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Washington Lawsuit Scrutinizes Use of Prosecutor’s Seal on Debt Collection Letters

A federal class action lawsuit in Seattle alleges that a collection agency used the King County prosecutor’s seals on debt collection letters to consumers, while failing to disclose that the letter was from a collection agency and not a law enforcement office. The plaintiffs say they received seemingly official letters from Missouri-based collection agency Bounceback which included threats of jail time if consumers didn’t pay the amount of the debt and more than $180 in fees. Bounceback was able to use the county prosecutor’s seal on these collection letters because it participates in a “check enforcement program,” where county prosecutors rent out the prosecutor’s seal and letterhead in exchange for a cut of the collection fees.

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On July 14, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau filed a lawsuit against Frederick J. Hanna & Associates, a debt collection law firm that it redefined as a “lawsuit mill.” The CFPB alleges that the firm churned out hundreds of thousands of debt collection lawsuits with little or no oversight from attorneys, and violated the FDCPA in the process. In short: Lawyers aren’t happy. What kind of precedent do you think this sets?

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