Woman Who Prematurely Delivered Sues UMass Medical Collection Agency

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Pregnant consumer contacted by collection agency now sues for alleged violations of consumer protection laws.

A complaint filed in the United States District Court in the Central District of Massachusetts (Case 4:12-cv-40005) by Richard Kent Berger of eLegal, PC, alleges that Associated Credit Services, Inc., UMass Medical Center’s collection agency, violated both Massachusetts and Federal consumer protection laws in connection with collecting a claimed debt owed by Ms. Nina Scott of North Grafton. At the time, Scott was pregnant and she alleges that the stress of the collection calls made by Associated Credit Services harassing telephone calls made her physically ill.

The complaint alleges that, despite Scott’s being on a regular monthly payment plan for medical services rendered, the Associated Credit Services agency ignored her regular monthly payments to the hospital and continued to make upsetting collection calls to Scott. The complaint further alleges that, two days after a particularly upsetting call, she was rushed to the hospital where she went into labor, prematurely.

The plaintiff is asking for an award of statutory damages, actual damages for personal humiliation, mental anguish, emotional distress, treble damages, attorney's fees, interest, and court costs.

Scott is represented by Richard Kent Berger of eLegal in Boston. A jury trial is requested.

The judge assigned to the case is Hon. F. Dennis Saylor IV.

About eLegal, PC, A Consumer Protection Law Firm

eLegal, PC is a newly established Consumer Protection Law firm located in Boston, Massachusetts. The primary focus of the firm is the representation of consumers harassed, mislead, or abused by debt collectors. The firm is committed to the representation of consumers against debt collectors and creditors who violated State and Federal consumer protection laws. The firm’s principal, Attorney Richard Kent Berger, has been a practicing attorney in Massachusetts for more than 25 years. He received his education from New England School of Law where he graduated magna cum laude while working as the school’s Managing Editor of Law Review—a scholarly journal focusing on legal issues. In addition to his law practice, Attorney Berger is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Massachusetts.


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