Florida-based Gulf Coast Collection Bureau is on the wrong end of a proposed class action filed in New York that claims the company violated the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) in the course of its business with consumers. The plaintiff claims the defendants sent him a collection notice in which his rights under the FDCPA were misrepresented, namely with regard to his right to obtain validation of and/or dispute the debt.
According to the lawsuit, the defendant unlawfully failed to send the plaintiff a written notice informing him that unless he, within 30 days of receipt of the notice, disputes the validity of the debt owed, the debt will assumed to be valid by the collector. Failure to do this, the lawsuit wages, could mislead the least sophisticated consumer to believe that his or her notification sent to the debt collector is only meant to obtain verification of the debt, not to dispute its validity.
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