The COVID-19 Effect: Grappling with Aggressive Debt Collectors

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The COVID-19 pandemic has taken a financial toll on consumers and small businesses, but the debt collection industry keeps going. Federal, state, and local governments have temporarily paused collection of some debts owed to the government (e.g. student loans and federally-backed mortgages), but private collectors continue to collect credit card debt, medical bills, and more…. Read More »

Scam Debt Collectors Are Busy During Shutdown

The Murphy Law Firm has seen a significant spike in scam debt collectors calling consumers during the COVID-19 Shutdown.  These out-of-state unlicensed debt collectors make harassing calls to consumers and use false statements, deceptive practices and even threats in their attempts to extort money.  Recent enforcements actions include claims against: IKS & Associates, LLC, a… Read More »

Attorney Murphy Attends Law Zebra Meeting

Law Zebra Conference sign

Attorney Murphy was honored to spend last weekend in Las Vegas working and teaching with Law Zebras from 13 different states.  Law Zebra is a membership organization of highly skilled and dedicated consumer rights trial lawyers. In addition to each other, members help other consumer lawyers throughout the US prepare their cases for trial, settlement… Read More »

Murphy Law Firm Salutes NCLC’s 5oth Anniversary

National Consumer Law Center

This year marks the 50th Anniversary of the National Consumer Law Center (“NCLC”), a public interest law firm which provides many resources to civil legal aid and private attorneys representing American consumers harmed by unlawful business practices. The talented lawyers of the National Consumer Law Center provide policy analysis, advocacy, litigation, expert witness services, and… Read More »

CAR BUYERS RECEIVE HELP FROM FTC

During the last two decades, Attorney Murphy has been litigating against unscrupulous car Florida dealers from the Panhandle to the Keys. The variety of fraudulent conduct has ranged from the commonplace “five-finger fan” practice of hiding the terms of a contract with the spread of a palm to the less common but more extreme misconduct of selling cars hashed… Read More »

Federal Action Against Student Loan Servicing Abuse

In recent months, the public has becoming increasing  aware that student loan collectors and servicers have been engaging in unfair practices with the respect to the collection of defaulted student loans.   Under the United States Department of Education contracts with third-party debt collectors,  the collectors are given the responsibility for both collecting defaulted student loans… Read More »

Attorney Robert Murphy presents at the annual Student Legal Services Section Conference

On July 19, 2016, Attorney Murphy presented on the topic of “Assisting Financially Distressed Students” at the annual Student Legal Services Section Conference, National Legal Aid and Public Defenders Association (“NLADA”) in Iverness, Florida. The Section is composed of legal professionals who work in college student legal services offices throughout the country NLADA is America’s… Read More »

Protecting Central Florida Consumers Rights Lawyer Bob Murphy

Attorney Murphy

  CLSMF: Protecting Central Florida Consumers’ Rights   2015 First Quarter E-Newsletter   A Message From CLSMF Advocacy Director and Deputy Director, Kimberly Sanchez Consumer protection laws provide individuals with a way to fight back against abusive business practices. Most of these abusive business practices target the elderly, disabled and very poor. However, as the justice gap… Read More »