A tipster (send in your tips here) has just sent in a new mailer that is labeled Housing & Economic Recovery Program (PL 110-289). It turns out this is just the latest version of a similar mailer I covered before in my story Deceptive Mailer – Housing & Economic Recovery Program (PL 110-289.
Inside the mailer it gives a web address of MortgageReliefUS.com to contact for “pre qualification verification.”
MortgageReliefUS.com is owned by:
1605 East Millcreek
Salt Lake City, Utah 84106
ccbrownlaw.com leads to the law offices of CC Brown and at the address listed in the mailer.
193 E Fort Union Blvd
Midvale, UT 84047
CC Brown is identified by the Utah Bar as Charles Craig Brown at the address above. – Source
CC Brown Law currently has a C+ rating with the BBB. – Source
The mailer is disturbing in that it firstly does not identify on the outside this is a legal advertisement or the name of the law firm or lawyer. It only mentions the name of the law firm in the smallest type on the inside.
Every written communication from a lawyer soliciting professional employment from a prospective client and with whom the lawyer has no family relationship, prior or current professional relationship, or close personal friendship, shall prominently include the words Advertising Material on the outside envelope, if any, and at the beginning of the communication. – Source
Secondly that it attempts to deceive the recipient into believing this is an official or government mailer, when it is not. It is an advertising piece designed to sell the consumer services.
The mailer contains a message on the front that says it is a Pre-Qualification Notice: Economic Stimulus Act of 2009 but there is one big issue, there is no such act.
The inside of the mailer appears to promise principal and interest reduction, delinquent mortgage payment assistance, and foreclosure suspension.
The CC Brown website listed the following lawyers as being associated with the firm and thus this mailer. – Source
Ira M. Turner
George E. Hill
Ryan Duffy Sullivan
Ryan Duffy Sullivan
Daniel Goldsmith Ruggiero
1 Fieldstone Drive
Rynham, MA 02767
P.O. Box 6072
The mailer instructs consumers to call 1-888-862-7844 or fax information to 801-993-0840.
My advice for anyone receiving this mailer is for them to understand it is designed to be something it is not and it is an advertising piece designed to sell you services, not deliver eligible benefits for free.
You have an article on your website regarding CC Brown.
You have shown my legal practice as being associated with CC Brown.
It is not. Further, I am not in the debt management nor am I in the debtor representation business.
I must ask (and actually insist) that you remove my name and address.
This content is defamatory, as it is derogatory to my practice and is not true.
I have been alerted to this webpage as I have received an inquiry from a debtor.
As a journalist, I’m sure you are aware of a need to report accurately and truthfully.
Accordingly, I believe you have an ethical duty to take the entire article regarding CC Brown down.
Regardless, you are incurring legal liability with the posting, which may be easily remedied.
Therefore, please remove any reference to my legal practice from your website.
I need to have this down by Monday at the latest.
Please also provide assurance that this will be removed by Saturday.
If you fail to address this matter, I will be required to take action against you.
Among other things, this action may include notifying all other attorneys that are mentioned as well as proceeding in my local jurisdiction.
Thank you for your cooperation in this matter.
The Law Office of Ira M. Turner, LLC
6 Franks Court
Wallingford, CT 06492
Tel.: (860) 227-7841
The article did contain a list of attorneys that were reported to be associated with CC Brown. In fact the source document from CC Brown is linked in the story. But below you will find a picture of that sourced and linked page. Clearly the CC Brown attorney profile page does show Ira M. Turner as co-counsel.
The facts as I reported them do appear to be accurate according to the CC Brown website at the time of the article. If CC Brown misrepresented your relationship with them, that is between you and them. Take whatever action you feel is necessary against them and let me know, I’d be happy to report on that.
I would also be happy to update the post with any further statement you may have regarding CC Brown allegedly listing your name as co-counsel without your permission.