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  • Methods of Service of Legal Papers on a Person: New York
    Methods of Service of Legal Papers on a Person: New York

    In order to properly commence a lawsuit, the plaintiff must serve a Summons and Complaint or a Summons with Notice upon the defendant. Proper service under CPLR 308 can be effectuated in a few ...

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    New York "Sewer Service" and "Robo-signing" Case Finally Settles

    The Sykes v. Mel Harris class action finally ends with the parties coming to a settlement. The story was on the front page of today's New York Law Journal. We've been reporting on this case since 2011 ...

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  • The Langel Firm Overturns $38K Garnishment by LR Credit 4, LLC
    The Langel Firm Overturns $38K Garnishment by LR Credit 4, LLC

    Facing a $38,458 garnishment by Marshal Gregg E. Bienstock , our client felt as if he ran out of options. He even paid a couple thousand dollars toward the garnishment. But after exploring his rights ...

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  • Debt Collector Sue you in the Wrong County? Your Statute of Limitations to Retaliate.
    Debt Collector Sue you in the Wrong County? Your Statute of Limitations to Retaliate.

    Consumers generally have one year in which to sue a debt collector for violating the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA). Courts are generally strict in enforcing the one-year time limitation ...

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  • NYC Dept. of Consumer Affairs Issues Hundreds of Subpoenas to Combat
    NYC Dept. of Consumer Affairs Issues Hundreds of Subpoenas to Combat "Sewer Service"

    It is no secret that "sewer service" (the intentional failure to serve legal papers) has been a historic problem in New York City. To combat the problem, the New York City Council passed Local Law 7 ...

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  • Key consumer law holdings arising from a recently decided FDCPA case against Mel Harris & Associates, LR Credit 10, LLC, and process server for allegedly conspiring to engage in
    Key consumer law holdings arising from a recently decided FDCPA case against Mel Harris & Associates, LR Credit 10, LLC, and process server for allegedly conspiring to engage in "sewer service"

    Mel Harris again found itself in the hot seat for its process serving practices following the widely known class action, Sykes v. Mel Harris & Assoc ., in which it is targeted as a defendant in a ...

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