Woman says educational loan company violated consumer protection act

By Kyla Asbury | Aug 11, 2015

BECKLEY - A woman is suing Great Lakes Educational Loan Services Inc. after she claims it violated the West Virginia Consumer Credit and Protection Act. Autumn Iannamorelli claims Great Lakes has engaged in repeated violations of the West Virginia Consumer Credit and Protection Act, according to a complaint originally filed in Raleigh Circuit Court and removed to federal court on July 29. Iannamorelli claims Great Lakes attempted to collect debt by coercion, in violation of West Virginia code


BECKLEY - A woman is suing Great Lakes Educational Loan Services Inc. after she claims it violated the West Virginia Consumer Credit and Protection Act.

Autumn Iannamorelli claims Great Lakes has engaged in repeated violations of the West Virginia Consumer Credit and Protection Act, according to a complaint originally filed in Raleigh Circuit Court and removed to federal court on July 29.

Iannamorelli claims Great Lakes attempted to collect debt by coercion, in violation of West Virginia code and engaged in unreasonable or oppressive or abusive conduct toward her in connection with the attempt to collect debt.

Great Lakes also caused Iannamorelli's phone to ring or engaged her in telephone conversations repeatedly or continuously or at unusual times or at times known to be inconvenient, with the intent to annoy, abuse or oppress her in violation of West Virginia code, according to the suit.

Iannamorelli claims the defendant utilize fraudulent, deceptive or misleading representations or means in an attempt to collect debt, in violation of West Virginia code and used unfair or unconscionable means to collect debt.

As a result of the defendant's actions, the plaintiff has been annoyed, inconvenienced, harassed, bothered, upset, angered, harangued and otherwise was caused indignation and distress, according to the suit.

Iannamorelli claims the defendant also violated the West Virginia Computer Crime and Abuse Act and the Telephone Harassment Statute.

Iannamorelli is seeking compensatory and punitive damages. She is being represented by Ralph C. Young, Christopher B. Frost, Steven R. Broadwater Jr. and Jed R. Nolan of Hamilton, Burgess, Young & Pollard PLLC.

The case is assigned to District Judge Irene C. Berger.

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia case number: 5:15-cv-11636

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