Denton County man sues debt collector for leaving vague voicemail messages

Michelle Keahey, East Texas Bureau Oct. 14, 2013, 4:24pm

SHERMAN - A Denton County man has filed a lawsuit against a debt collector claiming the company left vague voicemail messages which could be taken as a threat of legal action.

Lemuel Sapian filed suit against Nationwide Recovery Group on Oct. 11 in the Eastern District of Texas, Sherman Division. 

Sapian states that the defendant contacted him in an attempt to collect an alleged debt on March 1. According to the suit, the representative did not advise that they were calling from a debt collection company or that they were attempting to collect a debt. Sapian claims that an “unsophisticated consumer” would interpret the agent’s statements as threats of legal action.

The defendant is accused of violating the Fair Debt Collections Practices Act and the Texas Finance Code, which prohibits debt collectors from engaging in abusive, deceptive and unfair practices.

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

Sapian is represented by Dorothy K. Butler of Dorothy Butler Law Firm in Austin. A jury trial is requested.

Case No. 4:13-cv-00606

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