Port Sulphur woman files lawsuit against debt collector for not identifying its purpose

Michelle Keahey Aug. 29, 2012, 10:37am

NEW ORLEANS - A Port Sulphur woman has filed a lawsuit against a debt collector that alleges the company broke federal law by leaving her voicemails in which the company did not identify that it was attempting to collect on a past due Sear's bill.

Claiming violations of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, Paula Landry filed suit against Caine & Weiner Co. Inc. on Aug. 10 in federal court in New Orleans.

According to the lawsuit, in one of the telephone calls, the defendant left a voicemail which did not identify the name of the company and failed to inform Landry that it was a debt collector.

The defendant is accused of engaging in conduct that harasses, oppresses or abuses Landry, placing telephone calls without providing meaningful disclosure of defendant's identity, and for using false representations or deceptive means to attempt to collect a debt.

The plaintiff is seeking an award of statutory damages, court costs, and attorney's fees.

Landry is represented by Gulfport, Miss. attorney Jonathan P. Hilbun.

U.S. District Judge Kurt D. Engelhardt is assigned to the case.

Case No. 2:12-cv-02060

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