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Piper v. Portnoff Law Associates, Ltd.
262 F. Supp. 2d 520 (E.D. Pa. May 15, 2003), 216 F.R.D. 325 (E.D. Pa. July 8, 2003); 2003 WL 21771745 (E.D. Pa. July 31, 2003)
Donovan Searles, LLC represents a class of over six hundred residential homeowners who have been dunned by a debt collection law firm for collection of water/sewer bills owed to the City of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Donovan Searles, LLC obtained a preliminary injunction of the scheduled Sheriff Sale of the representative plaintiff's home by the defendant law firm in its attempt to collect a $254 water/sewer bill. The lawsuit seeks to hold the defendant debt collector law firm to the standards and requirements of federal and state debt collection laws and also seeks to recover damages for the class in the form of excessive and improper attorney’s fees charged by the defendants. The district court entered summary judgment on behalf of plaintiff and the class, and defendants have appealed that ruling to the Third Circuit Court of Appeals.
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