SHREVEPORT — A Bossier Parish woman has filed a class-action lawsuit against debt collectors, citing alleged unfair and unconscionable means of collection practices.
Denise Wade filed a complaint on Sept. 14 in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana Shreveport Division against Asset Management Services Group LLC, Silverpoint Ltd., Mentoli Trade Corp., Natalia Kabanova, Mark Smekhov, Ron Wood, Ken Braddock and John Does 1-10, alleging that they violated the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act and the Telephone Consumer Protection Act.
According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that on April 12, she advised the defendants that she was being represented by counsel. On May 24, she received a collection call on her cell phone using an artificial pre-recorded automated message and without her prior express consent, she alleges, adding that she has suffered humiliation, anger, anxiety, emotional distress and embarrassment. The plaintiff holds the defendants responsible because they allegedly have asserted that she owed a financial obligation arising out of a certain HSBC account, misrepresented the balance on the account and attempted to collect the non-existent debt.
The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks an order certifying this instant matter as a class action and appointing the plaintiff and her attorneys as class representatives, an award for all damages, attorneys' fees, costs, pre- and post-judgment interest and for such other relief as the court deems equitable. She is represented by Scott E. Brady of Bohrer Brady LLC in Baton Rouge and Lesa G. Pascal of Charles, Pascal, Cohen P.C. in Uniondale, New York.
U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana Shreveport Division Case number 5:16-cv-01291