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Interstate National Dealer Services Inc. has agreed to pay $4.2 million to settle a class action lawsuit that claimed the auto warranty company violated the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA). Lead plaintiff Diana Mey filed the TCPA class action lawsuit after allegedly receiving a phone call from Interstate to her cellphone which was a number registered on the National Do Not Call Registry. Mey says that Interstate was attempting to sell her an extended warranty on her car and were in possession of her vehicle information (including her VIN number) regardless of the fact that she had never made an inquiry about a warranty. Interstate maintains that it did not make any unsolicited telemarketing calls, or authorize any service providers to do so. However, they have agreed to the settlement to avoid the cost of further litigation. Class Members who wish to “opt out” or object to the TCPA settlement must do so by Mar. 24, 2016. WHO’S ELIGIBLE The Interstate TCPA class action settlement is open to all Class Members who received one (or more) solicitation calls from Interstate between June 12, 2010 and Jan. 28, 2016 to a phone number that was listed on the National Do Not Call Registry. In addition, the TCPA settlement is also open to all Class Members who received a call from Interstate on their cell phone. POTENTIAL AWARD Varies. Interstate has agreed to establish a $4.2 million Settlement Fund. All Class Members who submit a valid and timely Claim Form will receive an equal portion of the settlement once the Court gives final approval.
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TELEMARKETER ABUSE CASES

Heidarpour Law Firm handles lawsuits for consumers who have received unwanted calls from debt collectors, banks and other companies on their cell phones. Under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), individuals must provide consent to receive certain types of telephone calls, and you have the right to tell these companies, including debt collectors, to discontinue calling you. IF YOU RECEIVED UNWANTED CALLS TO YOUR CELL PHONE, GET MORE INFORMATION  AT HLF’S WEBSITE DEVOTED EXCLUSIVELY TO THESE TYPES OF CASES AT HTTP://REPORTTELEMARKETERABUSE.COM. HLF assists people who are wrongly contacted by companies looking for a different person, as well as those who were contacted after first requesting that a company stop calling them.  Anyone who was called on a wireless number, whether personal or business, may have a claim as well, if the telemarketing company did not receive the called party’s prior express written consent. Telephone Consumer Protection Act: Under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) established rules addressing “robocalling” or unsolicited automated messages used by telemarketers in 1991.  The Unwanted Telephone Marketing Calls Guide on the FCC website lists three rules all telemarketers must follow: 1. “Anyone making a telephone solicitation call must provide his or her name, the name of the person or entity on whose behalf the call is being made, and a telephone number of address at which that person or entity can be contacted 2. Telephone solicitation calls are prohibited before 8 am or after 9 pm. 3. Telemarketers must comply immediately with any do-not-call request you make during a solicitation call. 4. Telemarketers, when calling ANY wireless number for solicitation services, must receive the called parties prior express written consent.” Know Your Rights Or Debt Collectors Win: Debt collection agencies rake in money.  Big money.  It’s a $13 billion industry.  But those numbers – as staggering as they are –...
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BANKRUPTCY

You should be aware of a few differences between Chapters 7, 11, and 13.  Bankruptcy is a process in which individuals or businesses declare themselves “no longer able” to make payments on outstanding debts that they owe.  The process of bankruptcy prohibits collection agencies and creditors from contacting you regarding your debts, and this process also releases you from certain types of debts. The difference between filing for Chapter 7 bankruptcy and filing for Chapter 13 bankruptcy are your income level, your current debts, and your financial goals and assets.  Individuals who fall below a certain level of income can file for Chapter 7 bankruptcy, while those who don’t can instead file for Chapter 13 bankruptcy. Chapter 7 bankruptcy is designed to help those who make little to no money at all, to pay back their debts.  Chapter 13 bankruptcy is designed for debtors who are able to pay back a portion of their debts, through a repayment plan.  That means that if you file for Chapter 7 bankruptcy, you will have your assets liquidated, if any.  While if you file for Chapter 13 bankruptcy, you retain and restructure your assets to pay off some of your debt. Call HLF at 1-202-234-2727 or fill out HLF’s FREE CONSULTATION form.
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DEBT COLLECTION

If you have been trying to deal with a creditor, or creditors, and you feel that they are harassing you to try and collect on a debt you owe them, you may feel scared, hopeless, and unsure of what you can do to put an end to this sort of maltreatment. When creditors call you at work, or even make phone calls to your family members; if they verbally insult you, or if they threaten to take certain types of legal action against you, it’s time to consult with a debt collection legal firm like Heidarpour Law Firm. HLF will advocate for you if you are too afraid to deal with these types of creditors alone. Once we are engaged, we will intervene on your behalf.  If these creditors continue to unlawfully harass you,  HLF can then take legal measures to put an end to their abuse, while also reporting their illegal behaviors. If you feel you are a victim of illegal debt collection practices, you do not have to suffer alone. Call HLF at 1-202-234-2727 or fill out HLF’s FREE CONSULTATION form.
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CLASS ACTION LAWSUITS

The single purpose of a class action litigation or lawsuit is to give the average person a chance to take on some of the biggest private companies and corporations in the world; giving the individual person a chance to address any wrongs done by any of these major entities. You should not attempt to handle this sort of case on your own, without the help of an experienced attorney.  The process can be overwhelming and extremely frustrating, but class action lawsuits give the average person the opportunity to hold these companies accountable, by grouping together hundreds or sometimes even thousands of people, within one lawsuit.  This gives the legal case a higher level of credibility, and demands that the defendant pay attention. For some victims involved in class action litigation or lawsuits, this is the only meaningful way for them to address fraud, widespread discrimination, or other similar legal violations.  You can look at cases of class action lawsuits against major car companies and major tobacco companies, in the past, and understand how class action litigation can help. Call HLF at 1-202-234-2727 or fill out HLF’s FREE CONSULTATION form.
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CONTRACT LAW

A contract is a legally enforceable agreement between two parties.  Each party within a contract promises to perform a certain duty or service, or pay a certain amount of money to someone.  If one party member or group fails to act as promised, and the other party has fulfilled their own duties under the contract, the wronged party is then entitled to legal aide for a breach of contract.  A breach of contract is a failure to fulfill the services or monies promised within the contract terms.  A contract can be breached in the following ways: One party does not perform a duty or service as they promisedOne party breaches a “fundamental term” of the contractOne party does something that makes it impossible for the other party to perform their own services under the contractOne party makes it clear that they do not intend to perform the contract services, thereby permitting the other party to engage in an anticipatory breach Both written and oral contracts are legally enforceable.  It is best practice to write down the terms of any contract agreement, in case some dispute between the parties should arise, after agreeing to a contract.  If the contract is an oral agreement, the parties of the contract might later remember different details about the contract terms, or forget certain terms altogether, which will make it more difficult to prove the validity of the contract. Call HLF at 1-202-234-2727 or fill out HLF’s FREE CONSULTATION form.
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U.S. IMMIGRATION LAW

There are four basic paths for obtaining lawful permanent residence in the United States: Through a family relationshipThrough employment sponsorshipThrough the diversity programThrough asylum Lawful permanent residents are non-U.S. citizens who have authorization to work and live in the United States indefinitely.  They can serve in the U.S. military, but they may not vote.  They have to follow certain rules to maintain their status, both when traveling abroad, and while staying outside of the U.S. for extended periods of time.  They may lose their status if they commit crimes. Obtaining permanent residence is usually a lengthy and complex process, and requires a careful analysis of an individual’s circumstances. U.S. Citizenship A person who has remained a lawful permanent resident in the U.S. for five years (or sometimes three years), and has been physically present in the U.S. for half of that time can qualify for U.S. citizenship.  A person who is married to and residing with a U.S. citizen can typically apply for U.S. citizenship after three years. HLF practices Immigration Law in the following areas: MARRIAGE IMMIGRATION: I-751 | CONSULAR PROCESSING | PARENT | 601 HARDSHIP WAIVER | 245I | MOTION TO REOPEN | SIBLING | STEPCHILDREN | FIRST PREFERENCE MARRIAGE IMMIGRATION (SUBSTITUTION): CSPA | EMERGENCY | ADVANCE PAROLE | I-90 CRIMINAL ISSUES EMPLOYMENT: EB-2 I-140 | NURSE PRACTITIONER | NATIONAL INTEREST WAIVER | PERM | REGISTERED NURSE | EB-3 I-140 | EB-11 | PHARMACISTS | L-1 VISAS: H-1B | J-1 WAIVERS | J-2 WAIVERS | K-1 FIANCE | VISA WAIVER | F-1 | B-2 VISITOR | H-4 | F-1 REINSTATEMENT DEPORTATION: TERMINATION | MOTION TO REOPEN | JAIL CASES | CANCELLATION OF REMOVAL | ARRIVING ALIEN | BIA APPEAL Call HLF at 1-202-234-2727 or fill out HLF’s FREE CONSULTATION form.
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