Pennsylvania debt collection company sued after consumer called vulgar name

Michelle Keahey, East Texas Bureau Oct. 17, 2011, 10:23am

A Pennsylvania debt collection company is facing a lawsuit for violating federal regulations after one of its employees allegedly called a consumer a vulgar name.

Debora Bright filed suit against Law Offices of Thomas Landis on Sept. 26 in the Eastern District of Texas, Beaumont Division.

Bright states that beginning in Dec. 2010 the Law Offices of Thomas Landis began placing collection calls to her demanding payment for an alleged credit card debt.

The defendant is accused of providing names of different collection companies when placing calls to Bright. These names include Oxford Law Group and Seiler and Associates. The collection companies threatened to file a lawsuit and called Bright vulgar names, the suit alleges.

The defendant is accused of violating the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act by engaging in conduct that is abusive and harassing, using profane and abusive language, using false and misleading representation, threatening to serve Bright with a summons when no lawsuit was intended to be filed as this is a time-barred debt and using deceptive means to collect a debt.

The plaintiff is asking the court for an award of statutory damages, costs and attorney's fees.

Bright is represented by Michael Agruss of Krohn & Moss in Chicago.

U.S. District Judge Marcia A. Crone is assigned to the case.

Case No. 1:11-cv-00486

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