HARRISBURG, Pa. (Legal Newsline) — James Havassy and
Hamilton Law Group PC will settle allegations of violating state laws when
attempting collect medical debts, Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen G.
Kane has announced.
Kane’s office began to look into the matter after numerous
consumer complaints that the law group was trying to collect debts for
which complainants were not responsible. Complainants also noted the law
group’s alleged actions were harming their credit profiles.
The law group purportedly misled consumers by citing the
Filial Responsibility Law, which makes certain family members responsible for
indigent relatives’ long-term medical costs. This rule only takes effect,
however, if granted by a court. The law group, instead, made it seem that the
rule was absolute, according to complainants. Kane’s office agreed with consumers, alleging the company’s conduct was misleading, deceptive and in violation of the Unfair
Trade Practices and Consumer Protection Law.
Havassy and his law group must take necessary steps to help
restore the credit profiles of complaints victimized by his company’s alleged
conduct. The defendants will also pay restitution to any additional consumers
Chief Deputy Attorney General Thomas Devlin and deputy attorney general Patrick Greene, both of the Office of Attorney General's
Health Care Section, handled the case.