Arcadia Recovery Bureau or ARB is a debt collection agency, which receives a lot of consumer complaints to our law firm for debt harassment. Find out who they are, why they might be calling, and how you can stop them.
What is Arcadia Recovery Bureau?
Arcadia Recovery Bureau , LLC. (ARB) is a third-party collection agency based in Pennsylvania. ARB has received consumer complaints alleging violations of the Fair Debt Collections Practices Act (FDCPA), such as failing to verify debts and using false or misleading information in an effort to collect a debt. If ARB has contacted you about delinquent financial obligations, make sure you understand your rights before taking action.
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Is Arcadia Recovery Bureau a scam?
They’re legit. According to the Better Business Bureau (BBB), Arcadia Recovery Bureau , LLC was founded in 1938. The BBB established a profile page for ARB in 1979, and ARB has been a BBB-accredited business since 1985. The BBB lists ARB as a collection agency. Buzzfile estimates ARB’s annual revenue at $131,000 and the size of its staff at 6 employees.
According to its website, ARB “has been providing accounts receivable management solutions for more than 40 years…and serves organizations that need to bridge the gap between services rendered and payments received.” ARB is backed by “private equity investors and management…and processes and manages nearly $1 billion in placements annually.”
Who does Arcadia Recovery Bureau collect for?
Arcadia Recovery Bureau provides collection services for medical and healthcare service providers; utility service providers; and municipal, county, and state government agencies. ARB’s services are comprised of three divisions: third-party debt collection; early-out services; and extended business office services.
ARB’s debt collection division “provides patient and customer-sensitive account resolution services for aged receivables.” Services include account scrubbing; skip tracing; coordination of benefits; credit bureau reporting; referral to ARB’s legal network for lien services; portfolio purchasing and subservicing; and “watch/trigger programs.”
ARB’s early-out division offers organizations in the “ever-changing healthcare industry” services such as system conversion clean-up assistance; legacy system clean-up; under-capacity backlogs; extended staffing projects, including onsite support; and complete business office outsourcing. ARB’s extended business office services include self-pay and self-pay residuals servicing; managed care insurance servicing; commercial insurance; workers compensation claims servicing; Medicaid and Medicare claim servicing; underpayment resolution; and automobile injury claims servicing.
ARB cites affiliation with a number of professional associations, including the International Association of Credit and Collection Professionals (ACA International); the American Association of Healthcare Administration Management (AAHAM); the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA); and at least a dozen others. They state that they are “committed to compliance and customer care”; however, their website does not include a consumer resources page with links and references to consumer protection resources, laws, and enforcement agencies.
Who are we? We are Lemberg Law, a Consumer Law Firm
Lemberg Law is a consumer law firm helping victims of collection harassment and abuse. We are ranked A+ by the BBB. We’ve helped more than 15,000 consumers stop harassment and recover money from debt collectors. Harassed? Abused? Misled by a collector? Call our Helpline today! There is no charge unless we win.
How many complaints are there against Arcadia Recovery Bureau?
As of April 2019, the BBB has given Arcadia Recovery Bureau a rating of F, citing reports about its interactions with customers. Since April 2019, the BBB has closed 8 complaints against ARB in the past 3 years, with2 complaints closed in the previous 12 months. All of those complaints alleged problems with billing and collections. Since June 2015, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has closed 31 complaints against ARB. Justia lists at least 6 cases of civil litigation involving ARB.
Can Arcadia Recovery Bureau Sue Me or Garnish My Wages?
It is illegal for a debt collector to make empty threats to sue you or garnish your wages. It is also unlikely Arcadia would sue you for a debt you may not owe or they cannot validate. However, debt collection agencies are known to have summoned debtors to court and garnish wages after a default judgement. Contacting an attorney BEFORE this could possibly happen would be a smart move. We’ve helped thousands of consumers fight back against unscrupulous debt collection harassers. Find out if we can help you too today!
In December 2017, in United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, a judge issued an opinion and order in a case alleging Arcadia Recovery Bureau had violated certain provisions of the FDCPA. In this case, during a 3-week period in December 2016, ARB had placed to the plaintiff several calls that the court termed, “improper.” In addition, ARB had left “at least one inappropriate message with the plaintiff’s family member in an attempt to collect a debt.” The plaintiff filed a complaint in court, and attorneys for ARB “engaged in a brief period of settlement discussions.” Ultimately, ARB “served an offer of judgment, …which was accepted by the plaintiff.” Subsequently, “judgment was entered in…the plaintiff’s favor in the amount of $1,001.00 ‘together with costs and attorney fees in an amount to be set by the court.’” The December 2017 hearing was held to determine the amount of attorney fees and costs to be awarded. Attorneys for the plaintiff sought “$15,480.00 in fees and $470.00 in costs, based on having expended 51.60 hours on this case at a rate of $300 per hour.” Specifically, the plaintiff’s attorney claimed “to have spent approximately 18 hours investigating the facts and the law and initiating the action; approximately 12 hours reviewing the answer and preparing for and attending the initial conference; approximately 8 hours discussing and finalizing the settlement (including an attempted settlement of the fee application); and approximately 14 hours preparing the fee application (including the reply brief).”
Citing Section 1692k(a)(3), the court stated it may award “reasonable attorney’s fees and costs ‘in the case of any successful action to enforce’ the provisions of the FDCPA, with such amounts… to be fixed ‘in the discretion of the court.’” In reviewing the plaintiff’s request for fees and costs, the court assessed the complexity of the case and the relative inexperience of the attorney. The judge refused to “pick apart every time entry in the plaintiff’s submission.” However, “in…exercise of its discretion, the Court found …that the reasonable number of hours required to litigate this case is half the amount claimed by plaintiff’s counsel; that is, 25.80 hours.” In addition, the court reduced the hourly fee it was willing to reimburse from $300 to $250 per hour. The result was “a fee of $6,450.00, which is generous under the circumstances, including the fact that the total amount of damages is $1,001.00…And when the costs of $470.00 are added, the total award of attorney’s fees and costs is $6,920.00. Such an award is entirely consistent with the FDCPA’s purpose.” As a result, ARB was “ordered to pay $6,920.00 to the plaintiff.”
Arcadia Recovery Bureau Calling You?
Federal laws protect you. The Fair Debt Collections Practices Act (FDCPA) regulates the behavior of collection agencies by prohibiting actions such as the use of abusive or threatening language; harassment; or the use of false or misleading information to collect a debt. The FCRA regulates how collection agencies and creditors report delinquent debts to credit reporting agencies. Additional consumer protection laws include the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) and the Consumer Financial Protection Act (CFPA).
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Can I sue ARB for harassment?
Yes. If you want to enforce your rights, or recover money for violations — you need to sue. Federal laws provide individuals like you with a means to seek monetary damages in court. For example, the FDCPA allows consumers who have been violated to recover damages of up to $1,000, plus attorney fees and court costs.
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About the Author:
Sergei Lemberg is a lawyer whose practice focuses on consumer law, class actions and personal injury litigation. He has been repeatedly recognized as the “most active consumer attorney” in the country. In 2020, Mr. Lemberg represented Noah Duguid in the United States Supreme Court in the case entitled Duguid v. Facebook. He is the author of Defanging Debt Collectors, a book that teaches consumers how to battle debt collectors and win.