EAST ST. LOUIS – A Union County woman says a hospital’s lawsuit
against her over a debt is without merit because she was making payments under
a plan both parties had approved.
Diane Robertson filed a lawsuit May 4 in U.S. District Court
for the Southern District of Illinois against Professional Account Services Inc.,
alleging violations of the Fair Debt Collections Practices Act.
According to the complaint, Robertson incurred a debt to
Union County Hospital on Nov. 20, 2014, that was subsequently assigned to
Professional Account Services for collection. In January 2015, the suit says
Robertson reached an agreement with the defendant to make an initial payment of
$58.77 that month, followed by monthly payments of $50 until the debt was covered.
Despite making payments under the agreement, Robertson claims attorneys
representing the hospital filed suit against her over the debt.
The plaintiff seeks statutory damages of $1,000, plus
additional damages and litigation costs. She is represented by attorney John D.
Alleman of the Alleman Law Firm PC in Carbondale.
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois
Case number 3:16-cv-00499-MJR-PMF