LOS ANGELES — A Los Angeles County woman has filed a class action lawsuit against debt collectors, alleging violations of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA).

Wanda Moore of Hawthorne, California, filed a complaint, on behalf of herself and all others similarly situated, Jan. 8 in U.S. District Court for the Central District of California against United Medical Recovery LLC and Burton Law Firm, alleging they violated the FDCPA through abusive, deceptive and unfair debt collection practices.

According to the complaint, beginning in January 2017, Moore and others similarly situated consumers have suffered harm and damages from receiving a letter from the defendants in an attempt to collect an alleged debt. However, the suit says, the letter does not contain any of the disclosures required in an initial communication and is inconsistent with the notice of plaintiffs' right to dispute and verify the debt. 

The plaintiffs allege the defendants failed to inform them of their right to dispute the debt and obtain validation and verification, and mis-characterized the legal nature and status of the debt.

Moore and the other plaintiffs seek trial by jury, $1,000 for each violation of the FDCPA, actual damages, certify the case as a class action, court costs, attorney fees and all further just relief. They are represented by attorney Rory C. Leisinger of Leisinger Law LLP in Covina.

U.S. District Court for the Central District of California case number 18-cv-156

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