Debtor accuses bank of harassment in collection attempt

By Robert Hadley | May 3, 2016

HUNTINGTON – A Cabell County man says a debt collector illegally harassed her with phone calls in an attempt to force repayment of an alleged loan.

Dawnda Browning filed a lawsuit March 22 in Cabell Circuit Court against PNC Bank, National Association, alleging violations of consumer credit protection and computer crime laws.

According to the complaint, despite informing PNC Bank that he had enlisted counsel to help resolve the dispute, the bank continued to place harassing phone calls and use other means of communications to intentionally inflict emotional distress on the plaintiff, invading his privacy and violating West Virginia statutes.

Browning seeks a jury trial and compensatory, punitive and statutory damages, plus litigation costs. The suit stipulates that the damages be capped at $75,000. She is represented by attorney Matthew P. Stapleton of the Stapleton Law Offices L.C. in Huntington.

Judge Paul T. Farrell is assigned to the case.

Cabell Circuit Court Case number 16-C-214

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