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Law360, Los Angeles (September 23, 2015, 11:01 PM ET) — A Florida federal jury found on Wednesday that Ocwen Loan Servicing Inc. violated the Telephone Consumer Protection Act by making 218 unauthorized calls to a woman’s cellphone in an alleged attempt to collect a mortgage loan debt that had been discharged in bankruptcy.
The jury unanimously decided on the third day of trial that Ocwen willfully or knowingly violated the TCPA by making the calls with an automatic dialing system to Rolena Drew. Ocwen allegedly called Drew’s cellphone multiple times per day and on back-to-back days.
The plaintiff claimed the roughly $92,500 delinquent debt that Ocwen was trying to collect had previously been discharged in Chapter 7 bankruptcy. Ocwen claimed it hadn’t known the debt had been discharged and would have handled the matter differently had it known.