CHICAGO — A divorced couple have filed a class action lawsuit against Aplington, Kaufman, McClintock, Steele & Barry Ltd., Robert B. Steele and Collection Professional Inc. for alleged misrepresentation in debt collection.

Benedict P. Martorano and Laura Loch filed the complaint on July 31 in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, alleging the defendants filed suits against them to collected debt that was allegedly time-barred.

According to the complaint, the plaintiffs allege they were wrongly sued over their alleged medical debt. They seek to expand the action to include all others who were allegedly similarly wronged by the defendants. 

The plaintiffs seek statutory damages of $1,000 per alleged debt and the lesser of $500,000 or 1 percent of the defendants' net worth, court costs and any further relief this court grants. They are represented by Daniel A. Edelman, Cathleen M. Combs, James O. Latturner, Francis R. Greene and Patricia N. Jjemba of Edelman, Combs Latturner & Goodwin LLC in Chicago.

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois case number 1:17-cv-05573

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