Facts: Our client had hired a debt collection agency, but the debt collector refused to pay client the money collected on behalf of our client. Our client filed suit for $15,662.00. Shortly after filing suit, the debt collector contacted our office and told us that he would drown us in legal work and drown our client in legal costs. We told him to bring it on, because we would seek to hold him responsible for all of our client’s fees. The very next day, the debt collector had a check delivered to us for the full amount for which our client had sued, plus attorney’s fees and costs. Upon conclusion of the case, our client gave us the following endorsement:

“April 2008, we turned a couple of accounts to Chasemax to collect for us. In May, one of our customers paid them $14,000. Chasemax didn’t inform us they had received this money. The only reason we became aware of it was because our customer called and told us.

For several months, we called Chasemax, that was by that time, taken over by Rothman & Wise (but had the same owners & employees that were at Chasemax). If they did accept our phone calls, they were very rude to us. If we left a message, they never returned our calls. So finally we retained a lawyer in Houston and he was able to collect 100% of what Chasemax had received from our customer and all of our legal costs.”

Result: Settled for full amount.

Amount Client Received: Client received client’s full $15,662.00 sought, plus a reimbursement of all of client’s legal fees and costs.