Collections Company Named In KlearGear Lawsuit Dismissed After Reporting $3,500 Charge Was 'Erroneous'
from the perhaps-the-first-time-a-collections-agency-has-received-positive-attention dept
A little bit of good news has made its way out of the KlearGear debacle. (Quick recap: tech tchotchke store KlearGear screws up order, customer writes negative review, KlearGear bills her $3,500 for violating an extortionate “non-disparagement clause” [which wasn’t even in force when it screwed up her order] and then sends that bill to collections, thus screwing up her credit record.)
Scott Michelman of Public Citizen, which is suing KlearGear on the customer’s (Jen Palmer) behalf, reports that one of the defendants (Fidelity Information Corp.) has fixed its contribution to Jen Palmer’s woes.
Our suit also named the debt collector Fidelity Information Corp., who by this point owned the debt. Now Fidelity has done an independent review of the case and reported to the credit agencies that the debt was erroneous. So the Palmers have a measure of relief – the KlearGear debt is off John’s credit report, finally, after 18 months. Today the Palmers voluntarily dismissed Fidelity from the lawsuit.
That’s good news for the Palmers, whose credit was damaged enough by KlearGear’s fraudulent tactics that it prevented them from getting a loan to purchase a new furnace when theirs broke, as well as hampering their efforts to buy a new home.
That just leaves KlearGear, which has yet to respond to the lawsuit Public Citizen filed more than two months ago. KlearGear’s social media accounts remain shuttered and silent. The company, however, remains open for business, however, with whoever’s behind it presumably revising future earning estimates.