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Consumer alleges BB&T used 'oppressive' conduct to collect alleged debt

State Court

By Marian Johns | Nov 25, 2019

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FAYETTEVILLE – BB&T is facing a lawsuit by a West Virginia woman who claims it attempted to collect an alleged debt using harassing, fraudulent and deceptive means.

Pamela Hellems filed a complaint in Nicholas Circuit Court against Branch Banking and Trust Co. alleging violation of the West Virginia Consumer Credit and Protection Act and Computer Crime and Abuse Act, intentional infliction of emotional distress and consumer law invasion of privacy. 

Hellems claims in her suit that Branch Banking and Trust engaged in "unreasonable or oppressive or abusive conduct" in attempting to collect an alleged debt through phone calls and written communications. She alleges the defendant attempted to collect a debt by coercion and caused her phone to ring repeatedly.

Hellems seeks actual damages, a trial by jury, punitive damages and all other just relief. She is represented by Steven Broadwater Jr. and Ruperto Dumapit of Hamilton, Burgess, Young & Pollard Law Firm PLLC in Fayetteville. 

The case has been assigned to Circuit Judge Stephen Callaghan.

Nicholas Circuit Court case number 19-C-56

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