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  1. 8 points
    The results are in.... PASSED! I submit my application to the character and fitness committee next week. If approved, I will be sworn in as an attorney June 12, 2019.
  2. 7 points
    @fisthardcheese @BV80 @debtzapper @Robby8900 @Brotherskeeper @Pericles @Harry Seaward @Goody_Ouchless @Norfolk&Wayman Well it's official. DISMISSED WITH PREJUDICE.
  3. 5 points
    I will apologize for my absence at another time. But I had to post the news of this gift we received today from the California Supreme Court. Cal Supremes held that a CCP section 98 declarant must be subject to actual personal service at the address given, and that the requirement is not satisfied by the defendant/defense counsel agreeing to accept service of a subpoena at that address. The case is Meza v. Portfolio Recovery Associates http://www.courts.ca.gov/opinions/documents/S242799.PDF
  4. 5 points
    Updating my thread as I am now officially finished. After initiation with JAMS PRA did not want to further the case so they asked for a mutual walk away. I told them only if it is w/prejudice. So this makes win number 3 now. Arb in Ohio is a viable strategy, and I wouldn't have been able to do it without the help from the wonderful community! This win is for you guys!
  5. 5 points
    In case anyone is interested, I filed the MTC for arbitration. The law firm was reasonably quick to get back to me, though I wasn't quick to respond (life got in the way). Once I did communicate with them, I asked for mutual walkaway with prejudice and TL deletion. They took it back to their client who agreed. Paperwork has been signed and I got an email from the lawyer today with a copy of the paperwork they are filing with the court for dismissal.
  6. 5 points
    @fisthardcheese @Harry Seaward @BV80 @Brotherskeeper @Pericles @Norfolk&Wayman @Goody_Ouchless Just got a email from Midland's attorney agreeing to the settlement offer @fisthardcheese told me to use. DISMISSED WITH PREJUDICE!!!!! I will celebrate more when it's in writing and in my hands. I will post a picture of it when I get it. THANKS to everyone on this forum for the help. Couldn't of done this with out you.
  7. 5 points
    @fisthardcheese @Harry Seaward @Brotherskeeper Update! The plaintiff's office reached out to me and offered to Dismiss WITH Prejudice at our upcoming status hearing in exchange for me to drop my AAA claim. We sort of tentatively agreed over the phone and they emailed me the agreement request. At this point then, I'm glad its sort of coming to a close now. Is there anything else I should prepare for prior to our hearing? I'm expecting to sort of just be handed a copy of the Order stating Dismissed With Prejudice and for me to drop my AAA case and I wouldn't hear about this account ever again.
  8. 4 points
    Just wanted to give everyone an update of my case... I was able to get the digitally signed promissory note from Prosper and I filed the MTC arbitration with the court. While I was waiting to receive the promissory note I sent a letter to Plaintiff's attorney electing arbitration. There was a scheduling hearing on July 26th at which time the Plaintiff's attorney stated that they wanted to wait for the court's decision on the MTC arbitration before scheduling a hearing. The judge granted me a stay on the discovery and interrogatories since they were due the following day. I was called the day before the MTC hearing by the court clerk and she said that I had not provided the court with a courtesy copy of the motion. I literally had to leave work, run home and print everything out, 3 hole punch the 18 page document, rush to Walmart to get a binder (clerk said it had to be in a binder) and drive all the way downtown to deliver it by 3 PM. This was very stressful but I managed to get it done! The MTC hearing was on August 1st and, lo and behold, the Plaintiff's attorney filed a motion for non-suit without prejudice at the last minute. Sort of anti-climactic but at least it's over with unless they sell it to someone else that tries to sue again. Thanks again everyone for your assistance.
  9. 4 points
    Great update! I lucked out. The attorney that showed up for Unifund was completely clueless. The judge forced us to mediate, so I told him I had a signed court order to arbitrate, and I also had a letter from AAA indicating that because I had a signed order, they could not pursue in small claims and it said that they had to pay $3250 immediately or the case would be closed. It specifically said that the claimant had fulfilled their obligations and was waiting on the respondent. The attorney looked it over for 10 minutes. He reviewed his paperwork, and then looked at his phone, then finally made a phone call, and then asked me that I could sign a consent agreement and go ahead and settle because he was planning on trying to get the court order vacated because of that one sentence in the citibank agreement about "small claims court". I told him that it was too late, that I had a signed court order and that we can go to trial. Well the judge then forced us to go through mediation with a mediator. I explained my situation, and the attorney said the same thing he said earlier. Then I was asked to leave so the mediator could talk to the attorney. When she called for me to come back and speak privately, she tried to tell me to settle!!! That they would be willing to settle for $700 and I could pay $50/month, and that it would clear my credit and that she was just giving her advice on what she would do. But I said that I had a court order!! And she told me she said the judge could decide to vacate because of that stupid citibank small claims section of the agreement. I told her I'd take my chances and wanted to go to trial. WELL I gave the judge my order and a copy of the letter from AAA, and she asked the plaintiff why they had not started arbitration! She said that if they didn't start it, then they would be held in contempt for violating a court order, and she said that she definitely would NOT vacate the order because the last time we were in court the Plaintiff agreed and signed off on it! We go back in 30 days, and if the plaintiff does not either 1) dismiss or 2) fulfill arbitration duties and begin proceedings, then they will be in contempt. She told me that if I had any motions to file, then I should do that prior to the next court date. But I'm not really sure what she meant by that for me? I don't have any motions to file, I think? So yes, finally I had a judge kind of see my side for once. THANKS for ALL THE HELP everyone! I hope to get a dismissal in the mail soon!!
  10. 4 points
    Thank you to all that helped me along the way, case dismissed with prejudice!
  11. 4 points
    Just wanted to update everyone. I ended up winning by settlement. Had the case dropped with prejudice and Midland is paying for my arbitration + court fees. I'd like to thank everyone who pitched in with advice and helped me along the way. Most of all, would like to thank @fisthardcheese with their guide for arbitration. This is single handedly the only reason why I won so effortlessly. If anyone is in my position, please give the guide a look-see. Thank you again to every1!
  12. 4 points
    After following much advice and reading many post over and over on this forum , I have had my day in court and my MTC arbitration and stay the proceedings was granted. In Louisiana you must file your answer , MTC and a memorandum in support of your motion, a little different than the MTC examples posted here. You must also state if a court date has been set, if not you must request a court date and include a order sheet. When I filed my MTC the judge ordered PRA/Rausch Sturm to show cause as to why arbitration should not be granted. I followed all the court rules and advise from this fourm. The Rausch Sturm attorney was served as required by my state. They did not object or show up to court this morning. The judge granted my order and chucked/smiled while signing it. He said he was impressed with my ability as a Pro Se. I thank everyone for their post about arbitration, without that I would have been lost.
  13. 4 points
    I have had my run in with the same law firm, same debt company, same credit card, and same state. My advise to you is to read through my thread and see how much this community is absolutely amazing. See how a normal Joe shmo like myself, turned from a uninformed scared person, into a well informed individual. The process takes time, research, and patients but in the end is rewarding and self fulfilling. If you start reading through my thread you will see i made a lot of mistakes early on, luckily I had some guardian angels on my side such as @fisthardcheese@Brotherskeeper@nobk4me@BV80 just to name a few. This thread is packed full of great information to help you along your journey. I hope it finds you well in your research and aids you in successful battle!
  14. 3 points
    First off, is there a case number on the papers you were served? If not, they plaintiff is using pocket docket and you will need to send your answer to the plaintiff, not the court house. This needs to be done within 20 days from the day you were served. If there is a case number on the papers, then you file with the courts but be prepared to pay the court fees which might be quite high for $1200 case if they are using civil court rather than conciliatory court. You indeed use the state form to file an answer and under affirmative defenses, you check "Lack of Jurisdiction" and in the reasoning part, you state that the contract contains an arbitration clause and that you elect to use arbitration. The arbitration clause has a small claims exemption but that is only if you sue. Again, see above as to where you send the form. If you have to file in the court, conciliatory court will be about $75 and civil court will be $0 if they used pocket docket (just make sure you send your answer to the plaintiff attorney using CMRRR postal method). If they ever do file in civil court, those fees are about $350. You have 20 days to prepare and file this with the appropriate person. You then need to prepare a MTC arbitration. We can help you with that too. What I would do is take as long as possible to answer the summons and complaint and then a week later, either send the plaintiff attorney the MTC (if pocket docket) or file it with the court (if filed in court). I don't know the cost of filing a motion in conciliatory court but it is $175 in civil court. We will help you get further if need be. Since the fees are so high, if you are in pocket docket, what I might do is once I send the MTC to the plaintiff attorney, I would offer them the $600 I would pay in court and arbitration fees as a settlement as long as they do not file in court (with the understanding that once they file, the deal is off).
  15. 3 points
    @Robby8900 I added "in Ohio" to the topic of this thread to help make it easier to find in a search.
  16. 3 points
    To test this, I did a number of searches in my local court. I searched the small claims court docket for the most common JDBs: Portfolio, Midland, CACH, Cavalry, LVNV. None had ever filed in small claims court. Others in Ohio can try similar searches.
  17. 3 points
    Update: Had to file an appeal due to my MTC being denied initially. Appeal was won, and decision was overturned. I began the arbitration process, and JDB attorney has yet to pay filing fee. He sent an email to our arbitrator stating that in JAMS agreement, if claims are made in Court and other party is granted MTC, then it is JDB responsibility to initiate arbitration proceedings. In same email, it was mentioned that state case was dismissed. However, I have not received any documentation confirming that statement. Looks like I am in a good spot, but the arbitrator is wanting a response from me - seemingly agreeing with the JDB about who should initiate proceedings. Anyone ever ran across this situation? @fisthardcheese
  18. 3 points
    another update: "Plaintiff respectfully requests that this matter be dismissed with prejudice. Plaintiff no longer wishes to proceed." Does this really mean this is over????????
  19. 3 points
    I just want to say Thank you, to all of you who spend your time day after day assisting regular day to day people, with out asking for anything in return. My wife was served early 2014, just when we were starting to recover financially after the financial crisis. With the help of the wonderful people in this website, she fought all the way to trial. she settled at the end, and accepted an offer that she would not have received otherwise. I was then sued in 2015, however my case was dismissed a few months later. Five years later, we now have two kids, and looking at the possibility of purchasing a property in the near future. We would probably still be underwater without the help extended to us during those difficult times. The job i held the previous years game me the time to stick around and help those who are in the same position i once was; however, i am starting a new job and wont be able to sign in as often as i do now, but i just wanted to say one more thank you to all of you anonymous real life heroes. Thank you!
  20. 3 points
    They went off the deep end - constantly begging for money, despite many users offering solutions - to the point it started looking like the site was being used as a source of passive income.At the end it was like Hitler in the Bunker, banning anyone who spoke up.
  21. 3 points
    So a few years ago I got into some financial trouble. I found this site, and it helped me immensely. I won 3 court cases, I sued Gold's Gym for collection violations, and I have been cleaning up my credit. I was at an all time low of 430. I protested every negative on all 3 credit reports. some things were removed, some were not. Some I had to wait until they dropped off after 7 years. But, last week I decided to refinance my house. I thought my score was pretty good now, so thought I'd get a decent % rate. eh, todays market, it was 4.2, but still better than the 5.6 I've been stuck with for 10 years. My credit score came back at 840! Pretty much cart blanch if your trying to get credit. I do have a couple of credit cards, with like 15k limits, but I won't go down that road again. If I have a major purchase I won't use it unless I have a plan to pay it off in a month or 2. I carry a low balance on my main card so it reflects well with payments, etc without getting socked for huge interest. Just wanted to revisit, and let others know this site is a wealth of info if your willing to invest the time. Thanks to all those that contribute! Oh my new house payment is 350.00 less per month, and will be paid off 2 years earlier. So even though I didn't get the low rates of a few years ago, it was still worth it.
  22. 3 points
    Quit whining. Many of us are open to thinking outside the box. The arbitration strategy was considered lunacy when it was first proposed. There were some nasty battles fought here. Thing is, those of us advocating the arbitration strategy had numerous victories over our creditors. We didn’t whine about people not believing us. We beat the creditors and eventually others came around. One difference is the arbitration strategy was based on facts and laws and actual cases. Cases that could be verified online. Some of us tried aspects of the arbitration strategy that worked, and others that did not work That is how the strategy was refined If you want to win an argument, try it in court and either win and show us your victories or lose and take your lumps.
  23. 3 points
  24. 3 points
    Let it go? What else would you do? When JAMS bills the full filing fee to the other side, there is nothing to "let go" of - or do at all. I'm confused as to what you think this is? Not that odd, actually. I said be patient, and it turned out to be textbook.
  25. 3 points
    @Brotherskeeper @fisthardcheese @BV80 @Harry Seaward Well just got the email from JAMS telling me who the arbitrator is. It's Mr. Bradley Winters Esq. Plus they sent a bill to Midland's attorney for $5000. So let's see if they will pay this one. Thanks again for all the help. Will keep you all informed on what happens.
  26. 3 points
    As the others have said, mistakes happen. I'm actually relieved it was that and not some new rules we had to try to figure out.
  27. 3 points
    First off, the title of your thread is inaccurate, unless you filed lawsuits against PRA and Cap1. Second, can you give us details about how you accomplished these things? Without that, your thread is useless.
  28. 3 points
    DISMISSED!!!!! I hadn't heard a peep from anyone about the case, so I called the judge's clerk. He looked up the case number and told me the Plaintiff had appeared to dismiss the case. Whew!
  29. 3 points
    It is nonsensical for a person who asked for and was granted arbitration in a case to then nitpick by demanding the other side file instead AND giving up the extra little bit of leverage being the Claimant in the arbitration case will hold. Let it be known across the land: If your MTC is granted, FILE THE ARBITRATION CASE IMMEDIATELY AND WITH NO RESERVATIONS. Filing an arbitration case is the easiest part of this entire process. Not doing so is just plain silly.
  30. 3 points
    What case law did you put in your motion to compel? Use those cases in support of your argument. It would be technically improper if you brought up case law for the first time at a hearing without giving other side opportunity to oppose and respond to it.
  31. 3 points
    I've been walking in similar shoes for a while. Unfortunately, as long as the contract you signed says it's a commercial loan, you won't be able to file a consumer arbitration case. My commercial contracts also include a personal guarantee. Lenders do this to protect themselves in the event a business folds or goes bankrupt. If they can't go after the business, they can go after the person who personally guaranteed the loan. This doesn't change the fact that it's a commercial contract. You said you signed and returned the BofA contract. Are you saying the contract filed as an exhibit is not a true and correct copy of what you signed? If so, why? Does your copy of the contract include the same misspelling? Based on my personal experience, arbitration is something I would personally stay clear of. You will not be protected by a consumer fee cap.
  32. 3 points
    Im glad to share my experience with you. I also have another thread that I won against LVNV. That was my first learning experience, and you could watch my growth lol. There are so many great people that are willing to put in their time to help you. This community is amazing, thats why I put in the work I can do and return the favor to any future pro se'ers. Just remember I am not a lawyer, I am only implementing what I learn and researched along with the direction of many community members. I wish you luck, and make sure you re-read at least 5-6 more times before you file with a fine tooth comb for errors.
  33. 3 points
    Lack of evidence of a claim doesn't inherently make it frivolous. Frivolity means you have no basis at all for the claim. Your own testimony that you saw numbers in your phone, returned the call and discovered the called party was Unifund is evidence. It's not enough to prevail on the claim if Unifund denies making the calls, but it absolutely pushes you past the frivolous threshold. This is why we keep telling you to quit worrying about "frivolous". You're not in that camp. The lawyer's ignorance over the fees is IMO a much bigger concern with potentially catastrophic results.
  34. 3 points
    They didn't show up and I won my motion for sanctions against them. It's only $272 but I won, nonetheless. Fight back, folks! LVNV Sanction Motion .pdf
  35. 3 points
    Same story and congratulations - great job! Can't believe attorney said you got agreement from a "bogus website" - because I'm sure someone has the time, money and insanity to create a bunch of realistic, yet fake, credit card agreements and post them online - classic!!!!
  36. 3 points
    Well it’s been a lot of hurry up and wait but after some back and forth I got myself a dismissal with predjudice! Everything was agreed upon outside of arbitration and filed in court. They spent about $5800 in arb fees and didn’t get the debt paid so all in all a big win for me. Thank you you all for your help! @fisthardcheese
  37. 3 points
    I'm not advocating one position or another. I think both have merit. I just want to put out as much information as possible so that Shelly can make an informed decision about which path to take. One thing that is certain, the decision does not need to be made at this very moment.
  38. 3 points
    Alright! Who wants to hear about my day in court? DISMISSED WITHOUT PREJUDICE Ok, I realize there may be some pitfalls in that PRA could re-open my case. But, do they/would they do that? I ain't gloating. The lead up was stressful, I was flailing and there were some things I could've done better. See my original post. A recap of the past two weeks: My last hearing was to set a trial date of Feb 8. The judge handed us both an Advance Trial Review Order. ( Look it up for California to see samples of it.) I was confused by the document. It basically was an inventory of case evidence and witness. The contract attorney for the plaintiff filed it with nothing listed. (Suspicious: No evidence? No Witnesses?) I did the same. I was late to send out my Discovery/ Demand for Documents to the Plaintiff. This was a mistake. The deadline is tricky. I understood it to be 30 days before trial. But it closes 30 days before trial. I feel I still don't completely understand the deadline, but I now at least know to get it done early, at latest 65 days before trial. That being said- it would have been understandable and permissive for the Plaintiff to just ignore my discovery requests. However, they ended up replying the day before the trial with a point by point refusal of each of my discovery demands per my violation for CCP 2024.020(a) So, why even bother sending me that? Did they have to? Or, were they trying to psyche me out? Anyway... TRIAL DAY! I wake up early, keep a positive attitude, go the gym, "Mama Said Knock You Out" on repeat! Get to the court house early. Breathing deep. Courtroom doors open at 9:00 am sharp. Friday trial call. Everybody signing in. All kinds of people and civil matters stacking the day's schedule. Contract lawyer for the Plaintiff strides in, calls me out while he signs in and announces "I'm going to dismiss your case" . We wait for the judge to call us into the octagon to make it official. And that's it! 5 minutes. So, what happened here? Am I lucky? Did I simply answer and show up? Did I use the Magic Words? Well, like I said- no gloating here. I got TWO MORE of these things on deck.
  39. 3 points
    That's great that you are starting to kind of understand everything now. Its a journey, but its a journey only you can benefit from. Your hard work and understanding, will only make you a more versatile person. When you go for that first initial meeting with the lawyer you will not be jaded thinking you have to roll over just because you are in the court system. You are now armed with knowledge, Be vigilant in your study's, and double check everything. Like i stated before, you are representing yourself so everything you do reflects you. When this is all said and done you will be extremely proud of what you have accomplished. I promise you!
  40. 2 points
    @themxb17 The Ohio threads by @MikeB35, with the help of Ohio's @nobk4me should have useful info for you.
  41. 2 points
    Here is what I would suggest, using an answer template that I found out on the Arkansas Legal Service website. I used that template when I answered my lawsuit. Again, I am NOT an attorney. These are just my ideas and I defer to the superior wisdom of the group. You would reply to each paragraph. If everything in the paragraph is true, you admit. If everything is false, you deny. If you don't know, then you have insufficient knowledge to admit or deny. And you can do combinations. Use the same header information on the complaint (centered in your document). Your Answer should be double spaced. Please do NOT cut and paste this. I came up with this based on reading the Complaint - you need to make sure each answer is correct based on your understanding, not mine. After all, you are the one signing it ANSWER COMES NOW the Defendant, <your name>, pro se, and for his Answer to the Complaint filed herein against him, respectfully states as follows: Defendant has insufficient knowledge to admit or deny the allegations contained in the first paragraph of the Complaint Defendant admits he is a resident of Stone County, Arkansas. Defendant has insufficient knowledge to admit or deny the remaining allegations contained in the second paragraph of the Complaint. Defendant has insufficient knowledge to admit or deny the allegations contained in the third paragraph of the Complaint. Defendant objects to the allegations stated in the fourth paragraph of the Complaint in that they call for a legal conclusion. In so much as a response is required, Defendant denies. Defendant has insufficient knowledge to admit or deny the allegations contained in the fifth paragraph of the Complaint. Defendant objects to the allegations stated in the sixth paragraph of the Complaint in that they call for a legal conclusion. In so much as a response is required, Defendant denies. Defendant denies the allegations stated in the seventh paragraph of the Complaint. Defendant denies the allegations stated in the eight paragraph of the Complaint. Defendant denies the allegations stated in the ninth paragraph of the Complaint. Defendant specifically denies each and every allegation of the complaint not specifically admitted herein. Defendant specifically pleads the follow affirmative defenses: arbitration and award and lack of subject matter jurisdiction - the underlying contract and terms and conditions contain a private arbitration clause which the Defendant has elected to exercise. Therefore, this Court does not have jurisdiction to hear this matter. Defendant reserves the right to plead further and reserves objections on the basis of lack of jurisdiction over the subject matter, lack of jurisdiction over the person, failure to state facts upon which relief can be granted and failure to join a party under Rule 19, if any. WHEREFORE, pleading affirmatively, Defendant prays that the Complaint filed herein against him be dismissed, for his costs herein expended, and for any and all other just and proper relief. DATED this <date> Respectfully submitted, <your signature>, pro se <your address and phone number> And the Certificate of Service from my other email
  42. 2 points
    I don't think anyone can be any clearer in their efforts to help. You need to call AAA to get this resolved right now, not on the 12th, not tomorrow, not in an hour,
  43. 2 points
    Yes, as evidenced by the fact it accomplished nothing. Your last letter told them what your next steps would be. Why did you make those threats if you didn't intend to follow through?
  44. 2 points
    The “arbitration procedure” link appears to be for wills, trusts, and probate. If your arbitration provision references the FAA, just include the case law in the post written by @fisthardcheese. https://www.creditinfocenter.com/community/topic/329436-arbitration-overview-and-strategy-2018-most-up-to-date-info/ It includes great case law from the U.S. Supreme Court. That case law is binding on the states. Here is some case law from the WA Supreme Court. “Further, both state and federal law strongly favor arbitration and require all presumptions to be made in favor of arbitration." Gandee v. LDL Freedom Enters., Inc., 176 Wash.2d 598, 603, 293 P.3d 1197 (2013) (citing Zuver v. Airtouch Commc'ns, Inc., 153 Wash.2d 293, 301, 103 P.3d 753 (2004)). "The party opposing arbitration bears the burden of showing that the agreement is not enforceable." Zuver, 153 Wash.2d at 302, 103 P.3d 753.
  45. 2 points
    Filing in AAA is short and easy, but there are key things to include to make things better for you. 1. Find a claim against them to file with. Don't mention the alleged debt or their court case (other than include the signed order page by your judge and state that this is a court ordered consumer case). 2. Set an "amount in controversy" as the amount YOU are seeking from the JDB. 3. Type a cover letter that states this is for a new consumer case with a court order to arbitrate and that you request that AAA bill the company any required consumer portion of the filing fee per the enclosed contract. 4. Include the arb clause of the card agreement. 5. Send a copy of everything you submit to AAA, including your cover letter, to the opposing attorney. AND keep a copy of everything you send for yourself.
  46. 2 points
    Once i filled my answer and MTC i got a letter in the mail saying they were going to file to dismiss the case at a certain date. The date came and the status of my case showed dismissed without prejudice. Just file your answer and MTC as soon as possible and you should be fine, they seem to only be interested in winning by default.
  47. 2 points
    One of the tactics I once used: There was a time when the arbitration agreement changed for the better after I defaulted on a card. I sent a letter to the OC, who still owned the account, CMRRR, stating that I accepted all changes to the credit card agreement. That way I was able to use the current agreement rather than the agreement in effect at the time of default. Let’s just say that bank never collected a penny from me afterwards.
  48. 2 points
    @usctrojanalum Fantastic news!!! I remember when you announced you were accepted into the law school. We're so proud of you! Congratulations and well done.
  49. 2 points
  50. 2 points
    CALAWYER!!! WELCOME BACK!!!