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  1. Portfolio Recovery Associates in Dallas Texas, suing on debt from WebBank (Dell Preferred Account). Suit is in Johnson County Precinct 2, and attny is from Rausch Sturm. Amount is for $2,430 for debt less than 3 years old. I was served yesterday 9.17.19 at 8:00 pm Suing for breach of contract seeking damages for full amount I forget what all else I need to do. I will attach copies of the suit, and my documents for review. This will include a copy of the debt agreement. Here's my plan, based upon my reading and research on this site: 1. Initiate a JAMS claim, and notify the Plaintiff of my election of an arbitration. I have attached copies of what I'm sending) This includes a cover letter, the demand for arbitration filled out, copies of the agreement, and a notification that the Plaintiff is responsible for all fees. The letter to the Plaintiff states arbitration, and I will include a copy of the the demand for arbitration. 2. When my certified letter is confirmed received, I will file my answer with the court (also attached) that contains both a motion to compel arbitration and a general denial of the points brought forward on the suit. This includes sending a certified copy of the answer and MTC to the Plaintiff and Attny. Once this is done I think I just sit back and wait for them to withdraw the suit? How do my documents look? I understand there's a chance they will allow this to continue, and in which event JAMS will require a complaint. I am building that as we speak, but I'm hoping that they don't make it that far. I don't see them spending what JAMS will cost to secure a $2,400 debt that they probably spent less than $200 on. ADDITIONALLY, I've seen several posts making an affidavit and exhibit of the original credit agreement. Is this a good idea? Should I include that in the MTC answer? Or is my citing of it in the answer enough? Thoughts, corrections, comments, concerns? thanks so much 20190918_130028.heic SuitAnswerPublishable.docx NoticeOfMTCPublishable.docx DPA_Terms_Conditions.pdf 20190918_130028.heic 20190918_130036.heic 20190918_130042.heic
  2. I tried my best to search threads with similar cases but the more I read the more overwhelmed I get. I have learned a lot and the arbitration route I should try and go, but I have a few questions of my own, as well as things I would like to confirm. I really don’t want to mess this up. I don’t know how different New Mexico laws are regarding this compared to the other cases I’ve read like from Texas and Georgia. 1. Who is the named plaintiff in the suit? Portfolio Recovery Associates LLC 2. What is the name of the law firm handling the suit? (should be listed at the top of the complaint.) Machol & Johannes LLLP 3. How much are you being sued for? $3,803.04 4. Who is the original creditor? (if not the Plaintiff): CITIBANK, N.A. 5. How do you know you are being sued? (You were served, right?) I was served. 6. How were you served? (Mail, In person, Notice on door): In person to my roommate. I was not home. 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? State of New Mexico. County of Socorro. 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 them my last payment was September 6, 2016. 11. When did you open the account (looking to establish what card agreement may be applicable)? 2015 12. What is the SOL on the debt? 4 years 13. 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). Suit Served. 14. Have you disputed the debt with the credit bureaus (both the original creditor and the collection agency?): No. 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'). No 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 30 days from the date I was served. According to the summons the date I am considered served is determined by Rule 1-004 NMRA. They gave this to my roommate on April 9, 2019 and I received it that evening. However, the summons is dated March 26, 2019. I did not receive a questionnaire. The only claim I see that they mention is "FIRST CLAIM OF RELIEF (Breach of Contract)" which says I entered an Agreement with CITIBANK, N.A., and they fulfilled it. On November 7, 2016 balance came due and/or charged off due to my failure to tender payment as agreed, the account was assigned and/or sold to PRA, and plaintiff demands judgement in the amount of $3,803.04 plus court costs and such further relief as the court deems proper. 17. What evidence did they send with the summons? An affidavit? Statements from the OC? Contract? List anything else they attached as exhibits. They included an affidavit, bill of sale and assignment, one statement from citi, and a card agreement. 18. How did you find out about this site? Google search. Regarding filing my written response, I couldn’t find anything on my court’s website about rules on how to answer a complaint. I did find an Answer to Complaint form on the site that I’m planning to fill out, but I don’t exactly know what I should agree and deny. I’ve read to deny everything and I’ve read to deny everything but your name; should I deny everything except the first statement that states my name, address, and last 2 digits of my ssn? It makes the most sense. Are there any consequences in me denying anything? They say the balance came due and/or the account was charged off on or around November 7, 2016. However, the bank statement they provide states that the payment due date is 12/03/16. Can banks charge off an account before the due date of that last statement? Is this something I should point out in my answer? Maybe in section 3 of the form “I am without sufficient information or knowledge…” or should I just include it with the rest of my denials? There’s a section on the Answer to Complaint form that says WHEREFORE, Defendant respectfully request that the Court: Dismiss the Complaint, or in the alternative; Set the matter for a hearing; ___________________________________________, and; Any other equitable relief that the Court deems appropriate. What am I supposed to fill out on C? Regarding filing my Answer and MTC, I’m reading that I should file a Motion to Compel Arbitration WITH my Answer. Is that still a wise choice? Is it ok for me to edit a form taken from the court’s website to add a “Affirmative Defense” section? Is there a sample of this section that I could reference? For the affidavit that needs to be filed along with my MTC, can I reference the card agreement that the lawsuit provided or would this go against my denying everything? I don’t believe I have the original card agreement anymore. Regarding arbitration, The summons says district court and not small claims court, so I should be able to file an arbitration, right? It says on the card agreement whoever files the arbitration pays. Does that still mean that the max I would have to pay is $250 and PRA still might have to pay $5,000? I apologize for any repetitive or similar questions and I really appreciate any help I receive. Thank you.
  3. Hello, I just found out from my mom that two different process servers have been to her house to serve me. I moved out about 3 months ago ( I have not done a change of address) so she tells them "No one by that name lives here". So I can only assume that may be the reason they do not leave the court papers at the door, and it may also be that she answers the door through the RING doorbell. I live in Little Rock, AR, so I was able to find the summons and complaints online. I found out that Midland and PRA are suing me for two credit cards I defaulted on when I was laid off my job. I just checked my credit report, and all it states is that it was "Charged Off" and not sold. The evidence that they submitted is a bunch of card statements with NO account numbers on them, and also some notarized document stating that, and i am paraphrasing "Someone who works for PRA is a record keeper, and is telling the truth that I OWE them this debt" So I am needing some advice on what to do, I do want to answer the lawsuit, but I am at a lose on what to do. Don't they have to prove that they really bought this debt? Oh also want to add that my sister is being sued by some lawyers who claim to represent Capital One. She also looked at her credit report and it states that it is charged off.
  4. Being sued by Portfolio Recovery Associates via Hunt & Henriques Law Firm here in Southern California. (Synchrony Bank est. $3500) Things have moved along quickly since initial filing just over a year ago. I am now 2 weeks away from trial. Answered summons and discovery. I sent my own request for discovery/ Request for Documents only a month ago. I'm sure there's plenty I could've done differently. Upside- I have 2 more of these things at early/ discovery stages. So, yay! I can use this experience to potentially help with the others. (Seriously, though. 🙄 ) Back to the matter at hand. I just had a Trial Readiness Conference (Civil) and frankly, I'm in the dark at this point. Session was quick, but I had some questions. Perhaps, I was waiting for the judge to bring them up/ ask about them? • When does the Settlement Conference take place? Because, I'd like to settle. I've sent an offer of 10% twice in writing/ fax. No response. • I'm still waiting for Plaintiff to respond to my Discovery/ Request for Documents. • Neither Plaintiff/ PRA or H&H have been showing up in court. The attorney representing them seems to be a third party lackey that handles numerous cases like this for many clients. I'd really like to know what that guy does and who he is. Shouldn't the Plaintiff/ Attorney be in court for all of this stuff? At the end of the session I was given an Advance Trial Review Order. What's that? Do I need to file it back with the court? I can see the Plaintiff already has. Thank you, #Fumbling in The Dark
  5. Hi All, The details of my suit is as follows: 1. Who is the named plaintiff in the suit? Portfolio Recovery Associates, LLC 2. What is the name of the law firm handling the suit? (should be listed at the top of the complaint.) Rausch, Sturm 3. How much are you being sued for? $3,XXX.XX 4. Who is the original creditor? Capital One 5. How do you know you are being sued? Papers served 6. How were you served? (Mail, in person, Notice on door) In 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? Phone calls, voicemails and mail from Portfolio Recovery Associates, but did not actually speak with anyone. 9. What state and county do you live in? Texas, Harris County 10. When is the last time you paid on this account? Not sure. Claimed to be September 2017 in Complaint. Sounds accurate. 11. What is the SOL on the debt? 4 years in Texas 12. What is the status of your case? Suit served? Motions filed? Suit Served, have not filed an answer yet 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? 14 days 16. What evidence did they send with the summons? None I have been reading a bunch on this website and will sending my initial response to the suit by the end of this week hopefully. I have taken the advise of @texasrocker on filing a general denial answer.
  6. Good Day All, After receiving mail from bankruptcy lawyers about a pending lawsuit I thought to Look Up Cases / Balances in my district. Lucky me own case number and register of actions. Never having been through this I want to be as proactive as possible. This suit will be within the SOL unfortunately. I am being sued by Portfolio Recovery Associates LLC (“PRA” [took forever to figure that abbreviation out]). The attorney listed is Michael J. Olcese. The ROA only lists a few things thus far: · Summ & Comp filed · Summ & Comp By Plantiff Issued · Filling Fee Pad · Check tendered ROA shows a date of 11/9 and as of 11/28 I still have not been served. When can I reasonably expect this to occur, and is there anything that I can do between now and being served? I found a thread with some outstanding content started by bmc100, “Those being sued in Michigan by a JDB, step by step in Defending” but 2012 was years ago. Combine this with the thread, “My experience losing in court (pretrial)” I am left with an unsettling feeling. I must protect my family’s assets to the best of my ability. Last thing I want is a debt from surviving college to set my household back. With that being said, outside of, https://www.bsdd.com/sitefiles/7887/new-guidelines-on-to-draft-the-answer-and-affirmative-defenses.pdf what information can I delve into to start preparing for this. What threads what case law, where do I start? My assumption is I will not have the luck that ‘not_me_ok’ had in obtaining an outright dismissal. In recent history, how often is success realized by the defendant in these cases? I have seen mention of arbitration. Are the courts so favorable to plaintiffs / hostile to defendants that this is the best course of action? My wife went through something like this in 2010 and simply said, “she had no knowledge of the debt” and the case was dismissed. Is it still as simple as saying this? Also I just found this section of the forum and at a quick glance there seems to be some great information that I am completely ignorant to. This will be resolved on the weekend. Also for those of you that made it to the end of this post, thank you for your time and attention. Any and all input is greatly appreciated. Sincerely, OD
  7. Hello, I am new to this forum and so glad I have found. I have been reading through the board but havent been able to go about filing my arbitration. I was served papers back in April for a court date of 8/3/2018. I decided to call the company and settle. I wish I didn't after finding about this information later. I have made one payment to Portfolio recovery for this account from Synchrony bank. Am I still able to file arbitration? When i check the court records online it says a copy of the judgement was sent to both parties but I never received it. How do I go about this. I also have another account with portfolio recovery services for synchrony bank/walmart. I haven't been served papers for this as yet. Can I go ahead and file arbitration for this? Also, how do I find a copy of the consumer agreement? I do not have any old statements. Is it possible to do so online. Any information would gladly be appreciated. Thank you
  8. Please if anyone can help me, I have searched in this forum quite a bit and I know there has been others with PRA on here, but I just don't understand any of the legal terms on what to do, they all seemed to have some knowledge on the matter and I'm entirely clueless, if anyone can help me... 1. Who is the named plaintiff in the suit? Portfolio Recovery Associates, LLC 2. What is the name of the law firm handling the suit? (should be listed at the top of the complaint.) Hunt & Henriques 3. How much are you being sued for? Less than $5,000 but more than $2,000 4. Who is the original creditor? (if not the Plaintiff) Synchrony Bank 5. How do you know you are being sued? (You were served, right?) My Mom was served 6. How were you served? (Mail, In person, Notice on door) My mom was served while I was out 7. Was the service legal as required by your state? I'm not sure 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, USA 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 paperwork, around the end of 2015 11. When did you open the account (looking to establish what card agreement may be applicable)? I don't remember 12. What is the SOL on the debt? To find out: 4 years 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 looking it up online (many states have this information posted - when you find the online court site, search by case number or your name). It says Open - Initial Filing, and at the end Improper/No Service 14. Have you disputed the debt with the credit bureaus (both the original creditor and the collection agency?) No 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'). No, Don't know what this is 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 30 days to respond, They are claiming two actions, the first cause of action is Account Stated saying that within the last four years, an account was stated in writing between myself and the plaintiff and on the account a balance of $****.** was stated to be due by plaintiff. Defendant expressly or impliedly agreed to pay that balance. They are claiming to have purchased the debt but have nothing to prove so. The Second Clause of Action is Open Book Account. 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. They have two exhibits of evidence, Exhibit A is supposedly the most recent billing statement from Synchrony Bank prior to charge off, and Exhibit B is another billing statement from Synchrony Bank showing the balance that PRA is asking for.
  9. Hi all, Thank god for this forum. I received a summons from Portfolio (via bike messenger at 9pm) on behalf of my fiance in Oregon. She's being sued by PRA for 1500 dollars that she owed to Citibank. It does appear on her credit, and has for some time. At this point, she has 30 days to respond or they get a default judgment, which seems to be their entire business model. Here's my problem: we have no idea how to respond. Do we need to fill out standard forms/paperwork? Do we need to draft our own letter and file it with the county clerk? Do we need to copy the listed PRA attorney on said letter or form? And despite Googling madly, I've only got the vaguest of ideas how to fight this. It seems like JAMS is an option, but I've heard that Oregon has strange arbitration laws, so I'm unclear on that. It also seems that PRA has to validate the debt in order to legitimately collect, and I'm also unclear as to how to go about forcing them to do this. I've been looking for attorneys in OR, but at the rates most of them are charging, it seems more worthwhile for her to set up a payment plan with PRA than to fight it. I'm at a loss, and trying to help her out as best I can. Any information or guidance would be greatly appreciated, and I thank you in advance for responding!
  10. So I've been doing some research into the PRA debt collection cases in my State and looking at the court records of events to possibly get some tips on how others are fighting them if they even contest it at all, which most don't. Well I really haven't found anything more helpful than what I've learned from the fine people of this site. But I did find out that last year PRA filed over 5,000 lawsuits statewide and as I'm typing this a single Attorney has over 900 open cases! I just think that's crazy! That should be illegal. Every case is filed electronically, signed electronically and in almost every case the Attorney never had to show up in court, even if they were required to, they would ask the court if they could appear via phone and were usually allowed to.
  11. Getting sued in Wisconsin by PRA for a Synchrony BP card and just when I thought I had my answer ready to go, I read on here not to include any affirmatve defenses. I've been reading everything I can on how to answer this complaint and most of what I have written has been copy and pasted. Hoping someone can take a look at it and let me know if I should add or delete anything.
  12. Background Moved out on my own about two years back. I had assumed all of my important mail was forwarded to my new address. To my shock, after a visit to my old residence, a member of my family hands me a packet of papers informing me that I'm being sued. This totally sucks... I'm lost and unsure of what steps I need to take to ensure I can resolve this. I've never been sued before so this a bit daunting to me. I have been reading a few forums on here and while it has been helpful I must say the information overload is very real and overwhelming. If anyone one has any advice on how I can proceed with putting this behind me my ears and mind are open. Additional Information 1. Who is the named plaintiff in the suit? - Portfolio Recovery Associates, LLC 2. What is the name of the law firm handling the suit? (should be listed at the top of the complaint.) - Cooling & Winters, LLC / Cooling and Winters LLC 3. How much are you being sued for? - $1,200 4. Who is the original creditor? (if not the Plaintiff) - Synchrony Bank / Amazon.com 5. How do you know you are being sued? (You were served, right?) - I received papers from a family member. 6. How were you served? (Mail, In person, Notice on door) - A family member was served and I received the papers from them. 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, as far as I know, I had no idea who they were until I did a little bit of googling (more information below) 9. What state and county do you live in? - Georgia, Habersham County 10. When is the last time you paid for this account? (looking to establish if you are outside of the statute of limitations) - 2012-2014 11. When did you open the account (looking to establish what card agreement may be applicable)? - 04/ 11 /2012 12. What is the SOL on the debt? - 6 years 13. 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). - I was unable to find my case online but it says Suit on Account on paper. I've attached scans of the papers I received below blanking out personal information. 14. Have you disputed the debt with the credit bureaus (both the original creditor and the collection agency?) - No I have not disputed the debt with the credit bureaus both the original and current collectors. 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 could be useful to show the court that you dispute the debt ('account stated' vs. 'breach of contract'). - No I have not requested debt validation. 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 was given 30 days to respond. I’m unsure if it’s from the 21st of March or the 23rd. I will include a scanned copy of the paperwork that I received but I’m going to assume the 21st since to be on the safe side. Also, there is an affidavit dated much earlier on the 9th of March would that actually be the deadline? If so I’m totally screwed… I am unsure if I received an interrogatory. What would that be? The “Charges” are: The Plaintiff says the defendant is indebted to the plaintiff as follows: Default on Account. That said claim is in the amount of: SEE ATTACHED COMPLAINT ( Complaint ) 17. What evidence did they send with the summons? An affidavit? Statements from the OC? Contract? List anything else they attached as exhibits. - The Evidence I was sent are as listed: - An Affidavit - A Statement of Claim - Exhibit 1 A Statement from 11/15/2012. - Exhibit 2 A Statement from 05/15/2012. - Exhibit 3 The Credit Card Agreement. - Exhibit 4 A Bill of Sale between Synchrony and PRA. - And for Reference the first page out of all the others in the packet with the serving date being 03/21/2018 0r 03/23/2018, but I'm going to assume the 21st. ( Serving ) My Questions 1. What actions should I begin to take? I have not filed an answer in fear that I may end up doing something wrong that is irreversible. 2. Please, If you anyone can point me to other threads with a similar situation as mine that can give me some kind of guideline on how I should go about this I'd greatly appreciate. 3. Would it be best for me to just go ahead and pay this off if I currently have the money or would I be better off fighting the case? 4. Is this just a hopeless effort in a losing battle? I'm totally drained. I really am kinda lost right now. If anyone's got any actionable advice I'm all ears. Thank you for taking a look. If any more information is needed on my side to help in understanding my situation please let me know. I work the graveyard shift but will do my best to respond as promptly as possible. Once again thanks for taking a look.
  13. Hey everyone, I am looking for guidance on next steps. I opened my first credit card living in South Carolina with Capital One in college, it had a $10,000 limit (I'm not sure how, I knew nothing about money) and maxed it out and forgot about it. I can't remember when I started receiving calls and letters about collections, but eventually I told my mom about the debt and she suggested I ask for a hardship thing which I did. Interest and late fees stopped, and again I forgot about/ignored the debt. I checked my credit score a couple months ago and saw that it had jumped like 300 points overnight, and found that the Capital One account was no longer on my report, and naturally I was elated, thinking I was forgiven and that I had gotten out of this alive. A couple months later when I checked my score, It was down like 100 points and the new account on my credit score was Portfolio Recovery Associates to the tune of $11,383.67. I began receiving letters again a few months ago, now living in Virginia. I received a letter dated 3/26 that my account has been transferred to litigation department, "at this time, no attorney within the litigation department has personally reviewed the particular circumstances on your account." It appears PRA has purchased my account because Capital One is listed as "seller." I have not responded to any letters or spoke on the phone to anyone regarding this account in years. My guess is that this is within the statute of limitations (6 years for both South Carolina and Virginia), however I don't really know when I stopped paying the credit card bill, probably sometime in 2014. I make very little money (working on it though), have no property except a car which I still make payments on (Capital One Auto Finance), and cannot realistically even settle, their offer for a one time payment of $7,968.56 or monthly payments of $758.91 (I know that it is not advised to make payments to a collections agency) as I simply cannot afford these rates. I don't have a record of these letters (simply threw them out) or of the original credit card details (when I opened it, when I stopped paying, etc.). This is my only debt- no student loans, outstanding bills, etc. aside from my car loan (which is in good standing). Can I even send a debt validation letter? Initial correspondence was a long long time ago. Would they sue me? I don't think I'm a good candidate for wage garnishment or property seizure. I had a rough couple of years in college and after and have been working on cleaning myself up. It would super suck to get sued or have to pay a lot of money, mostly because I don't have any. Do South Carolina or Virginia laws apply? Thanks so much in advance for any guidance.
  14. Can someone please answer this question? If the proof of service documents say that I was personally served but wasn’t served at all, grounds to have a judgment vacated even though I still resided at the address? Proof that I wasn’t personally served is in the documents they filed. Forged signatures. I was sued by PRA and Asset Acceptance/Midland Funding several years ago. Default judgments awarded to both of them because I didn’t appear in court. I wasn’t personally served like the proof states. Both PRA and Asset Acceptance filed proof of service, using the same process server. The signatures on the filed documents are obviously different. One even has a date a month after the day the server claimed I was served. The signatures, spacing, font, and dates are clearly suspicious are my proof that I was never personally served. I had lost my son, was laid off due to the recession that caused many Americans hardship, was losing my house, and had exhausted all my unemployment benefits. I didn’t care to be alive then. I suffered major hardships that turned my world upside down. I was judgment proof. Judgments were entered in 2012. I understand timing is an issue but I still want to try to have them vacated. It wouldn’t be hard to prove that the documents are forged,false affidavits were submitted, no valid documentation showing proof of a contract, and other violations. I finally started to pull myself together and started working again May, 2014 and since then my wages have been garnished by PRA. Asset is patiently waiting and getting bigger every day. Can someone give me hope? I can and will upload the documents if I need to.
  15. MY ANSWERS TO THE STANDARD QUESTIONS: 1. Who is the named plaintiff in the suit? PRA 2. What is the name of the law firm handling the suit? (should be listed at the top of the complaint.) listed for Norfolk, VA 3. How much are you being sued for? $1000.00+ 4. Who is the original creditor? (if not the Plaintiff) Synchrony Bank/Amazon (I have copy of agreement with JAMS clause) 5. How do you know you are being sued? (You were served, right?) Court verified 6. How were you served? (Mail, In person, Notice on door) Notice on door on August 21st | Mail rec'd August 22nd. 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? No 9. What state and county do you live in? Indiana 10. When is the last time you paid on this account? (looking to establish if you are outside of the statute of limitations) 2.2015 11. What is the SOL on the debt? 6 yrs 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). Court website has status as SERVED AUGUST 21st. 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? (listed below) I have 20 calendar days to respond. Which means Sunday, September 10th is my 20th day. 16. What evidence did they send with the summons? An affidavit? Statements from the OC? Contract? List anything else they attached as exhibits. Included in the summons packet are the following documents: PAGE #1 Summons - Must answer the complaint in writing to be filed with the court within 20 days from date you received summons. PAGE #2 Affidavit of Debt - Unpaid balance $1000+ on account ending in XXXX. This account was opened 2011. Last payment received 2015. Type of acct: Credit card (Synchrony Bank/Amazon) Plaintiff is not seeking attorney fees PAGE #3 Complaint: Account of NAME, account number ending in XXXX is in default Original creditor is Synchrony Bank Obligation is past due. Amount owed $1000.00+ Plaintiff demands judgement against defendant for the sum plus court costs. PAGE #4 Bill of Sale: September 2016 - There is no identifying info at all on this document. Document indicates forward flow covenants and conditions in purchase agreement - no purchase agreement included. PAGE #5 Summary of Account Activity from Amazon. PAGE #6 & #7 Appearance by Attorney in Civil Case PAGE #8 Certificate of Service
  16. Hello all: Looking for some advice on how to proceed next. Last August we were served with a lawsuit from Portfolio Recovery Associates on an old debt that was 1 month away from expiring SOL - so they got it in just in time. We answered the suit and also made the request to the court to conduct discovery. We never heard back from the court - on anything. I would periodically check the Collin County website and nothing was happening. All of a sudden we got a notice in the mail that we had a trial date set. Went to the courthouse to find out what happened with the discovery request. Long story short - it got lost in some shuffle somehow, somewhere and the judge never saw it. The people at the court assured my husband that at the date that was set for trial that it would turn into a motion hearing so that we could conduct discovery. Husband goes for the motion hearing - PRA attorney hands over a few statements and the judge says "there is your discovery". Judge says "we can go through this whole thing but you will end up paying this and the attorney fees." He was agitated that the mistake happened but didn't seem to care about it. He also noted that PRA is very aggressive. Nothing is updated yet on the website as far as what will happen yet - but the judge told my husband to negotiate with PRA - said we could fight it but that they will win. I am so lost - we did what we thought we were supposed to do and because someone dropped the ball at the court, we are in a bad position. It sounds like this judge sides with creditors instead of debtors. What should we do at this point? If we settle with them, what is a reasonable settlement? Husband heard the attorney talking about needing special authorization for 50% on original debt. Is there any further recourse we can have with the court? Any/all advice would be greatly appreciated! Thanks much.
  17. Hello everyone, I was served Saturday (7/22/2017) morning with a suit for unpaid debt. This is my first time ever dealing with a legal matter and I never even been in a court before except for jury duty. I'm nervous about this and will happen and what I should be doing. The date on the summon is 8/22/2017. I am lost at what I should do by then. I really need a step by step instruction. I have read a lot online and it is getting overwhelming. Do I need to submit an appearance? what about an answer? Am I expected to show up on that return date? Or maybe hiring an attorney would be the best for this? Since I don't understand any of the stuff written in the summons. I would greatly appreciate any guidance or help from anyone here. My financial situation at the time and now still have not improve to settle on this matter. 1. Who is the named plaintiff in the suit? Portfolio Recovery Associates 2. What is the name of the law firm handling the suit? (should be listed at the top of the complaint.) Blitt and Gaines PC 3. How much are you being sued for? $4140.89 4. Who is the original creditor? (if not the Plaintiff) Synchrony Bank / GAP 5. How do you know you are being sued? (You were served, right?) Served 6. How were you served? (Mail, In person, Notice on door) In 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? Not even sure if I even received anything from them 9. What state and county do you live in? Illinois - Jackson County 10. When is the last time you paid on this account? (looking to establish if you are outside of the statute of limitations) April 2015 11. What is the SOL on the debt? To find out 5 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). Served. 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? Date on the summon 8/22/2017. I do not receive a questionnaire regarding the lawsuit. I will attached the claims they made at the end of this post. 16. What evidence did they send with the summons? An affidavit? Statements from the OC? Contract? List anything else they attached as exhibits. Copy of the last payment made on the account prior to charge-off (Exhibit 1) and an Affidavit from Custodian of Record. Also attached the whole document provided.
  18. Hello, I recently posted in another forum, but this seemed like the more appropriate place. I am being sued by Portfolio Recovery Associates. I was served a few weeks ago and am closing in on the time I have left to file an Answer. I think the scope of the suit has me in a state of confusion and I feel as if there is nothing I can do to change the outcome of the suit. I was recently contacted by a group that wanted to arbitrate on my behalf, but I didn't feel good about what they had to offer and insisted that I pay a small fee in cash. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. I hope I am not breaking any rules by submitting another post, asking for help. 1. Who is the named plaintiff in the suit? Portfolio Recovery Associates, LLC 2. What is the name of the law firm handling the suit? (should be listed at the top of the complaint.) Portfolio Recovery Associates Attorneys located in SD 3. How much are you being sued for? 2,300 4. Who is the original creditor? (if not the Plaintiff) Synchrony Bank / Amazon.com 5. How do you know you are being sued? (You were served, right?) Served. 6. How were you served? (Mail, In person, Notice on door) In 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? Los Angeles, California 10. When is the last time you paid on this account? (looking to establish if you are outside of the statute of limitations) The account was closed sometime in 2015. 11. What is the SOL on the debt? To find out: 4 Years in CA 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). Status is Pending. I was just served and am approaching the deadline. 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? Less than 2 weeks. The Plaintiff is a claiming that I owe them the balance of a debt that Synchrony / Amazon sold to them. The Plaintiff has included to pieces of “evidence” with the complaint (2 statements from Synchrony / Amazon) If needed I can include a copy of the complaint with any personal information removed. 16. What evidence did they send with the summons? An affidavit? Statements from the OC? Contract? List anything else they attached as exhibits. Two Statements from Synchrony / Amazon
  19. Im a newbie here so thank you for all the detailed posts I've read through so far. I believe I only have a few more days to answer the complaint so I really hope you experts or folks that have gone through this can help me. 1. Who is the named plaintiff in the suit? Portfolio Recovery Associates, LLC 2. What is the name of the law firm handling the suit? Portfolio Recovery Associates, LLC 3. How much are you being sued for? $1670 4. Who is the original creditor? (if not the Plaintiff) Capital One 5. How do you know you are being sued? (You were served, right?) I was served 6. How were you served? (Mail, In person, Notice on door) In person at home 7. Was the service legal as required by your state? Process Service Requirements by State - Summons Complaint Yes, I believe so 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) They claim I made a payment in November 2014, however I believe I was default before that timeframe. 11. What is the SOL on the debt? To find out: 4 years 12. What is the status of your case? Suit served? Yes Motions filed? Not that I know of, I searched online and the Case number does not come up on the court website, I searched by name and date and still nothing in the system yet. 13. Have you disputed the debt with the credit bureaus (both the original creditor and the collection agency?) I may have in the past but couldn’t find any record of disputes, they don’t appear on my credit report. 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? I am attaching the documents they sent., I did not receive a questionnaire. 16. What evidence did they send with the summons? An affidavit? Statements from the OC? Contract? List anything else they attached as exhibits. They attached 2 Capital One bills as exhibits. 1. I'd like to request a Bill of Particulars, this seems to be something that may help my case. Any tips with the BOP would be very helpful 2. I'd like to file a General denial w/ POS but need to know what should go in the General Denial based on the attached documents. they state the last date of payment was Nov 2014, however I think I was late way before then. Any help is appreciated greatly appreciated since I am really pressed for time as I am sure most of you are. Thank you for taking the time to read my post. Summons_Redacted.pdf
  20. First off, I have to thank @ASTMedic @calawyer and everyone else on the forums for helping me win this! I couldn't have done it without your knowledge! I just received the form CIV-110 stating that Portfolio is filing for a dismissal without prejudice. I have a year left on the SOL. Is there a way, at this point, or should I even try and get the case dismissed with prejudice?
  21. 1. Named Plaintiff: Portfolio Recovery 2. Law firm handling suit: N/A. 4 individual lawyers and bar numbers are listed, with no firm name. I'm not positive that they are not simply employees of Portfolio? Names are Emily Pierce, Jordan Cook, Lori Williams, and Kristen Brinkerhoff. 3. What is the amount of the suit: More than $1,000, but less than $1,500. 4. Who was the original creditor: Capital One. 5. How do you know you're being sued: ... I was served with papers on Sunday, 30 April 2017. 6. How were you served: In person. 7. Was the service legal as required by the state: I believe so. 8. What pre-existing correspondence did you have with plaintiff: I'm not aware of any. 9. What state and county do you live in: California. County is a relatively small one, rural-ish, so I'm not sure I should name it. It might make things too identifiable for PRA. 10. When was the last payment made on the account: according to plaintiff's complaint, the most recent payment on the account in question was <3 years ago. 11. SOL on the debt is 4 years. 12. I'm not entirely certain what the status of the case genuinely is at this time. My county does not appear to have case info online other than the immediate court calendar. I was served yesterday, and I was too busy today with work, chemo, and radiation to be able to go to the courthouse. (Yes, this is exactly one extra set of stress that I did not need right now.) 13. I have not disputed the debt with any credit bureaus, the original creditor, or the collection agency. I was rather surprised when I got served yesterday. 14. I did not request debt validation--again, this was all quite a surprise to me yesterday. 15(a). I have 30 days to respond to the suit. 15(b). Claims will be described below. 15(c). No interrogatory was received. 16. There were two exhibits attached to the summons and complaint. Each exhibit purported to be a credit card statement from Capital One. Neither included a complete account number, only the last four digits. Exhibit A purported to show the final payment received by the original creditor, as well as a few small purchases. Exhibit B purported to be a statement from a year later. It purports to show a past due balance and a minimum payment, and has a payment coupon attached, but there is nothing that identifies it obviously as a final settlement. There is an additional page to the purported statement in Exhibit B which notes that the account has been charged off and gives a phone number to call for more information, but there is no account number or other information on this sheet which would tend to indicate that it is associated with any particular account or statement. Verbage of the complaint is as follows: It seems as though, since this is exclusively an Account Stated issue, there's no point in doing a BOP. That said, it looks like it still could be a useful attack. I've never seen either one of the exhibits they've attached to the complaint, and so far as I know, nobody makes a habit of sending their credit card statements by CMRRR, so it seems that there's really no way for PRA to prove that I ever assented, implicitly or explicitly, as to the accuracy of the original creditor's account as stated. Therefore, BOP might still prove useful? It seems additionally useful in forcing PRA to prove that I provided assent, implicitly or explicitly, to the accuracy of their account as stated. I have absolutely no recollection of ever seeing any account statement from PRA, and I certainly can't assent to the accuracy of something I've never seen. What are y'all's thoughts on this? Since this isn't a verified complaint, there's no reason to admit to anything, even my own name, right? Just use the general denial and head for discovery? Also, one potential wrinkle: I did have an account with Capital One that was active from 2010 until 2016 when it was paid off, but... it was a car loan. Would documentation from that be subject to discovery by PRA in the present litigation? Anything else I need to be thinking about right now? (Aside from the obvious of getting the CCP96 and CCP98 stuff that I can tear up with the data from previous cases discussed here, and aside from the equally obvious not being late with my answer and also the whole deal about maybe trying not to die.)
  22. Need assistance since this is the first time i got a citation from a collection company called Portfolio Recovery Associates, LLC. It was handed in person by an officer. Currently unemployed and about to move out of state to be closer to my family. I wanted to know what would be my best option. I read two options such as submit a Waiver of Citation or an Answer (General Denial); but I am trying to avoid going to court. Attached are images of the documents. Victoria_citation.pdf
  23. Hi guys, I previously posted about two collections I have with PRA regarding credit card debts and was directed to speak a lawyer here in TN. I was given the advice to dispute the collections with the CRAs and once they reply to notify him Well it has been almost five days since I notified him of the results and I have not been given a reply. At this point I feel like trying to fight it is not worth it. I fear getting sued and then not being able to find a attorney to fight it and getting a judgement. Can anyone provide any advice on how I should approach PRA? I have filed a dispute with CFPB and am waiting for the results of that. If the outcome is not favorable then I think I will go ahead and try to settle the matter. Please tell me how I should go about getting this handled. I am so angry that this company is going to make money off of my financial misfortune.
  24. This is a fantastic decision issued yesterday on the requirements for a dunning letter soliciting "settlement" of stale debts. The opinion is concise and dead on. http://media.ca7.uscourts.gov/cgi-bin/rssExec.pl?Submit=Display&Path=Y2017/D03-29/C:15-1567:J:Hamilton:aut:T:fnOp:N:1937594:S:0
  25. Hello, I'm new here. I'm being sued or summoned by PRA in California and I need your help please. I've been having problem after problem with my car, work, and with this lawsuit. Its made my life heavy and miserable. Any help would be greatly appreciated to take this weight off my shoulders. I was planning on ignoring it to be honest cause i dont have the money to hire an attorney. I've answered the questions necessary thats been requested by the admin/moderators. Thanks again ahead of time. *Note: I've left out specific info. If anyone needs more specific info I can message or email you. -Nehv 1. Who is the named plaintiff in the suit? Portfolio Recovery Associates, LLC 2. What is the name of the law firm handling the suit? (should be listed at the top of the complaint.) Portfolio Recovery Associates, LLC 3. How much are you being sued for? Less than $5,000 for principal balance, costs of suit and "any such other relief as the court may deem just and proper" 4. Who is the original creditor? (if not the Plaintiff) Synchrony bank 5. How do you know you are being sued? (You were served, right?) Not yet. Served with papers left at home while i was out and also got two letters from attorney services. 6. How were you served? (Mail, In person, Notice on door) Papers were dropped off on the floor. 7. Was the service legal as required by your state? I don't know. I'm not sure to be honest. Since the papers were just on the floor. 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? No contact what so ever with PRA before or after summons. 9. What state and county do you live in? Los Angeles, California 10. When is the last time you paid on this account? (looking to establish if you are outside of the statute of limitations) I believe in mid 2015. Never made a payment with the collection account with PRA. 11. What is the SOL on the debt? To find out: Statute of Limitations on Debts Well in California it says the most is 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). As if today: Unknown disposition. 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? Here is an example of what the summons/complaint may look like: Sued by a Debt Collector - Learn How to Fight Debt Lawsuits I haven't been served yet. Where can I find the charges? I read all the paperwork. Can someone guide me? It says I "expressly or impliedly agreed to pay ... Balance" 16. What evidence did they send with the summons? An affidavit? Statements from the OC? Contract? List anything else they attached as exhibits. They attached two billing statements of the original account with Synchrony Bank.