Debt collector sued for calling woman’s work place more than 15 times

Michelle Keahey, East Texas Bureau May 27, 2013, 9:30pm

SHERMAN - A Collin County woman has filed a lawsuit against a debt collector after the debt collector placed more than 15 telephone calls to her place of employment.

Beth Martel filed suit against Alliance Asset Management Inc. on May 10 in the Northern District of Texas, Dallas Division. The case was removed to the Eastern District of Texas, Sherman Division on May 23. 

Martel went into debt sometime before 2013 and the account was placed with the defendant for collection.  The defendant allegedly made more than 15 telephone calls to plaintiff’s place of employment and talked with her co-workers regarding the debt beginning in January 2013.  Martel requested that the defendant stop the telephone calls.

The defendant is accused of violating the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, the Texas Finance Code and invasions of Martel’s privacy.

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

Martel is represented by Rockwall attorney Jeff Wood. Additional counsel includes McClendon & Milligan in Franklin. A jury trial is requested.

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

Case No. 4:13-cv-00286

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