SAN FRANCISCO – An Ontario man has filed a class-action lawsuit against a Hayward collection company alleging that it violated his privacy.

Malik Brown filed a complaint on behalf of all others similarly situated on Feb. 11 in the U.S. District Court Northern District of California against Collections Bureau of America LTD, citing violation of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that he received multiple phone calls in 2013 from the defendant in an attempt to collect consumer debt without prior consent. The plaintiff holds the defendant responsible because it allegedly used an automated dialing system and/or pre-recorded voice in calling him. According to findings by the Federal Communications Commission, the suit states, using pre-recorded telephone calls are considered a nuisance and an invasion of privacy, and that such calls are prohibited.

The plaintiff seeks up to $1,500 in treble damages and $500 in statutory damages for every call that allegedly violated the TCPA, attorney's fees and costs of the suit and any other relief this court deems just and proper. He is represented by Scott A. Bursor, L. Timothy Fisher, Annick M. Persinger and Yeremey O. Krivoshey of Bursor & Fisher P.A. in Walnut Creek in California.

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California Case number 3:16-cv-00720

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