Michelle Keahey, East Texas Bureau Feb. 18, 2013, 10:21pm
SHERMAN - A Denton County woman has filed a lawsuit claiming that a debt collector violated the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act by threatening to garnish her wages and tax returns.
Claudia Garcia filed suit against GC Services LP, John Does, and Jane Does on Feb. 11 in federal court in the Sherman Division of the Eastern District of Texas.
Garcia claims that the defendants, in an attempt to collect a debt, threatened to garnish her wages and tax returns, when it could not do so. Garcia states she told the defendants not to call her, but the calls persisted.
The defendants are accused of violating the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, which prohibits debt collectors from engaging in abusive, deceptive and unfair practices.
The plaintiff is seeking an award of actual damages for emotional distress, invasions of privacy, statutory damages, court costs and attorney’s fees.
Garcia is represented by Kevin Crick of the Consumer Rights Law Firm in Andover, Mass. A jury trial is requested.
U.S. District Judge Richard A. Schell is assigned to the case.
Case No. 4:13-cv-00071