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Man claims SunTrust Banks violated debt-collection law

By Robert Hadley | Jan 25, 2016

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MIAMI — A Florida man alleges that SunTrust Banks repeatedly harassed him by calling his cell phone to collect money they claim he owes.

Stephen P. Mitchell filed a lawsuit Jan. 5 in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida against SunTrust Banks Inc., alleging violations of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act and the Florida Consumer Collection Practices Act.

According to the complaint, Mitchell borrowed money from SunTrust using property he owns as collateral, and he also owes SunTrust for a credit card debt. The suit says Suntrust Banks used an automatic telephone dialing system to illegally call Mitchell’s cell phone to collect an alleged debt, and claims that such activity violated consumer protection laws. The suit claims that although Mitchell specifically requested the harassing cell phone calls stop, Suntrust continued to call and harass him.

Mitchell seeks a jury trial and damages of $1,500 per each statutory violation, plus other damages determined at trial. He is represented by attorneys Kevin L. Lewis and Yechezkel Rodal of Loan Lawyers in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida Case number 9:16-cv-80018

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