If a company becomes too aggressive with you, see a consumer lawyer who can help you protect your rights.
Your Rights Under the FDCPA
The Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, or FDCPA, regulates the conduct of third-party debt collectors and gives you the right to take action when a collection agency commit violations like the following:
- Using profane and obscene language
- Pretending to be attorneys, police officers, or federal agents
- Contacting you after you have sent a cease and desist letter
- Falsely representing the character, amount or status of the debt
- Calling at work knowing that you can’t take calls there
- Failing to send validation of the debt within five days after initial contact
Company Profile: Medical Billing Services, Inc.
If you are being called by Medical Billing Services, Inc., a more detailed company background is below.
Medical Debt Management, Inc., which also does business as California Business Bureau, is a medical debt collection agency located in Monrovia, California. It was established in 1976, has 139 employees, and is managed by its President, Michael J. Sigal.
A review of legal records at the PACER website confirms that consumers who believed they were being harassed by Medical Billing Services, Inc. took the company to court to contest its claim.
Alleged Violations against medical Billing Services, Inc.
According to PACER, on or around November of 2014, Medical Billing Services, Inc. called a California consumer to collect a debt. He asserted that the company left voice messages that requested a callback but did not identify it as a debt collector seeking to collect a debt.
Feeling harassed by Medical Billing Services, Inc., the consumer retained an attorney and sued the agency for these alleged violations of the FDCPA:
- Using false, deceptive, and misleading means to collect a debt
- Failing to identify itself as a debt collector in all communications
The matter was later resolved.
Hire a Consumer Lawyer
The phone numbers for this collection agency are:
If you see them on your caller ID, it’s an indication that Medical Billing Services, Inc. is trying to collect a debt from you. If they leave voice messages that do not properly identify them as debt collectors, don’t be deceived.
Hire a consumer lawyer and file a claim against Medical Billing Services, Inc. You could be awarded statutory damages and legal costs, so you have nothing to lose by fighting back.
Case taken from PACER (pacer.gov). File number is Case 5:15-cv-00095-VAP-KK from the United States District Court for the Central District of California.
*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 Medical Billing Services, Inc., or any other third-party collection agency, you may not be entitled to any compensation.