NEW ORLEANS – An online lien company claims it was wrongfully pulled into a lawsuit.

Express Lien Inc., dba Zlien, filed a lawsuit Dec. 27 against National Retail Services Ltd. in Orleans Parish Civil District Court alleging wrongful incrimination.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff is seeking damages for an incident that took place when the defendant was using the plaintiff's online service. By creating an account, the defendant had to agree to terms of service. However, the defendant later enlisted the plaintiff's assistance for the filing of a lien on a property located at 1144 Ocean Drive in Miami Beach, Florida. The property was owned by Sugar Factory Ocean Drive LLC and the plaintiff was consequently named as a defendant in a lawsuit in which Sugar Factory was suing NRSL and the plaintiff. The plaintiff has had to spend $20,000 on compensating Sugar Factory, despite the legal issue being the defendant's fault.

The defendant is accused of wrongful incrimination.

The plaintiff seeks all reasonable damages, court costs, attorney fees and all appropriate relief. The plaintiff is represented by attorney Donald A. Mau of Smiley Law Firm LLC in New Orleans.

The case has been assigned to Division E Judge Clare Jupiter.

The Orleans Parish Civil District Court Case No. is 17-12360.

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