Collection company sued for calling debtor's husband

Michelle Keahey, East Texas Bureau Jun. 25, 2011, 10:37am

SHERMAN - A collection company is facing a lawsuit after making collection calls to a debtor's husband and disclosing information.

Claiming violations of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, Minerva Bennett filed suit against Client Services Inc. on June 13 in the Eastern District of Texas, Sherman Division.

According to the allegations, the defendant placed a call to Bennett's residential phone line and discussed a $1,100 debt with Bennett's husband. Bennett states she requested that the defendant cease the phone calls to her husband and that the defendant not discuss the debt with him as he is not the debtor.

"Defendant stated that Client Services had a right to speak to Plaintiff's husband because he knew her social security number and that Client Services could give out any information to anyone who has Plaintiff's social security number," the lawsuit states.

The defendant is accused of calling multiple times a day and threatening to prosecute Bennett if she failed to pay the debt.

The plaintiff is seeking an award of actual damages, statutory damages, court costs, attorney's fees and punitive damages.

Bennett is represented by Diana P. Larson and Erik V. Larson of The Larson Law Office in Houston. Additional counsel includes Lemberg & Associates in Stamford, Conn.

A jury trial is requested.

U.S. District Judge Richard A. Schell is assigned to the case.

Case No. 4:11-cv-00345

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