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Northstar Location Services Faces FDCPA Lawsuit Over Alleged Deceptive Practices

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Northstar Location Services Faces FDCPA Lawsuit Over Alleged Deceptive Practices

Tonnette Samuels-Cox, a resident of Broward County, Florida, has found herself in a legal tussle with Northstar Location Services, LLC, a debt collection agency based in Cheektowaga, New York. At the heart of the dispute is a debt that originated from a transaction between Samuels-Cox and Bank of America, which Northstar was tasked with collecting.

The story unfolds when Northstar sent Samuels-Cox a collection letter. But it wasn't just any letter. According to the lawsuit, the letter contained a misrepresentation that would set the stage for a legal showdown. The letter, it is alleged, falsely represented the itemization date of the debt. This, Samuels-Cox claims, is a clear violation of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA).

The FDCPA, for those unfamiliar, is a federal law designed to protect consumers from abusive, unfair, or deceptive practices in the collection of consumer debts. One of the specific provisions of the FDCPA, 15 U.S.C. §1692k, provides for damages, costs, and attorney's fees for any proven violations. Samuels-Cox is seeking these statutory damages, along with any other relief deemed appropriate by the court.

But what exactly is the issue with the itemization date? According to the regulations, debt collectors are required to provide an 'itemization date' in their collection letters. This date must be one of five permitted dates under C.F.R. §1006.34(b)(3). The lawsuit alleges that the date provided by Northstar was not one of these five permitted dates.

Samuels-Cox's legal team argues that this false date is not just a minor error, but a deceptive practice that could mislead the least sophisticated consumer. In their words, Northstar's actions constitute 'unfair and unconscionable means to collect or attempt to collect any debt.'

The lawsuit also proposes a class action, representing all persons with Florida addresses who received a similar letter from Northstar during the twelve months preceding the filing of the lawsuit. This suggests that Samuels-Cox may not be the only one who received such a letter.

The case, filed in the Circuit Court of the Seventeenth Judicial Circuit in and for Broward County, Florida, promises to shed light on the practices of debt collection agencies. It also serves as a reminder of the importance of consumer protection laws like the FDCPA in safeguarding the rights of consumers.

As the case progresses, it will be interesting to see how the court interprets the FDCPA and its regulations, and whether Northstar's alleged misrepresentation of the itemization date will be deemed a violation. For now, Samuels-Cox and potentially others like her await their day in court, hoping for a resolution that brings them relief and holds Northstar accountable for their alleged actions.

Case Facts

  • Status:
    Lawsuit Filed
  • Case Number:
    0:23-cv-61771
  • Filing Date:
    September 13, 2023
  • Jurisdiction:
    U.S. District Courts
  • State:
    Florida
  • Court:
    Florida Southern District
  • Plaintiff:
    Tonnette Samuels-Cox
  • Defendant:
    Northstar Location Services, LLC
  • Plaintiff Firm:
    The Law Offices of Jibrael S. Hindi
  • Defendant Firm:
  • Claims Administrator:
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