MEMPHIS, Tenn. (Legal Newsline) – A Tennessee man is suing education finance companies over claims they used an automatic telephone dialing system to call him repeatedly.
Jeffrey Parchman, individually and for all others similarly situated, filed a class-action lawsuit Dec. 22 in the Western Division of the Western District of Tennessee against SLM Corp., Navient Corp., and Navient Solutions, formerly known as Sallie Mae Inc., alleging violations of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA).
The suit claims Parchman received repeated calls, without Parchman's consent and without him providing his cellphone number, from the defendants regarding a debt allegedly owed to them.
The suit states Parchman owed no debt to the defendants because he had never taken out a student loan.
According to the suit, the defendants called Parchman using an automated telephone dialing system for non-emergency purposes and without his express consent, in violation of the TCPA.
Parchman and others in the class seek statutory damages of $500 per violating call, treble damages of $1,500 per violating call, injunctive relief, and attorney fees and costs, together to exceed $5 million. They are represented by attorney Benjamin J. Miller of The Higgins Firm in Nashville, Tennessee.
Western Division of the Western District of Tennessee Case number 2:15-CV-02819-JTF-CGC