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Man alleges collection agency illegally tried to collect debt that was already paid

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By Marian Johns | Feb 12, 2020

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SHERMAN — A Texas man claims a collection agency illegally tried to collect his cancellation fee from Hughes Network Systems for satellite internet that had already been paid. 

David Grago filed a complaint Jan. 30 in the Sherman Division of the Eastern District of Texas against Joseph, Mann & Creed alleging violation of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, Telephone Consumer Protection Act and Texas Debt Collection Act. 

Grago purchased satellite internet services from Hughes Network Systems in February of 2019. He alleges the service was poor and canceled the service and was charged a $350 cancellation fee which he refused to pay. Grago claims that he settled the debt with Hughes on Aug. 15, 2019 agreeing to pay half the amount. That same month, Grago began to receive calls on his cell phone from the defendants in an effort to collect the debt, despite his showing proof of payment and settlement of the debt. 

Grago seeks monetary relief, trial by jury, interest and all other proper relief. He is represented by Marwan Daher, Omar Sulaiman and Alexander Taylor of The Sulaiman Law Group in Lombard, Illinois.  

Sherman Division of the Eastern District of Texas case number 4:20-CV-00073-RWS-CAN

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