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The Center for Legal Justice – Scam, Complaint, Review, or Praise?

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  • informed insider

    August Belmont company is new name for Dallas tx version of center for legal justice. same company out of flordia . same people . same scam.

    • Toomanyvowels

      August Belmont is in the name of Larry Diodato’s brother.  They changed the name from Center for legal justice because they had too many complaints.  Word on the street is that Larry is pulling in over 650k a month in fees.  They are charging 30% of debt upfront and using the “validation/elimination” scam that has been around since the Hess Kennedy days.  It amazes me that this kind of blatant thievery is allowed to continue.  I even heard Larry has strong armed affiliates into selling his program.  Someone’s been watching to many mob movies….

    • Toomanyvowels

      August Belmont is in the name of Larry Diodato’s brother.  They changed the name from Center for legal justice because they had too many complaints.  Word on the street is that Larry is pulling in over 650k a month in fees.  They are charging 30% of debt upfront and using the “validation/elimination” scam that has been around since the Hess Kennedy days.  It amazes me that this kind of blatant thievery is allowed to continue.  I even heard Larry has strong armed affiliates into selling his program.  Someone’s been watching to many mob movies….

      • AlCaponernicus

        I’m a little offended…

      • http://twitter.com/fraudsniffer CMS

        It’s amazing. Its like that dope dealer with 26″s on his over-accessorized H2 wondering why he got pulled over…  Little did he know, the DEA was probably watching him for the last six months… If you couldn’t put two and two together there, well.. your just plain Heehaw.   

        How many times have you seen a criminal pulled over in a Prius? Just goes to show you how powerful “the radar” is.. Staying “off the radar” usually = less attention. These people apparently called in sick on 10/27/10.

        Morons.

      • http://twitter.com/fraudsniffer CMS

        It’s amazing. Its like that dope dealer with 26″s on his over-accessorized H2 wondering why he got pulled over…  Little did he know, the DEA was probably watching him for the last six months… If you couldn’t put two and two together there, well.. your just plain Heehaw.   

        How many times have you seen a criminal pulled over in a Prius? Just goes to show you how powerful “the radar” is.. Staying “off the radar” usually = less attention. These people apparently called in sick on 10/27/10.

        Morons.

      • Ed

        You are right and wrong all at the same time. Larry is a criminal but his brother has nothing to do with the apparent scam. I hear Kennedy has “gone straight” and they have some new flunkie attorney Paul A Herman along with that other fat, drunk and stupid clown they use

      • Ed

        You are right and wrong all at the same time. Larry is a criminal but his brother has nothing to do with the apparent scam. I hear Kennedy has “gone straight” and they have some new flunkie attorney Paul A Herman along with that other fat, drunk and stupid clown they use

      • Ilovelarry

        Larry Diodato is a criminal, a thief, a thug, a liar, a cheater, a convicted felon, a tax evader, has been sued countless times both civil and criminal in NY and Ca, an embezzler, a fraud…but other than that a great guy !

      • sober citizen

        sounds like every other phone room in south Fl, maybe they should move into the pain killers centers and stay under the radar!!

  • proudmommy

    I have used them and they have dismissed 3 cards so far. They were up front about charges and results expected. Customer service has ben very good. I recommend them so far.

    I have been with them 7 months.

  • Dbuglione

    The center for legal justice is a big SCAM.  Larry and Dave (steroid monster) are taking excessive fees and smoking crack. They even have cold callers that come from jail in a work release program. STAY AWAY IVE WORKED THERE AND QUIT. They prey on the elderly

  • Dbuglione

    The center for legal justice is a big SCAM.  Larry and Dave (steroid monster) are taking excessive fees and smoking crack. They even have cold callers that come from jail in a work release program. STAY AWAY IVE WORKED THERE AND QUIT. They prey on the elderly

    • Huge_Scam

      This suit is a joke as is the so called “lawyer referral Services”.  This company/scam is run by Larry Diadato (Elimidebt, Boca Raton, FL).  Larry partnered up with a law firm called Esquire litigation and they’re
      doing the Hess Kennedy type disputes and enrolling hundreds of consumers a
      month.  Major attorney fee splitting
      going on over there.  

      So let me clarify….Larry has been running an upfront fee scam for years and as soon as TSR changes were made he switched to the attorney model AND this same attorney he partnered up with is going after companies that charged upfront fees.  

      The kicker is that he first approaches the settlement company to become an affiliate of the Center for Legal Justice and if they decline he sues them.  Larry has graduated from a street thug collector for the mob to legal extortion.  Same thug, different strong-arm tactics.

  • Kincade

    I recieved a call Monday night from a “Consumer Protection Coordinator” — with offers that sounded “too good to be true” ~ I was practically sold at that moment…but knew that it would be wise to do a little investigating on-line first before putting my future in their hands.
    Just prior to getting to this point, I had replied to a followup e-mail I received from the coordinator with promised information. Not at all what I expected. I asked that he send me the “fine print” – everything we spoke about over the phone, how it works and what is to be expected.

    AFTER I read these comments tonight, I went to the coordinator’s most recent email where he included the contract and program outline. read the attachments.

    On the final page of the contract, under the attorney’s signature line was: Howard Feinmel

    I rarely stop to write back to any blog I read…but I was compelled to reply to this one.
    Based on everything I’ve read – and thanks to everyone’s comments and observations –
    I would be foolish to respond to their next call. You may have saved my butt. Gracias!

    Here’s step 3 of 4 steps… too good to be true?

    3. “Validation letter” – request to creditor to provide documents for any advertisement that prompted you to sign up for card (whether you rec’d a T-shirt for signing up or received a letter in the mail). The attorney demands a copy of the original contract; which is usually not valid anymore due to new laws). Validation includes a full audit of account– meaning that they are requesting a history of the account from day 1 to present. Attorneys move to have debt dismissed at this point and MOST DEBTS are eliminated due to the creditor not being able to provide documentation. Attorney moves to have debt dismissed.

  • tellitlikeitis

    This is irrelevant as your attorneys operate in Florida only and your comoany did not exist at the time of this filing date. This is what you post to prove your company is valid ? It is the work of an attorney that hos nothing to do with The Center For legal Justice. What next ? You post Roe V Wade and take credit for that too ?

  • Harris-tony

    They are a complete SCAM and FRAUD. They solicit unsuspecting consumers and refer them to several flunky attorneys with no consumer law experience then put them into a retainer agreement without ever speaking to the attorney (against the law). They tell people they do not have to pay their credit card bills and that they will all be dismissed because of breach of contract and violations of FTC laws. WRONG. They are a debt settlement company under a new banner screwing desparate people once again. Heartless, soul-less criminals preying on the financially weak. They share in the retainer fees which is also against the law and piggy back legal expense insurance on the retainer when not one of them has a license to sell legal expense insurance. Why are they not all in jail ?

  • Harris-tony

    They are a complete SCAM and FRAUD. They solicit unsuspecting consumers and refer them to several flunky attorneys with no consumer law experience then put them into a retainer agreement without ever speaking to the attorney (against the law). They tell people they do not have to pay their credit card bills and that they will all be dismissed because of breach of contract and violations of FTC laws. WRONG. They are a debt settlement company under a new banner screwing desparate people once again. Heartless, soul-less criminals preying on the financially weak. They share in the retainer fees which is also against the law and piggy back legal expense insurance on the retainer when not one of them has a license to sell legal expense insurance. Why are they not all in jail ?

    • Kincade

      I recieved a call Monday night from a “Consumer Protection Coordinator” — with offers that sounded “too good to be true” ~ I was practically sold at that moment…but knew that it would be wise to do a little investigating on-line first before putting my future in their hands.
      Just prior to getting to this point, I had replied to a followup e-mail I received from the coordinator with promised information. Not at all what I expected. I asked that he send me the “fine print” – everything we spoke about over the phone, how it works and what is to be expected.

      AFTER I read these comments tonight, I went to the coordinator’s most recent email where he included the contract and program outline. read the attachments.

      On the final page of the contract, under the attorney’s signature line was: Howard Feinmel

      I rarely stop to write back to any blog I read…but I was compelled to reply to this one.
      Based on everything I’ve read – and thanks to everyone’s comments and observations –
      I would be foolish to respond to their next call. You may have saved my butt. Gracias!

      Here’s step 3 of 4 steps… too good to be true?

      3. “Validation letter” – request to creditor to provide documents for any advertisement that prompted you to sign up for card (whether you rec’d a T-shirt for signing up or received a letter in the mail). The attorney demands a copy of the original contract; which is usually not valid anymore due to new laws). Validation includes a full audit of account– meaning that they are requesting a history of the account from day 1 to present. Attorneys move to have debt dismissed at this point and MOST DEBTS are eliminated due to the creditor not being able to provide documentation. Attorney moves to have debt dismissed.

  • DD

    Tipster,
    Ask Larry, he looks proud to me

  • Tipser

    Once again, this post has nothing to do with the servicing of clients. Steve, is this what you intended your site to be used for? You spend a great deal of time defending your site and its purpose. You appear to want to inform the public with valuable information about untrustworthy companies. These types of posts about an individuals private life etc is not what you site was intended for. Unless you enjoy creating the Enquire for the Debt industry.

    Just an idea, maybe you should have a webmaster actually remove posts that are not in with your idea of a valid and ethical site, which aims to provide the consumers with valuable information.

    As of right now, it’s just funny reading to anyone wanting to unwind at the end of a long day with a drink or 2…

  • Wonderful Tipster

    I dont understand your problem here. Somehow this website turned into competetors complaining about each other. Shouldnt the real problem be the servicing of the consumer along with the cost of such service? How one company pays another is not relevant to servicing the consumer. If your posting about the fee splitting is true that they are paying in accordance with FLA law, then what is your complaint?

    It seems to be just gossiping queen….

  • LarryHater

    gag….I really didn’t need to see him in pink panties this early in the morning. Those must be old pictures, he’s twice the size now and purple lmfao !!!!! And the up front fee attorney model continues…..

  • Bighebrewboy

    KAGAN IS IN JAIL AND PAUL RODGERS KENNEDY WANTS TO BE HIS CELL BUDDY !!!!
    KNOW WHAT I MEAN……………….CROOKED ATTORNEYS DONOT GO TO HEAVEN
    HEAR THAT ROBERT CROOK …..I MEAN COOK

  • Bighebrewboy

    KAGAN IS IN JAIL AND PAUL RODGERS KENNEDY WANTS TO BE HIS CELL BUDDY !!!!
    KNOW WHAT I MEAN……………….CROOKED ATTORNEYS DONOT GO TO HEAVEN
    HEAR THAT ROBERT CROOK …..I MEAN COOK

  • Bighebrewboy

    SCAM….SCAM…..SCAM…..SCAM……SCUM…….SCUM…….SCAM…..SCUM……….SCAM……..SCUM
    DOES THAT ANSWER YOUR QUESTION

  • Bighebrewboy

    SCAM….SCAM…..SCAM…..SCAM……SCUM…….SCUM…….SCAM…..SCUM……….SCAM……..SCUM
    DOES THAT ANSWER YOUR QUESTION

  • Steve Rhode

    Tipster sent in link to photos of Larry Diodato in bodybuilding contest. Click here.

  • Juicer

    Word on the street is that Larry Diodato and the rest of his steroid goomba’s over at the Center for Legal Justice were notified by the Florida AG that they are under investigation…..tick tock, tick, tock. Dont worry Larry, Im sure you can still get your juice injections in prison.

  • Noname

    Center for Legal Justice is …ready for this….no other than Larry Diodato owner of the now defunct Elimidebt. This referral service is their way of circumventing ftc rules. It creates a separation between the marketing company and the law firm. Sales offices send the calls to the “referral service” which refers the client to the law firm. By law, the only entity a law firm/attorney is legally allowed to split fees is with a…yes, you guessed it…a legal referral service. This is how they are able to front load and pay heavy commissions to the affiliate. the attorney charges a retainer which most of it goes to the legal referral and the legal referral has no restrictions so it’s a pass through to the affiliate.

  • Noname

    Center for Legal Justice is …ready for this….no other than Larry Diodato owner of the now defunct Elimidebt. This referral service is their way of circumventing ftc rules. It creates a separation between the marketing company and the law firm. Sales offices send the calls to the “referral service” which refers the client to the law firm. By law, the only entity a law firm/attorney is legally allowed to split fees is with a…yes, you guessed it…a legal referral service. This is how they are able to front load and pay heavy commissions to the affiliate. the attorney charges a retainer which most of it goes to the legal referral and the legal referral has no restrictions so it’s a pass through to the affiliate.

    • Juicer

      Word on the street is that Larry Diodato and the rest of his steroid goomba’s over at the Center for Legal Justice were notified by the Florida AG that they are under investigation…..tick tock, tick, tock. Dont worry Larry, Im sure you can still get your juice injections in prison.

      • http://GetOutOfDebt.org Steve Rhode

        Tipster sent in link to photos of Larry Diodato in bodybuilding contest. Click here.

      • LarryHater

        gag….I really didn’t need to see him in pink panties this early in the morning. Those must be old pictures, he’s twice the size now and purple lmfao !!!!! And the up front fee attorney model continues…..

      • Tipser

        Once again, this post has nothing to do with the servicing of clients. Steve, is this what you intended your site to be used for? You spend a great deal of time defending your site and its purpose. You appear to want to inform the public with valuable information about untrustworthy companies. These types of posts about an individuals private life etc is not what you site was intended for. Unless you enjoy creating the Enquire for the Debt industry.

        Just an idea, maybe you should have a webmaster actually remove posts that are not in with your idea of a valid and ethical site, which aims to provide the consumers with valuable information.

        As of right now, it’s just funny reading to anyone wanting to unwind at the end of a long day with a drink or 2…

      • DD

        Tipster,
        Ask Larry, he looks proud to me

    • Wonderful Tipster

      I dont understand your problem here. Somehow this website turned into competetors complaining about each other. Shouldnt the real problem be the servicing of the consumer along with the cost of such service? How one company pays another is not relevant to servicing the consumer. If your posting about the fee splitting is true that they are paying in accordance with FLA law, then what is your complaint?

      It seems to be just gossiping queen….

  • MJSASEE

    RIP OFF…RIP OFF…RIP OFF………..

  • MJSASEE

    RIP OFF…RIP OFF…RIP OFF………..

  • Edcherry

    Case ID: 502009CA007398XXXXMB
    Case Caption: AMERICAN EXPRESS V SUSAN CARLSEN
    Division: AE – MCCARTHY
    Filing Date: Thursday , February 26th, 2009
    Court: CA – CIRCUIT CIVIL
    Location: MB – MAIN BRANCH
    Jury: N-Non Jury
    Type: CD – CONTRACT & DEBT
    Status: DBO – DISPOSED BEFORE OTHER

    The link did not work. Sorry here is the case information.

  • Edcherry

    http://courtcon.co.palm-beach….

    This is proof of a dismissal when I was referred to the Center for Legal Justice. $58,000 American Express Credit Card Account.

  • Edcherry

    http://courtcon.co.palm-beach.fl.us/pls/jiwp/ck_public_qry_doct.cp_dktrpt_frames?backto=P&case_id=502009CA007398XXXXMB&begin_date=&end_date=

    This is proof of a dismissal when I was referred to the Center for Legal Justice. $58,000 American Express Credit Card Account.

    • Edcherry

      Case ID: 502009CA007398XXXXMB
      Case Caption: AMERICAN EXPRESS V SUSAN CARLSEN
      Division: AE – MCCARTHY
      Filing Date: Thursday , February 26th, 2009
      Court: CA – CIRCUIT CIVIL
      Location: MB – MAIN BRANCH
      Jury: N-Non Jury
      Type: CD – CONTRACT & DEBT
      Status: DBO – DISPOSED BEFORE OTHER

      The link did not work. Sorry here is the case information.

      • tellitlikeitis

        This is irrelevant as your attorneys operate in Florida only and your comoany did not exist at the time of this filing date. This is what you post to prove your company is valid ? It is the work of an attorney that hos nothing to do with The Center For legal Justice. What next ? You post Roe V Wade and take credit for that too ?

  • Kingjay

    Just a few things about this blog that I see as being wrong information. 1- The Center For Legal Justice is not a debt relief company, they are a Florida Bar regulated attorney referel service. 2- The fee you pay is not for the service’s of TCFLJ, but for the service’s of the attorney (a retainer fee), which is a legal process for hiring an attorney. 3- A potential client’s information is public record, you own a timeshare, and with this epidemic being so widespread more then likely you’ve been a victim. I understand the skeptisism of the consumer. That’s understandable, but don’t call a company a scam, when all they do is refer you to an attorney who can help you get the money you’ve lost back. I don’t see anyone calling the BBB a scam because they charge a fee so your company can have an A rating and people depend on those ratings for peace of mind when doing business with companies. I don’t see how an attorney referal service can be a scam, I’m sure there are attorney’s out there that can be crooked, but isn’t that why the Florida Bar exist, so you can do your research and verify the standing of the attorney along with any disciplinary history. You should do the research, I’m sure if you had done that with the timeshare resale companies, you wouldn’t be stuck in this predicament now.

  • Kingjay

    Just a few things about this blog that I see as being wrong information. 1- The Center For Legal Justice is not a debt relief company, they are a Florida Bar regulated attorney referel service. 2- The fee you pay is not for the service’s of TCFLJ, but for the service’s of the attorney (a retainer fee), which is a legal process for hiring an attorney. 3- A potential client’s information is public record, you own a timeshare, and with this epidemic being so widespread more then likely you’ve been a victim. I understand the skeptisism of the consumer. That’s understandable, but don’t call a company a scam, when all they do is refer you to an attorney who can help you get the money you’ve lost back. I don’t see anyone calling the BBB a scam because they charge a fee so your company can have an A rating and people depend on those ratings for peace of mind when doing business with companies. I don’t see how an attorney referal service can be a scam, I’m sure there are attorney’s out there that can be crooked, but isn’t that why the Florida Bar exist, so you can do your research and verify the standing of the attorney along with any disciplinary history. You should do the research, I’m sure if you had done that with the timeshare resale companies, you wouldn’t be stuck in this predicament now.

    • Honesty361

      The one and only Amjad Hayaud Din (aka Jad Haydin) ! Is that you Kingjay ? Aren’t you Larry’s personal valet and pet (or b*ll licker) ? Aren’t you the guy who runs Esquire Litigation Support the “paralegal” firm that takes the illegal kickbacks from the flunkie attorneys (Feinmel, Kennedy, Herman) then flows the cash right back through ABC Legal ?  Nice scam. Too bad it is so easy to uncover. I see your partner in crime Ed Cherry ( or is it Edward Kennedy ?) is responding below as well posting the 1 in a million dismissals that occur each year you guys had absolutely nothing to do with. Hey Ed, aren’t you prohibited from acting in any capacity in this type of scam after Hess Kennedy ? Didn’t Chase come after you for frivolous law suits you embezzling prick ? Juicer, you are right. The Fl AG is building a wonderful case against these guys who think that by simply changing the name on the door and shutting down their website that they can keep preying on innocent consumers.   

  • Steve Rhode

    For the record. I have deleted a number of comments that were posted in response to this comment since they were from multiple people at the same computer address. They appeared to be spam.

  • Info

    This “guest” is a timeshare marketing scammer who is probably going to be indicted with the rest of his co-defendants. The Center for Legal Justice provides it referral service for free.

    No consumer is ever charged.

  • Shelli1956

    I was referred by the center to an attorney for my foreclosure case. I have been in my home since 2007 without paying the mortgage.

    Broward County Case Number: CACE07034053 State Reporting Number: 062007CA034053AXXXCE
    Court Type: Civil Division – Circuit Court Case Type: *Real Property MTG Foreclosure + (prior to 1/1/10)
    Incident Date: N/AFiling Date: 12/07/2007
    Court Location: Central Courthouse Case Status: Pending
    Magistrate ID / Name: N/AJudge ID / Name: 03/SJ Rodriguez-Powell, Mily /SJ

  • Scarlsen

    The notice to dismiss was filed. We wait 60 days then move to dismiss for lack of prosecution.

  • Steve Rhode

    Susan,

    The status for the case is listed as still active but pending. When was this supposed to have been dismissed?

    Steve

  • http://GetOutOfDebt.org Steve Rhode

    Susan,

    The status for the case is listed as still active but pending. When was this supposed to have been dismissed?

    Steve

  • Scarlsen

    I filled out their online form and was referred to an attorney. They were able to fight American Express and have now filed a motion to dismiss. The lawyers charged me $500 per credit card.

    http://courtcon.co.palm-beach….

  • Guest

    Total scam – they use the contact information from the other scam companies and try to scare you into using their services. You don’t need to pay anything to join a class action law suit, but this place will try to take $500 up front. They reference the name of a lawyer – I’ve seen Howard Feinmel referenced http://mugshotsusa.com/broward… . Do NOT use their services, report them immediately.

  • Guest

    Total scam – they use the contact information from the other scam companies and try to scare you into using their services. You don’t need to pay anything to join a class action law suit, but this place will try to take $500 up front. They reference the name of a lawyer – I’ve seen Howard Feinmel referenced http://mugshotsusa.com/broward-fl/6799 . Do NOT use their services, report them immediately.

    • http://GetOutOfDebt.org Steve Rhode

      For the record. I have deleted a number of comments that were posted in response to this comment since they were from multiple people at the same computer address. They appeared to be spam.

      • Robin

        Steve, I’m not seeing your personal opinion of the Center for Legal Justice / Howard Feimnel / Delta Law Firm. They are all the same, yes? Are they a scam in your opinion?

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