January 9, 2012

Debt collection company sued for violating man’s privacy

A Port Arthur man has filed a lawsuit against a debt collection company for allegedly contacting him about a debt that was not his and violating his privacy.

Jerry Millwood filed suit against Glass Mountain Capital on Dec. 31 in the Eastern District of Texas, Beaumont Division.

According to the lawsuit, a person other than Millwood incurred a financial obligation to an original creditor and the debt was purchased by the defendant. Glass Mountain Capital allegedly contacted Millwood in an attempt to collect the debt by placing numerous telephone calls.

Millwood states that he called and informed the defendant on at least four occasions that it was calling the wrong person and asked for the calls to stop. The telephone calls continued, the suit states.

The defendant is accused of violating the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act and the Texas Debt Collection Act and for invasion of privacy by intrusion into private affairs.

The plaintiff is seeking an award of actual damages for emotional distress, statutory damages, court costs, attorney’s fees and punitive damages.

Millwood is represented by Jody B. Burton of Lemberg & Associates in Stamford, Conn. A jury trial is requested.

U.S. District Judge Marcia A. Crone is assigned to the case.

Case No. 1:12-cv-00611