The Penn Record May 30, 2016, 12:30pm


PITTSBURGH — A woman is suing Bluestem Brands Inc., doing business as Fingerhut, a retail company, alleging violation of telephone harassment statutes.

Karen Hocket filed a complaint on April 22, in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania against Bluestem Brands, Inc. d/b/a Fingerhut alleging that the retail company allegedly violated the Telephone Consumer Protection Act.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that beginning in May or June of 2015, she began receiving calls on her cellular telephone multiple times per day, attempting to collect an account balance. In June or July 2015, she spoke with defendant and revoked any consent that they may have had to contact her. As a result of defendant's action, she has suffered losses and damages. The plaintiff holds Bluestem Brands, Inc. d/b/a Fingerhut responsible because the defendant allegedly initiated automated calls to her using an automatic telephone dialing system, calls made were not for emergency purposes and calls made on and after June or July 2015, were not made with her prior express consent.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks compensation for actual damages, statutory damages, treble damages, injunctive relief and any other relief deemed appropriate by the court. She is represented by Craig Thor Kimmel of Kimmel & Silverman PC in Ambler.

U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania Case number 2:16-cv-00494

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