I’ve been talking about the risks of Telephone Consumer Protection Act lawsuits against debt relief companies for some time now.
On November 18, 2015 another such suit was filed. This time against Consumer Credit Counseling Foundation and Ishwinder Judge.
The suit filed by Christopher Reichman of Prato & Reichman says:
Defendants made six (6) live calls to PAUL SAPAN’s home phone number [ ] wherein they tried to pitch legal services on the following dates and times and using the following Caller ID (“CID”) numbers:
August 9, 2012 at 2:27pm, CID 949-502-0318
August 10, 2012 at 11:52am, CID 949-502-0318
August 28, 2012 at 3:50pm, CID 949-502-0318
September 5, 2012 at 3:41pm, CID 949-502-0318
September 6, 2012 at 3:18pm, CID 949-502-0318
September 7, 2012 at 11:24 am, CID 949-502-0318
Mr. Sapan’s home phone has been listed on the federal “Do Not Call” registry maintained by the Federal Trade Commission from December 23, 2007 to the present.
It doesn’t take much to trigger these lawsuits and as I’ve said before, if you are using an automated dialer you may want to carefully review your process and procedures for such use. This suit is over calls allegedly made in 2012.
The suit goes on to say:
On September 7, 2012 at 11:24 am Defendant called Mr. Sapan from CID 949-502-0318.
During the call, “Rick” of Consumer Credit Counseling Foundation attempted to pitch Mr. Sapan credit remediation services.
Mr. Sapan feigned interest to find out who was behind the illegal calls.
“Rick” transferred the call to “Helen” of the Consumer Credit Counseling Foundations, where she continued to pitch Mr. Sapan credit remediation services.
Ishwinder Judge seems to be the focus of the suit as the Plaintiff’s attorney says, “After conducting a thorough examination of Defendant Consumer Credit Counseling Foundation’s tax records, there is no indication that any employees work for the company other than its owner, Ishwander Judge.” – Source
Debt relief companies need to be aware these suits are happening and take proactive action to minimize their risk.
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