By: Robert J. Nahoum
Our client recently discovered for the first time a 2010 default judgment entered against him in the Supreme Court Bronx County by junk debt buyer Palisades Collection and its collection law firm Eltman Law PC when he was notified by his employer that his wages were going to be garnisheed,.
After consulting with our firm, we were retained and were successful in convincing Eltman Law to voluntarily vacate the judgment and dismiss the case. We were able to show Eltman Law that our client was actually living in Long Island when they claimed to have served him in the Bronx.
According to New York State law, before a court can render a judgment against you, it must first acquire PERSONAL JURISDICTION over you. Personal jurisdiction is obtained by serving you with a summons and complaint; but, you must be properly served. Here are the ways you can be served:
- Personal Service – delivering a copy of the summons and complaint to you personally;
- Suitable Age and Discretion Service – delivering a copy of the summons and complaint to someone in your home of “suitable age and discretion” (someone competent enough to pass the papers on to you);
- Nail and Mail – After at least two failed attempts at personal or suitable age and discretion service, the process server may post a copy of the summons and complaint to the door and mail a copy to your last known address.
A default judgment can be reversed or “vacated” if the consumer can show that (1) the affidavit of service is bogus or (2) that he or she has (a) a defense to the case (like “I don’t owe the money”, “I don’t owe that much money” or “I don’t know who the plaintiff is”); and (b) a reasonable excuse for defaulting (like “I didn’t know I had been sued”).
If a consumer can show that the affidavit of service is bogus, the court must vacate the judgement and dismiss the case. If the consumer can’t convince the court that the affidavit of service is bogus but can show a defense and a reasonable excuse for defaulting, the case may return to the beginning and the consumer will be given the chance to answer the complaint and mount a defense.
WHO IS PALISADES COLLECTION, LLC?:
Palisades Collection, LLC is a debt collection agency who often collects consumer debts on behalf of its affiliate Palisades Acquisition XVI, LLC. The two Palisades are separate entities on paper only, in reality the two are the same, operating from the same location and under the same ownership. Palisades Collection, LLC is a debt collection agency while Palisades Acquisition XVI, LLC is a vehicle for their owners and investors to buy up portfolios of old debt from banks, credit card companies, hospitals, doctors, cell phone companies and car companies for pennies on the dollar. Debt buyers like Palisades Acquisition XVI, LLC 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.
WHO IS ELTMAN LAW?:
Eltman Law, PC is an infamous debt collection law firm regularly representing collection agencies and junk debt buyers like Erin Capital Management, LLC and Midland Funding. Eltman Laws clients buy 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.
Eltman Law, PC, began as “Eltman, Eltman & Cooper”, a captive law-firm and essentially the in-house legal department to notorious debt collection agency Erin Capital Management. With its growth, Eltman has apparently expanded its client base beyond Erin Capital, changed its name to Eltman Law PC and moved its headquarters from New York City across the Hudson River to the much more affordable Jersey City, New Jersey.
Eltman 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 generally prohibits the use of false, deceptive and harassing debt collection tactics. If a debt collector violates the FDCPA, it can be sued for statutory damages up to $1,000.00, actual damages (like pain and suffering) and the debt collector may have to pay for the consumer’s attorney.
WHAT YOU SHOULD DO:
If you’ve been sued by Palisades or Eltman Law 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 collection law firms like Eltman Law and junk debt buyers like Palisades 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 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 collection law firm like Eltman Law or a junk debt buyers like Palisades 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 law suit, stopping harassing debt collectors or suing a debt collector, contact us today to see what we can do for you. With office located in the Bronx, Brooklyn and Rockland County, the Law Offices of Robert J. Nahoum defends consumers in debt collection cases throughout the Tristate area including New Jersey.