BLUEFIELD – A woman is suing Verizon Wireless after she claims it violated the West Virginia Consumer Credit and Protection Act.

Cellco Partnership is doing business as Verizon Wireless.

Judy Little became in arrears upon an alleged indebtedness to the defendant and Verizon began to engage in collection of the indebtedness through the use of telephone calls placed to Little, as well as written communication, according to a complaint filed May 24, 2016, in Mercer Circuit Court and removed to federal court on Sept. 6.

Little claims the defendant’s actions were a violation of the West Virginia Consumer Credit and Protection Act when it attempted to collect a debt by coercion and engaged in unreasonable or oppressive or abusive conduct.

The defendant also violated the West Virginia Computer Crime and Abuse Act by using an electronic communication device in an attempt to harass Little, according to the suit.

Little claims the defendant also violated the Telephone Harassment Statute and common law invasion of privacy.

Little 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.

Verizon is being represented by Matthew A. Nelson and David A. Bosak of Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith.

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia case number: 1:17-cv-03931

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