Tate & Kirlin Associates Inc or TKA 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 Tate & Kirlin Associates – TKA?
Tate & Kirlin Associates or TKA is a third-party collection agency based in Pennsylvania. TKA has received consumer complaints alleging serious violations of the Fair Debt Collections Practices Act (FDCPA), such as making false statements and failing to verify debts. If you have been contacted by this debt collector, make sure you understand your rights before responding.
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Is Tate & Kirlin Associates a scam?
They’re legit. According to the Better Business Bureau (BBB), Tate & Kirlin Associates, Inc. is a legitimate collection agency started in 2003 and incorporated in 2004. The BBB had previously established TKA’s profile page in 1996.Buzzfile estimates TKA’s annual revenue at $21 million and the size of its headquarters staff at 240 people.
According to its website, TKA “is a national provider of accounts receivable management services.” TKA states that it “recognizes the importance of this role in the financial realm and strives to provide the highest level of collection services.” In addition, TKA “understands the value of trust and respect in developing long-term business relationships and therefore places a stronger emphasis on compliance and customer service.”
The TKA website does not provide a lot of detailed information about its client base, except to say that it “understands… the entire collection process for every type of debt, whether consumer or commercial or originating from the financial, medical, or retail industries.” Similarly, they do not provide a lot of detailed information about their business practices or the specific types of services they offer. Instead, the website states that their collectors are “seasoned professionals who are routinely trained in the latest industry best practices; …motivated and flexible; …able to switch modes seamlessly; …and highly skilled in skip-tracing and asset location methods.”
As for compliance, TKA “operates with various state of the art systems and technologies ranging from automated collection systems to predictive dialer applications and the latest industry software … and maintains a focus on security…with an annual ISO and SSAE-16 review that ensures…network and systems are safe and reliable.” They also cite affiliation with several professional associations, including the Association of Credit and Collection Professionals. However, they do not provide any information about their regulatory compliance policies, nor do they provide any links or references to consumer protection resources, laws, or 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 Tate & Kirlin Associates?
The BBB has posted an Alert on Tate & Kirlin Associates’s profile page warning site visitors about an emerging pattern of complaints against TKA. The BBB has closed 53 complaints against Tate & Kirlin Associates in the past three years, with 20 complaints closed in the past 12 months. Most of those complaints alleged problems with billing and collections. Since August 2015, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has closed 9 complaints against TKA.Justia lists at least 9 cases of civil litigation involving TKA.
Tate & Kirlin Associates, Inc. 580 Middletown Blvd., Ste. 240 Langhorne, PA 19047-1827 Telephone: (215) 464-4500 Website: http://tate-kirlin.biz
Can Tate & Kirlin Associates 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 TKA 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 Tate & Kirlin Associates?
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The BBB has posted the following alert on the profile page of Tate & Kirlin Associates:
“In early 2017, the BBB began receiving complaints regarding TKA’s collection efforts on behalf of its client, TRS Limited (TRS). Consumer complaints against TKA allege that consumers have received correspondence from TKA seeking payment on behalf of TRS. Consumers deny owing any debt because they state they never entered into any agreement with TRS or because any items they ordered were returned to the company. TKA has responded to these complaints by ceasing collections activities, closing collections files, and advising the BBB and their consumers that they will not report these debts to the credit reporting agencies.”
Additionally, in November 2013, in United States District Court, Middle District of Florida, Orlando Division, a judge issued an Order in a case alleging TKA had violated federal and state consumer protection laws. Specifically, the plaintiff in this case alleged that the collection efforts of TKA representatives violated laws on four separate counts: “(1) the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA), … (Count One); (2) the Florida Consumer Collection Practices Act (FDCPA), … (Count Two); (3) the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), … (Count Three); and (4) the Federal Telephone Communications Act, Section 227(b)(1)(A)(iii) (Count Four).” Tate & Kirlin Associates failed to respond to the plaintiff’s allegations, and the plaintiff filed a Motion for Entry of Final Default Judgment. The case was referred to a United States Magistrate Judge, who granted the plaintiff’s motion and awarded her “(1) ‘$1,000 total for all of the calls (and letters)’ under the FDCPA; … (2) $11,000 for eight violations of the TCPA; … (3) $2,000 for two violations of the FCRA; … and $1,000 ‘total for violation of the FCCPA.’” The plaintiff filed an objection, claiming she “should be awarded $1,000 for each violation of the FCCPA, not a single award of $1,000 for all of them together.” The judge disagreed, indicating that “under Florida law, ‘any person who fails to comply with any provision of Section 559.72 is liable for actual damages and for additional statutory damages as the court may allow, but not exceeding $1,000.” As a result, the court affirmed the U.S. Magistrate Judge’s original findings and affirmed the award to the plaintiff.
Tate & Kirlin Associates 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).
But here’s the rub: If you want to enforce your rights, or recover money for violations — you need to sue. These 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.
Stop Debt Collection Harassment
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 friends, neighbors, or coworkers
Collectors are threatening you with violence, a 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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