Orlans PC (formerly known as Orlans Associates PC and Orlans Moran PLLC) is facing a proposed class action lawsuit alleging the firm sent foreclosure communications to "tens of thousands of homeowners" that violated federal and state debt collection laws. Also named as defendants in the suit are two individual attorneys and John and Jane Doe defendants who purportedly directed the firm’s actions.
The plaintiff in the case claims he received a notice of foreclosure written on “attorney letterhead” indicating that Orlans PC had been retained to foreclose on the man’s property. According to the suit, the letter wasn’t signed by an attorney but contained various representations implying that an attorney had conducted a “substantive legal review” of the man’s account, leading him to believe that “his prospects for avoiding foreclosure were diminished.”
“Plaintiff was confused by the [letter] in that it appeared to be from an attorney, but was not signed by one, and did not identify the full name of an attorney," the complaint reads.
The case argues that the letter’s implications were false and that no attorney had reviewed the particular circumstances of the plaintiff’s account. The representations in the letter, therefore, were deceptive and violated the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, the suit claims.