Ohio Supreme Court Fines Beachwood Debt Collection Firm $282,500 for Unauthorized Practice of Law

May 7, 2014
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Ohio's high court has sanctioned a Beachwood-based debt collection firm and its co-owner for practicing law without a license.

Derek Wooten of Aaron, Derek, Carter & Stein, who is not an attorney, reportedly filed 113 pleadings in municipal and small claims courts on behalf of payday lenders and check-cashing companies. Wooten "engaged in the unauthorized practice of law by providing legal services for another without being admitted or certified to practice law," the Ohio Supreme Court justices wrote in an opinion. He and the firm were fined $2,500 for each offense -- for a total penalty of $282,500 -- and ordered to stop the wrongful behavior.

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