LAFAYETTE – A Lafayette man alleges a debt collector reported a disputed debt on his credit report.
Earl R. Roberts filed a class-action complaint on April 25 in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana against Accounts Receivable Management Professional Services LLC and Alex Briscoe, also known as Marcus Briscoe, alleging that they violated the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act and the Telephone Consumer Protection Act.
According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges he informed the defendants on June 10, 2015, that he did not owe the purported debt. The suit states that on June 12, 2015, he began receiving numerous emails from the defendants in an attempt to collect and requested the defendants to stop contacting him.
In July 2015, the suit states that the defendants credit reported the alleged debt but did not report that the debt is disputed by the plaintiff. As a result, the plaintiff alleges he incurred a higher interest rate when he purchased a car.
The plaintiff holds Accounts Receivable Management Professional Services LLC and Alex Briscoe responsible because the defendants allegedly never sent notice of his right to dispute and/or request validation, called him on his cellphone even after his counsel revoked any consent that he may have previously provided them and used an automated voice mail message.
The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks compensation for actual and statutory damages, reasonable attorney fees, all costs and expenses and for any and all other relief the court may deem appropriate. He is represented by Keren E. Gesund of Gesund & Pailet LLC in Metairie.
U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana Case number 6:16-cv-00555