Contacting Consumer Directly After Being Referred to Attorney
The complaint for this class action alleges that Duane Morris, LLP and two of its attorneys, Ruth P. Clayton and Danielle Rundlett Burns, have violated two debt collection laws. The laws are the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) and the Florida Consumer Collection Practices Act (FCCPA), both of which deal with consumer debt. The allegations include incorrect wording, false statements, and communicating with the debtor rather than the representing attorney.
Defendant Syndicated Office Systems LLC does business under the name Central Financial Control, and the complaint for this class action says it was under this name that it sent debt collection letters to plaintiff Evangelia Angelakopoulos. But according to the complaint, Angelakopoulos told the company the debt was in dispute and directed it to call her attorney. When the company contacted her again, the complaint alleges, it was a violated of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) as well as the Florida Consumer Collection Practices Act (FCCPA).