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I'm sorry to hear about your situation. Unfortunately, neither the Federal, California, or Oregon debt collection practices acts deal with business debt. They govern "consumer" debt, “Consumer” means a natural person who purchases or acquires property, services or credit for personal, family or household purposes. It has to be a natural person, and has to be for those purposes.
Further, the regulated entities would have to be businesses that are primarily in the business of debt collection.
When he called my office, He stated I and used my name, owed the debt
Original creditors are not covered under these debt collection laws.
what about provacy law?
Understood. Privacy law governs acts that have a "reasonable expectation of privacy". Debts are not typically covered under privacy laws (although it's possible that it could be tangential to something to maintain the private nature, such as medical costs, etc...)
But real estate (which is public record anyway) would not have that same private nature.
well here's the issue, he made it seem to my employee that I, as a person, owed money and he was going to foreclose
would taht at least be slander?
Possible, but for slander you would have to show a false statement of material fact that caused you specific, quantifiable damages. While this might have met all the other requirements, something like this being told to an employee would probably not result in you having damages caused by that lie (that you could prove to a specific dollar amount).
Rather, that would be general "reputation" damages, which are almost impossible to prove.
it appears some of these laws protect scumbags
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