you in court.
WHAT YOU SHOULD DO:
If you’ve been sued by Metro Portfolio Inc. in a debt collection lawsuit, consider hiring a qualified attorney experienced in debt defense. The Law Offices of Robert J. Nahoum, P.C. routinely represents consumers in debt collection lawsuits brought by debt buyers Metro Portfolio Inc. in New York and New Jersey.
As with all of our debt defense cases, The Law Offices of Robert J. Nahoum, P.C. analyzes debt collection cases brought by debt buyers like Metro Portfolio Inc. to determine if any violations of the FDCPA have occurred. If so, we recommend to our clients that suit be brought in Federal District Court on behalf of the consumer and against the debt buyer.
If a debt buyer like Metro Portfolio Inc. violates the FDCPA, you can sue it for statutory damages up to $1,000.00 plus actual damages (like pain and suffering) and your attorney’s fees. In FDCPA cases, The Law Offices of Robert J. Nahoum, P.C. doesn’t charge our clients a penny out of pocket.
If you need help settling or defending a debt collection lawsuit, stopping harassing debt collectors or suing a debt collector, contact us today to see what we can do for you.
The Law Offices of Robert J. Nahoum, P.C