HAVE YOU BEEN RECEIVING CALLS FROM NORTHSTAR LOCATION SERVICES, LLC?
Northstar Location Services is a third party debt collector. If you’re being called by Northstar, or receiving letters from them, you should know that you have rights under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (“FDCPA”). Some people who believe their rights under the FDCPA are violated choose to sue—and if you sue and are successful, you could be entitled to $1,000 in statutory damages plus your attorney fees.
Northstar Location Services was as defendant in about 60 or more federal court cases in 2017 alone, according to the federal PACER database. Since Northstar Location Services was founded, it has fought about eleven federal Fair Debt Collection Practices Act cases (according to the Westlaw database, frequently used by lawyers) to the point where a court issued some sort of written decision.
What kinds of rights do you have under the FDCPA? Typical examples of potential violations by debt collectors include:
- Getting multiple calls per week
- Getting calls before 8:00 A.M. or after 9:00 P.M.
- Being called at work after you have told them to stop
- Not telling you that they are a debt collector when they first call you
- Telling people other than your spouse about your debt
- Threatening you with legal action that cannot be taken
- Using profanity or yelling at you
- Adding fees to your bill that are not allowed by law
HOW DO YOU KNOW IF NORTHSTAR LOCATION SERVICES HAS BEEN CONTACTING YOU?
Based on our research, we believe that Northstar Location Services uses the following numbers to contact individual consumers:
You may also receive a letter in the mail from Northstar.
DO CASES AGAINST NORTHSTAR EVER SETTLE?
Yes, cases that are brought against Northstar Location Services sometimes settle. We looked at a sample of cases from 2017, and based on our interpretation of the court records, we believe that (of the cases that settled) the average time to settlement was about 2.5 months. Some cases go on longer, however, and one lasted over 180 days (six months).
COURT OPINIONS IN NORTHSTAR CASES
Here is a recent court ruling in a case filed against Northstar.
Langley v. Northstar Location Servs., LLC, No. CV H-16-1351, 2016 WL 4059355 (S.D. Tex. July 28, 2016).
In this case, Northstar allegedly wrote a letter to a debtor and asked her to pay a debt. However, the debt was so old that Northstar could no longer legally sue on that debt—that is, the time in the “statute of limitations” had already passed. Northstar did explain in its letter that the debt was old, and that Northstar could no longer take legal action. Northstar argued to the Court that it informed the Plaintiff of everything it needed to, so it didn’t do anything misleading.
But according to the Plaintiff, Northstar allegedly included a line in its letter referring to an “agreement” by the Plaintiff to repay the debt. The Plaintiff claimed that she never entered into any such repayment agreement—and this meant that Northstar was violating the FDCPA by using deceptive means to collect the debt. The judge sided with the Plaintiff, and allowed her case to move forward.
If you believe that your rights have been violated, you should contact an attorney for a free consultation.