A woman from Katy, Texas, near Houston, has taken the fight against unscrupulous debt collection companies into her own hands.
Georgia Strong filed a lawsuit Saturday in Harris County District Court against her cell phone company and two associated debt collection companies. The lawsuit alleges that Strong was harassed by Superior Asset Management and Pinnacle Financial Group as they attempted to collect a debt owed T-Mobile USA Inc. that the collectors allegedly never verified (â€śKaty Woman Accuses T-Mobile, Debt Collectors of Harassment,â€ť Ultimate Katy, Aug. 31, 2011).
According to the lawsuit, Strong was initially contacted by Superior Asset Management over a supposed outstanding balance of more than $361 on her T-Mobile account. In November 2010, Strong sent a letter to Superior Asset Management, through an attorney, informing the debt collection company that she had retained counsel and demanding that the company send all future correspondence to her attorney, including verification of the supposed debt.
A month later, Strong received another debt collection letter directly from Superior Asset management. The letter failed to contain verification of the supposed debt.
In February, Strong received a debt collection letter from Pinnacle Financial Group. Through an attorney, Strong allegedly sent Pinnacle Financial Group a cease-and-desist letter stating that she was represented by an attorney and asking for verification of the supposed debt. Strong allegedly never received any such verification.
In her lawsuit, Strong accuses T-Mobile of violating Texas debt collection laws by using third-party debt collection companies. The lawsuit also accuses Superior Asset Management and Pinnacle Financial Group of violating federal debt collection laws and of negligence. Strong is seeking $66,000 in damages and court fees.
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