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Michigan residents allege Money Recovery collects illegal fees

By Robbie Hargett | May 20, 2016


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (Legal Newsline) - Two Michigan residents are suing a debt servicer, alleging it unlawfully collects additional fees.

Andrew Corey and Catherine Tubergen, individually and for all others similarly situated, filed a class action lawsuit May 9 in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan against Money Recovery Nationwide, assumed name of Nationwide Collection Agencies Inc., alleging violations of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act and the Michigan Collection Practices Act.

According to the suit, the defendant schemes through the collection portal of their website, www.mrncollect.com, to collect a 1.55 percent "convenience" fee and an additional 90 cents "charge" for credit card payment processing, which is illegal because it represents an amount not expressly authorized in the underlying debt contract.

The plaintiffs and others in the class seek a jury trial, actual and statutory damages, treble damages, declaratory relief, attorney fees and other costs. They are represented by attorneys Brian P. Parker of the Law Offices of Brian P. Parker and Nicholas A. Reyna of the Law Offices of Nicholas A. Reyna.

U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan Case number 1:16-CV-00481-JTN-ESC

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