SAN DIEGO – A consumer claims a debt collector tried to charge an unlawful fee for collecting the alleged debt.
William Perez filed a complaint on behalf of others similarly situated on Jan. 10 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California against Health Services Asset Management LLC citing the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act and the Rosenthal Fair Debt Collection Practices Act.
According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that in January 2016, he received a collection notice from the defendant regarding an alleged debt. The plaintiff holds Health Services Asset Management LLC responsible because the defendant allegedly informed the plaintiff that an additional 10 percent collection charge interest will be added on top of the total amount of his purported debt, which the plaintiff claims was it was never authorized to charge.
The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks actual damages, statutory damages of $1,000, all legal fees and any other relief as the court deems just. He is represented by Joshua B. Swigart and Yana A. Hart of Hyde & Swigart in San Diego and by Daniel G. Shay of San Diego.
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California Case number 3:17-cv-00044-GPC-KSC