Ohio debt collector Weltman, Weinberg & Reis Co., LPA is the defendant in a second class action filed on April 24, this time in Pennsylvania federal court, alleging violations of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA). The plaintiff in this case claims the defendant sent her a collection demand letter that misleadingly implied through its letterhead that “attorneys at law” had reviewed her account. The lawsuit alleges including language in a collection notice implying attorney involvement when there is none is a misrepresentation that violates the FDCPA.
“The April 1, 2017 letter misrepresents that attorneys at Weltman reviewed the underlying account and determined that [the plaintiff] owes the amount demanded, when in fact, no such review occurred,” the lawsuit contends. “Weltman’s use of its letterhead, which falsely implies that an attorney has reviewed the underlying account, causes a risk of harm to all recipients of the letter by making it appear that an attorney made the professional judgment that the underlying debt is accurate and valid, when in fact no such review or judgment has occurred.”