Debt collection agency sued for repeatedly calling consumer

Michelle Keahey, East Texas Bureau Mar. 12, 2012, 9:00am

A debt collection agency is being sued for violating federal law by contacting a consumer after receiving a written request to stop all telephone calls.

John C. White filed suit against Portfolio Recovery Associates on March 6 in the Eastern District of Texas, Beaumont.

White claims he sent a letter to Portfolio on Nov. 3, 2010, which stated that the company must stop attempts at contacting him through phone calls.

According to the lawsuit, the telephone calls were "so persistent and repeated with such frequency as to be considered hounding the plaintiff."

The defendant is accused of violating the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act by continuing to contact him after receiving White's letter.

The defendant is also accused of violating the Texas Debt Collection Act by causing White's telephone to ring repeatedly, with the intent to annoy or abuse and for invasion of privacy by intrusion into private affairs.

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

White is represented by Jody B. Burton of Lemberg & Associates in Stamford, Conn.

A jury trial is requested.

U.S. District Judge Ron Clark is assigned to the case.

Case No. 1:12-cv-00116

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