Northstar Location Services 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.
December 11, 2020
What is Northstar Location Services ?
Northstar Location Services was started in 2001 by the former owners of the Great Lakes Collection Bureau. They are also known as The Northstar Companies and are based in Cheektowaga, New York. Northstar Location Services takes great pride in their ability to use technology to locate consumers and enforce collections.
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Is Northstar Location Services a scam?
They’re legit. According to the Better Business Bureau (BBB), Northstar Location Services, LLC was founded in 2005. The BBB established a profile page for Northstar in 2005. The BBB lists Northstar Location Services as a collection agency. Buzzfile estimates Northstar Location Services’ annual revenue at $66 million and the size of its headquarters staff at 743.
Who does Northstar Location Services collect for?
Northstar Location Services performs pre charge off and post charge off collections, inbound and outbound call services, and skip tracing services. They collect on behalf of the automotive, utility, insurance, communications, travel, financial, education, mortgage, and retail industries. They boast that their executives have an average of 30 years of experience in the debt collection industry.
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 Northstar Location Services ?
As of Decemebr 2020, the Better Business Bureau reported 37 closed Northstar Location Services complaints within the previous three years, including 14 closed complaints within the previous 12 months. The BBB gives Northstar Location Services a B+ rating and has recently been put on alert by the BBB. In addition, Justia lists 28 complaints filed in federal court in the past year alleging violations of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act. Furthermore, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) lists 54 closed complaints for 2016.
Can Northstar Location Services 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 Northstar Collections 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 2016, a judge in U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas, denied Northstar Location Services’ motion to dismiss Langley vs. Northstar Location Services for alleged violations of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act. According to the judge’s decision, the consumer alleged that Northstar Location Services sent her a letter indicating that she had agreed to make a $10 payment on a time-barred debt. While the letter acknowledged that the debt was past the statute of limitations, it did not mention that any payment would restart the clock and the debt would once again be considered current. Moreover, the consumer claimed that she had never agreed to make a payment. The suit alleged violations of the FDCPA for falsely stating that she had agreed to make a payment, and by using deceptive or misleading means to collect a debt. The court said it was not persuaded that an unsophisticated consumer – the standard used by the FDCPA – would understand the consequences of making a payment. Therefore, the court denied Northstar’s motion to dismiss and allowed the case to move forward.
Press Releases of Lawsuits Brought On By Lemberg Law
May 2, 2017.On behalf of our client, Lemberg Law recently filed a complaint in U.S. District Court, District of Maryland. The case, against Northstar Location Services, charges the debt collection agency with violating state and federal law and asks for $1,000 in statutory damages under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, allowable damages under the Maryland Consumer Debt Collection Act, plus other relief.
The FDCPA only allows debt collection agencies to call friends, family members, and acquaintances of a consumer in order to ascertain a consumer’s location information. The law definitely does not allow a debt collection agency to tell a third party about the consumer’s debt. Our client says that Northstar called his sister, parents-in-law, and sisters-in-law, and left voicemail messages about the debt. The voicemail messages allegedly indicated that Northstar was trying to contact our client and his wife to collect a debt. Our client tells us that the debt was incurred years before he married his wife. Later, Northstar was informed that our client was represented by an attorney and that all calls to collect the debt should stop. Nevertheless, Northstar continued to place calls to our client and his family members in an attempt to collect the debt. On three other occasions, Northstar was reminded that our client was represented by an attorney and that they needed to stop calling his relatives about the debt. Nevertheless, they persisted.
This lawsuit charges that Northstar Location Services violated the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) by contacting third parties for purposes other than to confirm or correct location information; by contacting third parties without being asked to do so; by contacting our client knowing that he was represented by an attorney; by engaging in harassing behavior; by using false, deceptive, or misleading representation in connection with the collection of a debt; by using unfair and unconscionable means to collect a debt; and by communicating with a third party about an alleged debt. The lawsuit also charges that Northstar Location Services violated the Maryland Consumer Debt Collection Act by disclosing or threatening to disclose information to a third party that affected our clients reputation, with the knowledge that the third party had no business need for such information.
March 30, 2017. On behalf of our client, Lemberg Law recently filed a complaint in U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois. The case, against Northstar Location Services, charges the debt collection agency with violating state and federal law and asks for $1,000 in statutory damages under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, all available damages under the Illinois Collection Agency Act, plus other relief.
The Fair Debt Collection Practices Act was enacted to protect consumers from abusive and harassing debt collection tactics. One of the most embarrassing debt collection tactics is for a collector to tell other people about your debt. Our client says that Northstar contacted his father and told his father that Northstar was calling about our client’s debt. They also asked his father to give our client a message. Needless to say, this caused our client a great deal of stress and embarrassment.
This lawsuit charges that Northstar Location Services violated the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) by engaging in harassing behavior; by contacting third parties for purposes other than to obtain location information; and by using unfair and unconscionable means to collect a debt. The lawsuit also charges that Northstar Location Services violated the Illinois Collection Agency Act by disclosing information about a debt to another person, and by engaging in dishonorable, unethical, or unprofessional conduct likely to deceive, defraud, or harm the public.
Northstar Location Services Company 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 Northstar 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.
“When I first contacted Lemberg Law, I was at my wit’s end, not knowing what to do or how to protect myself against the collection agencies. I felt like I was sinking. After sending in my case evaluation, Lemberg Law quickly threw me a lifeline and turned the tide.”
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“I received my settlement check yesterday. Thank you all for helping me with my debt issue. The last year has been a very tough one and this check will really help. So impressed with Lemberg Law.”
Can You Help Me Delete Northstar Location Services from My Credit Report?
The short answer is yes. We can help. Call us today.
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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.