Are you being called by Matthews, Pierce & Lloyd, Inc.?* Here's what you need to know.
Being deep in debt is bad enough. When you add hostile debt collectors to the equation, it can be a pretty stressful situation for anyone. Consumers all over the country are getting calls that come at odd hours of the day and often include threats of lawsuits and jail time. If this happens to you, you have the right to fight back.
Your Rights Under the FDCPA
Some debt collectors are hostile and abusive despite the existence of a consumer protection law called the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA). Using methods like those below can cause an agency to lose its license, but many assume the risk anyway.
- Calling you before 8:00 a.m. and after 9:00 p.m. in your time zone
- Demanding amounts that are inflated by ‘service charges’
- Calling you several times per day using an autodialer
- Swearing and using racist or sexist language
- Discussing the debt with anyone except you, your spouse, or your attorney
- Ignoring a written request to cease contact
Company Profile: Matthews, Pierce & Lloyd, Inc.
If you are being called by Matthews, Pierce & Lloyd, Inc., information about the company is below.
Matthews, Pierce & Lloyd, Inc is a debt collection office with offices in Dover, Delaware and Tampa, Florida. It was established in 2001, has approximately 20-49 employees, and is managed by its President, David Lloyd. Litigation files viewable at the PACER (Public Access to Court Electronic Records) website confirm that many consumers who believed they were being harassed by Matthews, Pierce & Lloyd, Inc hired attorneys to help them seek compensation.
Alleged Violations against Matthews, Pierce & Lloyd, Inc.
Laura Wong vs. Matthews, Pierce & Lloyd, Inc. et al*
According to PACER, in late November 2014 Matthews, Pierce & Lloyd, Inc.sent a collection letter to Illinois resident Laura Wong regarding a debt she had included in an earlier bankruptcy. This letter stated, in pertinent part:
If there is any question or dispute concerning the debt or any portion thereof, you must notify us IN WRITING by faxing such dispute within thirty-days of receipt of this notice to 302-678-2750. Should you wish to speak to me concerning this debt, you may do so by calling 800-267-4026.
Feeling harassed by Matthews, Pierce & Lloyd, Inc., Ms. Wong hired a consumer attorney and sued the company for allegedly violating the FDCPA in the following ways:
- Misrepresenting the character, amount, or legal status of the debt
- Communicating incorrect dispute information
- Attempting to collect a debt included in an earlier bankruptcy
A judge awarded Ms. Wong $1,000 in statutory damages and $9,650.11 in attorney fees, for a total of $10,650.11.
Hire an Attorney
The phone numbers for this debt collection company are as follows:
If you see any of these numbers on your caller ID, it means that you are being called by Matthews, Pierce & Lloyd, Inc.. If they demand immediate payment for a debt included in a previous bankruptcy, hire a consumer attorney. Should you file a claim against Matthews, Pierce & Lloyd, Inc. and win your case, you could potentially be awarded $1,000 per FDCPA violation plus applicable costs. Any time a collection agency disregards your rights, they could end up owing you money instead.
*Case taken from PACER (www.pacer.gov). File number is Case: 1:15-cv-01532 from the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Eastern Division.
Disclaimer: The content of this article serves only to provide information and should not be constructed as legal advice. If you file a claim against Matthews, Pierce & Lloyd, Inc., or any other third-party collection agency, you may not be entitled to any compensation.