Debt collector sued for violations of deceptive trade laws

Michelle Keahey, East Texas Bureau Jan. 16, 2012, 9:00am

SHERMAN - A debt collector is being sued for calling a consumer and leaving messages without disclosing its true business name in violation of federal and Texas laws.

Linda Whatley Dobbs filed suit against debt collection company Mrs BPO LLC on Jan. 10 in the Eastern District of Texas, Sherman Division.

The defendant is accused of violating the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, the Texas Debt Collection Act and the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Collection Protection Act for not disclosing its true name and for calling Dobbs' brother and leaving voicemail messages regarding her debt.

The defendant is further accused of using false representations or deceptive means to collect a debt or to obtain information concerning a consumer.

The plaintiff is asking for an award of statutory damages, actual damages for personal humiliation, mental anguish, emotional distress, treble damages, attorney's fees, interest, and court costs.

Dobbs is represented by Dennis R. Kurz of Weisburg & Meyers in Houston. A jury trial is requested.

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

Case No. 4:12-cv-00015

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