ST. LOUIS (CN) – Deutsche Bank and a Missouri law firm evict people from their homes illegally, a couple claims in a class action in City Court.
Sonja Lawson and Ross Schuman sued Boyd Law Group, of St. Peters, Mo., and Deutsche Bank National Trust. They claim the defendants evict people in violation of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act.
Lawson and Schuman say they got a letter from the defendants on March 19, threatening legal action for back rent. They say the letter failed to disclose that it was from a debt collector trying to collect a debt, and that though trustee’s deeds claim their home was bought at a foreclosure sale, that was not the case.
“Thus contrary to the express representation in defendant’s form letter, Deutsche Bank National Trust did not purchase the plaintiff’s home, but was assigned an illegal credit bid,” the complaint states.
“This representation by defendant is grossly misleading in that it not only conceals the true nature of the foreclosure sale from plaintiff, but also actively covers up the whole process of the credit bid being assigned by representing that Deutsche Bank ‘purchased’ the property.”
The complaint proposes two classes: one of all people who received a letter from Boyd that falsely represented who bought their home at a foreclosure sale and concealed that the party whom Boyd claims to be the purchaser actually is an assignee of the purchaser. The other consists of people who received notice-to-vacate letters from Boyd that did not have a mini-Miranda warning.
The plaintiffs say they are members of both classes.
They seek actual and statutory damages.
They are represented by Tim Hiller.