In California, both state and federal law protect consumers against unfair debt collection practices by creditors and collectors. The U.S. Bankruptcy Code goes even further by prohibiting virtually all debt collection activities after a debtor has filed for bankruptcy under Chapter 7 or Chapter 13. At Law Offices of Daniel G. Shay, we advise clients about litigation to recover damages for violations of fair debt collection standards or bankruptcy’s automatic stay. Contact us in San Diego for a free consultation about your litigation options.
Here are some examples of the kinds of creditor misconduct that can support a damages claim against a creditor who violates state, federal or bankruptcy law:
Both the federal Fair Debt Collection Practices Act and the California Rosenthal Fair Debt Collection Practices Act allow debtors to recover damages and attorney fees upon proof of a violation in civil litigation. Similarly, violations of the automatic stay of bankruptcy can also support an award of damages and attorney fees.
The damages awarded for violations of fair debt collection laws or the automatic stay of bankruptcy tend to be small amounts — typically, $500 to $2,000. It’s sometimes possible, however, to show unusually high actual damages, such as those based on the aggravation of medical conditions based on stress, lack of sleep or other health problems. We can give you a good idea of the potential value of your case and provide detailed advice about the best ways to document violations and damages.
To learn more about the possibility of suing your creditor for unfair debt collection practices or violations of the automatic stay of bankruptcy, contact Law Offices of Daniel G. Shay in San Diego for a free initial consultation.
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