FORT LAUDERDALE – A consumer claims a Coral Gables debt collector violated federal debt laws when it filed to suits in a district where she does not live.

Patricia Francois filed a complaint on Feb. 16 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida against Pollack & Rosen PA alleging violation of the Fair Debt Collection Practice Act and the Florida Consumer Collection Practices Act.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that in January 2017 the defendants filed two separate lawsuits against her for an alleged student loan debt. The plaintiff holds Pollack & Rosen PA responsible because the defendant allegedly filed the lawsuits in Broward County, where the plaintiff does not reside and for filing two suits for the same debt.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks statutory damages of $1,000, actual damages, all legal fees and any other relief as the court deems just. She is represented by Christopher Legg and Matthew Buchwald of Buchwald Legg, PLLC in Hollywood.

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida Case number 0:17-cv-60353-JIC

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