Hayt, Hayt & Landau is the name of two different debt collection firms which appear to have received a large amount of complaints alleging violations of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act. Find out who they are, why they might be calling, and how you can stop them.
March 22, 2021
What is Hayt, Hayt & Landau?
Hayt, Hayt & Landau is the name of two different debt collection businesses based in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, and also in Florida and Georgia. It appears as though both of these businesses have received a variety of different complaints alleging violations of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) such as harassing consumers and falsifying the amount of debt owed by consumers. If you have been contacted by one of these debt collectors, make sure you understand your rights before taking action.
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Is Hayt, Hayt & Landau a scam?
They’re both legit. First, Hayt, Hayt & Landau based in New Jersey and Pennsylvania has been in the collections business for 92 years according to their page on the Better Business Bureau. The company was established on January 1st, 1929 and was incorporated on the same date in 2003. While the business was not accredited by the Better Business Bureau, it did receive an “A-” rating from the BBB. This New Jersey/Pennsylvania based Hayt, Hayt & Landau has an employee base of 57 people and sales of $6.92 million, and is lead by Key Principal Martin Rubin according to dnb.com. Hayt, Hayt & Landau of New Jersey and Pennsylvania describes their purpose on the company’s website by explaining, “Throughout its history, with roots dating back to 1929, the Law Offices of Hayt, Hayt & Landau, LLC has made its focus helping clients to achieve their business objectives by assisting them in addressing their legal challenges”.
Secondly, Hayt, Hayt & Landau of Florida and Georgia has been a part of the collections business for 12 years. The business was opened on December 30th, 2008 and was incorporated on the same day, according to the BBB. This Hayt, Hayt & Landau has also not been accredited by the BBB, and has received an “A+” rating from the Better Business Bureau. Additionally, according to dnb.com, this southern Hayt, Hayt & Landau has 50 total employees, sales of $7.27 million, and is lead by Robert J Orovitz. On the collection company’s website, Hayt, Hayt & Landau tells readers, “Because our practice is limited to collections, our attorneys, legal staff and administrative staff have the expertise to effectively pursue collections while maintaining a strict level of compliance with applicable federal and state laws. Our attorneys are members of the Florida Bar, the Georgia Bar, the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida, the Florida Creditors Bar Association, the Creditor’s Rights Section of the state of Georgia Bar and the National Association of Retail Collection Attorneys”. Many complainants feel as though Hayt, Hayt & Landau has not necessarily met this “strict level of compliance”.
Due to both companies’ years in service and their ratings from the BBB, it is clear that these companies are not scamming consumers. However, while it is important that you do not ignore the need to resolve your alleged debt with Hayt, Hayt & Landau, as this could potentially harm your credit and ability to take out future loans, be wary of any suspicious activity where the company could potentially be violating the FDCPA. With that being said, remember that the debt which you may have been contacted about is real, and needs to be dealt with.
Who does Hayt, Hayt & Landau collect for?
The website of Hayt Hayt & Landau of New Jersey/Pennsylvania does not provide detailed information about its business practices or client base, indicating only that they “place great emphasis on effective communication and on working in concert to assist clients in keeping pace with the demands they confront each day.” In addition, their clients include, “major corporate enterprises and mid-market companies.” Therefore, because Hayt, Hayt & Landau of New Jersey/Pennsylvania collects on a variety of different loans it is very important that as a consumer you confirm with the collections company about what debt is specifically owed and to whom. Inquiring as soon as possible is the smartest move to make, and if you feel as though this company has breached their FDCPA rights be sure to contact an attorney to help you file a lawsuit.
On the other hand, the Hayt, Hayt & Landau of Florida/Georgia explains that, “The firm’s clients consist of major banking and financial institutions and national debt purchasing companies, who we represent throughout the state of Florida and Georgia”. Therefore, if you are being contacted by this Hayt, Hayt & Landau it is likely that your debt lies within one of these areas of collections listed on the company’s website.
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How many complaints are there against Hayt, Hayt & Landau?
There are many reviews and complaints currently posted about both of the Hayt, Hayt & Landau companies across the internet. On the BBB, Hayt, Hayt & Landau of New Jersey/Pennsylvania has received 5 complaints closed within the last 3 years. There were additionally 2 consumer reviews posted about this northern Hayt, Hayt & Landau on the BBB, which awarded the company an underwhelming 1/5 stars. In addition to these reviews on the BBB, Hayt, Hayt & Landau of New Jersey has received 26 Google Reviews amounting to an overall 2.3 star review.
Additionally, Hayt, Hayt & Landau of Florida/Georgia has received 15 complaints closed in the last 3 years and 2 complaints closed in the last 12 months on the BBB. This southern Hayt, Hayt & Landau has also received a 1 star review, resulting from 3 different customer reviews. For many of these complaints, Hayt, Hayt & Landau has spent time formulating responses. With that being said, the frequency of said complaints and the similarity between issues still awards Hayt, Hayt & Landau of Florida and Georgia a less than glowing review. In addition to these BBB.com reviews and complaints, Hayt, Hayt & Landau based in Miami has also received 84 Google Reviews which in total award the company a disappointing 1.8 star review.
Take a look at the Public Access to Court Electronic Records (“PACER”) which reports all federal complaints within the U.S. federal system’s docket to find out whether either of these Hayt, Hayt & Landau collections companies have been a part of any lawsuits or sanctions.
Hayt, Hayt & Landau (New Jersey/Pennsylvania)
Hayt, Hayt & Landau (Florida/Georgia)
Can Hayt, Hayt & Landau 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 Hayt, Hayt & Landau 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!
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Can you help me file a No Fee Lawsuit against Hayt, Hayt & Landau?
Absolutely. You can sue a debt collector. Here is a sample complaint:
In September 2013, in United States District Court, District of New Jersey, a judge issued an Opinion in a case alleging Hayt, Hayt & Landau had violated provisions of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA). The FDCPA Sections 1692(a)(4) and (a)(5) require that all collection letters sent by companies defined by the FDCPA as debt collectors include“a statement that if the consumer notifies the debt collector in writing within the thirty-day period that the debt…is disputed, the debt collector will…[mail] verification of the debt… to the consumer…and a statement that, upon the consumer’s written request within the thirty-day period, the debt collector will provide the consumer with the name and address of the original creditor, if different from the current creditor.” In addition, such letters must be sent“within five days after the initial communication with a consumer in connection with the collection of any debt…unless the…[specified] information is contained in the initial communication or the consumer has paid the debt.” In this case, the plaintiff had acquired a credit card debt through Chase Bank. The debt was eventually purchased by HHL, who sent her a collection letter. The plaintiff’s complaint alleged that the letter she received from HHL did not contain the required statements and therefore violated the FDCPA. The plaintiff also indicated that HHL had used a form letter, and that the same language that was missing in her letter was also missing from similar letters sent to other consumers from whom HHL was attempting to collect delinquent debts. The court found in favor of the plaintiff’s individual case, and she was awarded $1,000 in statutory damages, plus court costs and attorney fees. In addition, the court agreed to certify the case as a class action, and notices were sent to approximately 51,000 residents of New Jersey and Pennsylvania who may have received a similar collection notice.
The September 2013 hearing was held to determine whether the final settlement of the class action would be approved. The settlement required Hayt, Hayt & Landau to pay $40,000 to settle any claims resulting from the class action notice; $40,000 in attorney fees; and an additional $1,000 to the plaintiff for serving as the leader of the class action. Responses to the class action notices came from 5,082 of the 51,000 recipients, and included 4 objections. The objections were dismissed; the settlement was approved; and the class action claimants were each awarded $7.87.
Hayt, Hayt & Landau Calling You?
The Fair Debt Collection Practices Act protects citizens like you against the abuses and misconduct of collection agencies. If you find that you have become a victim of illegal collections practices, read up on your FDCPA rights listed on the Federal Trade Commission’s website under, “Debt Collection FAQs”. Do not forget that you also have additional rights other than those listed under the FDCPA. These supplementary rights include those enumerated in the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) and the Consumer Financial Protection Act (CFPA).
Can I sue Hayt, Hayt & Landau for harassment?
Yes you are able to sue Hayt, Hayt & Landau and if you feel as though your FDCPA rights have been breached, suing is the best course of resolution. In order to recover your damages and protect yourself as an individual, you should sue and utilize the Federal laws that protect citizens like you from these fraudulent practices. Award yourself the power to defend your rights and protect your assets. Individuals like you can recover damages of up to $1,000, plus attorney fees and court costs.
Want to Stop Hayt, Hayt & Landau Debt Collection Harassment Now?
You may have a case, if…
- You are receiving multiple calls per week from third party collection agencies.
- You are receiving early morning or late night calls from debt collectors
- You are receiving calls at work from a debt collection agency
- Debt collectors are calling your family, friends, neighbors, or coworkers
- Collectors are threatening you with violence, lawsuit, or arrest
- A debt collector attempts to collect more than you owe
- You are being threatened with negative credit reporting
- A debt collector attempts to intimidate you
- Criminal accusations are being made towards you
- Use of obscene language during an attempt to collect
- Automated robocalls are being made to your phone in an attempt to collect
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