Weltman, Weinberg & Reis Co., L.P.A.
On April 17, 2017, the Bureau filed a complaint against the debt collection law firm Weltman, Weinberg & Reis Co., L.P.A., alleging it sent collection letters that misrepresented that attorneys were meaningfully involved in collecting the debt. A trial with an advisory jury was held beginning May 1, 2018. The advisory jury found that the Bureau had proved by a preponderance of the evidence that the law firm’s collection letter contained false, deceptive, or misleading representations in connection with the collection of a debt, but found that the Bureau had not proved that the law firm’s lawyers were not meaningfully involved in the debt collection process. The court declined to adopt the advisory jury’s first finding, accepted the advisory jury’s second finding, and entered judgment in favor of the law firm on July 25, 2018. On October 22, 2018, the court denied the law firm’s motion for an award of attorney’s fees.