ORLANDO – An Orange County consumer alleges an Ohio debt collector violated debt collection laws in an attempt to collect a student loan purportedly in default.
Madeline Matias filed a complaint on April 21 in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida, Orlando Division against Weltman, Weinberg & Reis Co. LPA alleging that the debt collector violated the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act and the Florida Consumer Collection Practices Act.
According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that on March 28, she received a phone call informing her that the defendant was attempting to collect monies purportedly owed to Teri Loan Holdings LLC. On that same day, she alleges she sent defendant a letter stating that she was being represented by counsel for all debts held by the defendant and to cease calling her. On April 6, the suit states she received correspondence from defendant that they were tasked to collecting outstanding balance owed to Teri Loan.
The plaintiff holds Weltman, Weinberg & Reis Co. LPA responsible because the defendant allegedly continued attempting to contact her directly after it knew that she was being represented by counsel.
The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks an award necessary to redress injuries to her, monetary civil penalties for each violation, attorney's fees and costs as well as other relief that the court may deem just and proper. She is represented by Bryan A. Dangler of The Power Law Firm in Orlando.
U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida, Orlando Division Case number 6:16-cv-00674