SettleYourBill was created by Julian Tepper, a 1965 graduate of Columbia Law School and the holder of a post-graduate Dip.
Crim. from Cambridge University
is married and has five children. While a trial attorney with the United States Department of Justice, Mr. Tepper handled school desegregation cases in Indianapolis, Texas and Florida, and cases that ended racial discrimination in the trucking industry and several building unions.
Later, as director of the NLADA National Law Office
team won the Constitutional right for children mentally retarded or with other learning disabilities to an education suited to their needs.He
staff also brought an end to horrible and unconstitutional conditions in state institutions warehousing mentally-retarded residents and in jails and prisons throughout the United States (including Maryland's
famous "Clockwork Orange" facility, the Patuxent Institution
for Defective Delinquents).
In 1971, Mr. Tepper
was a negotiator at the Attica State Prison (New York) and District of Columbia Jail uprisings and inmate takeovers.He
also directed the District of Columbia's civil poverty law program, after which he
entered private practice in 1974.
The idea for SettleYourBill
(SYB) came to Mr. Tepper several years ago while he
was fighting a long battle with and recovering from heart ailments, cancer and an almost-fatal staph infection he
caught in a hospital.While he
was convalescing from six operations administered over a three-and-a-half month period, he
saw that some of the medical bills did not correspond with the treatment that he
received.It didn't take long to find out that the billing offices of some of the doctors and hospitals were not exactly eager to correct their "mistakes."He
learned since that many other patients experienced similar problems.So he
set out to deal with it.And, that's just what he
did. Mr. Tepper
was recently apprised of a Consumer Reports study on hospital care, according to which billing errors are rampant.
medical treatment bills amounted to well into in six figures.In dealing with the ones that were wrong, it helped that he was a lawyer.He
found that battling the creditors was time consuming, but he
also found it therapeutic during his
convalescence to develop effective and legal ways to get fair treatment, to avoid unnecessary expenditures and save a lot of money, all while protecting his
And, the idea of using the Internet to help others do the same crossed his
mind.After a healthy period of consideration and planning, Mr. Tepper
, whose purpose is not to provide legal services (or to charge high fees), but to try to do for others what he
was able to do for himself.