TAMPA – A Pinellas County man alleges a debt collector has been calling him for three times a day since April.
Paul Cosentino filed a complaint on Oct. 3 in the Tampa Division of the Middle District of Florida against Continental Finance Co. LLC alleging violation of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act and the Florida Consumer Collection Practices Act.
According to the complaint, the plaintiff claims that beginning in April, he was bombarded with calls from the defendant in an attempt to collect on a allegedly credit card loan and that some of the calls were made using an automatic telephone dialing system or an artificial or prerecorded voice. In May 2016, plaintiff alleges he revoked his consent to be called by defendant by requesting that the calls stop, but despite that, it continued calling him up to three times a day. As a result, plaintiff alleges he suffered invasion of privacy and was also affected by anxiety, embarrassment, distress and aggravation.
The plaintiff holds Continental Finance Co. LLC responsible because the defendant allegedly called plaintiff with such frequency as to harass and abuse, and continued its unlawful calls despite revocation of express consent.
The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks judgment against defendant, statutory damages, punitive damages, actual damages, treble damages, enjoinder from further violations of and other relief that the court may deem just. He is represented by Frank H. Kerney III of Morgan & Morgan PA in Tampa.
Tampa Division of the Middle District of Florida Case number 8:16-cv-02808