03 Jul Jacksonville Debt Collectors Sued for $1.3 Million
As reported in the Florida Times Union, Florida’s Attorney General, Bill McCollum, sued Jacksonville-based Bass Prelitigation Services, Inc. and its related company Jackson Philips & Associates, as well as the owners of both, Frank and Evelyn Jackson. The lawsuit, filed July 2, 2007 in Duval County Court, seeks $1.3 million in penalties plus restitution. Additionally, the Attorney General is seeking to permanently enjoin the parties from engaging in future collection businesses.
The lawsuit alleges that the defendants employed such illegal collections tactics as impersonating attorneys and state officials, threatening arrest and collecting excessive fees. “Debt collection agencies should never resort to threats or intimidation as the means by which funds are eventually collected,” said Attorney General McCollum. “Consumers under financial burdens deserve our protection and consideration, not the predatory nature of these allegations.”
In a related story, Florida’s Governor sued Ellis Crosby & Associates, Inc. in June of 2007, for violating the Fair Debt Collections Practices Act.
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