An Ipswich man is suing six companies, including the locally well known Direct Energy, for what he says has been an unceasing flood of phone calls asking him to switch his energy provider.
William McDermet charges that in addition to ignoring the fact that his landline and cell numbers are in do-not-call registries, in violation of federal and state law, at least some of the calls involved representatives claiming they worked for Eversource or National Grid - and that at least two involved obscenities:
During the call on January 14, 2019, Plaintiff asked the caller for the name and address of his company. The caller responded "Shut the fuck up you motherfucker."
On April 10, 2019, the suit alleges, he got two calls from the same person - whom he told on the second call he was violating do-not-call laws:
The caller then offered his opinion that Plaintiff was a "piece of shit," then terminated the call. Less than one minute later the same voice (from a different number) called again.
McDermet, who has filed a number of similar suits in recent years against firms that call him without his permission, initially filed his lawsuit in November in Essex Superior Court. The companies - five based in Texas, one in Nevada - had the case switched to federal court in Boston yesterday because it involves the federal Telephone Consumer Protection Act.
McDermet alleges that between July 12, 2016 and Oct. 28, 2019, he received a total of 140 energy-switch calls on his landline and cell numbers, in some cases more than once a day.
He is seeking $815,000 as recompense plus double or treble damages for the alleged violations, along with court costs - and an order requiring the companies to never call him again.