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  1. Today I had court in Georgia after being sued by Midland for $948. They attempted to sue me in April 2018 in the wrong county and then served me in the right one January 2019. In the time between, I attempted to contact Midland and sent their attorney a letter from doctor stating I'm disabled and it's unlikely to change with no collectable income. They were unsympathetic, despite what is written on their own website. Following the advice I read here, I comprised a demand letter and motion to compel arbitration. I handed it to the attorney in the hallway this morning. He claimed not to have a copy of the contract so I handed him one too. He basically talked to me like I was an idiot and said I wasn't going to get a better outcome that a payment plan with a judgement on my record. He stomped back into court. While we waited , there was a case involving a motor vehicle accident similar to my own. This man (victim) was being ripped to shreds and it was difficult to watch knowing what it's like to be so overwhelmed by the pain and loss of sudden disability when all you want is your normal life back. Anyway, I also was getting over the flu so I started to feel teary. The judge calls us up and I state I'd like to assert arbitration. He sends us to mediation. The opposing attorney whips out a letter they first sent me to the wrong address. They then try to get me to agree to a judgement again so we go back to the court. The judge was kind and did ask specifics about how I was served in the wrong county initially, currently have no collectable income due to disability, and as of mid March, I have no permanent address. He stared at the attorney and asked him it he has a copy of this letter from my doctor and he said he did but was unwilling to budge. Attorney tried to say I didn't answer the complaint (wrong) then tried to say Midland isn't subject to the arbitration clause. The judge said I might be making a mistake and may not like the outcome, but it's my right to ask for it. I said if it's all the same, I'd like arbitration . Midland mumbled under his breath that it's not all the same. Just granted a stay and had the clerk do a motion to compel on their own form. I feel like I completely screwed up but I can't make it that much worse. I'm scared to even leave this up long because the attorney seemed really pissed.
  2. Capital One Bank (USA), N. A. Balance: $4,704.79 I was laid off back in 2007 and defaulted on my capital one credit card. I was not in a good headspace and never opened my mail as it was always bills and collection notices. At some point a judgment was ruled against me in 2010 for the Cap One debt that I was unaware of (being taken to court) until I just received this letter from Patenaude & Felix, A.P.C. FKA Bleier & Cox, A.P.C. dated 2/25/19 this past week (it went to an old address). It reads I have 14 days to accept their offer (reduced to 70% - $3,293.35). 1) do lawsuits show on credit reports? As I don't see it or anything under collections on my reports. 2) is this place legit? 3) now that there is a judgment against me, I need to handle this. Which honestly. I do want to as it was a debt I accrued at the time. But the amount of money is still a lot for me. Is this amount negotiable you think? I want to handle this personally and not wait to see what happens and next thing I know my accounts are drained and paycheck garnished.
  3. This is my personal experience on how I beat Midland Funding, LLC twice in court and is not legal advice, but I will share what worked for me. Also, I want to thank Credit Info Center and all the people who wrote in the forums sharing their experience as well. The First Lawsuit I first received a letter from the attorney who was acting as a debt collector representing Midland and at the time I was already familiar with the validation process thanks to this website, so I sent a debt validation letter to the attorney. What they sent back was a joke and most of what I requested in the validation letter was ignored. So, after I looked at what they sent back I didn’t do anything because at this point I wasn’t being threaten to be sued. I figured they’d just go pick on somebody else who was an easier target. I was wrong. A few weeks after I received the letter back from the collector. I was returning home one day and a car pulls up in my driveway behind me and an older man gets out of his car and asks if I was the person he was looking for, and I was. I was then served the complaint/summons. Like many, my gut sank and I panicked. After a day or so, panic turned into anger and fueled my desire to beat Midland in court. I did my homework and used the info I gained from this website and answered the complaint. A week or so later I received a packet from the attorney, which was their request for discovery. If you don’t know what discovery is, it’s the plaintiff (Midland/Attorneys) asking for all the info that you might have to help them with their case against you because they don’t have anything or very little to get a judgment against you. As I went through the discovery packet to see what Midland wanted from me I became overwhelmed. So, I called an attorney and had him answer the discovery for me. It wasn’t cheap, but better than letting Midland win and having to pay an alleged debt to them. Now that the discovery was completed and filed with the court, I wait. As a week goes by, I receive a notice of hearing from the court. This is my first chance to really see how this is all going to unfold. So, the hearing date comes and I appear in person and the attorney phones in. That’s right! The attorney doesn’t even show up to the hearing and on top of that, the attorney who called in wasn’t even the attorney that had his name all over the complaint and discovery. The new attorney had the lawsuit dropped on his desk that morning. This was a strong indication to me how this was all going to unfold. At the hearing I stated that the debt wasn’t mine and the attorney said if this was a fraud case that they didn’t want anything to do with it and all I needed to do is fill out an affidavit and hope that Midland would drop the lawsuit. At that point the Judge scheduled the trial date and that was the end of the hearing, which only lasted 15 mins. A couple days go by and I receive an email from the attorney and it has the affidavit attached to the email. I open the attachment and read through the affidavit and realized that they were requesting the same personal info that I objected to and didn’t provide in the request for discovery. So I didn’t fill it out and again waited. The day has now come. Leading up the trial date I organized my defense and mentally went over it in my head almost to the point of going insane. I get to the courthouse about 20 mins early to once again go over my defense and in hope that maybe no one shows up for the plaintiff. Five mins before the trial is set to begin, I see a short elderly man walk into the court room. CRAP! I was really hoping the attorney wouldn’t show and I’d win by default. Oh well, let’s do this! I enter the court room and take a seat and get organized. The judge enters; we stand, and then sit. The judge starts addressing the attorney and it turns out that the attorney sitting in the court room isn’t even the attorney from the actual law firm representing Midland. The law office hired some random rent-a-lawyer to appear and he only had from the previous night to look over the case. The judge addresses the lawyer and the rent-a-lawyer calls me to the stand to testify. I was prepared to be questioned and how to word my answers in case the lawyer tried to be tricky, and he was. He started off with a few “Yes” questions in order to get me in the frame of mind to say YES to anything he says. But when it came to the questions of the alleged debt, I was a rock. Remember, it is the plaintiff’s job to prove that I own the alleged debt, prove that I owe it to them, and that THEY (Midland) actually own the debt. Remember everything I just said because it comes into play in the second lawsuit. Anyway, after a few minutes of denying the judge turns to me and asks what I have to prove my case. What I presented to the court was my debt validation letter that I sent months ago and how it went for the most part unanswered. The judge asked a few questions to the rental lawyer, which the lawyer seemed to get confused by the questions and my presentation of my case. Rent-a-lawyer and I went round and round over my evidence and finally he got it. I was then put back on the stand and that’s when the lawyer tried to submit what I was sent in discovery from original attorneys into evidence. The judge turned to me and asked if I had seen the documents and I said, “Yes and I object to it on the grounds of hearsay”. The judge looked over the documents, which consisted of a bill of sale, affidavits, and some print outs of what was allegedly purchased with account in question. Then the judge turned to the lawyer and told him that based on what he has reviewed in the documents, he agrees that it’s all hearsay and will not admit the documents into evidence. The judge then started on the rent-a-lawyer by asking him questions on how he could even consider a judgment in the favor of the plaintiff based on their claims. And that’s when the lawyer thru his hands up in the air and said, “Fine, motion to dismiss the case without prejudice”. RED FLAG! That’s when I turned to the judge and requested the case be dismissed with prejudice. The judge made a few comments to the lawyer about how I’ve spent time and money over this case and that he was going to honor my request to dismiss with prejudice. Finally, this five month stressful experience was all over and I’ll never go through this again, right? So I thought. The Second Lawsuit Fast forward ten months from the end of the first lawsuit and I get served again by the same law firm and Midland, but for a different alleged account… on my birthday. I want to take a moment and talk a little about Midland. If they get their hands on a junk debt that they say you owe, I can almost guarantee they will come after you based on my experience. Midland, as many already know, is notorious for filing lawsuits. But from what I have seen from them in the court room, as long as you do your homework and show up in court, you will have the upper hand. Ok, let’s get to this second bogus lawsuit. The process was the same from the complaint/summons and discovery as the first lawsuit, but this time I didn’t need a lawyer to complete the discovery because I kept the one from the last lawsuit. So, the complaint and discovery were word for word copy for the most part so all I had to do is make a few changes to make it fit. Once all the paperwork was filed with the court and copies sent to the Midland’s lawyers, I sent a debt validation letter to the law firm. I figured what the hell, why not. It was the same format as the letter I sent in the first lawsuit and I got back the same garbage from the debt collector (law firm) as I did in the first lawsuit. The hearing date comes and goes and a trial date is set by the same judge as the first lawsuit, which was a good thing for me because I knew what to expect from the judge and how he worked. A week before the trial everything changed and I thought I was doomed. I was getting my mail and received an 8 ½ X 11 size envelope from the lawyer. Now I’m thinking, great, what now. What they sent me was a Notice of Exhibits and Witnesses for trial and a Notice of Intent to use 902(11) Evidence. Ok, let’s break this down. The exhibits and witness consisted of the same documents that I received in discovery except, one new document that was titled Book Records Affidavit or something like that and two female names and mine were listed as witnesses that may be called upon at trial. Up until I received all this new info, I was confident in my case, but all that went out the window and I felt like I did during the first lawsuit. Again, a day goes by and the panic turns to anger and strength to get my head on straight. First I realized that Midland was trying to scare me into believing that they were going to fly witnesses from out of state to testify against me. Financially for Midland it made no sense. Second, what the hell were these women going to testify to? Anyway, I prepared questions to ask them at trial and planned on objecting to anything they say on the grounds of Lacking Personal Knowledge and Hearsay. Now to the important part of the notices I received, Notice of Intent to use 902(11) Evidence. In my state this rule basically protects the plaintiff’s evidence from the hearsay rule based on the grounds that the documents were maintained accordingly by the party. I had a hard time with this one and I was going to take my chances at trial to get around the rule. On the day of the trial I was a wreck. But, I had to keep in mind that they still had to prove their case to the judge. Remember what I said back in the first lawsuit? It is the plaintiff’s job to prove that I own the alleged debt, prove that I owe it to them, and that THEY (Midland) actually own the debt. This is how I used the above statement for my defense: Midland Funding did not have a contract with my signature or agreement from the original creditor showing I owned the debt and they didn’t show how they calculated the amount and what was purchased with the alleged credit card. Midland Funding didn’t have a contract/agreement between me and Midland stating that I owe them anything. And most importantly, as I examined the bill of sale there was not one mention that Midland Funding, LLC actually purchased or owned the specific debt that they claimed I owed. NOT ONE WORD. All it stated is that Midland bought a POOL of charged-off accounts. Everything that I mentioned above is essential for JDB’s to prove their case and they don’t have such info, unless you give it to them by agreeing to pay them. Ok, now for how it all went down in court. I get there early like last time and wait in the court room eagerly watching the clock to strike 9 am. About five minutes till 9 a tall order man walks into the court room and asks if I am the defendant and I say yes. Then he goes on to say he’s the attorney representing Midland Funding, LLC and guess what? He’s a rent-a-lawyer! This lawyer like the last only received the case files the day before and he was alone. NO WITNESSES. The rental then asked if I’d be interested in settling and I said no thank you. The judge enters; we stand, and then sit. This time we each get to have an opening statement before I get called to the stand. So, in my head I know the lawyer is going to ask the “YES” questions and try to trip me up. Not going to happen. He starts off asking basic questions like what’s my full name and address. Then he started with questions on the alleged debt. After I honestly denied his questions, he started to introduce his evidence. The rental did this in a very drawn out way by introducing one document at a time and explaining why it should be admitted. As soon as he went to submit the first exhibit, I OBJECTED on grounds of hearsay. Remember the Notice of Intent to use 902(11) Evidence, well it was used and it worked for the rental. Every document he submitted for evidence was accepted by the judge based on the 902(11) evidence rule and the hearsay rule was useless. So now that Mr. Rental had all of his exhibits entered into evidence, I was given the opportunity to make my case. I knew I had to push hard and really focus on the statements that I outlined earlier for my defense. When it came my turn to present my case I started with the easy approach. I went with the debt validation letter I sent to the law firm. I made the case to the judge that I had sent the letter and it was ignored for the most part and they failed to send me what I requested in the letter. I also made the case that what was sent to me could have been created by anyone with a computer that had Microsoft Word. The judge agreed. The letter came back into play, but I’ll touch on that in a few. At this point, the rental didn’t object to anything I was saying and the validation letter was admitted into evidence. Next, I started on all the documents that were admitted against me and that weren’t. First, where’s the contract with my signature stating I entered into with the original creditor? Judge, “Counsel do you have that document?” The rental states, NO. Then I move onto the bill of sale. I bring to the judge’s attention that there’s not one word in the bill of sale that states that Midland had actually purchased the specific alleged debt that they are claiming they own. The only words that state that Midland bought anything were POOL of charged-off accounts. No specific indication that Midland actual owns the specific debt that they are trying to sue me for. This unleashed a hail storm of questions from the judge to the rental, all of which the rental had NO answer or proof of. With that being said, I attacked with, where is the contract that states I entered into an agreement with Midland to pay them? Again, the judge rips into the rental with more questions. Judge, “Counsel, I don’t see an agreement in which the defendant and the plaintiff entered into a creditor/consumer contract, do you have one?” The rental sits for a second and then replies, “No”. After that the judge started recapping everything I pointed out and lectured the rental on how can a suit be brought forward if there isn’t enough evidence to prove their case. Now we get to what sealed the deal, if not already. While the judge was lecturing the rental he noticed something on one of the documents that was submitted into evidence by the rental. It was a credit card statement. The statement had three different dates on it and one of those dates I didn’t notice and over looked. One date was a date referencing being a member since whatever year, the next was a due date which was two years after the member date, and the last, the one I over looked had a date that went back SIX years before the “member since” date and showed interest charges. What a minute! How could interest charges be on a statement SIX years before being a member? RED FLAG! The judge then stated that the date of the interest charges date back to being thirteen years old, which puts the alleged debt eight years past my states statute of limitations. So not only does Midland have nothing document wise to prove anything, now they lack legal standing to even bring suit because one can now make the case that the statute of limitations has well come and gone. I really wish I had noticed the dates when I received the complaint/summons and had the case dismissed with prejudice at the hearing. Oh well. After piling my defense on the court and the rental, the rental puts me back on the stand for a last ditch effort to question me. He asked a few basic questions and at that point the questions he was asking I could only speculate on and that’s all I said. The rental said no further questions and I stepped down from the stand. The judge then asks to hear our closing statements. Mr. Rental’s closing statement was him just asking for damages to be rewarded to the plaintiff based on that they FEEL I owe the debt. You have got to be kidding. My turn comes and I summarize everything that I have mentioned and requested the case be dismissed with prejudice. The judge then makes a few remarks and then dismisses the case with prejudice based on the evidence provided in his court room. I hope someone can learn from my experience and win as well. Remember, they have nothing. All they will try and do is scare you. Even if the hearsay rule can’t be used, it doesn’t mean you can’t win. They still have to prove everything I outlined earlier. Stay strong and don’t give up. Good luck!
  4. 1. Who is the named plaintiff in the suit? Velocity Investments, LLC 2. What is the name of the law firm handling the suit? (should be listed at the top of the complaint.) Gurstel Law Firm, P.C. 3. How much are you being sued for? ~$17k 4. Who is the original creditor? (if not the Plaintiff) Prosper 5. How do you know you are being sued? (You were served, right?) Informed by my mother that service had been attempted on their house and left on the porch. 6. How were you served? (Mail, In person, Notice on door) Service was in-person, rejected, and left on the porch. 7. Was the service legal as required by your state? Probably not. The summons was served at my father's house (who shares a similar name, but with whom I do not reside), and was not accepted by anyone in the house. They left the summons on the porch which included details about the debt, with people who were probably not legally allowed to have the information about my debt revealed to them by the plaintiff. I have recently moved to the same county as my father (was out of state before that) and I'm assuming they merely mixed up our identities, but that's where I'm uncertain as to whether or not the service was legal (or even if that matters beyond an FDCA complaint or two if needed). 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? I had never heard of Gurstel Law Firm or Velocity Investments prior to seeing the summons. 9. What state and county do you live in? Utah, Washington County 10. When is the last time you paid on this account? (looking to establish if you are outside of the statute of limitations) Nowhere near outside the statute of limitations. Payment was last made on this account in June of 2017. 11. When did you open the account (looking to establish what card agreement may be applicable)? This was an unsecured loan that was opened in August of 2014. 12. What is the SOL on the debt? To find out: 6 years as per current residence in Utah given it is a written contract. Statute of Limitations on Debts 13. What is the status of your case? Suit served? Motions filed? You can find this by a) calling the court or b) looking it up online (many states have this information posted - when you find the online court site, search by case number or your name). Unfortunately I couldn't get much out of the clerk. I know that a claim has been filed as I was provided a case number. 14. Have you disputed the debt with the credit bureaus (both the original creditor and the collection agency?) This debt was, "Charged off as bad debt" in June 2017 and also shows, "Purchased by another lender." As of yet there are no collections reported to my TransUnion credit report. 15. Did you request debt validation before the suit was filed? Note: if you haven't sent a debt validation request before being sued, it likely won't help create FDCPA violations, but disputing after being sued could be useful to show the court that you dispute the debt ('account stated' vs. 'breach of contract'). I did not send a debt validation letter as my first contact with the plaintiff was the summons. 16. 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? I have about a week to file my answer to the complaint. It should be noted that my father has already sent a letter disputing this debt as the summons was served at his house using his name as well (our names are very similar, but legally not the same). There are 6 claims made in the complaint (summarized): 1. That the plaintiff is the owner of multiple Prosper Funding, LLC accounts, including my account. 2. That I obtained credit from Prosper in August 2014 3. That I am a resident of Washington County, Utah, or signed the below-described transaction in said county (probably unimportant, but the contract was signed in Maryland) 4. That plaintiff's predecessor loaned me funds that I agreed to repay according to set terms and conditions in a written agreement. 5. That I have breached said written agreement which has defaulted, for $X amount 6. That plaintiff has been assigned all rights to the contract in question. Unsurprisingly, the plaintiff is seeking award of the full sum claimed owed, their costs of Court, and other / further relief as the Court deems proper. Here is an example of what the summons/complaint may look like: Sued by a Debt Collector - Learn How to Fight Debt Lawsuits 17. What evidence did they send with the summons? An affidavit? Statements from the OC? Contract? List anything else they attached as exhibits. No evidence, exhibits, attachments, etc. were included in the summons. Only the complaint. 18. How did you find out about this site? Google search while trying to research the law firm representing the plaintiff and potential attorneys that could help. 18. Read these two links: ✓ Using Arbitration To Defend A Debt Collection Lawsuit ✓ Sued by a Debt Collector - Learn How to Fight Debt Lawsuits I've spent almost all night on reading through the posts on this forum once I realized the attorney options I found wouldn't actually save me anything (one attorney would have settled it for about $4k less than owed, but they were going to charge $4k in fees when it was all said and done 😂). I think there is a *very* strong case for arbitration to be compelled, but I wanted to ensure there weren't other defenses I should try to utilize first. I don't mind this going to arbitration if that is the best chance at a favorable outcome, but I wanted to check with more seasoned veterans to try and double-check that approach first. At the end of the day I honestly don't mind a settlement agreement / repayment plan if needed. My main goals are to try to get this out of court, avoid garnishment, and keep my credit report as clean as I possibly can so that I can take out a VA mortgage again in a few years. TL;DR backstory is that I had a very nasty year+ long divorce/separation that has drained any and all financial resources and resulted in a foreclosed house back in August. I'm looking at a minimum of two years from August before I can get another home loan, but that is considerably faster than having to file a Chapter 13 bankruptcy (5-6 years faster). Ultimately I want to keep my credit report clean of collection attempts if at all possible, and I'd be willing to enter a settlement and pay-off plan for this debt if that can happen. I'm not in a place currently to be able to afford an attorney as I'm still paying thousands to my divorce lawyer as quickly as I can, but I can probably budget a decent amount each month towards repayments. However, if those who are more knowledgeable than I think there's a chance I can get this case discharged or dropped somehow by compelling arbitration I am more than willing to see that threat through to the very end and make them spend as much as necessary to get anything out of me. Here are the most relevant phrases regarding arbitration from my copy of the contract from 2014: My question is mainly regarding the administrator and arbitrator fees up to $1,000. If I can compel this to arbitration, do I get slammed with fees beyond that? The verbiage after that seems to protect me from their fees, but I can't quite interpret this part clearly. Thank you to everyone who takes the time to read this and offer any insight, ideas, or suggestions to help me leverage and jockey for the best position possible regarding this debt. I've been able to pay off and/or settle all other debts that I have and am current on the few other debts that remain. This one is the one final debt I need to figure out how to handle and I'm honestly no sure how to approach it. Sincerely, Shadow Fighter
  5. Hello, I came across this site and figured I would see if I could get a little advice. I'm going to court to fight Midland Funding after receiving an Affidavit from a law firm on behalf of them. I know this is VERY common and probably has been asked a lot. They are representing Midland on behalf of my debt to Sync/Paypal that was charged off in 2015. It's for $3,100.49. I don't "recall" owing this, but let's say I did owe SyncBank/Paypal that at the time it was charged off, I still want to fight them if they are lacking evidence and get it thrown out. Before I proceed further, I want to see if anyone is actually on this forum today to help out and what info do you need to know. I called Barnette Law offices and left a voicemail.
  6. HELPPPP!!! okay, ill try to keep this short and detailed! Accident occurred 2 years ago. Insurance adjuster insists I am the 100% responsible party. I disagree. I had several conversations with the insurance adjuster and got her to "reduce the total cost by 15% for possible lack of attention and possible speed being a factor for the other driver". After I got her to admit that much, I knew I had to stick to my guns and not agree to take 100% responsibility. Fast forward to not being able to afford a lawyer (I have 3 small kids, 2 working parents, cost of living is through the roof in NH there was very little wiggle room in our budget) and not being able to find anyone willing to accept pro-bono once hearing the details, I was left to fend for myself. Now here we are 2 years later and I have finally received notice that the lawyer representing the original insurance company has filed in small claims court HERE IS THE KICKER! the paperwork I received states I owe $92,226.75 + filing fees of $145.00 bringing the total to $92,371.75?!?!?!? WHAT IN THE %^#%#$ the original amount back in 2016 was a little over $10,000 After speaking with a representative at the law firm, she confirmed it was in fact a typo. The actual amount should say $9,226.75 HERE IS THE QUESTION! Can I get this whole thing dropped because of this typo???? Small claims court is only supposed to accept charges up to $10,000...... what can I do?!?!?! any help appreciated! TIA
  7. Summons letter was served to my home last week. I wasn’t home so they left it with my mother. It appears that was from a law firm on behalf of Discover bank. The amount owed is a little over $3,000. I am currently unemployed and I have no assets. I rent an apartment and my car is leased. I am in no position to pay a settlement so I would like to figure out a method to either have this dismissed or possibly delayed for as long as possible. My last payment on this account was March 2017 and the account was charged off December 2017. I’ve attached the papers that were given to my mother on 5/8/18 and I believe I have 20 days to answer. Any help on how I answer this summons?? Do I have any ground to stand on? Can I request them to prove anything? Ive noticed it says something about Dated: 2/22/18 but I’m not sure what that’s referring to. Any help is greatly appreciated.
  8. Hi everyone. Long story short, I am completely lost. I have no idea what to do and can't afford to pay Amex anymore. I was young and got into a lot of trouble financially and ended up using their card a lot more than i should have. I have tried to pay it off over time but the interest makes it impossible to pay off any portion of the actual debt . I was advised to not pay them anything anymore and hope that they move the debt to a collection agency where I could dispute it. That never happened. I received word that Amex filed a summons against me. The summons went unserved because I moved to a different state but I am terrified that they are suing me and have absolutely no idea what to do. I verified this online in the Broward County clerk of courts. I currently have a waitressing job but I’m not making enough money to even pay my bills let alone pay Amex. I’m losing sleep and have lost weight as a result of the stress. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
  9. I just got back form court and I got what I wanted. I was being sued by Discover, they used the firm blitt and gaines pc. I showed up early, prepared, and wore a suit. The only thing I had to say to the judge was "yes". the plaintiff's lawyer just motioned a stay or continuation(?). I had requested card agreements that they did not provide. Because of that she didn't try to get a judgment. I was planning to motion to compel arbitration but it didn't even come up. They wanted $3700. I made a initial settlement offer of $1400. The lawyer said she would try to convince "them" to that offer. So I big win in my book. my only question was she told the judge that I had made a settlement offer, then the judge asked me if that was true. What is the best way to handle that question? Thanks to Everyone one this board who gave advice. @Clydesmom @BV80 @BackFromTheDebt @Brotherskeeper @Goody_Ouchless
  10. Hi All, So I just found out that I have a default judgment (was never served) for a debt I've already paid about 7 years ago. At this point, I'd like to quickest and easiest way to proceed as I have proof that I've already paid my debt through a collection agency (thank God). What I'd really like to do is avoid having to take off from work and going to court. With that being said should I? A. Contact the creditor in writing with the proof of my paid debt? B. Go to court to formally vacate the judgment and fight it? Thanks in advance!
  11. Hi everyone! I was served with a Civil summons for a flex loan I defaulted on from Advanced Financial in TN. Can anyone tell me what to expect? I've never been to court in my life. I stopped paying because I don't have the money, and won't have the money now either, although I would have it at tax returns around May. Will these people work with you? Let you do a payment plan or a later due date? I'm 90% sure that I don't have any disposable income, if I do it's not much, so they wouldnt be able to garnish my wages much, if at all. The only thing of value I own is my 2005 Ford. Will they try to take my car if I can't pay right then? I thought I had more time before my court date, but it's this Tuesday. (Yay for procrastination!) I tried to call their debt collections lawyers office Friday, but did not receive a call back. Sorry if I've posted this in the wrong forum. Just really trying to get some advice before I go in Tuesday morning. Thank you.
  12. I want to offer my advice, because I finally got Calvary Portfolio removed and did not pay them one dime. I hope this helps someone. I just want to start by saying that it takes only a little patience and a little hard work, also I paid a small fee to my attorney, but I am gone. First things first. I got the letter that they were suing me and Calvary is known for spewing a lot of lies. They claimed to have tried to contact me. They never did. In their original court document, they claimed to have tried contacting me by phone and snail mail. I never received either, but I had to go to court to settle the debt. My advice to you is if you receive this letter, definitely go, because when I showed up in court, Calvary failed to and I was able to have the judge dismiss my case with prejudice meaning that they are not allowed to sue me again. At first, I thought that they wasted my time by not showing up, but since they were a no-show in court, they lost their chance to ever sue me again. By dismissing the case with prejudice, you tell the judge to dismiss the case and the plaintiff loses all rights to sue you ever again. Strike 1, Calvary! Now, I, like everyone else, had to wait out my statute of limitations. I was in New York and the SOL is 7 years. However, Calvary lied to the credit bureaus with false information. My last credit card payment was 2010 and this year, I made the statute of limitations, but Calvary told the credit bureaus that my case was opened in 2013 and that would mean that I had to keep them on my credit report till 2020, when in fact, the truth was that I only need to keep them on till 2017. Calvary kept updating my case every year and the credit bureaus had me on since 2016 which would get me off in 2023. That was wrong. If you find yourself in this situation, you can easily prove this by getting your last paid credit card statement. Mine was 2010 and as mentioned, I only needed ti keep Calvary on till this year. Strike 2, Calvary! Now, to get them off my credit record, my attorney only charged me $200 to send the bureaus a letter and to remind them about my statute of limitations. BOOM, OFF my credit record. Calvary is gone! That's strike 3 for you, Calvary. Now, if you feel that you cannot afford an attorney, keep in mind that most attorneys will not charge much, because they already have the letter written. It is only little work for them to put your personal information on it and it takes them maybe half hour. Whatever an attorney charges, it is worth it to make your credit record healthy again. It is really that simple and not difficult as one may think. In a nutshell 1. Show up in court and if Calvary fails, have the judge dismiss your case with prejudice. 2. Once your SOL has past, make sure you keep your latest paid credit card statement and have an attorney cheaply send a demand letter to the credit bureaus. It is that easy.
  13. I WON TODAYYYY!!!! MIDLAND FUNDING filed a lawsuit against me in Lancaster County Pennsylvania claiming that I owed a debt to an old credit card company. They had a lawyer out of Philadelphia Pennsylvania file against me in my local Magistrate Office. I was in the middle of moving when the first notification came through and missed the court date. Thank God the judge did a little research on Midland funding and decided to extend the date requiring Midland to prove that they own the debt and to prove how they got to the amount of that debt and to prove they have the right to have the debt. I think he called it 319b a local Magistrate ruling they can use. So when the new date came up I showed up for trial. I WAS SO SCARED!!! I ALMOST DIDN'T GO!! When I came across this website I began to gain confidence and decided to fight back. Midland funding LLC chose and attorney in Philadelphia to send me a letter that only showed the amount the last 4 digits of the credit card number and my name. They filed that letter with the local magistrate and I received a certified letter saying that I was being sued. I began to read about who Midland funding was because I did not know anything about them and I learned that they were buying debt by the thousands for only Pennies on the dollar and it made me even more angry. I put together a document "answer to the complaint" and a "request for documents", hoping Midland would have to prove their case. When I arrived there I was upset but ready to battle. They sent me into the Courtroom. I stood up as the Judge walked into the room. He said Thank you and allowed me to sit. He said, I did my research on Midland Funding and found they are a debt buyer and for pennies on the dollar. He said, Do you see Midland Funding or its Reps in the room? I stood up and said, no your Honor. He said, well do you have anything to say to the court today regarding your case? I stood up and said, I have prepared an answer to file with the court and he interrupted and said " well that's the beauty of your local court and answer is not required" He said AS HE LOOKED AT THE EMPTY PLAINTIFF SEATS WHERE MIDLAND WAS TO BE, " do you have any requests of the court today considering Midland funding is not present? And he kept saying that and then I got what he was saying and I said "um your Honor, I would like the CASE DISMISSED?" In a questioning voice. The Judge said CASE DISMISSED, DEFAULT JUDGEMENT ENTERED FOR THE DEFENDANT He reminded me they have 30 days to Appeal and good luck!!! YEAH, SO PLEASE SHOW UP NO MATTER WHAT!!! NO MATTER WHAT!!! TRY NO MATTER WHAT!!! #HappygirlinLancasterCounty
  14. Hi everyone, Today I filed my answer and response to LVNV Funding LLC after they sent a summons to me via sheriff for an alleged debt of nearly 5K. What i noticed was that I never received an initial communication with them until I got this summons period. Secondly I've disputed this account on my credit report before and the original creditor listed it as disputed and never further pursued any action and they never verified it. Looking at my most current I pulled that account and creditor isn't even listed and from my credit reports from as far back as 2010 it showed the account as being disputed. The collection agency also isn't listed on my credit report. So I have a few questions to make sure I got everything covered: 1. Can they collect on a debt that was removed and never was reported again by the original creditor? 2. If I never received any information before getting a summons aren't they in violation of the FDCPA? 3. Since reporting a debt is considered collection activity is LVNV trying to circumvent the law by sending the summons hoping to get a default judgement because they nor the original creditor which I've disputed isn't reporting the debt? 4. I used Lexington Law and I still have the emails showing the original creditor removing the debt, can I just print this also as evidence especially with them being the company sent emails? Once again this account isn't present on my credit report and help is greatly appreciated. Thanks!
  15. Hi. I have to go to court next week to defend myself against a Motion for Summary Judgement from Midland Funding. I have never been to court and do not know what to expect. Following is link to the Complaint, my Answer, Plaintiff's Motion for Summary Judgement and my Objection to Motion and Request for Documents. Also please see my responses to common questions below. Thank you in advance for any advice you might offer. *******EDIT - If you can't open files below see other link in my next post below ************ Complaint: https://www.evernote.com/shard/s447/res/9d65396d-9099-4f47-9436-1b3c79784d0b My Answer to Complaint: https://www.evernote.com/shard/s447/res/41cff245-a48c-4b0c-b1ae-0c2c479497d7 Plaintiff’s Motion for Summary Judgement: https://www.evernote.com/shard/s447/res/4ea10ea3-a221-4f66-99bb-f4ff5f7e9010 My Objection to Motion: https://www.evernote.com/shard/s447/res/3d47dcdc-fe54-421f-9ab7-54ee5fd7cf9f My Request for Documents: https://www.evernote.com/shard/s447/res/82843a43-805b-4e74-8b54-355e4c1bdd4f 1. Who is the named plaintiff in the suit? Midland Funding 2. What is the name of the law firm handling the suit? (should be listed at the top of the complaint.) Lustig, Glasser & Wilson from Massachusetts 3. How much are you being sued for? $1527 (about $315 of that is fees tacked at charge off) 4. Who is the original creditor? (if not the Plaintiff) GE Capital Retail Bank (TJ Maxx credit card) who then sold to Synchrony Bank 5. How do you know you are being sued? (You were served, right?) Yes, served - see below- 6. How were you served? (Mail, In person, Notice on door) Husband answered door and was given papers while I was upstairs 7. Was the service legal as required by your state? I believe so, 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 with me but my 11 year old son may have answered a call from them once 9. What state and county do you live in? RI 10. When is the last time you paid on this account? (looking to establish if you are outside of the statute of limitations) Never did. Called in TJ Maxx in December just around Christmas to pay bill but I was told I could not as it had just been charged off. 11. What is the SOL on the debt? To find out: 10 years in RI Statute of Limitations on Debts 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). Served and I answered complaint. Midland immediately sent Motion for Summary Judgement. I filed an Objection to Motion for SJ and I requested Documents. Hearing for Motion is next week, 9/22/16. 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? No Questionnaire. Re: Midland’s claims, please see the link to Complaint below as there are 18 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. Affidavit 1: “Legal Specialist” with access to records for Midland Credit Management Affidavit 2: “Affidavit Documentation Specialist” of Synchrony Bank Bill of Sale Seller Data Sheet A last document that looks like a TJ Maxx bill with total amount charged off
  16. http://www.fox26houston.com/news/local-news/92232732-story
  17. So two years ago I took my son from ny state and left for Florida after my husband threatened my life for custody. That was in 2013. The days ago. Feb 2016, I found out that in Feb of 2014 he was awarded sole custody of my son. Now, I was never served, informed, or contacted by him or any law official ( including a proper sapena to court) about this matter. Due to my absence of this unknown affair he was awarded custody. Now we are still married and I found out that he served papers to his mother's house ( my last known residence to him) and the papers were received by either his mother or sister, yet I was still not informed. Now...Feb 2016 ( found out by legal aid that was trying to help me gain a divorce due to abuse) he has filed violation of custody/visitation rights. Yet again, that had no knowledge of to begin with. Upon calling new York attorney, I was told to request a traverse hearing.... One I'm unsure how to that. Two I'm in need of more advice on how to present abuse to the courts since I'll be going through the courts by phone.
  18. I live in GA and am being sued by my homeowner's association for unpaid dues in the amount of $3800 which includes court costs, interest and legal fees. I was laid off for 3 1/2 years which caused me to get behind. My court date is at the end of this month. I actually owe $2958 and am willing to try to work out arrangements to pay the $2958 before the court date to avoid going to court. I was wondering if I should contact the attorney's office and offer to make a payment (I could give them at least $1500 now) and see if they'd be willing to settle the debt for the $2958 (I could give them the rest over the next 30 days), what exactly should I say when I call, and if they agree, what should I have them provide me with to show that we worked out a settlement arrangement, and when I make my last payment what I should have them submit to me or any other parties to show that I paid the debt?
  19. Good Evening everyone! I am new here, have read some of the threads and plan to be here for a good while just to educate myself if nothing else. I received paperwork in the mail today noting my Bank in the upper left hand corner with Capital One Bank vs. Myself. The Collection Agency(WWR) sent the original Subpoena for the Production of Documents to My Bank. The Date for court is Dec 30, 2015. My question is, I know this is for my bank and maybe a lawyer for the bank will be there to represent and submit all information regarding bank account but what should I be doing? I owe them $2531.00. If they would like, my bank has an option of emailing the documents instead. I am not sure of this whole process. I had been making payments for a while until a lost my job then I did not inform them, just felt I would pay when I got a new job. Can you tell me what I should be doing at this point? Is this a long process where I have time to pay it? Even worse, will this go on my credit report??? I am worried since I have been working on it for some time now. Please help, all responses appreciated.
  20. I've been reading the forums but didn't find anything specific to my state on getting judgements vacated or how to do it. We just went to refi our house and found out there is a judgement on my husbands Transunion report of a judgement from Capital one from 2010. This is from WA state. We finally found the judgement on the court page and there is a filing date of 1/26/2010 and a judgement on stipulation on the same date. On 2/26/2010 there is another filing that says ORDER RE: SUPPLEMENTAL PROCEEDINGS JDG0001 and at the end where the fee amount would be they have 04-12-2010MO. On the next line says 04-12-2010 CANCELLED: PLAINTIFF/PROS REQUESTED Cancelled: Plaintiff/pros Requested 3/07/2013 looks like they put in for a garnishment from our credit union then there was an answer to the writ and on 5/012013 it just says Release. Does anyone know what any of this means. Is this debt released and Transunion won't let it go? Do I need to file a motion or is it too late? In Oct 2009 we moved to Denver and had renters in our home for a few months and were never served any papers. Can we do anything at this point or are we stuck owing this to get it off the report? Thanks so much for your help
  21. Back in 2013 I had successfully defeated BoA and FIA card services in court over an alleged credit card debt that was and isn't mine. These guys will not correct my credit report even after their lawyers stated they would in their stipulation of discontinuance of their suit against me after I won the case. Now I feel like I have no choice but to sue them in district court. I'm not entirely positive whether I should file a civil claim or a small claim against them for violations of the FCRA/FDCPA... So any advice I could get would be completely appreciated. I have defended myself in court before pro se, so I'm comfortable with the process. I just want to know what would be the best way of building my case and having BoA removing their erroneous account information off my credit report for good.
  22. 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?
  23. Hello everyone, First off, I'd like to say thank you to the magic of the internet, but also this site in particular. I'm a long-time lurker, and this is my first post. I was brought to court by Velocity Investments, LLC for old, junk, credit card debt. I believe I made some good decisions as well as some bad decisions along the way, and I'd like to share my story here. I found a lot of other people's stories helpful to me in my case, so I feel I should return the favor and write a very detailed account of my case. If I feel I have helped even one person, I'd have done my job here. I appreciated all of the help these forums gave me in preparation to my case. So, In February of 2014 I was mailed a summons to appear in court in June. The Plaintiff was Velocity Investments, LLC, being represented by a somewhat local law firm who is located closer to Boston than central Massachusetts (where I live). I had never heard of Velocity Investments, LLC. If they had tried to contact me, they had failed. I also am in the habit of never picking up my phone if I am unfamiliar with the phone number. If they had spoken to me on the phone though, I would have never admitted that I owed them anything. The one regret I have pre-summons is that I never sent them a debt validation letter. If I had been contacted by them via mail, or through a voicemail, before the summons was delivered to me, perhaps this would never had to have gone to court. A couple of wonky things I noticed about Massachusetts Small Claims courts...The summons does not have to be delivered by Certified Mail. If you've moved around and the debt in question is old, they are probably sending you a summons to your old address. Thankfully I still reside at the same place and I did receive the summons. In Massachusetts, I also noticed that the instructions for filing an answer might as well be hidden in one of those Magic Eye hologram books. The front of the summons simply stated who was suing me, and when my court date was. It did NOT allude to anything about sending in an answer on the front of the document. There were no attached files from the Plaintiff. the only thing in the Claims section was a small typed paragraph showing the last 4 digits of an account number, an amount of $6,621 being owed, and a date sometime in 2010 as being the date of last payment received. Immediately I took to the internet for advice. This is how I learned that I had to submit an answer. On the back of the summons, a few paragraphs down, in tiny type, were the instructions on how to submit an answer to both the court and the Plaintiff's attorney. I did type up an answer to the summons as follows: "I, the Defendant in the above referred-to Small Claims Action, understand that in this answer, I must state fully and specifically what facts set out in the Plaintiff's Statement of Claim I deny, and what facts I admit, and I do so as follows: I deny each of the Plaintiff's allegations int he claim. Affirmative Defenses: I do not owe this debt, I dispute the amount claimed to be owed, I have not entered into a contract with the Plaintiff, I have not received adequate documentation to show that the Plaintiff has standing." I sent one to the court and one to the lawfirm of the Plaintiff via Certified Mail. Shortly thereafter, I received a letter from the law firm offering to settle for a lesser amount. I laughed and ripped it into pieces and threw it away. So, here comes the hearing, which was exceptionally unconventional. It's a small, rinky-dink court house in my home town, but I saw about 20 other people who I assumed were here for the same thing. The odd part, I thought, was that I only picked out 3 or 4 people who looked like lawyers. I thought, "Good! Maybe they didn't bother to show!" The small claims defendants and plaintiffs were called into the courtroom together. The magistrate presiding over the hearings started calling out names on a list to account for attendance. It's true. A LOT of people didn't even show. Each time a name was called, and the defendant was not in court, you would hear the magistrate say "default judgment for the Plaintiff." as if he has said this same thing over and over again thousands of times. I was paying attention to everything and I was starting to get very confused and upset. Those 3-4 lawyers up front seemed to be representing ALL of the Plaintiffs from all of the cases. how could this small handful of lawyers be representing all of the different companies who were suing people today? It didn't make any sense and I was starting to get really angry, quite frankly. If I have to show up or else face a default judment against me, it doesn't seem fair that the Plaintiff and the specific team of lawyers they hired don't have to be there. Instead this handful of lawyers were just picking up the cases. How does that make sense? I was fuming! After attendance was recorded and default judgments were placed against all of the no-show defendants, the magistrate called into a recess, and said that we could "have our discussions outside" and then come back in. We left the courtroom and the lawyers scattered to talk to people about payment plans. I noticed one lawyer in particular who had a very large file binder. This poor dude was trying to settle and have talks with just about all of the defendants one by one. Yeah, I actually did feel bad for him. He was running around like a chicken, and with no real private place to talk a midst all of his paperwork, he was taking people over to a small hallway and using the top of a garbage can as a work desk. That stinks for him. (No pun intended) Eventually, 20 minutes later he called my name. I went over to his dumpster desk and introduced myself. I also asked him..."What's the deal with Kream and Kream? (the Plaintiff's lawyer team) Did they just up and decide to not show up today?" He gave a nervous laugh and just said "Well, I am the Plaintiff today." No further explanation. At this point, with my suspicions verified that neither the Plaintiff, nor the lawers representing them on my paperwork were present, I was very, very upset. The lawyer pulled out a file folder on my case that seemed quite large. He asked me questions concerning a Citibank Sears card and asked me if this was the debt I was being sued for. I said "Well, supposedly. That's what it says on my summons. But I don't owe this money, so, I'm sorry, but, I'm not going to pay a debt that is not mine." He recited a date of last payment with the amount paid, along with the remaining amount due. He told me I still owed the amount due to the new company who owns the debt. I told him that I had previously paid off this debt in full, and that, even though I am sorry to make his job a little harder today, that I will of course not pay a debt that has already been paid off in full. He then asked if I had any paperwork that showed that I paid the debt off, as he pulled out a copy of the last statement that was on file from 2010. I'll admit, at this point I started feeling a little scared. He had a file folder full of papers on this. My file folder only contained two things; a copy of my Small Claims answer, and my actual summons. I had nothing else with me and no proof at all that the original debt was actually paid. I told him that I do not have any proof on me, but that the debt had been paid through Sears' collections dept years ago and I had no record of it. He seemed frustrated for a second, but then polite and friendly and just said "Okay. We'll be taking this to the magistrate then. I do have a couple more people I need to speak with, but once that's over we'll go in for your hearing, okay?" Me and my boyfriend sat back down on a bench and waited for him to finish up with the rest of the defendants. I had a surge of thoughts and emotions running through me. Regret that all I had on me was court documents...but confusion on what else I could have brought with me. I had nothing to show for myself, and who knows what else was in that large stack of papers he had with him. Regret that i didn't ask for Discovery as the laws in my state had me confused about it so I just didn't bother. Anger at the fact that the Plaintiff and lawyer team representing them didn't even show. Mixed feelings about the lawyer who was going against me. He seemed friendly enough. He was polite and courteous as I had been with him. And I did feel bad that THIS was what he was doing today. I imagined that he hated his life. My thoughts towards him could be summed up by saying "You're a nice enough guy. Sorry this has been dumped on you. But I want to destroy you in the court room." I heard him talk to the magistrate in the hallway. He told him that everyone was being taken care of, and that he had one hearing he was going to be bringing in. WHAT?! All of those other defendants made arrangements to pay. I was the only one fighting today. At this point, I felt incredibly unprepared, but also READY. It's a strange feeling. In the court room I stood by the answer I had given to the court. I desperately wanted to bring up the fact that technically, the plaintiff nor the lawyer's representing them were not here, and question the practice of this one lawyer picking up all of the cases in court today, but I was honestly unsure on how to properly address this issue in court. I stood by my answer that the plaintiff had no standing to sue me for this debt, that I had not received any AUTHENTICATED (yes, I emphasized that word) documents to show that I owe this debt, and that I owe it to them, and that i had previously paid this debt off. The magistrate asked me for documentation for the payoff. I told him I do not have it. The magistrate seemed frustrated by my audacity to come in with my proof of payment. I explained to him that the payment was made years ago, when I had a different bank account at a different bank. the debt in question had gone to Sears card collections, and as a last-ditch effort, they offered me a settlement about of $3,000, about half of the amount of the original debt. I paid them the money, and then didn't concern myself with it. I also told him that I tried to contact Sears collections and that they would not speak to me about it at all, saying that they do not have record of anything and they cannot help me. The magistrate then tried to explain to me that if the debt was sold, they would no longer HAVE record of it. That the debt was sold to X-company, who then sold it to X-company, who then sold it to the Plaintiff, who is suing me today. I acknowledged that I understood how debt can be bought from companies, but that they may have sold a debt that was actually paid for, and now Sears won't talk to me about it because it was sold and they no longer have record of it. The magistrate again seemed....frustrated. defeated by how fragmented and uneasy this case was. He explained to me that the Plaintiff did have a bill of sale. I expressed that the bill of sale is not authenticated nor an original document. The magistrate seemed disinterested in what I had to say. The lawyer seemed upset and stressed. He scoffed and started hurriedly going through his papers. He seemed defensive. At this point I began to think that I was going to lose. Period. The magistrate then asked the plaintiff (if you can call him that) how much of the amount owed was interest. The lawyer was scrambling through his paperwork some more and finally said "$300." The magistrate looked at him like he was nuts and said "That can't be right. Not with $6,000 owed. At such a high interest rate. How can that be right?" the lawyer repeated that the interest included in the amount due was listed as $300. The magistrate had his head in his hands. He was officially not having a good day at this point. "You can't tell me that the amount of interest in that debt is only $300. It's simply not right. There's something really not right with this." There was an uneasy silence. The magistrate then said "It's not my job to do this, but it looks like I am going to have to. I'm going to need to take some time to go over these numbers and figure this out. Because the amount of that debt that is interest you're telling me is not right and it cannot be right. It just doesn't make sense. And now I have to be the one to make sense of it." He looked at me and told me that I would receive the judgment in the mail within 5 days. And then it was all over. I left the courthouse feeling very confused and definitely feeling like things did not go my way. I was expecting to see a judgment in the mail in a few days that told me I owed $x amount of money and I would have to appeal the decision. I left upset that I was unable to put this behind me. Who has a hearing and then leaves not knowing the outcome? It didn't take 5 days. It took about a week and a half. All the judgment said was that the judgment was found in favor of the defendant, and the plaintiff had no right to appeal the decision. I am SO happy! Unfortunately, I have no way of knowing what exact details led to this decision, as I wasn't expecting this outcome at all after appearing in court. If I had to guess, the numbers didn't sit right with the magistrate. If he didn't trust the numbers, how can he even trust the entire case? He certainly didn't seem to care (or show that he cared) about original documentation. He was very dismissive of the things I was questioning. I certainly didn't play all of my cards the way I probably should have. I did some things right, and I did some things wrong. But I wasn't afraid to fight anyway. The biggest piece of advice I can give to anyone, although it seems small, is to bring someone with you. If I had been waiting in that courthouse hallway all alone, I may have not had all of the confidence that I did that day. Just simply having my boyfriend with me for moral support gave me comic relief while we sat around doing nothing while waiting for everything. If I was alone I would have been stressed and more worried. Having that one person there who is 100% behind you puts a whole new spring in your step. I was amazed at how unafraid I felt while discussing things with the lawyer and then again while addressing the magistrate. Even if you have one person who is behind you, waving a flag in support of you, it can add a whole new level of self confidence you didn't know you had. Good luck fellow debt-fighters. I wish you all the best of luck in your fight!
  24. I just wanted to come on the forum and thank everyone in this community for the great information. The information I learned from here helped me go up against Midland Funding in court and it was unremarkably amazing how easily they back off once you kick the legs out of their faux case. In my experience, they had no evidence to prove they owned an account from the OC. They had bought a portfolio of debt that must have been sold multiple times before it ended up with them. Their portfolio of an alleged debt I owed had CC statements, a bill of sale, cert of conformity, among other things. We go to court and at first they try to make you admit you're come kind of criminal and that you owe them big time, but in reality if you know the facts of the case and some civil procedure, they got nothing on you. I thought it was actually fun going up in front of the judge and seeing the plaintiff move for a dismissal. It was quite invigorating and empowering. Just remember, know your rights and always fight.
  25. Alright Ladies and Gents, the day has arrived....I suppose we should get down to business: ========== Background =========== I've been checking my local court site daily because I heard that Persolve were scumbags...NO SUMMONS DELIVERED but this popped up online within the last few days. I have had virtually no contact with them. I have hung up on them a few times. Main Questions: i) Do I take this on myself, or hire an attorney? ii) What is my first step based on the answer to i 1. Who is the named plaintiff in the suit? Persolve LLC / Account Resolution Associates 2. What is the name of the law firm handling the suit? (should be listed at the top of the complaint.) (from online court site) Attorney: Edit Alexandryan Persolve, LLC , 9301 Winnetka Avenue3. How much are you being sued for? 5k < ME < 10k 4. Who is the original creditor? (if not the Plaintiff) Wells Fargo Bank 5. How do you know you are being sued? (You were served, right?) Case showed up on county website....never served 6. How were you served? (Mail, In person, Notice on door) Wasnt...persolve are scumbags 7. Was the service legal as required by your state? Nope (unless i haven't got it yet, but shouldn't they serve before they file claim? 8. What was your correspondence (if any) with the people suing you before you think you were being sued? No contact. A few answered calls and i just hang up on them when they say who they are. 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) ~Middle 2010 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). Summons Filed (apparently, at least it says this online.) 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? Have no paper work, how do I find out? 16. What evidence did they send with the summons? An affidavit? Statements from the OC? Contract? List anything else they attached as exhibits. Have no idea. Either they never sent it, or I haven't received it yet, but it shows up online.