Tuesday, September 16 2014 5:33 PM EDT2014-09-16 21:33:26 GMT
(WMC) - A man rescued from his sinking car in DeSoto County flood waters thanked the Horn Lake firefighter who saved his life. Only on WMC Action News 5, hear his terrifying story and find out why he couldMore >>
A man rescued from his sinking car in DeSoto County flood waters thanked the Horn Lake firefighter who saved his life.More >>
Tuesday, September 16 2014 5:26 PM EDT2014-09-16 21:26:38 GMT
(WMC-TV) - Popular Memphis Grizzlies guard Tony Allen stopped by the University of Memphis athletic offices and made a hype video for the rising Tiger football team.Allen stopped by the basketball offices,More >>
Popular Memphis Grizzlies guard Tony Allen stopped by the University of Memphis athletic offices and made a hype video for the rising Tiger football team.More >>
Tuesday, September 16 2014 5:22 PM EDT2014-09-16 21:22:15 GMT
(WMC) - A Memphis father saved his family from their burning home in the 1600 block of Frayser Boulevard, just before 1 a.m. on Tuesday. Witnesses say a plume of smoke filled the neighborhood. InvestigatorsMore >>
A Memphis father could be called a hero after he helped his family get out of their burning house.More >>
Tuesday, September 16 2014 5:20 PM EDT2014-09-16 21:20:38 GMT
(WMC) - Drivers traveling on Interstate 240 near Poplar Avenue might run into some delays caused by construction. Monday night, Memphis Light, Gas, and Water crews shut down two lanes at a time on I-240More >>
Drivers traveling on Interstate 240 near Poplar Avenue might run into some delays caused by construction.More >>
Tuesday, September 16 2014 5:16 PM EDT2014-09-16 21:16:40 GMT
Cargill announced Tuesday that it will close its Memphis corn milling facility in January 2015. The facility employs about 440 people, 120 who are contracted employees. Cargill will provide opportunitiesMore >>
A corn milling facility in Memphis will close its doors in January 2015.More >>
Tampa Attorney Ryan Hasanbasic says many consumers don't realize the collection fees they are being charged are illegal
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TAMPA, FL, August 25, 2014 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Debt collectors regularly include "collection fees" in letters, which typically do not raise eyebrows with consumers. In fact, many people pay the collection fees along with the debt because they are afraid of a lawsuit or harm to their credit if the fees are not paid. What those consumers don't know, however, is that the collection fees being charged are often illegal.
"We often see collection agencies violating the law and it goes unchecked until we get involved" says debt fighter Ryan Hasanbasic, Esq. "One violation that has recently come up over and over again is collection companies charging collection fees for telephone and internet bills, like AT&T bills for example, when the consumer's contract did not call for such charges. Unfortunately, the consumer often doesn't know that the collection fees are illegal until they speak with us."
It's a violation of the federal Fair Debt Collection Practices Act to add unauthorized collection fees or interest charges. According to the Federal Trade Commission, debt collectors may not resort to unfair practices when they attempt to collect a debt such as trying to tack on interest, fees or other charges unless the contract that created the debt specifically authorizes such charges. Often consumers are unaware of the specifics of the contract until they speak with experienced lawyer.
The Florida Debt Fighters pursue claims at no out-of-pocket costs to the consumer and, if successful, may be able to stop the collection attempts and recover money for the consumer.
About Debt Fighters
The Florida Debt Fighters are a nationally known law firm that has successfully sued many of the largest collection companies in the country. The Florida Debt Fighters are dedicated to helping consumers to fight against illegal and abusive practices by debt collectors. The law firm's mission is to level the playing field against big collection companies. The attorneys serve clients throughout the Florida communities of Tampa, St. Petersburg, Clearwater, New Port Richey, Tarpon Springs, Trinity and Spring Hill and has an office located at 2203 N. Lois, #830, Tampa, FL 33607 (local phone 813-932-2942). To learn more about the Florida Debt Fighters Disparti Law Group, P.A., call (800) 633-4091 or use the firm's online contact form.
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Tuesday, September 16 2014 3:45 PM EDT2014-09-16 19:45:03 GMT
MPD: Woman wearing bra and panties, carrying bat caught trespassing at elementary school A woman wearing her bra and panties is accused of running into the cafeteria at Westside elementary school andMore >>
A woman wearing her bra and panties is accused of running into the cafeteria at Westside elementary school and causing a bizarre disturbance just before more than a hundred children were due to come in for lunch. More >>
Tuesday, September 16 2014 5:15 PM EDT2014-09-16 21:15:25 GMT
(WMC) - Police were called to an early morning accident where a car crashed through two yards along Rhodes Avenue and Wedgewood Street in Memphis. Witnesses say at least three passengers were in the car. TheMore >>
Police were called to an early morning fatal accident where a car crashed through two yards along Rhodes Avenue and Wedgewood Street in Memphis.More >>
Tuesday, September 16 2014 4:36 PM EDT2014-09-16 20:36:34 GMT
(WMC) - Memphis dispatchers tell WMC Action News 5 Corky's Ribs & BBQ on Poplar Avenue is being evacuated.There is smoke coming out of the restaurant. Investigators are still trying to figure out if somethingMore >>
Corky's Ribs & BBQ on Poplar Avenue was evacuated around 1:00 Tuesday afternoon.More >>
Tuesday, September 16 2014 6:21 AM EDT2014-09-16 10:21:00 GMT
(WMC) - The Shelby County Sheriff's Office has reports of two school bus crashes on Austin Peay Highway. One is at the corner of Austin Peay and Pleasant Ridge involves a bus and a car. The other is atMore >>
A bus leaving Bolton High School with 32 children on board crossed the center line and hit a truck towing a Bobcat utility work vehicle.More >>
Tuesday, September 16 2014 4:27 PM EDT2014-09-16 20:27:24 GMT
(WMC) - A former high school teacher and Memphis firefighter have been indicted for aggravated statutory rape. Investigators say Michael Lewis, 32, and his roommate Bryan Wilson, 32, raped the young girlsMore >>
A former high school teacher and Memphis firefighter have been indicted for aggravated statutory rape by the Shelby County District Attorney's office.More >>
Tuesday, September 16 2014 7:31 AM EDT2014-09-16 11:31:15 GMT
(WMC) - "It's sad. It's sad. I can't begin to tell you," said 92-year-old Billie Williams. Williams is talking about her great-great-granddaughter, Chasity Forte, who she raised from the age of 13 monthsMore >>
"It's sad. It's sad. I can't begin to tell you," said 92-year-old Billie Williams. Williams is talking about her great-great-granddaughter, Chasity Forte, who she raised from the age of 13 months old. More >>
Tuesday, September 16 2014 12:16 PM EDT2014-09-16 16:16:14 GMT
(WMC) - For over a century, Memphians graced the Tri-State Fair — later called the Mid-South Fair — typically held from mid-September to early October. The first "Shelby County Fair" ran for two days inMore >>
For over a century, Memphians dared rides, spectated various entertainment acts, and devoured food at the Tri-State Fair — later called the Mid-South Fair — once held from mid-September to early October in the Bluff City.More >>
Monday, September 15 2014 10:55 PM EDT2014-09-16 02:55:55 GMT
Boone Police Officers received a call about the discovery of a dead body around 10:30 a.m. Saturday morning. The body was found in a wooded area adjacent to Poplar Grove Road near Appalachian State University. PoliceMore >>
The body was found in a wooded area adjacent to Poplar Grove Road near Appalachian State University.More >>