2 consumers accuse debt collector of violating FDCPA

By Jenie Mallari-Torres | Mar 1, 2018

SACRAMENTO — Two consumers are suing a debt collector, alleging violation of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA), and the Rosenthal Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (RFDCPA).

Brent King and Barbara Hurlbut filed a complaint Feb. 23 in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California against National Principal Group LLC and Does 1-10, alleging violation of the FDCPA through abusive, deceptive and unfair debt collection practices.

According to the complaint, King and Hurlbut have suffered and continue to suffer damages, including humiliation, anger, anxiety, emotional distress, fear, frustration and embarrassment, as a direct consequence of the defendants’ unlawful practices of using profane and abusive language when speaking with the plaintiffs. The suit says National Principal committed fraud in an attempt to collect an alleged debt. 

The plaintiffs allege the defendants threatened them with legal action, attempted to bully the plaintiffs into making immediate payment, and contacted the plaintiffs without prior express consent.

King and Hurlbut seek trial by jury, actual and statutory damages of at least $1,000 per violation, costs of litigation, attorney fees, punitive damages and all further just relief. They are represented by attorney Lara R. Shapiro of Marina del Rey.

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California case number 18-at-221

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