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The case is Kevin Wesely Dobbs v. Wells Fargo Bank, et al., Case No. 37-2012-00050425-CU-BT-NC, Superior Court of the State of California, County of San Diego.
Wells Fargo, Hyundai Motor Finance TCPA Class Action
By Sarah Pierce
A class action lawsuit claims Wells Fargo Dealer Services and Hyundai Motor Finance harass consumers with months of automatically dialed, unsolicited calls to their cell phones to collect debts, in violation of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA).
Plaintiff Kevin Wesely Dobbs says in the class action lawsuit that Wells Fargo and Hyundai Motor Finance “engaged in a months-long pattern of deliberate harassment” by calling his cell phone every day, and oftentimes multiple times a day, to collect an alleged debt.
Dobbs claims even though he told Wells Fargo and Hyundai Motor Finance not to call him on his cell phone, “Defendants’ collection agents continued to honey badger” him with more than 40 calls in an obvious “intent to harass” Dobbs, claims the class action lawsuit.
“Each of these calls was placed to Plaintiff’s cellular telephone, without his express permission, by means of an automatic dialing system,” the class action lawsuit states. This is in violation of the TCPA, which prohibits the use of autodialers to make any call to a wireless number unless it is an emergency or there is prior express consent of the dialed party.
The class action lawsuit is brought on behalf of all persons in the United States who have received calls from the Defendants on their cell phones via auto dialing devices without express permission over the past 4 years. It is seeking damages and statutory penalties of $1,500 per violation if it can be proved that the Defendants knowingly made the calls in violation of the TCPA. If intentionality cannot be proved, the class action lawsuit is seeking $500 per violation.
A copy of the Wells Fargo, Hyundai Motor Finance TCPA Class Action Lawsuit
can be read here
Updated February 20th, 2012
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