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Yep, It’s Official Mann Bracken Out of Business. Ordered to Cease All Debt Collection Activity.

By on January 25, 2010
Yep, It’s Official Mann Bracken Out of Business. Ordered to Cease All Debt Collection Activity.

Recently people have been leaving comments that the national debt collection company Mann Bracken is not cashing their checks. Well it appears clear now that Mann Bracken has been put out of business and they have lost their debt collection license from the State of Maryland.

On January 1, 2010 Scott Kramer, Esq. of Mann Bracken sent a letter to the Clerk of the Court that said the following:

To Whom It May Concern:

This letter is to advise the court that the Law Offices of Mann Bracken, LLP will be closing at the end of this month. We are working with our clients to transfer all of our cases to new counsel as quickly as possible. However, we also anticipate that complete resolution of every single case may be a practical improbability.

We bring this to your attention because it is likely that dismissals, judgments, and substitutions of attorney may not be filed in every case before the next hearing. Therefore, we respectfully request a stay of proceedings for a period of sixty (60) to ninety (90) days or that the court dismiss the matter without prejudice. We further respectfully request that if any contested case comes up for hearing and no one appears, that the court set an order to show cause, with 60 to 90 days notice, why the case should not be dismissed, to allow time for substitution of counsel or dismissal to be filed; and that if no open appears at the order to show cause hearing, that the case be dismissed without prejudice and without sanctions.

The response from the State was basically, “too bad.” The court really has no way to deal with the tens of thousands of open cases Mann Bracken wants to dump on it to track and manage while they fold up shop.

As of January 11, 2010 Mann Bracken was ordered by the State of Maryland to cease all collection activity and they had their debt collection license suspended. – Source

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I asked a friend of mine to go by their office in Rockville, Maryland and see if there was someone to talk to. The report back, there is no a soul to be found anywhere in the Mann Bracken corporate offices. I got the following picture from the visit. This was all that was to be found.


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4 Comments

  1. Liz

    April 13, 2010 at 8:41 am

    I have been sending my monthly check to Mann Bracken,with them out of business what do I do now? Contact the company I had the debt with in the first place?
    Or wait to hear from another collection agengy and have to go though the court thing again?

    • Steve Rhode

      April 13, 2010 at 8:49 am

      Liz,

      I would contact the company you had the debt with in the first place. Just because Mann Bracken went belly up does not mean your debt did. Be proactive.

      Steve

      • Anni Rodriguez

        May 7, 2010 at 5:41 pm

        I had a refinance mortgage with Beneficial California in 2002. I sold the house in Dec 2003 and Beneficial received payment but later claimed there was a second loan created at the same time(2002),which I don’t believe happened. That was handed over to Eskanos and Adler LLC. I only became aware of this as I a selling another property and find I have a lien against me for over nine thousand dollars> Since Eskanos and Adler were taken over by Mann Bracken and Mann Braken has been shut down, what do you see as the best “next step”?

        • Steve Rhode

          May 7, 2010 at 8:27 pm

          Check your credit report and see who it says owns that debt.

          Steve

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