Putnam man says collection company harassed him

By Melody Dareing | Mar 5, 2014

WINFIELD -- A debtor is suing a collection company, alleging they called too much.

Jeffery Woodall filed a lawsuit Feb. 10 in Putnam Circuit Court against First Savings Financial Services dba Blaze, citing violations of the West Virginia Consumer Credit and Protection Act, common law negligence, intentional infliction of emotional distress and common law invasion of privacy.

The lawsuit states Woodall received telephone calls from First Savings/Blaze to collect a debt. He informed the company he was represented by an attorney and provided it with his attorney’s contact information. Yet, the company continued to call him.

Woodall is seeking actual damages for the violations, statutory damages in the maximum amount, general damages for negligence, court costs, general and punitive damages, that his debt be cancelled, and other relief the court deems proper.

Woodall also filed a summons ordering the company to answer the suit within 30 days by sending their answer to Woodall’s attorney and also filed proposed protective order to keep certain information confidential during proceedings.

He is being represented by Benjamin Sheridan of Klein, Sheridan & Glazer Inc. The case has been assigned to Circuit Judge Phillip M. Stowers.

Putnam Circuit Court Case No. 14-C-50

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