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Complaint Review: Corporate Collections International - Scottsdale AZ

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Sharon English of Corporate Collections International has been pestering me about a debt that I do not owe.  I have informed in writing to cease and desist all collection notices as per federal law and she seems to think she's above the law, as she still continues to collect.

She is collecting on a bogus debt from a company called The Blaine Group Inc., owned and operated by Devon Blaine, a smooth-talking liar of a "publicist" who has no real media contacts yet charges an arm and a leg to get people "publicity" through no-name podcasts.  When a client realizes the sham, they stop paying the exuberate monthly fees and then Devon Blaine uses this shyster collection agency (Corporate Collections International) for bulldog strong-arm collections tactics.

I do not owe the $17,000+ that Sharon English of Corporate Collections International claims I owe.  Without a shred of documentation (other than a bogus invoice generated by her shyster friend and colleague Devon Blaine), there is no debt.  There were no services rendered on the contract with Devon Blaine.

Here's what happened:

Devon Blaine falsely portrays herself to be a publicist.  She even has a Beverly Hills office to help give her sham operation some kind of credibility.  Decon Blaine told me everything she wanted me to hear about how she'd get me nationwide publicity for the book that was coming out.  So, she had me sign an agreement for 6 monthly payments of $5,000 each, totaling $30,000.

However, about halfway through the contract,  I started to notice that she wasn't getting me publicity in any of the cities she promised (and that were clearly listed in the contract).  Being on a tight budget and realizing that she wasn't going to be able to comply with her own contract (promising 18 cities in a media tour), I told her that it was best we parted ways. 

At that point, she had gotten me "publicity" on 4 lame podcasts, operated out of people's home offices with an audience of maybe a couple hundred people.  Totally unprofessional and NOT the media she promised to get me when she was smoozing me over lunch with her sales pitch about what an awesome publicist she was.

So, we parted ways.  Or so I thought.  After the 6 months was over, she came back with a threat to sue me for the remaining balance of the contract that she didn't even complete!  She promised media in 18 cities.  She got me a handful of podcasts, not even enough "media appearances" to make up 18 cities let alone 18 appearances!

She then has unleashed a "bulldog" discount collecation agency she dug up in Arizona, probably from the Yellow Pages or something.  I had to put a stop to the collection agency with a formal written cease and desist notice.  As per federal law, any collection agency is supposed to stop collecting after a written cease and desist notice is given. 

Yet this collection agency is still at it, still trying to collect, and without a single piece of proof that I owe anything on this bogus "invoice" generated from Devon Blaine's computer.  (Anybody with access to Quicken or QuickBooks can generate an invoice.  It doesn't make it real or legit.)

I should have listened to my attorney.  Before I decided to use Devon Blaine as my publicist, he warned me that she did this to others.  I didn't listen to him.  Now I'm regretting my decision in trying to use Devon Blaine as my publicist because she really is the worst.  She doesn't get ANY of the media she promises. 

She can only get podcasts and other useless media that won't drive book sales.  And then when she breaches her own contract, she then uses bulldog collection tactics and lawsuit threats to desperately get the money.  She's useless at her job and greedy beyond belief.

I'm waiting for her to sue me now.  Once she files her lawsuit, I'll counter-sue for the $15,000 I paid her (for nothing, thus getting completely ripped off), all of my legal fees, and punitive damages exceeding $500,000. 

So you don't have to deal with the nightmare I've had to deal with concerning Devon Blaine and The Blaine Group Inc., avoid using this deadbeat woman at all costs.  She talks a good game but when it comes to getting the publicity she promises, she falls short due to her lack of real connections in the real world of media.

In the meantime, I'm having to deal with this bogus shyster collection agency run by Sharon English (Corporate Collections International).  And likely I'll end up suing them too.

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#4 Author of original report

Devon Blaine BREACHED HER OWN CONTRACT!

AUTHOR: Anonymous - (United States)

POSTED: Monday, January 27, 2020

Devon Blaine is a liar.  She promised publicity in the 18 cities CLEARLY LISTED in the contract she signed.  She DID NOT provide publicity in those cities.  She breached her own contract.  Services were not rendered.  Therefore, no additional funds are owed.  If anything, Devon Blaine owes me $15,000.  When will I expect to recieve a check from Devon Blaine for the services she didn't render due to her blatant breach of contract?

Since it's pretty clear that you don't know how any of this works, if Devon Blaine decides to sue me over this matter, the burden of proof is on her shoulders to prove she abided by and honored her own signed contract.  Since this will be impossible for her to do (because she breached her own contract), she doesn't have a legal leg to stand on.  Any first-year law student will tell her that.

I'm handing this over to my attorney now.  He'll be in touch with Devon Blaine directly on this matter.  He will also demand proof of the rendered services in the 18 cities stated in her contract since this will be required in this pre-litigation stage.  It'll be interesting what type of nonsense she tries to feed him since she evidently never had plans on abiding by her own signed contract when she decided to breach it.

STOP COMMUNICATING WITH ME.  CEASE AND DESIST ALL CONTACT WITH ME EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY!

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#3 Consumer Comment

Calm Down Monica - You Owe The Money

AUTHOR: Jim - (United States)

POSTED: Sunday, January 26, 2020

First, I am not the person who sent you invoices, demands, etc...  You posted this to a public website and as such a member of the public is responding.  You are going to be the best witness for the prosecution, and if you have a lawyer, then your lawyer would be telling you to shut your mouth - and to shut it 5 minutes ago.  Here's why:

Here is what you said:  So, she had me sign an agreement for 6 monthly payments of $5,000 each, totaling $30,000.  Do you understand what you just did?  You just admitted that you owe the person $30,000 for 6 months of work. 

Now, you paid $15,000 before you went off on some tizzy and decided on your own NOT to pay the remaining amount under the contract, so now you are in breach of your contract.  I mean you were stupid to sign it, but you did.  That contract is the basis for the remaining amount due.  Now, you may think she doesn't deserve to be paid. 

The truth is - nobody cares what you thinkSo, she had me sign an agreement for 6 monthly payments of $5,000 each, totaling $30,000 is the statement that's going to be hitting you over the head like a sledgehammer and in court, the opposing lawyer is going to be pummeling you into submission with that statement - a statement you stipulated is true and correct - for which the agent holds a copy of.  It's a statement you cannot walk away from.

The fact you also managed to admit this statement online on a website that does not remove complaints from this website means this admission is on the internet - forever.  It is unmistakable proof of your guilt.  Even in a liar's court situation where both sides lie their butt off, you managed to print a truth that your opposing party is going to use against you, over and over again. 

The judge in such a case is also going to recognize you owe the money and will force you to pay the remainder - plus interest and fees.  Happens all of the time.  It doesn't matter what you think.  Why?  So, she had me sign an agreement for 6 monthly payments of $5,000 each, totaling $30,000.  That's why.

Now, you agreed to the payment in writing, you did not come to an agreement with the agent to rescind the contract, and if you failed to comply with the contract, then you owe the money.  As I said before, if the agent made an effort to contact media companies in the cities you wanted exposure in, and no media company would bite on her pitch, then she fulfilled the terms of her contract. 

The agent doesn't have to be successful because there are no guarantees, which is why most agents work hourly, not for a fixed fee.  She is only duty bound to make the effort to comply with the contract.  In fact, I suspect the requirements on her end were so minimal, that her good faith effort would be almost zero.

The truth is you're an idiot for coming here and admitting you signed the contract.  I will likely go ahead and send a copy of this over to the agent - perhaps she can use it court?

Now, I told you in the initial repsonse your lawyer advised you not to sign the contract, yet you did so.  If you want to avoid such stupidity in the future, then you will listen to your lawyer from this point on.  You simply lack the necessary brains to do this on your own.  Understand?  Now go away before you make yourself more guilty than you already are.

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#2 Author of original report

I Do NOT Owe the Money!!!

AUTHOR: Monica - (United States)

POSTED: Sunday, January 26, 2020

I do not owe the money.  Furthermore, you FAILED to provide any proof of this debt.  You FAILED to provide proof of services rendered as clearly stated and outlined in the contract.  Where is the proof?  When do you plan on providing the proof of rendered services?

Furthermore, you've VIOLATED THE LAW by continuing to contact me after you received a written cease and desist notice from me.  Additionally, you stated at the top of your email (in the subject line) of your collection demand that I owed something in excess of $200,000.

You violated the law on several levels:

1) By stating that I owe something well above and beyond what is stated in the contract.

2) Added fees illegally...fees that were NOT stated in the contract so fees that you made up, which is illegal.

3) Continued to contact me after you received (and stated you received) my written cease and desist notice.

My recommendation is that you cough up the proof that I owe this money which will begin by you proving that the services were rendered as stated and outlined in the contract.  Where's the proof of services rendered?  When do you plan on providing the proof that I owe this money?

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Calm Down - You Owe The Money

AUTHOR: Jim - (United States)

POSTED: Saturday, January 25, 2020

You admit signing a contract - there is no guarantee in any of these publicity contracts that you will get the publicity you expected, or even she promised.  The fact is you owe the money - so the first statement you make about not owing the money is a lie.  That's just a statement to make you feel better and relieve you of your guilt.  The fact she didn't live up to your expectations is irrelevant.

Your countersuit will be thrown out simply because contracts like this do not have performance guarantees associated with them, and you cannot sue for punitive damages (I actually laughed when you thought you could sue for punitive damages) so that will be tossed as well. 

Even if the contract has specific cities listed in it, there is no guarantee the publicist will be able to provide you the exposure you wish.  Most publicists have specific contacts with the media, and they depend on that relationship to be in business.  If no one is interested in your story, then no one is really going to care one way or the other.  That's why publicist contracts have no guarantees.

Now, you discarded your attorney's advice prior to moving forward with the contract, per your narrative.  You would be well-advised to heed thr advice you are given this time - and if it means you settle this to make it all go away, then $15K-$17K might be the cheap way out of this mess before you get hit with interest charges and other penalties on your debt.

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