PHOENIX, AZ, Aug, 9, 2013. Gurstel Chargo, P.A., a leading law firm serving the accounts receivable industry, announced today that debtor Michael Collier and Kim Dingman voluntarily dismissed with prejudice their federal lawsuit against the firm, and all allegations of wrongful debt collection practices are fully retracted. In a stipulation filed with the court July 30, 2013, and signed by the plaintiffs themselves, Mr. Collier and Ms. Dingman acknowledge that Gurstel Chargo performed no action in violation of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (“FDCPA”] and that the telephone call referred to in the Complaint and that was the central subject of the lawsuit was not made by Gurstel Chargo, any employee or affiliate of Gurstel Chargo or anyone acting on behalf of Gurstel Chargo. The plaintiffs received nothing as a result of their lawsuit.
“We are very relieved to be done with this false and frivolous lawsuit,” said Todd Gurstel, the firm’s CEO. “The outrageous allegations created significant negative publicity that wrongly disparaged our firm and our dedicated professional team. Following an immediate investigation, we knew that the claims were false and did not happen. We were determined to make sure that the truth came out and we have spent nearly a year defending this case to do so.”
“I am proud of our team of professionals,” Gurstel said. “None of them deserved to have been subjected to the false allegations in this lawsuit, nor the negative public attention it generated.”
When the lawsuit was first filed in October 2012, Gurstel Chargo promptly investigated and within less than 30 days made clear in both its court filings and public statements that there was no evidence in its telephone database or elsewhere that anyone affiliated with Gurstel Chargo ever made the alleged phone call. The plaintiffs’ stipulation to the court now admits the same.
About Gurstel Chargo
Founded in 1997, Gurstel Chargo is a Minneapolis-based law firm representing business clients on their fiscally driven matters. Its team of experienced corporate and litigation attorneys provide businesses with financial solutions, with emphasis on asset recovery. Gurstel Chargo has offices in Minneapolis, Arizona, Iowa and Nebraska.
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