Paul Arons operates a law office in Friday Harbor, Washington. He began his legal career representing plaintiffs in labor and employment law disputes in the San Francisco Bay Area. In the early 1990’s, he began focusing on class actions under the FDCPA, challenging the practices of high volume check collectors. Since being admitted to practice in Washington, he has continued to represent plaintiffs pursuing debt collectors under the FDCPA and the Consumer Protection Act. Paul has co-counseled class actions throughout the Northwest.
Representative cases include Schwarm v. Craighead, 552 F.Supp. 2d 1056 (E.D. Cal. 2008), (in which the court held that “check diversion programs”, are covered by the FDCPA), Hunt v. Imperial Merchant Servs., Inc., 560 F.3d 1137 (9th Cir. Cal. 2009), (holding that a district court has discretion to shift class notice costs to the defendant once liability has been established), and Imperial Merchant Services, Inc. v. Hunt, 47 Cal. 4th 381 (Cal. 2009), [97 Cal. Rptr. 3d 464]., limiting the fees a debt collector could demand on a dishonored check, and Del Campo v. Am. Corrective Counseling Serv., 718 F. Supp. 2d 1116 (N.D. Cal. 2010), applying the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act to “district attorney bad check diversion” companies.