SAN DIEGO – Two San Diego County residents allege that a law firm unlawfully filed an unlawful detainer action against them.

Ricol Royal and Kimberly Royal filed a complaint on March 14 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California against Duringer Law Group PLC and Steven Duringer over alleged violation of the Federal Fair Debt Collection Practices Act.

According to the complaint, the plaintiffs allege that in March 2017, they received a three-day notice from defendants to pay rent or quit that falsely stated the plaintiffs owed rent for the entire period of Sept. 1, 2016, through April 1, 2017, totaling $13,660.33. The plaintiffs allege they paid their rent during nearly all of those months.

The suit states the defendants filed an unlawful detainer action against the plaintiffs in March 2017 and judgment was ultimately rendered in the plaintiff's favor.

The plaintiffs holds Duringer Law Group PLC and Duringer responsible because the defendants allegedly made false representation of the character, amount, or legal status of the alleged debt; threatened to take action that could not legally be taken or that was not intended to be taken; and used unfair or unconscionable means to collect or attempt to collect a debt.

The plaintiffs request a trial by jury and seek judgment of actual and statutory damages, award of costs of litigation, attorney's fees, and such other and further relief the court may deem just and proper. They are represented by Daniel Lickel in San Diego.

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California Case number 3:18-cv-00541-L-AGS

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