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12CH26062 The People of the State of Illinois v Kluever & Platt LLC - Complaint

12CH26062 The People of the State of Illinois v Kluever & Platt LLC - Complaint

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Complaint filed seeking temporary restraining order to stop Kluever and Platt LLC from collecting debts without a collection agency license.
Complaint filed seeking temporary restraining order to stop Kluever and Platt LLC from collecting debts without a collection agency license.

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KLUEVER
&
PLATTLLCDefendant,
COMPLAINT FOR INJUNCTIVE
AND
OTHER
RELIEF
NOW COMESPlaintiff, THE PEOPLEOF THE STATE OF ILLINOIS,
by
09154050180000 LLCI,anIllinoisLimited
Li
abilityCompany,by itsattorney Kuroush Khajehhosseini (hereinafter,
"Cy
rus
K,
Hosseini"),and brings this action complaining
of
Defendant, KLUEVER
&
PLATTLLC,
an
Illinois LimitedLiabilityCompany (hereinafter,"KLUEVER")andstates asfollows:
PUBLIC INTEREST
I.
Plaintiffbelieves this action
to be
in thepublic interest
of
the citizens
of
theState
of
Illinoisand bringsthislawsuit pursuant
to
the IllinoisCollection Agency Act,225 ILCS 425114(a),
JURISDICTION
AND
VENUE
2,This action
is
brought for and onbehalf
of
THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OFILLINOIS, by09154050180000LLC
1,
by
its attorney CYRUS K,HOSSEINI,pursuant totheprovisions
of
the IllinoisCollection Agency Act (hereinafter"ICAA"),225ILCS
42511
etse
q.
1
 
3.
Venue for this action properly lies
in
Cook,County,Illinois,pursuant to Sections 2-101 and 2
-1
02(a)
of
the Illinois Code
of
CivilProcedure, 735ILCS5/2-101, 735lL
CS
5/2-102(a),
in
that Cook County
is
the county
of
KLUEVER'Sbus
in
ess.
PARTIES
4.
Plaintiff, THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF
IL
LfNO
IS
,by 09154050180000LLC I,by itsattorneyCYRUS
K.
HOSSEfNI,
is
authorized to file thissuitpursuant
to
theICAA,225ILCS
42511
et seq.
5.
Defendant,KLUEVER,
is
anIllinois Limited LiabilityCompany,registeredwith the Illinois Secretary
of
State on May 29, 2001. KLUEVER'S principaloffice
is
locatedat
65
EWACKER DR STE2300 CHICAGO, Cook County,lL6060
I.
6.
For purposes
of
thisComplaintfor
In
junctiveand Other Relief, any references
to
the actsand practices
of
theDefendantshallmean thatsuchactsand practices are
by
and through the acts
of
KLUEVER, its members, managers,owners,directors,employees,salespersons,representatives and/orotheragents.
DEFENDANT'S
BUSINESS PRACTICES
7.
Asdescribed below, Defendant hasengaged
in
acts or practices that violateIllinoisLaw.Defendant'sconduct
is
ongoingandimpactsmanyIllinois consumers. Therefore, any examples provided
of
specificconsumerexperiences aresimply illustrationsandshou
ld
not beconstrued astheonlyinstance
in
wh
ich
Illino
is
consumers were harmed or could potentially be harmed by Defendant.
8.
Since atleastJuly
25
,2001, andcontinuing
to
date, KLUEVERhasprovided debt collectionservice
s.
2
 
9.
KLUEVER has filed at
le
ast3,700lawsuits
in
Cook County and other countiessinceJuly 25,
2001
tocollect ondebtand/orproperty for others.
10.
KLUEVERisnotnow and has never been licensed as a debt collection agency.
II.
KLUEVERisnot exempt because
it
is
notalicensed attorney at law(see Exhibit
"A").
12.
Filingalawsuittocollect a debt
is
an "exercise[of]therightto collect" (225 ILCS 425/4).Illinoiscourtshave repeatedly held both
in
cases arisingunderthe
IC
AAandotherwise,thatlitigationisaform
of
debt collection. Business
Servo
Bureau
V.
Webster, 298Ill.App.3d 257(Ill. App.Ct. 4th Dist.1998
);
Petrick
v.
Kaminski,
68
Ill.App. 3d 649
(Il
l.
App. Ct. 1st
Dist.
1979). Similarly, federalcourts applying the Fair DebtCollectionPracticesAct,
15
U.S.C.
§
1692 etse
q.
("FDCPA")ho
ld
thatlitigationisa form
of
debt collection.Heintz
v.
Jenkins, 514U.S.
291
(U.S.1995) ("litigating... seems simply oneway
of
collecting adebt"); FTCv CheckInvestors,Inc., 502 F.3d
159
(3rdCir. 2007); Farberv NPFunding
II
,LP, CV-96-4322 (CPS),1997U.S. Dist.LEX
IS
21245,*
15
(E.D. N.Y., Dec.
9,
1997)("litigationisone form
of
debt collection"). L VNV Funding, LLC
v.
Trice,952N.E.2d1232,1237 (Ill. App. Ct.
1st
Di
st.
2011)
("IfLVNV
hadnotregistered before
it
filed the complaint againstTrice,
it
committed the crime
of
engaging
in
debt collection").
13.
KLUEVER, by filinglawsuitsto collectdebt,is acting as a "collection agency"
as
defined
in
Section 2
of
the
IC
AA(225ILCS
425
/
2)
.
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