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  1. Hi all, I've been reviewing, taking notes and trying to get all my ducks in a row for a pending suit brought on by Midland/BestBuy/Citi. First, and foremost, thank you to those who have posted their situations and those who have replied with logical next steps or thoughts. Your insights, suggestions and experiences have brought a sense of relief to what started out to be "one-more-thing" on my stress filled plate. Onwards...I have an answer prepared (which may have more than needed, hence my request for help) and attached for which I'd like some "kind" input as to what to keep and what to delete. In advance, I appreciate the community's help. Answer - DWP MIDLAND.rtf
  2. I just wrote this whole post and it disappeared. Ugh!! but in a nut shell LVNV did not show up at the hearing and the arbitrator and I waited 30 mins, no call no show and I just got my confirmation letter (see attached) lvnv arb award to Defendent.pdf
  3. Hello, everyone! I've been a lurker here for a while, and am happy to be able to post at last. Here is the required information: 1. Who is the named plaintiff in the suit? Midland Funding, LLC 2. What is the name of the law firm handling the suit? (should be listed at the top of the complaint.) Jack H. Pogosian, Alec Weston Hankins, Kristy Gabrielova, Nichol Alan de Guzman, Hyo Jin Julia Jung 3. How much are you being sued for? 2844.87 4. Who is the original creditor? (if not the Plaintiff) Synchrony Bank/CareCredit 5. How do you know you are being sued? (You were served, right?) In-person service 6. How were you served? (Mail, In person, Notice on door) In person 7. Was the service legal as required by your state? Yes Process Service Requirements by State - Summons Complaint 8. What was your correspondence (if any) with the people suing you before you think you were being sued? Standard MCM letters 9. What state and county do you live in? San Diego county, CA 10. When is the last time you paid on this account? (looking to establish if you are outside of the statute of limitations) Never 11. When did you open the account (looking to establish what card agreement may be applicable)? September 2014 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). Case Management Conference tomorrow 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? 30 days 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. Standard issue from what I've read on other threads: Last statement from CareCredit, listing of charged-off accounts with info blacked out, MCM statements, etc. So I'm finding this interesting. Back after I was served, I initially thought about settling, then stumbled upon this forum. After reading, I decided to push back. I filed my general denial shortly after I was served, and in mid-May I sent Midland a letter requesting arbitration via JAMS (as per my account agreement). I haven't heard a peep from Midland, besides a letter saying the account was placed 'In Dispute' and they don't know why I'm pushing back. As stated above, tomorrow is my Case Management Conference. In my Case Management Summary, I stated that I wish to have arbitration, so I hope that's taken into account during the CMC. I did make one gaffe, however. Because I had not heard from Midland regarding my letter asking for Arbitration, I filed a MTC Arbitration. Speaking with the juedge's clark yesterday, he told me it will likely be rejected due to no hearing being scheduled. (It's still Pending with the court clerk.) One thing: Is it typical for Midland to not file a CMS prior to the CMC? They haven't filed a summary yet, and I want to make sure I'm not surprised by anything. If any more information is needed, please don't hesitate to ask. Thank you all for being here and being so helpful! GB
  4. I've always wondered this, but which credit card agreement applies on a debt collection? Is it always the most current, or when the account was opened, or when the account was defaulted? If I do an MTC arbitration, does this agreement attached indicate that I have to pay the filing fee? In the best buy cc agreement attached, it says this in the PAYMENT section. We will pay your share of the arbitration fee for an arbitration of claims of $75,000 or less if they are unrelated to debt collection. Otherwise, arbitration fees will be allocated according to the applicable AAA rules. And it looks like I'm only allowed to arbitrate with AAA. Does that mean I'll have to pay the fees to file since this is related to debt collection? I'm just wondering if the Best Buy credit card is something I should pursue arbitration with against PRA. My_Best_Buy_Credit_Card_Agreement.pdf
  5. I initiated arbitration in PRA agreed, providing a document which turned into a court order. That is attached here. I filed with the court and provided a case number from AAA. The answer for the bill of particulars is due on March 28th. Should I answer it or file a new motion to dismiss improper venue/compel arbitration instead of an answer? I'm not sure if participating in this litigation would void the arbitration clause. Case is in Virginia.
  6. I am in a mess and need help please. I am a single grandmother and I've had posession of my grandchild for over a year now. She is six, nonverbal and autistic. For the past few months I have been persuing custody of my grandchild due to her parents drug addiction. I don't have the money for a lawyer and CPS dumped everything in my lap to handle alone and told me to file for custody so without any help I am attacking this pro se. This is my grandbaby and I am doing what I have to do for her. That being said this is a horrible time to be sued, not that there is ever a good time. I was served on 02/22/19 and I am terrified to be dealing with two seperate court cases pro se at the same time. I have read the forums for many hours the past couple of days and it seems the more I read, the more confused I get. I would greatly appreciate any help and advice I can get. I know already that I am judgement proof in Texas due to my income being Social Security Disability and SSI. I live off less than 800.00 a month and I don't have money for legal fees. I know PRA could care less about my situation but this is the best place I have found on the internet for help. Thank you for even taking the time to read this. 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 (Attorney listed is Jesse Dow Lockhart) 3. How much are you being sued for? 7251.80 plus court cost, interest, and attorney's fees. 4. Who is the original creditor? (if not the Plaintiff Synchrony Bank (Wal-Mart) 5. How do you know you are being sued? (You were served, right?) Served at Residence 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? Rains County, Texas 10. When is the last time you paid on this account? (looking to establish if you are outside of the statute of limitations) December 2016 11. When did you open the account (looking to establish what card agreement may be applicable)? October 2015 12. What is the SOL on the debt? To find out: 4 years 13. What is the status of your case? Suit served? Motions filed? 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? 14 days (March 8, 2019) I'm not sure since it was after 5 pm on Friday if I would have until the following Monday. Did you receive an interrogatory (questionnaire) regarding the lawsuit? NO 17. What evidence did they send with the summons? None. Served with Original Petition only. 18. How did you find out about this site? Internet search.
  7. Portfolio Recovery Associates filed a claim against me in small claims court against a Synchrony Bank/Pay Pal CC account on November of 2018. I filed an answer to their claim along with a lack of subject matter jurisdiction and requested to elect the private arbitration clause. When we got to court the attorney had no idea about the answer/motion (I kindly provided her a copy of the certified notice). The judge ruled in my favor and ordered that my motion to invoke Arbitration was granted. Per tbe Synchrony agreement, we had to use AAA. I filled out the forms, paid the $200 and got the ball rolling. They sent the PRA lawyers 3 requests for the payment for the case to proceed (which exceeds what I owe). The last date was 2/14. I got a notice today that says that they (AAA) are not moving forward with the case because PRA lawyers haven’t paid. My question is, what do I do now? Take a copy of all of the AAA paperwork and file it with the court to cover my a$$?
  8. Does anyone know of any case laws that I can use for my MTC arbitration in GA? I got served by L&J representing Unifund CCR, LLC on a citi card w/ an arbitration clause. However there is some verbiage in that clause that says it can be handled in small claims, and I believe magistrate court in my county is small claims. I did file for arbitration immediately (upon recommendation here, thank you!), but AAA came back and said that if any party wanted to pursue in small claims they could if they sent in a written response. Well L&J did submit a response and said they wanted to pursue in small claims. My arbitration clause was started before I was served with the suit, but now AAA is closing the case because L&J requested small claims. However, AAA said that the Business has to pay the $200 fee. Because of this: Unifund has not paid the $200 yet. I go to court soon, and I just wanted to prepare bc L&J will probably say something to the effect of the arbitration clause doesn't apply here because there is an exception that says it can be pursued in small claims, and AAA also sent a letter pretty much saying the same thing. I was just looking to prepare my MTC with additional GA case law that would help me say that the arbitration clause is indeed valid and I have a right to that option.
  9. 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
  10. Hey guys! Need help again, this is my 3rd lawsuit from midland in the past 12 months. I beat them in the two previous lawsuits and both were removed from my credit report. However, this last one has thrown me for a loop. I did exactly what I did with the last two, granted my MTC and stay pending arbitration, submitted my documents from JAMS proving that I have started the arbitration, the next day my case was closed, dismissed withOUT prejudice. I am confused to what just happened. I was granted a stay, JAMS hasn’t received payment from the attorney, my arbitration case is open, so why was my cases closed? I am not happy with the order and want it dismissed with prejudice . What I read on the JAMS site is that if they don’t pay then they close the case. Then what? I am attaching my case docket of the events as well as the orders... any suggestions would be much appreciated! @fisthardcheese @Brotherskeeper
  11. 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
  12. My friend has a collection showing on all 3 credit bureaus from LVNV who is a JDB, who allegedly purchased an old Citi CC with a balance of $13,000.00, so it wouldn't qualify for small claims in Iowa and therefore arbitration by either party is allowed. The SOL is not up for another 1 and 1/2 years but there is no TL on credit bureaus from the OC Citi regarding this account as it must have been removed sometime after LVNV allegedly purchased this account from Citi. Anyway, every once in awhile for the 3 years LVNV has had this account they send a dunning letter from one of their many companies for this alleged account, Since they update this alleged debt monthly on Equifax and Experian, but not TU even they show LVNV on their report, we decided to dispute the debt on TU first just to see if it would be investigated and see LVNV would respond to the dispute. We disputed on 11/5/2018. Meanwhile, he received another dunning letter from yet another one of their collection agencies they own a couple days later. What we would like to do is get rid of this alleged account now and we want to wait and see if they verify the dispute as valid on TU. Then, on the same day and timely under the 30 days for a validation request from their last dunning letter to my friend, we want to send by CMRR of the collector a demand for validation of the alleged debt, also writing election of private contractual arbitration from AAA which is who CITI states we would need to use per their cardholder agreement for the date the alleged debt delinquency purportedly occurred, a copy of the AAA filled out form with Arbitration account reference # provided and a request that all future communication be done so in writing. The AAA form would show that there was no proof of chain of custody, no custodian of record affidavit from Citi Bank proving account was valid, no contract or balance from cc statements showing accumulation of debt or any proof of assignment from OC to JDB. It would be nice to send the above to LVNV's law firm but we don't know who that is. This would hold off any lawsuit since we elected and will eventually initiate arbitration while also stopping their collection efforts until we get a response to our request. LVNV believes he has no W2 employment income that they can garnish (which he doesn't) and no property or bank account to attach a lien to down the road (which he does). I've seen on different forums that we should wait until a lawsuit is started and the do a motion to compel arbitration as a affirmative defense, but since this is a JDB we like our chances electing and initiating arbitration as outlined above, letting LVNV know my friend's plan of defense in hopes of a settlement offer to get rid of this alleged debt. What do you think of these additions to the demand for validation letter in achieving a settlement?
  13. I was sued by a JDB, and properly filed a MTC arbitration. Before the motion could be heard, the JDB filed for a default judgment. Eventually the MTC was granted. Did the JDB violate the FDCPA by filing for default once they knew I was demanding arbitration?
  14. Hello Everyone, Like many, I have been closely following this forum for a long time, soaking in so much empowering and invaluable information. After wringing my hands and banging my head against the figurative wall in agony, I've finally mustered the courage to reach out to you in hopes that you can give me some advice. The JDB I'm dealing with is LVNV, and the law firm representing them is Harris and Zide. The OC is Citibank. I have not been sued yet, but I did receive a dunning letter dated 10/19/18. From the various posts I've read so far, it will be a matter of time before I receive a court summons. The amount is a little less than $2K (OC: Citibank). The strange thing is, LVNV actually owns not one but two of my charged-off Citibank accounts, and the other one is a little less than $10K. I received a collection letter from LVNV on this larger debt back in June of 2018, but it wasn't from a law firm/department, and I have not heard back from them since then. Both debts have the last charged date of Feb. 2015, and the SOL runs out at the end of February 2019 (California). So why is Harris and Zide only sending me a dunning letter on just one of the debts (with smaller amount)? I would like to be proactive and develop a strategy to either make the JDB go away, or at least gain leverage for a smaller settlement. I'm thinking of sending them a Debt Validation letter where I include the wording that I want to opt for arbitration as per Citicard agreement (without admitting ownership of debt); my reasoning is that given the small amount of the debt (less than $2K), LVNV would conclude that the cost of arbitration would override the value of pursuing the debt all the way, which would give me greater leverage to settle on my own terms. I am concerned, however, about the other debt they own which, at close to $10K, might be worthwhile for them to stick through arbitration. Since Harris and Zide has not sent me any letter about this account, should I just stay mum and just focus on the smaller account? What are chances that it's some error or oversight that has caused them to overlook the other account? It's obviously way past the 30 days since I received a collections letter, but should I send a DV letter (again with the arbitration wording)? I'm hoping that given the cost prohibitive nature of arbitration, LVNV would choose instead to be more willing to work out a more amenable settlement arrangement with me. In the past couple of years, I have worked hard and settled all my other delinquent/charged-off CC debts (they were all with the OC in-house collections department). I have exhausted all my financial resources trying to clean up my credit and to take ownership of my debts. I don't have additional $12,000 to pay a JDB. I am exhausted, and I am so close to reaching the SOL (February 2018) that I really want to enrich this JDB as little as possible. Thank you for reading this long post. I would love to hear your thoughts and advice. What would you do if you were me? Any insights from our veteran California forum members?
  15. Hello All, I have lurked on this forum for over a year now. I have filed my response to JDB's counsel Harris and Zide. My case has fallen into the hands of arbitration (judicial non-binding). Of course I got a Declaration in Lieu of Testimony and there was no name of the affiant nor an address. I sent JDB's counsel a meet and confer letter (CC'd arbitrator) and they basically told me to kick rocks and were rude and nasty...so I am unable to subpoena their witness for cross examination. I will object to the affiant's declaration but I am not sure how to do that in my brief or if I should, any thoughts?. This case has been going on since July of last year and I know that I do have the fall back of requesting trial if I don't like the arbitrator's response so I am not too concerned or should I be? Does anyone have a sample Defendant's arbitration brief to share?...A copy of Plaintiff's brief is attached... I am also preparing my motion to strike, motion in limine and request for summary judgment for failure to state a claim once arb is done I didn't know to do this a year ago. They also sent junk and no precise chain of title/assignment...same game just a different player. Please let me know if you have any issues thoughts or concerns. "My meet and confer letter is attached here is there response: Dear Ms. XXXX: The meet and confer code section you reference does not apply to the issues you have presented. That code section addresses issues with discovery responses. My office last provided discovery responses to you in February. The deadline bring a motion with regard to any issues you had with those responses has long passed. The court has referred this matter to arbitration and expects the arbitration completed within a reasonable time. Plaintiff intends to go forward with the arbitration as ordered by the court. Plaintiff believes its form complaint sufficiently pleads a cause of action. If you do not agree, then it is up to you to determine what steps you should be taking. Plaintiff believes it has submitted sufficient evidence in its declaration to support entry of judgment. If you do not agree, then again, it is up to you to determine how to address that. Plaintiff’s declaration is being used pursuant to the California Rules of Court for use of declarations at an Arbitration. The Code of Civil Procedure rules regarding use of a declaration at trial do not apply to an arbitration. Plaintiff disagrees with your position and contentions and will vigorously any and all of the baseless motions you claim you will file. Sincerely. Flint Zide lvnv.doc lvnv brief.pdf By the way I did seek to find legal counsel (defense counsel and consumer attorneys in my area) but none would take my case because the amount they are suing me for is so low (they said they would not feel right billing me $250.00 per hour for a $1700.00 claim) SMH...OC Credit One and JDB LVNV Funding... declaration in lieu of testimony.pdf
  16. Hello All, I am looking for some help. I was recently sued and I don't know what to do. I'm trying to stay calm, but I am internally freaking out. If you one can provide any details, I would greatly appreciate. I'm interested in the arbitration path, but I'm not sure if that will help me or hurt me. Below are the details of my situations. I currently live in GA and I'm recovering college graduate. I don't have any money to spare, but I also don't want a judgement on my public record. Please Help Me! 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.) Ragan & Ragan 3. How much are you being sued for? Under $4K 4. Who is the original creditor? (if not the Plaintiff) Lending Club, maybe Web Bank 5. How do you know you are being sued? (You were served, right?) Served in person 6. How were you served? (Mail, In person, Notice on door) In person 7. Was the service legal as required by your state? yes Process Service Requirements by State - Summons Complaint 8. What was your correspondence (if any) with the people suing you before you think you were being sued? nothing 9. What state and county do you live in? Georgia, Dekalb Conty 10. When is the last time you paid on this account? (looking to establish if you are outside of the statute of limitations) August 2016 11. What is the SOL on the debt? To find out: 6 yrs 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). Suit served. Must file answer within 30 days. 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? 30 days. (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. Defendant is a resident of this county and is subject to the jurisdiction of this court Defendant resides and may be served at 'insert my address' Defendant executed a electronic transaction entering a loan agreement, identified as 'account' with Web Bank. This was serviced by LendingClub Corporation Defendant received the load proceeds Defendant breached the loan agreement by failing to pay as agreed and left a balance Webbank has transferred all their rights, title, and interest in this loan account to lending club Plaintiff purchased the loan agreement and received written agreement of the debt at issue in this action Despite demand by Plaintiff, Defendant has failed to pay amount due on the loan amount Defendant is liable to Plaintiff for the sum of $XXXX.XX in principal, $XXX.XX in interest and fees, and costs of action Did you receive an interrogatory (questionnaire) regarding the lawsuit? No. 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. Loan Agreement printed offline, Loan Disclosure printed off line, Certification of Loan Sale, Bill of Sale, two spreadsheets w/ principal, interest, payment breakdown and payment history
  17. Hello, Beforehand I would like to thank everyone because this forum has helped me tremendously. I had 2 cases filed against me, I was able to obtain a dismissal on one as soon as I filed my MTC. Well the other did not go as smoothly today...... Filed MTC 01/20/18, AZ Justice court approved arbitration 02/06/18 and received order to initiate arbitration Filed for arbitration 02/22/18, arbitration said they were backed up and did not start working my case until 04/03/18 Arbitration did not start process or any mailings to any parties until 04/03/18 Today was my trial and I was pretty confident all I needed was my confirmation of the arbitration case being file 02/22/18 and copy of the letter sent to JH Portfolio on 04/03/18 requesting fees to be paid to initiate the arbitration case. Well pretty much the judge did not care I had confirmation of filed a case with AAA, he read the letter to JH portfolio letting them know the needed to send fees by 04/17/18. After reviewing confirmation and letter judge initiated the trial and entered judgement against me for the amount owed. I was not prepared for trial, I assumed my receipt and letter would be sufficient to stay further proceedings. I'm contemplating an appeal, what are my chances? It seems an appeal would go to Superior court, my main basis for the appeal is that arbitration was filed, started and was pending the receipt of fees from the other party, at this point AZ Justice court should have allowed more time for arbitration to proceed..... Thanks,
  18. Hi everyone! First-timer here. So, first of all, thank you all in advance for any feedback/advice! It seems that Cavalry has sued more than enough people. I haven’t been served yet, but know they’ve filed a claim. Claim is for a credit card debt around $8K From what I am reading, arbitration is the best route to go for this. In the statement of claim, they listed an account statement, bill of sale, and they are saying that I am indebted to them for the debt. Citi has sold the debt to them. At this point, I’m thinking that verification is enough to support their claim to file. However, I’m seeing that they are not a fan of arbitration. Any advice on where I should start? I have not been served yet, but want to respond timely.
  19. Hi, I am trying to find what the next step to do is. I have looked at some other posts involving Arbitration titles, and not sure what to do. But I did find a questionnaire to help with defining my background. 1. Who is the named plaintiff in the suit? JBD 2. What is the name of the law firm handling the suit? (should be listed at the top of the complaint.) 3. How much are you being sued for? Under 10,000 4. Who is the original creditor? Citi 5. How do you know you are being sued? I was served papers by it being dropped off, 6. How were you served? (Mail, In person, Notice on door) The first papers where served in person. Dropped off by a guy. The Notice of Assignment to Arbitration was served through the Mail. 7. Was the service legal as required by your state? As far as I can tell Yes. 8. What was your correspondence (if any) with the people suing you before you think you were being sued. Nothing, they would call and I would not answer them. 9. What state and county do you live in? Oregon, 10. When is the last time you paid on this account? (looking to establish if you are outside of the statute of limitations). I am not on the outside of the SOL. Not sure when Last payment was made. 11. When did you open the account (looking to establish what card agreement may be applicable)? I believe the date was in 2017. 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). 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 I did not request 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 have 14 days 17. What evidence did they send with the summons? An affidavit? Statements from the OC? Contract? List anything else they attached as exhibits. In the first paperwork from the lawyers, they sent NO papers expect the summons paperwork. So the question I am wondering is about my letter of Notice of Assignment to Arbitration. I am not sure what to do, I thought I read that I should wait tell "JBD", sent in there paperwork for an arbitrated, but not sure (cant find it again). I have been going through a lot of forums and different websites to find information on how to fight the JDB. But not a lot of information on Arbitration. Most people just get sued, and it looks like the court sent this letter saying that Arbitration is Mandatory (ORS 36.400 to 36.425). Do you need anymore info? Anything is helpful. Thanks Just edited some names and dates. thanks
  20. First off, thank you to everyone who provides info on this forum. I never would have gotten to where I am with my defense against Midland Funding. I'm being sued by Midland Funding in MN civil court. They filed a motion for summary judgment and the hearing is next week. I did not file anything during discovery and instead elected to elect arbitration with AAA (alleged contract with Citibank NA states AAA is only option). At the same time I filed a motion to dismiss/compel arbitration. Anyway, the firm representing Midland was served properly and with enough notice and the motion hearing was this morning. No one from the firm showed up. The judge was not too happy obviously, and said that the date originally for the summary judgement next week will now be used for my motion, she will discuss what happened with the judge scheduled for that hearing and also mentioned the possibility of a default judgement in my favor due to no one showing up. So, they are in trouble. My question is what should I do to keep the boot on the throat, so to speak. I believe I have some momentum in my favor, I want to be able to take full advantage. At a minimum, they wasted my time and the court's time -- how do I hold them accountable and demonstrate to the court I respect the court's time, unlike the firm suing me. Thanks in advance.
  21. I am in Oregon. was sued by Zwicker for USBank. First, they cheated on service and default (signed on day 29 of 30). I had default nullified. Then, I was denied right to appear at arb. hearing after being told i could pay fees anytime before the hearing, then told of 14 day limit ON DAY 16. But I was able to acquire - legally - unequivocal evidence of Ex Parte emails between Zwicker associate and arbitrator. Arbitrator even offered costs not pleaded for, if Zwick chose to amend and ask for them. I played naive and asked about certain things, and both lied outright, then tried to tell me BS so i would not inform court - "it's irrelevent" "your hyperbole and accusations are improper. my actions were completely correct." etc. Any advice on how BEST to use this evidence, to both support my case, and to hold these people accountable?
  22. Hi I am being sued by Midland through an attorney in Georgia. I never received an initial letter. I was served March 1, 2018 and was totally surprised because I never received anything stating that I owed Midland. I called the court and they stated that they filed but hadn't submitted the server confirmation yet. I have until the end of March to reply. I did have an account with the bank but it was written off. 3 different DC owned the alleged account before Midland. They sent me the attached bill of sales with certificate of conformity and 3 copies of old credit card statements without my name and a fact sheet with my name address total due. The bill of sales do not have my name on them. They show that they bought a bundle of accounts. I need help, please! I downloaded a copy of the answer form from the court. Should I answer with deny and/or should I motion to dismiss for a lack of information and the fact that there was no initial communication? I'm a 57 year old nervous Reck! PLEASE SOMEBODY HELP ME! 1. Who is the named plaintiff in the suit? Midland Funding LLC assessor in interest to Credit One Bank NA 2. What is the name of the law firm handling the suit? Green and Cooper LLP 3. How much are you being sued for? OVER ONE THOUSAND 4. Who is the original creditor? Credit One Bank N.A. 5. How do you know you are being sued? I was served. 6. How were you served? In person. My husband received it. 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? I never knew of Midland until the lawsuit. I haven't responded yet to the lawsuit. I have until March 30, 2018. 9. What state and county do you live in? Georgia Gwinnett County 10. When is the last time you paid on this account? 2016 11. When did you open the account? 2012 12. What is the SOL on the debt? 4 years 13. What is the status of your case? claim filed Feb 8, 2018 14. Have you disputed the debt with the credit bureaus. No 15. Did you request debt validation before the suit was filed? No, because I never received anything regarding this debt until March 1, 2018. 16. How long do you have to respond to the suit? March 31. 17. What evidence did they send with the summons? Affidavit stating that they bought a bundle of accounts. They attached 2 bill statements: One for 2016 and One for 2017. They also had a field data attached. The suit just claimed the defendant is indebted to the Plaintiff as follows: Owe the principal amount $1,xxx.xx, subject to a credit for payment in the amount of $00, plus pre-judgement interest at the rate of 7% from charge-off date through judgment date, plus post-judgment interest at the statutory rate and all costs (Court costs subject to Court approval) of this action. Midland Funding LLC purchased this account. The original credit grantor is Credit One Bank, N.A. the original account number is xxxxxxx6969. All exhibits attached hereto support the foregoing allegations and by reference are made part of this Statement of Claim. That said claim is in the amount of: XXXXXX principal was left blank interest, plus $117.00 cost to date and future cost of this suit. State of Georgia. It was sworn Jan 22 2018 Notice and Summons was stamped Feb 19, 2018. It said Plaintiff made a claim and is requesting judgment against me and that I needed to present an answer. CLAIM STATED.pdf
  23. I'm debating whether to defend a small claims suit for $4321 for an Account Stated Claim with a law firm claiming to represent Discover Bank, or at my final hearing next week motion to compel Arbitration. The law firm filed into the case the credit card agreement with the Arbitration clause, however, I can defend the Account Stated claim by disproving their element that we agreed to the claim's balance of $4321, citing a dispute letter I sent the firm disputing the amount. Which strategy would possibly be more successful?
  24. Background I was laid-off in 2016 and am now a full-time student receiving assistance from a few sources - I am on track to earning my bachelors in IT/Security this year (after 1 1/2 years of study). In late 2016, my mother attempted suicide (due to prior abuse from her now ex-husband - stepfathers suck) which had brought a heavy burden upon my family and I. Nothing is more terrifying than having to drive from Atlanta to Alpharetta...not knowing whether your mom is dead or alive. Unfortunately, this combination of events has led me to largely ignore my financial situation and place me where I am today. Currently, I have close to $7,000 of debt supposedly purchased between 3 junk-debt buyers. Do I regret some of the decisions I made regarding my financial situation? I do. This lawsuit has opened my eyes as to the importance of resolving this situation. It's my hope that this community would be willing to assist me through this process. So, to anyone responding to this thread (and the many more I plan to make) - let me go ahead and state that I am greatly thankful for your time and input. Questionnaire 1. Who is the named plaintiff in the suit? MIDLAND (Blood-Sucking) FUNDING LLC DBA SYNCHRONY BANK 2. What is the name of the law firm handling the suit? Green and Cooper LLP 3. How much are you being sued for? ~$2200 4. Who is the original creditor? SYNCHRONY BANK (Amazon Store Card) 5. How do you know you are being sued? The non-stop flood of lawyer advertisements 6. How were you served? Someone dropped it off 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? No correspondence - I logged into Midland's website to view amounts they were trying to collect after I was made aware of the lawsuit. 9. What state and county do you live in? Georgia Cobb County 10. When is the last time you paid on this account? 05/2016 11. When did you open the account? 2014 12. What is the SOL on the debt? 6 years 13. What is the status of your case? Suit Served 14. Have you disputed the debt with the credit bureaus. No 15. Did you request debt validation before the suit was filed? No 16. How long do you have to respond to the suit? 30 days 17. What evidence did they send with the summons? Exhibit A: Statement 12/21/2016 Exhibit B: Statement 1/22/2016 Exhibit C: Bill of Sale from OC, Affidavit of Sale from OC, Blanked Certificate of Conformity for Notary Exhibit D: Electronic Field data Exhibit E: Affadavit from Midland's Legal Specialist SCAN: complaint-clean.pdf It's essentially the same as this user: Goals 1. Dismissal with prejudice 2. A clear understanding of the process for potential litigation in the future. My Questions 1. What do you recommend I should be doing now? Will it be possible to visit the court and obtain the complaint and relevant information before being served? I am currently awaiting to be served - I will update with the necessary information as soon as I obtain it. Ideally, I'd like to start this process and get a court date ASAP to get this behind me. 2. I am planning on going to court prior to my hearing. Anything in particular I should look out for? I am looking through active cases in my county similar to my lawsuit...taking note of the court date and judge. I am planning on spending an entire day in court prior to my case to take note of practices/procedures within the courtroom - as well as any quirks the judge may have. 3. Is arbitration a better option for me? Which CC agreement should I use? From reading other threads on this forum; the most potent Midland Repellent™ is sending the case into arbitration per the cardholder agreement. My plan is to request this go into arbitration through JAMS. I have attached 2 cardholder agreements (from CFPB) - one pertaining to when I opened the card and the other for when the account was in last good standing. Ideally, it'll probably be best to use the agreement G&C provides (should they) - so they cannot argue the legitimacy should I provide one myself. If they don't, which agreement is recommended? creditcardagreement_opening.pdf creditcardagreement_goodstanding.pdf 4. When do I MTC Arbitration? I suppose this question relates to my lack of understanding the procedure in depth (more on that below). It is my understanding that I will write up a document stating I wish to arbitrate my case, print 3 of them out, and provide them to the judge/lawyer. At which point should I provide this? Should it be the first words that come out of my mouth - when I submit my answer? 5. Any "What Can Go Wrong" horror stories relating to choosing the route of arbitration? This will help me make a more informed decision about where I wish to take this case. 6. Any literature/resources you recommend? I have a narrow view of the entire process in regards to procedure and process. I understand that though I'm representing myself; I will still be held-up to the same standards as a lawyer. Therefore, I'm well aware of the time and resources I will need to put into this to see this case end in my favor. If anyone has any resources/literature covering the magistrate courts in GA - it would be greatly appreciated! So far, my understanding probably represents what's in these videos: https://georgiamagistratecouncil.com/video-home/ ------- Thank you all for your time and consideration. I'm really glad a place like this exists and I look forward to participating in this community in the future!