LOS ANGELES (Legal Newsline) – A California woman is suing a debt collector over claims it tried to collect a debt from her that was allegedly owed by someone else.
Jennifer Rheuark, individually and for all others similarly situated, filed a class-action lawsuit Feb. 26 in U.S. District Court for the Central District of California against United Receivables Group, alleging violations of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act and California's Rosenthal Fair Debt Collection Practices Act.
Between Jan. 19 and Feb. 2, the suit states, United Receivables Group or its agents called Rheuark's cellphone seven times using an automatic telephone dialing system and/or prerecorded voice in an attempt to collect a debt owed by a different person.
Rheuark had not given prior express written consent regarding these calls, the suit states.
Rheuark and others in the class seek injunctive relief, statutory damages of $500 per violating call, treble damages of $1,500 per violating call, other damages and attorney fees and costs. They are represented by attorneys L. Timothy Fisher, Annick M. Persinger, Yeremey O. Krivoshey and Scott A. Bursor of Bursor & Fisher in Walnut Creek, California and New York.
U.S. District Court for the Central District of California Case number 2:16-CV-01377-R-KS