MIAMI – A Broward County consumer has filed a class action against a debt collector over allegations of unlawful fees.

Anita Jairam filed a complaint on behalf of herself and all others similarly situated on April 2 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida against Retrieval-Masters Creditors Bureau Inc., doing business as Medical Collection Agency, alleging violation of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that she made a payment to the defendant on a consumer debt and was charged a $4.95 convenience fee because she paid with a card. The plaintiff holds Retrieval-Masters Creditors Bureau Inc. responsible because the fee is allegedly in violation of the FDCPA.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks judgment against defendant, order certifying collective action, statutory and actual damages, costs, attorneys' fees, and further relief as this court may deem appropriate. She is represented by Jibrael S. Hindi of The Law Offices Jibrael S. Hindi in Fort Lauderdale and Thomas J. Patti of Thomas-John Law PA in Fort Lauderdale.

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida Case number 0:17-cv-60634

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