Weber & Olcese PLC 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 Weber & Olcese?
Weber and Olcese is a law firm based in Minnesota that specializes in third-party debt collection. Weber Olcese has received consumer complaints alleging violations of the Fair Debt Collections Practices Act (FDCPA), including improper contact or sharing of information and threatening to take actions that cannot legally be taken. If you have been contacted by Weber Olcese about past due financial obligations, make sure you understand your rights before taking action.
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Is Weber & Olcese a scam?
They’re legit. According to the Better Business Bureau (BBB), Weber & Olcese PLC is a legitimate collection firm founded in 1996. Jeffrey Weber was admitted to the Michigan Bar Association in 1994. Michael Olcese was admitted to the Michigan Bar Association in 1992. Buzzfile indicates that Weber & Olcese has been in business as a provider of legal services for 21 years; has an annual revenue of $3.4 million; and employs a staff of 23 at their headquarters.
Who does Weber & Olcese collect for?
The Weber & Olcese website states that these two attorneys established their law firm as a “creditors’ rights law firm” whose “clients include individuals and local businesses, as well as, national corporations, banks, financial institutions, lending companies and credit grantors.”
Their stated mission is to change the culture of collections by providing their clients with “superior legal representation; results-oriented programs; personalized plans of actions; responsive client service; flexible fee structures; … and cutting-edge technology.” They refer to consumers as their “customers” who can expect “quality service with every interaction; a working relationship; [and] returning telephone calls and following up on promises.” Consumers contacted by this firm can expect to be “treated the way Weber and Olcese representatives would want to be treated” and to receive expert education about debt collection.
In keeping with their philosophy as a “creditors’ rights firm,” the Weber & Olcese website does not mention anything about consumer protection laws like the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA), the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), or the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). Their web-based Contact from does not inform site visitors of their rights under the FDCPA.
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 Weber & Olcese PLC?
The Better Business Bureau lists a total of only 4 consumer complaints against Weber & Olcese, and none of them provide any details. The two customer reviews are both negative and allege overly aggressive collection tactics and rude customer service. The BBB has given this firm a rating of A-. Justia lists at least 11 cases of civil litigation in which Weber & Olcese were named as a defendant.
Weber & Olcese, P.L.C. PO Box 1330 Birmingham, MI 48012 Telephone: 1-866-816-8118 Website: http://WOPLC@aol.com/
Can Weber & Olcese 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 Weber Olcese 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!
One sample cases against Weber & Olcese indicates why it may be so difficult to find information about the performance of a company of this size, and that has been in business for 21 years. In 2011 in United States District Court in the Eastern District of Michigan, Southern Division, plaintiff Shanel Moore filed a complaint against Jeffrey Weber, Michael Olcese, and the Law Firm of Weber & Olcese, P.L.C., alleging improper actions on the part of “Robert Reznick and/or his company Due Process of Michigan, Inc. and/or its associates during the execution of an order to seize property.” According to the Judge’s Memorandum and Order Granting Defendant’s Motion for Summary Judgement, Weber & Olcese obtained a default judgement against the plaintiff in the amount of $4,487.67 on behalf of Credit Acceptance Corporation. Again according to the Memorandum, Michigan law allows licensed court officers to seize the property of debtors to satisfy a judgement, and Weber & Olcese have a history of employing Robert Reznick and Due Process of Michigan when they “resort to actual execution on a judgement instead of settlement.” Acting on the judgement against the plaintiff, Weber & Olcese submitted to the 37th District Court in Warren, MI a request for an order to seize “personal property…includ[ing], but not limited to…money, wherever located.” After the order was approved, Weber & Olcese assigned it to Reznick, and on August 2, 2007, the plaintiff alleges that two men who “said they were Deputy Sheriffs and ‘in representation of Rob Reznick’” came to her apartment in Warren. One of the men was later identified as an employee of Due Process of Michigan. The judge’s memorandum indicates the plaintiff testified that the men told her to “come up with $2,500 or they were going to seize her property.”
Plaintiff testimony indicates two more men showed up, did not identify themselves and did not speak to the plaintiff. After two hours, the plaintiff was able to “get $1,500 wired to her from her mother… [and was required] to sign an agreement to make monthly $100 payments.” After the incident, the plaintiff filed a multi-count complaint. The judge’s memorandum dismisses the plaintiff’s complaint in its entirety citing a lack of evidence that Weber & Olcese, Robert Reznick, and Due Process of Michigan had either conspired to or in fact violated the plaintiff’s civil rights. The prevailing legal argument in this case may technically disprove the plaintiff’s claims; however, the FDCPA was enacted to prevent precisely the kind of abusive debt collection practices this case examined. Although Weber & Olcese appear to have found a way around federal laws by acting on Michigan state law, their conduct in this case appears to violate the spirit of the FDCPA, an examination of which is conspicuously absent throughout the discussion.
Press Releases of Lawsuits Brought On By Lemberg Law Against Weber & Olcese, P.L.C.
September 29, 2015. On September 21, 2015, the U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan, gave preliminary approval of a class action settlement in Whitford vs. Weber & Olcese (No. 1:15-cv-400). The court also preliminarily certified the following settlement class:
All persons with Michigan addresses to whom Weber & Olcese, P.L.C. mailed an initial debt collection communication that stated: “If you notify this firm within thirty (30) days after your receipt of this letter, that the debt or any portion thereof, is disputed, we will obtain verification of the debt or a copy of the judgment, if any, and mail a copy of such verification or judgment to you,” between April 15, 2014 and August 26, 2015, in connection with the collection of a consumer debt on behalf of Bank of America, N.A.
The hearing regarding final settlement will be held on January 11, 2016.
Weber & Olcese 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.
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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.