According to a report in Legal Newsline, a serial plaintiff who once bragged that he earned a third of his annual income from Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) claims was tagged with a more than $280K legal bill after his case against a company went severely wrong, and an arbitrator accused him of fraud.
In 2017 plaintiffs Adam and Genese Lieberman filed a TCPA claim against Credit One, accusing the company of calling them hundreds of times to collect an overdue balance.
Arbitrator Ariel E. Belen rejected the Liebermans’ claims in January 2021, awarding Credit One $286,064.62 in fees and costs. In his order, the retired judge said Adam Lieberman falsely claimed he hadn’t opened the account in his wife’s name and deliberately avoided telling Credit One to stop calling him so he could build a better TCPA case.
“The reality,” the arbitrator wrote, “is that claimant decided to bring an arbitration and is seeking compensation in the hundreds of thousands of dollars for what is decidedly a fraud.” The Liebermans attempted to have the award overturned before the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey, but U.S. District Judge Ann Thompson refused to do so in her August 4 decision.
According to the report, Adam Lieberman has filed similar lawsuits against Barclays Bank, Capital One, Kohl’s Department Stores, and other lenders.