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Schwarm vs. DATS Class Action

Public Citizen Litigation Group, through its Consumer Justice Project, is among the lawyers for the plaintiffs in this class action lawsuit now pending in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California in Sacramento.

The central website for information on this class action lawsuit is available at: http://www.schwarmclassaction.com/

What Is This Lawsuit About?

Plaintiff Kristy Schwarm, on behalf of a class of California consumers, has sued District Attorney Technical Services, Ltd. (DATS) and its founder and president, Henry Craighead.  The lawsuit alleges that these defendants violated the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act and deprived class members of rights guaranteed under the U.S. Constitution and other laws.  The defendants operate in connection with the district attorney’s offices in more than two dozen counties in California. 

Class members probably will not recognize the defendants’ names because the defendants' contacts with consumers were made in the name of a district attorney “Check Restitution/Prosecution” program.  The demand letters said that the district attorney was investigating a criminal complaint and the consumer might be arrested if he or she did not pay various fees.

> For more information, please see the Class Notice.

Who Is Public Citizen Litigation Group?

Public Citizen Litigation Group is the litigating arm of Public Citizen, a national non-profit consumer advocacy organization.  The Group specializes in cases involving health and safety regulation, consumer rights,  access to the courtsopen government, and the First Amendment, including internet free speech. We litigate cases at all levels of the federal and state judiciaries and have a substantial practice before federal regulatory agencies. To learn more, click here.

Public Citizen Litigation Group is representing the class members in this case through its Consumer Justice Project.  The Consumer Justice Project litigates individual and class action cases that offer a chance to establish important precedents on behalf of consumers.  We work with private consumer attorneys and other non-profit organizations around the country.  To learn more, click here.


Website.  The answers to commonly-asked questions are provided at the Schwarm Class Action website: 


Email.  The best way to contact class counsel (the lawyers for the class) is by sending an email to:


U.S. Mail.  Mail can be sent to:

Schwarm Class Counsel, Class Action Support Services, P.O. Box 1420, Dixon, CA 95620

Telephone.  Class counsel may also be contacted by calling this toll-free number: 


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