LOS ANGELES (Legal Newsline)—A California woman is the named plaintiff in a class-action lawsuit filed against a real estate company over claims it recorded a telephone conversation without her consent.
Sally Pineda, individually and for all others similarly situated, filed a class-action lawsuit Jan. 13 in U.S. Superior Court for the Central District of California against UDR Inc. and Does 1-10, alleging violations of California Penal Code.
According to the suit, UDR contacted Pineda several times regarding an alleged debt. During these calls the parties allegedly discussed Pineda's sensitive financial information.
On several occasions, Pineda claims she asked UDR's agents to stop calling her. One agent was allegedly rude to Pineda, leading her to ask if the call was being recorded after which UDR's agent allegedly confirmed the call was being recorded.
The suit alleges UDR recorded its telephone conversations with Pineda without her knowledge or consent, in violation of the California Penal Code, which prohibits one party from intentionally recording a telephone conversation without the knowledge or consent of the other party.
Pineda and other class members claim to have suffered an invasion of privacy as a result of the practice.
Pineda and others in the class seek statutory damages of $5,000 per violation or three times actual damages per violation, injunctive relief, exemplary or treble damages, interest, attorney fees, and other damages and costs of the suit. They are represented by attorneys Todd M. Friedman and Adrian R. Bacon of the Law Offices of Todd M. Friedman in Beverly Hills.
U.S. Superior Court for the Central District of California case number 2:16-CV-00267-FMO-JPR