Is it legal for debt collectors to call my family and tell them they will sue me? 10 Answers as of January 20, 2011

Debt collectors have been calling my family and friends saying that they are suing me for writing bad checks. Is this legal? I know they can only call to inquire about my contact information.

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Gus Johnson Attorney at Law
Gus Johnson Attorney at Law | Gus Johnson
That's probably a violation of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act.
Answer Applies to: South Dakota
Replied: 1/19/2011
William C. Gosnell, Attorney at Law
William C. Gosnell, Attorney at Law | William C. Gosnell
No. They are only allowed to speak to you. Hire a lawyer and sue them.
Answer Applies to: Tennessee
Replied: 1/19/2011
Janet A. Lawson Bankruptcy Attorney
Janet A. Lawson Bankruptcy Attorney | Janet Lawson
No, that is not allowed. You have a claim against them for violating the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act. Write down the date and time of those calls. Go on the Net to find a lawyer who handles that type of case.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 1/18/2011
The Law Office of Mark J. Markus
The Law Office of Mark J. Markus | Mark Markus
It's probably not legal. The Fair Debt Collection Practices Act is hundreds of pages of rules and regulations governing collections and chances are that every time a collection agent opens their mouth they're violating it somehow. The problem is what can you do about it? You can sue them under the FDCPA and get minor damages, but you need to be able to prove the violation. There are attorneys who specialize in those types of claims.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 1/18/2011
Judith A. Runyon, Esq. Attorney at Law
Judith A. Runyon, Esq. Attorney at Law | Judith A. Runyon
This is not a bankruptcy question. Contact a civil law attorney.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 1/18/2011
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