HOUSTON— A Dallas man is suing a business, alleging it called him repeatedly, disregarding his requests to stop.
Van Similine filed a lawsuit Jan. 8 in the Houston Division of the Southern District of Texas against Navient Solutions Inc, formerly known as Sallie Mae Inc, alleging violation of Telephone Consumer Protection Act and mental distress.
According to the complaint, Similine contacted Navient within four years of filing the complaint, concerning a student loan account. The suit says the plaintiff began to receive calls from the defendant on his personal cell phone and an additional phone, sometimes as many as seven calls in a day.
The plaintiff says he answered a call one day and told the collector he did not want to be contacted by the defendant any longer but the calls continued. The plaintiff's lawyer faxed warnings to Navient, the suit says, but the defendant used an automated dialing system and the requests did nothing.
Similine seeks damages of $500, as well as injunctive relief. He is represented by attorney Michael S. Agruss of Agruss Law Firm LLC in Chicago.
Houston Division of the Southern District of Texas Case number 4:16-cv-00071