Indiana Consumer Law Group/The Law Office of Robert E. Duff announces the filing of a class action lawsuit against Atlas Collections Inc., a Henry County based collection agency, and Attorney James E. Millikan, a Henry County lawyer who represents Atlas Collections in court. The plaintiffs are four Indiana consumers who were sued by Atlas Collections over allegedly unpaid medical bills in Henry County small claims court. The lawsuit, which has been filed in Henry County Circuit Court #2, alleges that Atlas Collections and Attorney Millikan violated the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (“FDCPA”) in multiple ways in the lawsuits filed against the plaintiffs. The alleged FDCPA violations include collecting attorney fees and costs that were not owed, using a fraudulent assignment document from Henry County Hospital that purported to grant Atlas Collections the right to collect on the debt and suing a non-contractually-liable spouse for the contractually-liable spouse’s medical bill (before a judgment was obtained against the contractually-liable spouse and then not paid). The Complaint also alleges claims under the Indiana Crime Victims Relief Act (for committing what would be the crime of Counterfeiting) and Fraud Upon the Court.
The four plaintiffs seek to represent several classes of persons who were sued for allegedly unpaid medical bills by Atlas and Attorney Millikan in the last year, two years or six years (depending on the claim). The plaintiffs are seeking an award of actual damages, statutory damages, costs and attorney fees on their own behalf and on behalf of the class.