Yes, looks like a violation. Contact a local FDCPA attorney.
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Debt validation isn't an impediment to a suit being filed, although it may act as a defense or a counterclaim. I would urge you to consult with an experienced local consumer attorney to assist you in this matter. Hope this perspective helps!