Debt collection agency accused of harassing consumer

Michelle Massey, East Texas Bureau Feb. 23, 2011, 12:47pm

SHERMAN - A debt collection agency is being sued for allegedly inflicting emotional distress on a consumer in an attempt to collect a debt.

Zach Perry filed suit against NCC Business Services Inc. on Feb. 17 in the Eastern District of Texas, Sherman Division.

According to the lawsuit, the defendant called Perry's residential and cellular phones in an attempt to collect the debt with the intent to annoy and harass. Perry states that he requested that the defendant's send verification by mail but NCC failed to do so.

The defendant is accused of engaging in harassment and abusive tactics by threatening to run Perry's credit rating.

NCC Business Services is accused of violating the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, the Texas Debt Collection Act, invasion of privacy by intrusion into private affairs and intentional infliction of emotional distress.

The plaintiff is seeking an award of actual damages, $1,000 in statutory damages for each violation, court costs, attorney's fees, injunctive relief and punitive damages.

Perry is represented by Diana P. Larson of The Larson Law Office in Houston. A jury trial is requested.

U.S. District Judge Michael H. Schneider is assigned to the case.

Case No. 4:11-cv-00078

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