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  1. I was served yesterday by Midland Funding. I was obviously terrified but I was not shocked since I have been struggling financially ever since I was laid off in 2012. However hafter googleing how to beat a debt collector in court and finding this website I felt so much hope. I am truly greatful for any help I may received on this thread. THank you in advance. 1. Who is the named plaintiff in the suit? Midland Funding LLC 2. What is the name of the law freaotice on door) In person, my father accepted the documents 7. Was the service legal as required by your state? Yes although I believe they are still required to mail me a copy? If that is so do I go by the date personally served or the date mailed to me? 8. What was your correspondence (if any) with the people suing you before you think you were being sued? None 9. What state and county do you live in? California, Los Angeles County 10. When is the last time you paid on this account? (looking to establish if you are outside of the statute of limitations) According to the complaint August 2012 11. What is the SOL on the debt? To find out: 4 years 12. What is the status of your case? Suit served? Motions filed? You can find this by a) calling the court or looking it up online (many states have this information posted - when you find the online court site, search by case number or your name). 01/13/2015 ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE HEARING SIGNED AND FILED BY DANIEL P RAMIREZ, JUDGE TO SHOW WHY SANCTIONS SHOULD NOT BE IMPOSED FOR FAILURE TO FILE REQUEST FOR ENTRY OF DEFAULT JUDGMENT PURSUANT TO CRC 3.740(F). MATTER CONTINUED FOR HEARING ON 02/14/18 AT 08:30A M., IN DEPT. SEY . CERTIFICATE OF MAILING FILED, GIVEN TO RESPECTIVE PARTIES/ COUNSEL. 01/09/2015 COLLECTIONS CASE COMPLAINT FILED PURSUANT TO CRC 3.740. RN NOR455965017. 01/09/2015 SUMMONS ISSUED. 01/09/2015 SUMMONS FILED. 01/09/2015 DECLARATION UNDER BUSINESS AND PROFESSIONS CODE 6322.1 FILED 13. Have you disputed the debt with the credit bureaus (both the original creditor and the collection agency?) No 14. Did you request debt validation before the suit was filed? Note: if you haven't sent a debt validation request, don't bother doing this now - it's too late. No 15. How long do you have to respond to the suit? (This should be in your paperwork). If you don't respond to the lawsuit notice you will lose automatically. In 99% of the cases, they will require you to answer the summons, and each point they are claiming. We need to know what the "charges" are. Please post what they are claiming. Did you receive an interrogatory (questionnaire) regarding the lawsuit? 30 days according to Summons. However, I have a court date apparently issued for 02/14/2018 re: OSC - 3.740 COLLECTIONS-DEFAULT JUDGMENT I thought the default judgment was requested after I failed to respond? 16. What evidence did they send with the summons? An affidavit? Statements from the OC? Contract? List anything else they attached as exhibits. Exhibit A one page Bill of Sale with attachment of electronic records which include amount due, charge off date, my name, address and last payment amount and date. Exhibit B is their first letter to me saying how amazing they are and how much they would love to help me Exhibit C an August 2012 statement from Sears, i.e, Citibank Exhibit D a May 2013 statement from Sears Exhbit E a letter from Midland dated July 2014 stating they were sending my account to the legal department It seems the only evidence they attached are the exhibits everything in my packet was as follows: Summons Complaint including exhibits Civil Case Cover Sheet and CCCS Addendum Declaration of Reduced Filing Fees
  2. I was sued by Kenosian & Miele and got some good advice here previously, so... My trial is at the end of July and I'm wondering how best to proceed given that time frame. I sent them a BOP and M&C months ago, which they never responded to, but I did not follow up, unfortunately, as I shifted my attention to opposing their Motion to Deem Matters Admitted which came in shortly thereafter, (that the debt was legitimate, mine, and I didn't pay) Their motion was denied. I have propounded no discovery as of yet, just responded to their request for documents and admissions and then opposed their motion to deem matters admitted. I was wondering if I should send another BOP and do it right this time, or just ask for the documents they plan to use at trial. I want to see their Bill of Sale, of course, which I asked for in the original BOP. Any advice would be appreciated.
  3. Good Evening, I am BrokeBaker: I accumulated debts when my mom died a month before I opened a bakery. Since closing that business 3.5 years ago, I'm still underemployed/unemployed, and I've watched my bills grow and grow while trying to get from underneath them and also not ending up homeless. Tonight on March 27th, 2014, when I got home, my roommate handed me a summons that he received for me. I am being sued! This girl is very scared, very overwhelmed. I've spent the last 3 hours reading through the forum, and there are a lot of relevant cases to mine (Homeless in California to name just one). But there is so much information and I'm not sure what to do or what the sequencing is. I'm utterly overwhelmed. Is there anyone out there who can help me make sure I have my immediate plan of action clear? Step 1: Respond! I know that I need to file an answer to this summons within 30 calendar days from the date I was served. So, I need to provide a written response by April 25th, 2014. Because my roommate was served and not me, I may actually get an extra 10 days to respond. (1) Can I mail my response to the summons? The suit was filed in a courthouse that is about 30 miles away from where I live, so I wonder if I can "answer" this lawsuit via certified mail, or if I need to go to the courthouse. Anyone know the answer to that?. (2) Affirmative Responses/Defense: In my response to the summons, do I need to write a word document or do I need to complete an official Court Form? I'm not sure if there is a template or legal required form. I know that I need to provide a written response to the summons with my "affirmative defense". I know that if I don't list them in my response, I cannot use them in my defense later. How do I decide all of the affirmative responses that I can use? What are some common options? From what I read, here's what I think: Statute of Limitation: I haven't made a payment on this account since at least 2009, which means this is outside of the statute of limitations (SOL). SOL in California is 4 years, I just learned on this excellent forum.What affirmative defense relates to this? Is this "Lack of Standing"? I'm being sued by a Law Firm on behalf of Asset Capital Recovery Group (ACRG), but the cause of action says that I became indebted to Chase Bank. I have never had an account with Chase Bank. But, I know I had a Washington Mutual Account, and Chase Bank purchased Washington Mutual (which is now a defunct bank). I don't even know if ACRG or Chase has written record of this debt, and I don't know for sure that ACRG can represent Chase to sue me as they have provided no paperwork or documentation. What affirmative defense would cover this scenario, if any? ​(3) When Do I File CCP96?: I now know that California Civil Code 96 [form found here: http://www.courts.ca.gov/documents/disc015.pdf] is my request to the Plaintiff basically saying "I want to know who your witnesses are and what evidence you have that I owe this debt, and what signed copies of the contract do you have saying I agreed to this debt". When do I file this form? Do I file it with the courts at the same time I respond to the summons? (4) Is CCP 96 related to BOP? When do I serve the plaintiff with the Bill of Particulars (BOP)? Again, this is a question of sequencing. I do have a lovely word document template I obtained from one of the forums here. (5) I see a "General Denial" form. [http://www.courts.ca.gov/documents/pld050.pdf] Do I need to submit this? And if so, what is the sequence? (With the answer to the summons?) (6) When do I send CCP 98? Again, this is a question of sequencing ----------Any information you all can provide would be incredible appreciated. I can bake an amazing cake, but I have no head for all of this legal stuff. I know I wrote a lot, but I"m trying to be thorough and clear------------ If it's helpful, I'm attaching my case below since I've seen this modeled on other posts: This is my case: 1. Who is the named plaintiff in the suit? - Asset Capital Recovery Group, LLC a Limited Liability Company 2. What is the name of the law firm handling the suit? (should be listed at the top of the complaint.) - Law Offices of Kenosian & Miele, LLC 3. How much are you being sued for? - $11825.17 + legal fees 4. Who is the original creditor? (if not the Plaintiff) - Chase Bank USA 5. How do you know you are being sued? (You were served, right?) - Summons served 6. How were you served? (Mail, In person, Notice on door) - summons was given to my roommate while I was not at home. 7. Was the service legal as required by your state? - Yes as far as I know. 8. What was your correspondence (if any) with the people suing you before you think you were being sued? - I received a collections call on the matter and when I said I couldn’t make payment arrangements at the time given that I am unemployed, I was told that I would be sued in court. 9. What state and county do you live in? - California, Los Angeles 10. When is the last time you paid on this account? (looking to establish if you are outside of the statute of limitations) - They don’t list this date in the summons, but it does list 12/9/2010 as a date that a 10% annual interest on the debt began accruing. The last time I paid a bill for Washington Mutual (which became Chase Bank) had to be late 2009. I certainly didn't make a payment on 12/9/2010. 11. What is the SOL on the debt? - 4 years in California 12. What is the status of your case? Suit served? Motions filed? You can find this by a) calling the court or looking it up online (many states have this information posted - when you find the online court site, search by case number or your name) - Complaint filed: 03/18/14; Summons & Complaint served: 3/26/2014 - General denial (PlD-C-010 form): not filed yet - Plaintiff's RFA, Special Interrogatories, and RFP not filed/served yet - Defendants Answers to RFA, Special Interrogatories, and RFP not filed/served yet - Defendant's RFA, Special Interrogatories, and RFP not filed/served yet - Plaintiff's Answers to RFA, Special Interrogatories, and RFP not filed/served yet - MSC scheduled for n/a - Trial scheduled for n/a 13. Have you disputed the debt with the credit bureaus (both the original creditor and the collection agency?) - No 14. Did you request debt validation before the suit was filed? (Note: if you haven't sent a debt validation request, don't bother doing this now - it's too late.) - No 15. How long do you have to respond to the suit? (This should be in your paperwork). If you don't respond to the lawsuit notice you will lose automatically. In 99% of the cases, they will require you to answer the summons, and each point they are claiming. - 30 days (possible 40 given that I wasn’t personally served the summons) 16. We need to know what the "charges" are. Please post what they are claiming.Common counts,account stated,breach of contract,claims of debt for goods sold and delivered,for work performed,for money loaned or advanced,for money paid and repayment is due,for money received on behalf of the plaintiff,money due on an account stated or on an open book account, indebitatus assumpsit, quantum meruit,quantum valebant,unjust enrichment. - Contract Rule 3.749 collections. One cause of action “common counts” 17. Is the complaint "verified"? A verified complaint is one in which the last page it has a declaration from someone stating that the information and allegations are true and correct under penalty of perjury. - Yes, the complaint is verified. The person is a managing member of Asset Capital Recovery Group, and not Chase Bank USA. 18. Did you receive discovery or interrogatory or Admissions (questionnaire) regarding the lawsuit? -No, I do not believe do. 19. What evidence did they send with the summons? An affidavit? Statements from the OC? Contract? List anything else they attached as exhibits. -There is no evidence with the summons or complaint. ---
  4. Hi Everyone! Been on this forum for about a year now, soaking up a lot of useful information and tips from very helpful forum members for the 2 lawsuits im currently involved in. Thank you to all those who help and share. Like everyone else, I got sued by JDB in California. There are 2 separate lawsuits that are pretty much identical except for the amount and OC. I'm about 3 weeks from trial. There was no discovery on either side. At the 45th day mark, I sent my CCP96. About a week after that I received from JDB their CCP98 declaration, CCP96, Trial Brief, Witness and Exhibit Lists. I am about to get a subpoena issued to serve the CCP98 declarants, however, in one of the cases, JDB seems to have inadvertently left out the address for service. They have a paragraph included which states: "Pursuant to CCP98, this affiant is available for service of process at: --- for a reasonable period of time, during the 20 days immediately prior to trial. If service of process cannot be effectuated at the aforementioned address, I authorize Defendant to contact Plaintiff's attorney for purposes of effectuating service on my behalf." It appears someone just forgot to cut and paste the correct address in their standard declaration. I need some advice and thoughts as to how I should handle this. Do I send a meet and confer to Plaintiff's attorney? Or should I just object on the grounds that they did not provide an address? Or should I proceed to have that affiant served at the same location as in my other lawsuit since the JDB and attorney is the same in both of my cases? Any advice is greatly appreciated!
  5. I received a request for documents from Unifund on 7-22-14 I responded by 8-22-14, on time Unifund filed a Motion to Deem Matters Admitted (the court allows their claims to be admitted as settled fact) on the basis that I did not respond within 35 days, but they made a mistake and said they sent me the request for documents on 6-22-14 (instead of 7-22-14) I want to just show up at the motion hearing and show the judge proof they're wrong and surprise them. Can I do that or do I have to file an opposition to their motion with Los Angeles Superior Court ahead of time? The hearing is in 3 weeks, so if I have to give them notice, I need to do it now. Since they thought I was late, they also didn't respond to my BoP or my M&C, so I want to ask the judge to disallow into evidence what I requested in the BoP. Thanks in advance for any thoughts.
  6. So I'm about three days out from my CCP96 filing, and I want to put together a great defense trial brief for the judge. Does anyone have a good resource for the language and what should be included in the brief? I'm taking on Mandarich, and I'm in California.
  7. Writing my trial brief now... its due really soon. Plaintiff missed responding to CCP96 and I am motioning to preclude all evidence. However, they did provide some of the usual garbage to a BOP request. not sure whether to address this or not in the brief. I'm anticipating they will fail to file a brief so im trying to be as concise as possible
  8. midland/asset acceptance case i did a BOP way back when and got the usual garbage. Based on previous experience i knew the full discovery would likely yield similar results. so i kinda disappeared like 'a fart in the wind' per ASTMedic. Its coming up on time to do my CCP96 and i was wondering if its worth it to do a simple RFPOD or ROGS/admissions or just skip to the CCP96. obviously at this point in the game i wouldnt be doing a motion to compel on discovery due to timing also re: CCP96, is it generally considered best to file near the front of the 45 day window or closer to the 30-day deadline. (in regard to giving best advantage vs plaintiff in regard to their response and timing) thanks as always. last of 5 cases, trial in mid-december....
  9. 1. Who is suing you? The Moore Law Group 2. For how much? $21,000 3. Who is the original creditor? Capital One Bank (USA), N.A 4. How do you know you are being sued? Was Served Summons 5. How were you served? Were you served? In Person at Home 6. What was your correspondence (if any) with the people suing you before you think you were being sued? They sent a letter regarding the debt and that they were intending to collect it on Capital One Bank's behalf. They attached the last bank statement of when the account had ceased payment, along with a letter stating the same thing, which didn't show any solid proof that it was my debt. 7. Where do you live? California 8. When is the last time you paid on this account? 2013 9. What is the status of your case (if anything has been opened)? You can find this by a) calling the court or looking it up online (many states have this information posted daily). Has a case number, says summons issued, case assigned. 10. Have you disputed the debt with the credit bureaus (both the original creditor and the collection agency?) When they initially sent the first letter stating that they were going to collect the debt on Capital One's behalf, I replied with a letter denying the allegations, and requesting for any evidence they had. 11. Did you request debt validation before the suit was filed? If not, don't bother doing this now. Yes, and they sent a letter from the original creditor of when my account had ceased payment and a copy of the last bank statement. Other than that, they sent no other proof. There was no signature on either of the documents they sent, which seems to me that they might not even have ample evidence. 12. What evidence did they send with the summons? An affadavit? A statement from the OC? Anything else they attached as exhibits? A statement from the original creditor. 13. What is the SOL on the debt? 4 Years *I'm currently in the process of writing my discoveries and would really appreciate some guidance. I was served on October 2nd, I replied denying the allegations. They sent a letter about two weeks ago for mediation, to which I did not respond. About four days ago, they filed a Case Management Conference for me to attend in a month. I am confused as to why they are already filing a CMC so soon? I thought that happens later down the line. What should I expect from the CMC and how should I prepare for it? Should I send my discoveries before or after the CMC, if, at all? I've been reading on a couple threads that it is better to not send discoveries as it will allow them to become more prepared. So, I am conflicted as whether I should go forward with the discoveries or not, or just wait 45 days before the trial date and file a CCP 96? I'm really new to this and am not too knowledgeable about all this. Also, should I request a trial with or without jury?
  10. This is an update to a post of mine from way back when...I think the last post was in August...possibly September. My apologies. Brief scenario. Dell Financial Asset claims they purchased the alleged debt Johnson Mark hired to "go for the juggler"....the idiot attorney actually said that in court documents. The bonehead. I had done all the wrong things. JM snuck it under the wire calling it Mandatory Arbitration (state of Oregon), failing to say "court appointed"...many thanks to those of you that educated me on the difference. I was late on responding to items..but then, so were they. I was handed a book to read about how to win against Asset Acceptance (herein referred to as AA). (LOL..can you tell I've been typing tons of papers....LOL). I put the book to memory...saw some really cool ideas and went for bear. Scared to death, I faced them down....looked them square in the eyes and said more or less, "bite me". They won in court appointed arbitration. I appealed and court date set. I showed up in court, they called in (however, I have since learned in the state of oregon, lawyers are not permitted to represent in small claims court...they can't go to the hearing). SOL expired while I was living in California. They waited til I moved to Oregon to file, and cited Utah and Texas laws as being primary over California. I said..."bite me". I refused to back down. I searched and searched and called everyone I could think of until miraculously, someone at Dell quietly snuck me an email....an older agreement 2006 (mine was from 2003). In the appeal I forced the JAMS arb issue as it states in the agreement, JAMS is mandatory...also states they pay 100% of fees if we go to arbitration. I pushed and pushed and pushed. I demanded JAMS in every document in every letter. I also screamed from day one, SOL had run out and AA was pulling the crap they were fined for by Federal Court ($2.1 million) in 2012 (??? I think it was 2012). I kept screaming. Kept kicking.... In the end, the Judge threw out their win from initial court appointed arbitration citing the original agreement as binding. JAMS it is. I filed, I included everything that should have been included in the original suit, but didn't know any better. I hit them with everything I had including all their screw ups that they will be fined for. JAMS accepted it on March 19. March 27, I received an offer of .... cough cough... settlement. Pffft. A get out of jail free card for AA. I will not sign it. It is garbage. AA did not send a copy of the settlement offer to the court, as the Judge had ordered. So I called the Judge's office. They now have a copy of the cover letter wherein they say they are not inclined to participate in JAMS arbitration. Course not, JAMS sent them an invoice for $800. (Remember, they pay all fees.) They already owe me $350 for what I have had to file...citing same clause in agreement. AA has offered my original demand for "dismissal with prejudice". Lovely. That's what I wanted a year ago. They offered without prejudice then. I told them where they could go and told them they no longer had permission to contact me for any reason except to offer a settlement of "dismissal with prejudice". Hence, the offer came straight to me. I spoke to JAMS earlier today, they have been calling JM for AA trying to get a response. They will try for 30 more days to get a response and them will send me a letter to give to the court showing we have both attempted to follow the court order but the respondent refuses to engage. YAY. So...here I sit staring at the offer. They are attempting to keep it out of California. No dang way. That paragraph goes. They want this confidential saying I can't discuss it. Not likely. Something like that will cost them $5,000...made payable to ME. That paragraph will be changed. The don't want me to file any more charges...PFFFFFT. They broke the law and want me to shut up? Not sure how much that is worth...possibly priceless. I may just say "bite me". I am trying to remember how to put up images....I photographed the entire thing. Let's see if I can post them here. I am open to any and all comments on how to modify this agreement so I don't get taken again. They are crooks and I just won't sign. Oh, and they say at the end that I am represented by counsel. They are full of it...they know I have no money for counsel. I did everything on my own with some help from several of you here in this forum (I adore you all). So...let's figure out the image thing now and please please feel free to comment...good and bad. I need straight talk. Thanks so much!
  11. IS MY COMPLAINT VERIFIED? Hello all! So, I've been looking through these forums and they just seem so awesome and helpful! I've been searching for a case similar to mine and I believe I found a very helpful one here: http://www.creditinf...a/#entry1202922 BUT… I need to know If my complaint has been verified. The filed Complaint itself has no mention of the statement "I declare under penalty of perjury of the laws of the State of California that the foregoing is true and correct this date…" - the only place where that statement is present is on the Statement of Venue - so is this considered as a verified complaint? All that is present in the Statement of Venue is: I, the undersigned, hereby declare that: (1) The contract herein sued upon is hereinafter called and referred to as "the contract". (2) This action is filed in the judicial district in which: One of the defendants currently resides. Is this a verified complaint? Thank you all so much for your help!! P.S. I'm still looking into when my last payment was and I will update by tomorrow with that info. 1. Who is the named plaintiff in the suit? Cavalry SPV I, LLC. 2. What is the name of the law firm handling the suit? (should be listed at the top of the complaint.) Winn Law group 3. How much are you being sued for? $2563.46 4. Who is the original creditor? (if not the Plaintiff) FIA Card Services, NA/Alaska Airlines (Bank of America) 5. How do you know you are being sued? (You were served, right?) Was served. 6. How were you served? (Mail, In person, Notice on door) In Person. 7. Was the service legal as required by your state? I believe so. Process Service Requirements by State - Summons Complaint 8. What was your correspondence (if any) with the people suing you before you think you were being sued? None. 9. What state and county do you live in? Sacramento County, Sacramento California 10. When is the last time you paid on this account? (looking to establish if you are outside of the statute of limitations) 11. What is the SOL on the debt? Since its Bank of America I believe that it's 3 years 12. What is the status of your case? Suit served? Motions filed? You can find this by a) calling the court or looking it up online (many states have this information posted - when you find the online court site, search by case number or your name). Summons Filed - Proof of Service of 30-Day - Summons and Complaint filed as of 4/10/14 13. Have you disputed the debt with the credit bureaus (both the original creditor and the collection agency?) No. 14. Did you request debt validation before the suit was filed? Note: if you haven't sent a debt validation request, don't bother doing this now - it's too late. No. And 'tis too late. 15. How long do you have to respond to the suit? (This should be in your paperwork). If you don't respond to the lawsuit notice you will lose automatically. In 99% of the cases, they will require you to answer the summons, and each point they are claiming. We need to know what the "charges" are. Please post what they are claiming. Did you receive an interrogatory (questionnaire) regarding the lawsuit? Have 30 days from 4/10/14 - or is it from the day I was served, which was the 4/8/14? Claiming that no part of the $2500 debt was paid to the plaintiff. "Within the last 4 years, Defendant became indebted to original creditor (see answer to question 4) in the sum of $2563.45 for money lent to or paid out… Neither the whole or any part of the above sum has been paid. Judgments prayed for by plaintiff: (1) Principal of damages in the sum of $2563.45 (2) Costs of Suit (3) Such other relief as the Court may deem just and proper. No questionnaire. 16. What evidence did they send with the summons? An affidavit? Statements from the OC? Contract? List anything else they attached as exhibits. No affidavits, no statements from OC, no contract, nothing attached as an exhibit Again, thanks so much for your help!
  12. 1. Who is suing you? The Moore Law Group 2. For how much? $21,000 3. Who is the original creditor? Capital One Bank (USA), N.A 4. How do you know you are being sued? Was Served Summons 5. How were you served? Were you served? In Person at Home 6. What was your correspondence (if any) with the people suing you before you think you were being sued? They sent a letter regarding the debt and that they were intending to collect it on Capital One Bank's behalf. They attached the last bank statement of when the account had ceased payment, along with a letter stating the same thing, which didn't show any solid proof that it was my debt. 7. Where do you live? California 8. When is the last time you paid on this account? 2013 9. What is the status of your case (if anything has been opened)? You can find this by a) calling the court or looking it up online (many states have this information posted daily). Has a case number, says summons issued, case assigned. 10. Have you disputed the debt with the credit bureaus (both the original creditor and the collection agency?) When they initially sent the first letter stating that they were going to collect the debt on Capital One's behalf, I replied with a letter denying the allegations, and requesting for any evidence they had. 11. Did you request debt validation before the suit was filed? If not, don't bother doing this now. Yes, and they sent a letter from the original creditor of when my account had ceased payment and a copy of the last bank statement. Other than that, they sent no other proof. There was no signature on either of the documents they sent, which seems to me that they might not even have ample evidence. 12. What evidence did they send with the summons? An affadavit? A statement from the OC? Anything else they attached as exhibits? A statement from the original creditor. 13. What is the SOL on the debt? 4 Years *I'm currently in the process of writing my discoveries and would really appreciate some guidance. I was served on October 2nd, I replied denying the allegations. They sent a letter about two weeks ago for mediation, to which I did not respond. About four days ago, they filed a Case Management Conference for me to attend in a month. I am confused as to why they are already filing a CMC so soon? I thought that happens later down the line. What should I expect from the CMC and how should I prepare for it? Should I send my discoveries before or after the CMC, if, at all? I've been reading on a couple threads that it is better to not send discoveries as it will allow them to become more prepared. So, I am conflicted as whether I should go forward with the discoveries or not, or just wait 45 days before the trial date and file a CCP 96? I'm really new to this and am not too knowledgeable about all this. Also, should I request a trial with or without jury?
  13. Hello, What a great forum. I have been looking it over for about 5 weeks now and researching what I can and trying to search for my answers .. Here's a brief history of my story/problem. My husband was attending a really crappy tech school, they gave us a private loan through them. My husband stopped going to this school. They are trying to bill us for the whole time of the program even tho he went only half way. While he was still in the program (right as he was getting ready to quit) I asked the school for a breakdown of what we owe so I can dispute it. The financial aid office and business office told me they offer no such breakdown and were just clueless and rude. At that point I decided to stop talking to them and deal with it if it went on to collections. My train of thought was they would not have enough records to fight me back on this. Ok a year later we received our first collection letter dated 7/18/2014 from Williams & Fudge, LLC. I came to this website and researched what to do, at that time I sent a DV letter (the template I found on here under samples). I did send it CMRRR, it was signed for by them on 8/15/2014. I received no response at all from the CA. The calls had stopped. Well yesterday I went to draft up my follow up letter to the DV. I pulled my husbands TU report and saw the CA had reported him for the first time on 9/17/2014, so after they signed for the DV letter. AND I couldn't believe it but the phone calls started back up as I was researching what to do next, what a coincidence! I know it is a violation to report on his credit until they validate the debt.. Anything else I should take note of? After sending the DV from this site, I have learned the form I used may have too much mumble jumble, so I am not really concerned they started calling again, I am concerned they are now reporting to his credit for the first time without validating the debt. The OC never reported it to any of the 3 bureaus, I had pulled all 3 of those before drafting the DV. I was only able to pull TU for free yesterday so I am not sure if they have reported on EQ and EX since. So besides the DV follow up letter, is there something else I should do at this point? Thanks so much I am in California
  14. Hi everyone, I have been here almost daily since receiving a summons from mandarich law group late last year. I filed my answer, sent a request for BOP (and 2nd and 3rd requests), sent discovery, answered discovery, answered ccp 98, and sent ccp 96. I read many, many posts here, and used templates from here, changing them to fit my situation. Thanks to all the brilliant, giving people here, every time I sent them something, they answered exactly as I thought they would, and I knew exactly what to do next. So now, my trial date is less than 3 weeks away, and I am lost and find myself thinking why bother? My only income is a military pension, and I don't own anything, I'm essentially judgement-proof. I am usually a very happy, optimistic person, but this last month has been horrible. My beloved dog was killed, and I am heartbroken. I know I have time limits to get ready for trial, so I'm hoping that you guys will help me by reminding me of anything I may have forgotten to do, and not letting me give up and let the bad guys win. So, the basics: 1. Who is the named plaintiff in the suit? Cach 2. What is the name of the law firm handling the suit? (should be listed at the top of the complaint.) Mandarich law group 3. How much are you being sued for? 1500 4. Who is the original creditor? (if not the Plaintiff) Wells Fargo 5. How do you know you are being sued? (You were served, right?) Yes 6. How were you served? (Mail, In person, Notice on door) In person 7. Was the service legal as required by your state? Yes Process Service Requirements by State - Summons Complaint 8. What was your correspondence (if any) with the people suing you before you think you were being sued? None 9. What state and county do you live in? California, San Bernardino 10. When is the last time you paid on this account? (looking to establish if you are outside of the statute of limitations) I think it was October, 2010, they say October, 2011. (I haven't been able to get my bank records from 2011.) 11. What is the SOL on the debt? To find out: Statute of Limitations on Debts 4 years 12. What is the status of your case? Suit served? Motions filed? You can find this by a) calling the court or looking it up online (many states have this information posted - when you find the online court site, search by case number or your name). Trial in mid august. Answer filed, discovery done, requested BOP, they refused, and l just received their Plaintiff's CCP 96 Response. 13. Have you disputed the debt with the credit bureaus (both the original creditor and the collection agency?) No 14. Did you request debt validation before the suit was filed? Note: if you haven't sent a debt validation request, don't bother doing this now - it's too late. No 15. How long do you have to respond to the suit? (This should be in your paperwork). If you don't respond to the lawsuit notice you will lose automatically. In 99% of the cases, they will require you to answer the summons, and each point they are claiming. We need to know what the "charges" are. Please post what they are claiming. Did you receive an interrogatory (questionnaire) regarding the lawsuit? Already responded with a general denial. The complaint is for 1. BREACH OF CONTRACT 2. COMMON COUNTS Here is an example of what the summons/complaint may look like: Sued by a Debt Collector - Learn How to Fight Debt Lawsuits 16. What evidence did they send with the summons? An affidavit? Statements from the OC? Contract? List anything else they attached as exhibits. None with the summons, they cited Distifano and Hall in response to my BOP request, claimed "Trade Secrets" in response to my discovery, and sent copies of a statement dated "10/25/2011 to 11/23/2011" with a past due balance, and another statement dated "11/24/2011 to 11/30/2011 with a balance of 0.00, addressed to a house I owned at the time but did not live at. In response to my CCP 96 they sent copies of the same two statements, and a short form purchase agreement between Wells Fargo and Cach. For witnesses, they say they plan to use a declaration pursuant to CCP 98. They list eight names that they say are custodians of records that they may call. they say they can't know the identity of the individual who will be available to testify until approx. 10 days before trial. They gave a contact address for the lawyers office. They also plan to call Defendant. For evidence, they listed the CCP 96, the billing statements, and the Wells Fargo Bill of Sale and accompanying redacted Loan Schedule (I see no loan schedule attached.) So, what is my next step? I know I'm supposed to send a subpoena, but aren't the witnesses supposed to be available for personal service 20 days before trial? Are they allowed to just cut that time in half? Or have they already given me a reason to exclude the CCP 96 Declaration in Lieu? For the subpoena, can I have someone I know attempt to serve it? Also, they had already sent me a Declaration Pursuant to CCP 98 in Lieu of direct testimony, which I received on the same day I mailed my request for it. That one is dated June 16, 2014, and signed by one of the people listed to testify. So doesn't that person have to be their witness? Is that who I subpoena? And when? 20 days out, or 10 days out? Thank you in advance for answering my questions, and thank you for giving your time and knowledge to people like me. By the way, the lawyers referred to the list of people who might show up in court as "traveling witnesses" whose schedules are made weekly, not as the custodians of records. they say they will testify about the plaintiff's business records, and how they aquired the account. Are they not missing the main part of their lawsuit? How can they skip over the whole "contract" part of a Breach of Contract case?
  15. I downloaded the well referenced "Seadragon copy of Calawyers famous Bill of Particulars", but I'm wondering if that's all there is to it. It's just a page. Do I just fill in my name/plaintiff/case no/ and that's it? Or is there more to include specific to my case? For example, do I leave this passage as is with the brackets: "cause of action for [goods sold and delivered] [money had and received] [money lent or paid] [quantum meruit]" or pick one? Will my bill of particulars need more research or will a basic copy of this with the party names included suffice?
  16. 1. Who is the named plaintiff in the suit? Unifund CCR, LLC 2. What is the name of the law firm handling the suit? Kenosian and Miele 3. How much are you being sued for? $24,XXX.XX 4. Who is the original creditor? Citibank 5. How do you know you are being sued? Summons delivered at door 6. How were you served? Person 7. Was the service legal as required by your state? Yes 8. What was your correspondence (if any) with the people suing you before you think you were being sued? None 9. What state and county do you live in? California 10. When is the last time you paid on this account? (looking to establish if you are outside of the statute of limitations) Per the complaint, Sept., 2010 11. What is the SOL on the debt? 4 years 12. What is the status of your case? Suit served and trial date set for just over 30 days from now. 13. Have you disputed the debt with the credit bureaus (both the original creditor and the collection agency?) No 14. Did you request debt validation before the suit was filed? No 15. How long do you have to respond to the suit? Responded already with a general denial within 30 days of service. Trial date is now just a hair over 30 days away. We need to know what the "charges" are. Cause of Action 1. Breach of Contract 2. Monies had & received 3. open book 4. account stated Did you receive an interrogatory (questionnaire) regarding the lawsuit? yes 16. What evidence did they send with the summons? a note of Verification from the Attorney (Miele) of Unifund that all statements in the compliant are true and correct. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- I. I filed a PLD-050 General Denial with the court along with a POS-040 proof of service, and mailed copy to plaintiff via CMRR. II. I sent BOP and they responded with 14 months of Citibank statements III. I sent a Meet and Confer letter, to which they responded with Supplement Responses that included same 14 months of statements, plus Bill of sale between Citibank and a receivables company, and a Bill of sale between the receivables company and a distressed asset company, and a bill of sales between the distressed asset company and Unifund. IV. I received Plaintiff's request for Production of Documents and Admission I need to respond in the next few days V. I sent CCP 96 and received responses: A. Plaintiff intends to call me as a witness B. Documents that Plaintiff intends to offer at trial: 1. Business Records Affidavit signed by Document Control Officer for Citibank - notarized in Missouri 2. 14 months of Citibank statements 3. Bill of sale between Citibank and a receivables company, and a Bill of sale between the receivables company and a distressed asset company, and a bill of sales between the distressed asset company and Unifund. 4. Citibank Card Agreement that has no signature other than the CEO of Citibank. VI. I received: A. Notice to attend trial B. CCP 96 C. Declaration of authorized representative in lieu of live testimony CCP98 from authorized representative for Unifund. What should I do, now?
  17. I really hope someone here can help me. On May 2, 2014 I was served a summons at my house. I am being sued by Hunt & Henriques, Attorneys at Law on behalf of Portfolio Recovery Associates for an old US Bank credit card debt. The amount they are suing for is $5500. The suit was filed on February 7, 2014. This debt is from back in 2009/early 2010- which I believe puts it outside the SOL for California. I don't remember making payments on it since then. I have NO way to prove that though, as I haven't banked with US Bank since 2010. This is the first time I have heard of this debt since basically forgetting about it in '09 when I was going through a divorce from my first husband. No phone calls, no mail, nothing. I know it was originally for much, much less than $5000 but I don't know how much, what was paid or when. Portfolio Recovery has my maiden name on the suit- which has changed twice since 2008. They also have an address that hasn't been mine since 2005. I believe they tracked me down because I pulled a credit report last month. (not sure if the name and address discrepancies matter much or not). Anyway, I don't know where to begin. I feel like such an amateur in all of this. I'm no idiot, but legal jargon makes my head spin! On top of it all I am 6 months pregnant and my mind is foggier than ever. I believe my first step would be to file a general denial of everything? I am trying not to stress out too much but I want to make sure I answer on time and I do everything properly. I live in California, in Sacramento County. Can someone help me with the wording? I have been trying to attach a scan of what I was served with, but the upload keeps failing. I will keep trying... there was no supporting documents at all regarding the debt. I want to respond to this ASAP. I need a very easy to follow step-by-step. I'm already feeling sick over the $400+ it's going to cost to file the response.
  18. ...does it mean anything? they can change their mind at any moment and serve discovery on me, right?
  19. I recently mailed out my BOP to JDB, Answer has been filed with court. Responses to Plaintiffs Request to produce documents, interrogatories and admissions have all been responded to. Should I wait for them to reply to the BOP before requesting anything from them? Also can anyone explain what this means " OSC VACATED - RESPONSIVE PLEADING FILED; CASE SET FOR CMR"
  20. As we all know midland bought out asset. i have an open case with asset and recieved a sort-of dunning letter from midland informing me they were taking over the case. some notable features of this letter: -they informed me 'the account wiill be handled directly by MCM as servicer for asset acceptance, thru its internal legal dept. MCM's in-house counsel has filed or will be filing a substitution of attorney with the court. The back says "As the owner of this account, but subject to the rights below Asset Acceptance LLC is entitled to payment of this account". - Is this considered to be a 'Sale of Debt after 1/1/14' and subject to California's new Fair Debt Buying Practices Act? Doesn't sound like it but I'm open to all remedies. -they requested that if i had filed an answer with the court that i should forward them to midland - I imagine I'm not obligated and its their problem to acquire any documents filed with the court that have been properly served to Asset? -back of letter has standard dunning 'Unless you noitify MCM within 30 days after receiving this notice that you dispute the validity of the debt, MCM will assume this debt to be valid. If you notify MCM, in writing....that the debt is disputed, MCM will obtain verification of debt or copy of judgement and mail you a copy - I know i normally wouldn't DV in an active lawsuit, but am i affording myself any extra options by doing it here? thanks
  21. This is an update to a post of mine from way back when...I think the last post was in August...possibly September. My apologies, I can't find it so I can't refer to it. Brief scenario. Dell Financial Asset Acceptance claims they purchased the alleged debt Johnson Mark hired to "go for the juggler"....the idiot attorney actually said that in court documents. The bonehead. I had done all the wrong things. JM snuck it under the wire calling it Mandatory Arbitration (state of Oregon), failing to say "court ordered" so I never questioned it...many thanks to those of you that educated me on the difference so I could start screaming they tricked me on purpose. I was late on responding to items..but then, so were they. I was handed a book to read about how to win against Asset Acceptance (herein referred to as AA). (LOL..can you tell I've been typing tons of papers....LOL). I put the book to memory...saw some really cool ideas and went for bear. Scared to death, I faced them down....looked them square in the eyes and said more or less, "bite me". They won in court appointed arbitration. I appealed and court date set. I showed up in court, they called in (however, I have since learned in the state of oregon, lawyers are not permitted to represent in small claims court...they can't go to the hearing). I never whined, but will if I have to use that. SOL expired while I was living in California. They waited til I moved to Oregon to file, and cited Utah and Texas laws as being primary over California. Only used Oregon when it looked like it would help them. I said..."bite me". I refused to back down. I searched and searched and called everyone I could think of until miraculously, someone at Dell quietly snuck me an email....an older agreement 2006 (mine was from 2003). In the appeal following my loss in court appointed ARB, I forced the JAMS arb issue as it states in the agreement, JAMS is mandatory...also states they pay 100% of fees if we go to arbitration. I pushed and pushed and pushed. I demanded JAMS in every document in every letter. I also screamed from day one, SOL had run out and AA was pulling the crap they were fined for by Federal Court ($2.1 million) in 2012 (??? I think it was 2012). I kept screaming. Kept kicking.... In the end, the Judge threw out their win from initial court appointed arbitration citing the original agreement as binding. JAMS it is. I filed, I included everything that should have been included in the original response and subsequent discovery papers, but didn't know any better. I hit them with everything I had including all their screw ups that they will be fined for. JAMS accepted it on March 19. March 27, I received an offer of .... cough cough... settlement. Pffft. A get out of jail free card for AA. I will not sign it. It is garbage. AA did not send a copy of the settlement offer to the court, as the Judge had ordered. So I called the Judge's office. They now have a copy of the cover letter wherein they say they are not inclined to participate in JAMS arbitration. Course not, JAMS sent them an invoice for $800. (Remember, they pay all fees.) And they say I owe $1,100. They already owe me $350 for what I have had to file...citing same clause in agreement. AA has offered my original demand for "dismissal with prejudice". Lovely. That's what I wanted a year ago. They offered without prejudice then. I told them where they could go and told them they no longer had permission to contact me for any reason except to offer a settlement of "dismissal with prejudice". Hence, the offer came straight to me. I spoke to JAMS earlier today, they have been calling JM for AA trying to get a response. They will try for 30 more days to get a response and them will send me a letter to give to the court showing we have both attempted to follow the court order but the respondent refuses to engage. YAY. So...here I sit staring at the offer. They are attempting to keep it out of California. No dang way. That paragraph goes. They want this confidential saying I can't discuss it. Not likely. Something like that will cost them...made payable to ME. That paragraph will be changed. The don't want me to file any more charges...PFFFFFT. They broke the law and want me to shut up? Not sure how much that is worth...possibly priceless. I may just say "bite me". I am open to any and all comments on how to modify this agreement so I don't get taken again. They are crooks and I just won't sign. Oh, and they say at the end that I am represented by counsel. They are full of it...they know I have no money for counsel. I did everything on my own with some help from several of you here in this forum (I adore you all). Please, please feel free to comment...good and bad. I need straight talk. Thanks so much!
  22. I was sued twice by Unifund in 2013, different law firms. The first law firm claimed substitute service at an address I have no connection to at all, so I filed a motion to quash. The clerk gave me a hearing date outside the 30 days required by statute, telling me that it was the first available date. The hearing is on calendar. The second suit served by publication, but their request contained inaccurate info and they failed to fully comply with the judge's order allowing service by publication, so I called the clerk to get a hearing date for a motion to quash. The second clerk started to give me a date outside the 30 days as the first clerk had done, but then stopped and said since these types of hearings need to be heard within 30 days, she would fit me in earlier. It's calendared within the required 30 days. Am I in trouble with the first hearing, which is coming up soon? The first clerk told me it was the earliest date available, and I took her word for it. I have a great case for first motion to quash because the plaintiff served some Doe at the wrong address. If the plaintiff argues the hearing is void because of the 30 day requirement, is there any case law that will help me rebut that? If so, should I file it with the court before the hearing? Thanks in advance!
  23. any strategies on dissuading them from filing suit again? i dont want to rub their noses in it (well, yeah i do) but want to make it clear they understand what theyre getting into
  24. our favorite dirtbags from San Diego. should i DV them and alert them to the fact that i will be fighting or just let it slide and get lost in the shuffle so SOL expires? Does DVing actually slow them down and prevent them from filing a lawsuit right away? Are they legally required in CA to provide an Intent to Sue letter?