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September 25, 2013 | By Stuart Pfeifer
A Glendale collection agency has agreed to pay $1 million to resolve a lawsuit accusing it of sending unlawful text messages to debtors and inappropriately disclosing the debts to their family, friends and co-workers. The Federal Trade Commission had accused National Attorney Collection Services Inc. of falsely portraying itself as a law firm in texts, telephone calls and by mail. In some cases, the FTC lawsuit said, the company falsely threatened to have debtors arrested. The FTC also accused the company and its chief executive, Archie Donovan, of illegally revealing debts to consumers' family members, friends and co-workers.  In some cases, they sent notices about the debts in mailing envelopes that included a picture of a large arm shaking money from a consumer who is strung upside down.  U.S. law does not allow debt collectors to publicly disclose someone's private debts, because doing so could endanger their jobs and reputations, the FTC said.
January 6, 1999
Former U.S. Ambassador Robert D. Nesen has settled millions of dollars in lawsuits involving his son and the family's failed luxury car business. Lawyers for Nesen and his youngest son, Gary, announced the December out-of-court settlements this week but declined to disclose financial terms. Nesen, 80, served as ambassador to Australia during the Reagan presidency. His debt-ridden Nesen Motor Car Co. was sold in November 1996.
August 11, 1985
There is an irony in the two articles in the June 17 Business Section: "26,500-Acre Farm Threatened by Foreclosure" says that Bank of America (and Crocker Bank) has taken back much farm acreage and charged off millions of dollars in uncollectable farm loans; "Banks Rescheduled Panama's $633-Million Debt" says that Bank of America, as lead bank of a 13-member creditor committee for Panama's debts, will reschedule debts and make new loans. If our greedy bankers continue their childish games of pretending that foreign debts are valid and continue lending to protect interest payments, while destroying the farming backbone of America, we will, possibly in our lifetime, witness worldwide monetary failure and panic--and possible anarchy and revolution.
May 18, 1997
The decision by CSUN finance officials to write off so-called bad debts and the laxity in collecting known debts is appalling ("12 CSUN Employees Deny Getting Pay Advances," May 4). On whose authority was this done? The practice of submitting payroll sheets without those hours having been worked and then requiring the employees to use the honor system to correct the overpayment should be abolished forthwith. The policy should be no work, no pay. NORMAN HIRSCH Canoga Park
April 2, 2009 | TIMES WIRE REPORTS
A Sacramento company that once was among the nation's fastest-growing ethanol producers says it could run out of cash within a month. Pacific Ethanol Inc. said in a Securities and Exchange Commission filing that it might not be able to continue past April 30 without renegotiating its debts or finding new sources of cash. The company said a bankruptcy filing was possible.
April 14, 1991
This letter is to clarify portions of "WW II Legislation Helps Reduce GIs' Bills" by David W. Myers (Feb. 17), regarding the Soldiers' and Sailors' Civil Relief Act. First, the article states that the act protects full-time service members from certain debts incurred prior to "joining up." Not only are pre-enlistment debts protected, but also debts incurred prior to being called to active duty. Thus, a reservist can receive protection for debts incurred after enlistment but prior to the time orders to report to active duty become effective.
March 22, 1992
In the article "Swamped By Debtors and Abuse" (Jan 12), it was stated that student loans and income taxes are not dischargeable in a bankruptcy. While generally true, time does turn both student loans and IRS debts into dischargeable debts. Student loans are eligible for discharge seven years after the repayment date takes effect. Taxes are dischargeable three years after the due date of the return (with extensions), or two years after they are filed, or 240 days after they are assessed, whichever is later.
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