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AG Derek Schmidt: New York debt collector banned from doing business in Kansas

Release Date: May 26, 2017

TOPEKA – (May 26, 2017) – A New York-based debt collector has been banned from debt collection or enforcement in Kansas, Attorney General Derek Schmidt said today.

In a lawsuit filed in Shawnee County District Court, Schmidt accused Jacobs Marsh, LLC, and its owner Joseph Arena, of Williamsville, N.Y., of unlawfully pursuing collections and filing lawsuits, representing themselves as having authority, and committing deceptive and unconscionable acts and practices. In a consent judgment approved last week by Judge Teresa Watson, the company was ordered to cease doing business in Kansas, dismiss all of the approximately 140 lawsuits it has filed in the state in which judgment has not been granted, and file Satisfactions of Judgment in those lawsuits that have resulted in judgment in their favor. The company was also ordered to pay restitution to 13 consumers who have made payments to the company after the attorney general’s office initiated action.

A copy of the consent judgment is available at

Consumers who have had collections litigation with this company are encouraged to contact the attorney general’s consumer protection division for additional assistance online at or by calling (800) 432-2310.

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