Northern Leasing Fraud on Small Businesses
|Billing Practices||Debt Collection||Unfair Competition and Fraud|
In the spring of 2011, Northern Leasing Systems Inc. and its affiliates conspired to defraud small businesses by attempting to collect purported taxes that were not actually due nor paid to any taxing authority through the use of a shell company, SKS Associates. In addition, from 2006 to 2010, Northern Leasing and its affiliates used an inflated cost basis to assess personal property taxes on leased equipment, resulting in small businesses being overcharged.
The parties reached a settlement, which the Court preliminarily approved on August 3, 2017. Class members who were affected by the SKS debt collection conspiracy are eligible to receive refunds up to an amount equal to the amount refunded plus $41.75. Class members who overpaid property taxes are eligible to receive refunds of $14.25 for each year that they overpaid taxes. More information about the settlement, including instructions on how to make a claim, is available below.
Attention Current and Former Customers of Northern Leasing, MBF Leasing, and Affiliated Companies:
GSLLP is unable to provide legal assistance at this time.
If you need assistance with your lease or related litigation, the New York Attorney General has complied some Frequently Asked Questions that may be helpful to you: https://ag.ny.gov/NLFAQ. Additional information about the New York Attorney General's lawsuit can be found in the "Documents" section below. You can also locate contact information for the attorney general in your state here http://www.naag.org/naag/attorneys-general/whos-my-ag.php.
If you have been sued, you may be able to obtain information from the clerk's office at the New York County Court at (646) 386-5750 or by visiting the court's website at: https://www.nycourts.gov/COURTS/nyc/civil/index.shtml. Finally, the organization Start Small, Think Big provides support to small business owners. They can be reached at (718) 665-5250 or by visiting http://www.startsmallthinkbig.org/.
If you cannot get assistance from one of the agencies above, you should contact your local bar association for assistance locating attorneys in your area who may be able to help.