TAMPA — A Hillsborough County consumer is suing debt collectors, citing alleged violation of telephone harassment statutes.
Ryan Christian filed a complaint on Dec. 11 in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida Tampa Division against Credit One Bank, N.A. and Midland Credit Management Inc., alleging that they violated the Telephone Consumer Protection Act.
According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that, in March 2016, his cellular number received numerous calls from defendants attempting to collect an alleged debt. Plaintiff claims the calls were made using an automatic telephone dialing system or an artificial or pre-recorded voice that were harassing and unnecessary. He demanded that they cease calling his cellular telephone number.
The plaintiff holds Credit One Bank, N.A. and Midland Credit Management Inc. responsible because the defendants allegedly placed non-emergency telephone calls to consumers' cellular telephones using an automatic telephone dialing system or pre-recorded or artificial voice without consumers prior express consent.
The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks judgment for statutory, punitive, actual damages, costs, interest, attorney fees and any other such relief the Court may deem just and proper. He is represented by Shaughn C. Hill of Morgan & Morgan, Tampa, PA.
The case number is U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida Tampa Division 3:18-cv-00019-MMA-MDD.