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Class Action Lawsuit Filed by Myers Law Against Debt Collectors Alleges Collectors Threatened Consumers With Prison


A class-action lawsuit filed against Columbiana County attorney and former government official Geoffrey S. Goll, and his debt collection company DDY, Inc., alleges that consumers were threatened with prison for unpaid hospital bills.

Youngstown, Ohio–For Immediate Release

By Daniel Myers

The lawsuit (Case Number 4:15-cv-00476 in the United States District Court, Northern District of Ohio, Eastern Division) was filed recently by two Ohio residents, on behalf of themselves and those similarly situated, in federal court in Youngstown.  The Plaintiffs, Terese and Thomas Mohn, are represented by Ohio consumer protection attorneys Edward Icove and Dan Myers.

The Defendants, attorney Geoffrey S. Goll of Salem, Ohio and his debt collection company DDY, Inc., collect unpaid medical bills for Salem Community Hospital and its related entities.  Goll is also a former utilities commissioner and Salem City Council candidate.

Debt collectors commonly use court proceedings to bring a consumer debtor into court where the consumers are required to answer questions about their finances.  Federal and Ohio consumer protection laws place restrictions on what a debt collector can threaten, and require debt collectors to give certain warnings to consumers.  Plaintiffs allege, however, that when Defendants Goll and DDY, Inc. brought Terese Mohn in for a routine debtor’s examination, Mrs. Mohn was threatened with imprisonment by Goll unless she made a payment plan or paid off their debts.

“Debtors prisons have been outlawed in this country for a long time,” says Myers Law Attorney Dan Myers, co-counsel for the Mohns.  “If you give birth to a child, or need medical treatment from Salem Community Hospital, no one should threaten you with jail time simply because you could not quickly pay the bill.”

Per court documents, the Plaintiffs also allege that DDY, Inc. and attorney Geoffrey Goll engaged in other violations of the federal and state consumer laws by, among other things, failing to provide required protections and warnings to consumers, and by keeping a judgment lien in place against them even though the underlying debt had been settled for months.  “Judgment liens can be very harmful to not only your credit, but could put you in default on your mortgage and make it difficult to sell property or get financing,” said Myers.

The civil action is captioned Mohn et al. v. Goll et al. and was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio in Youngstown, on behalf of all consumers who have been subjected to these improper debt collection practices by Defendants Goll and DDY, Inc., who handle a substantial amount of the debt collection matters for Salem Community Hospital.

For more information about your consumer rights against improper debt collection practices, browse the Ohio Consumer Law Blog.  To learn more about Myers Law, LLC, visit the Myers Law website at http://www.MyersLawLLC.com.  Neither Myers Law nor Icove Legal Group are currently looking for clients or class representatives in this lawsuit.  If you have any questions or wish to stay up to date with the filings and court decisions on this case, follow the Ohio Consumer Law Blog or contact Attorney Dan Myers.

A copy of the Complaint can be found here:

Mohn Complaint

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