Jones, Wolf & Kapasi, LLC ("JWK") argued and obtained from the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey an Order granting final approval of a class action settlement in a 15 U.S.C. 1692 et seq, the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (“FDCPA”) case against a New Jersey debt collection law firm, Russell P. Goldman, PC ("RPG").
JWK previously defeated RPG’s motion for summary judgment wherein RPG sent the consumers a misleading and deceptive debt collection letter attempting to collect a New Jersey student loan debt along with "collection costs". Plaintiffs argued that these "collection costs" were, in reality, RPG's contingency fee with the State of New Jersey, and had not been incurred by RPG at the time it sent the debt collection letters to Plaintiffs.
The class action settlement includes monetary relief to the named Plaintiffs, the New Jersey class members, as well as attorney fees and costs. JWK attorneys Joseph K. Jones and Benjamin J. Wolf were certified as Class Counsel.
The case is Brian P. Carney and William C. Gumpper, Jr. v Russell P. Goldman, PC, 3:15-260 (BRM)(DEA) and the Final Approval Order can be read here.
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