Woman's suit chastises TitleMax's seizure of vehicle

By John Suayan | Mar 29, 2019

HOUSTON – Marissa Harris, of Harris County, is suing TitleMax of Texas, Inc. over what she asserts was a wrongful repossession of her vehicle.

Harris initiated litigation against TitleMax in the Houston Division of the Southern District of Texas on Mar. 28, accusing the loan agency of committing “a breach of the peace” when one of its employees seized her 2012 Ford Fusion in late November 2018.

According to court documents, the TitleMax agent did not allow the plaintiff to retrieve her wallet from the Fusion and “struck her with his clipboard” in an attempt to force her away from the car.

“The plaintiff explained she was only getting her wallet and the repossession agent responded ‘I wouldn’t do that if I was you,’” the original petition states. “At this time, the plaintiff was frightened and ran inside to call the Harris County Sherriff’s Office.”

It adds that the vehicle was gone by the time a sheriff’s deputy arrived.

TitleMax purportedly sent Harris correspondence without stating “a location and reasonable time for the plaintiff to claim the personal property.” She says that the respondent auctioned the vehicle without returning her wallet to her.

Harris seeks unspecified monetary damages and a jury trial.

She is represented by John C. Hubbard of Birmingham, Ala.

Houston Division of the Southern District of Texas Case No. 4:19-CV-1138

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