5 NJ Attys Hit By Class Action For 'Mafia-Style' FDCPA Suits

By Jeannie O'Sullivan (December 6, 2016, 8:25 PM EST) -- Five New Jersey lawyers were sued Tuesday in federal court for allegedly running a "Mafia-style" racketeering operation that targeted collection companies through consumer protection class actions initiated primarily to generate attorneys' fees.

In a putative class action complaint, Hackensack-based Collection Solutions Inc. principal Jeffrey A. Winters and company counsel Charles I. Turner allege CSI and other collection businesses were victims of hundreds of "spurious" Fair Debt Collections Practices Act class actions that lacked actual damages, but produced up to six-figure attorneys' fees for the defendants.

The defendants, who are accused of filing the class actions since 2013, are Joseph K. Jones...

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