A Cumberland County man has sued a Chicago debt collector, saying he did not grant them permission to call the cellphone number they allegedly dialed seven times in two minutes.

Derek Laplume last week filed a potential class-action lawsuit against Harris and Harris Ltd., alleging the company violated the federal Telephone Consumer Protection Act.

Laplume’s complaint alleges the practice is more widespread, as the calls were made using an autodialing machine.

The complaint makes many of the same allegations he made in a 2015 lawsuit against the Florida-based Stellar Recovery Inc., for calls to the same number. Laplume and Stellar reached a settlement, according to Laplume’s attorney, Keith Mathews. He declined to disclose terms of the settlement.

“These cases continue pretty consistently and the goal is to protect consumers from this type of harassment,” Mathews said in a phone interview.

In the latest case, Laplume also alleges one count of violation of privacy and seeks damages for each cellphone call plus attorneys’ fees.

Darren Fishell

Darren is a Portland-based reporter for the Bangor Daily News writing about the Maine economy and business. He's interested in putting economic data in context and finding the stories behind the numbers.