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Collection agencies targeted in lawsuit

Roanoke lawyers have filed a federal class action lawsuit against collection agencies over mailings that appear to offer debtors a chance to reduce and manage their debt.

The lawsuit claims the companies offer an “opportunity to get ahead” which is actually a disguised effort to get debtors to acknowledge obligations for stale debts.

“Most consumers are too busy to fight back or are unaware of their rights,” attorney John Fishwick said in a news release. “Our client, Johnny Quesenberry, has been the target of several of these companies, but has decided to stand up for his rights and those of similarly situated Virginians.”

The lawsuit seeks an order against illegal conduct and damages of up to $1,000 per claimant in addition to attorneys’ fees. Joel Charboneau and Fishwick’s firm are representing the plaintiff.

By Peter Vieth

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