Gardena man alleges Oportun called 280 times over alleged debt

By Jenie Mallari-Torres | May 30, 2018

LOS ANGELES – A Gardena consumer alleges that a debt collector invaded his privacy with hundreds of calls.

LOS ANGELES – A Gardena consumer alleges that a debt collector invaded his privacy with hundreds of calls.

Erwin Molina filed a complaint on May 8, in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California against Oportun Inc. alleging violation of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that between December 2017 and March 30, the defendant called 280 times in an attempt to collect an alleged debt. The plaintiff alleges he revoked his consent to be contacted by phone on Jan. 19, but the defendant has called 165 times since that date.

The plaintiff holds Oportun Inc. responsible because the defendant allegedly intruded upon plaintiff’s solitude and seclusion, engaged in harassing phone calls, and called plaintiff with such frequency meant to abuse or harass.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks judgment against defendant for declaratory relief, statutory damages of $500 for each and every negligent violation and $1,500 for each and every willful violation, actual damages, costs, attorney's fees, interest and other relief that the court deems appropriate. He is represented by Brian Brazier of Price Law Group APC in Scottsdale, Arizona.

U.S. District Court for the Central District of California case number 2:18-cv-03818

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