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  1. OK. So I am the defendant in a debt collection lawsuit. I sent my verified interrogatories, affirmations and demand for documents along with proof of service. The empty envelope was returned to the "proof of service" person with a stamp claiming the envelope arrived empty. The empty envelope was obviously opened, because they taped it closed. I am 100% positive the envelope contained all docs and I was with my "proof of service" person when she mailed them at the post office. What do I do about this? I am dealing with Portfolio Recovery Associates LLC. Thanks for all help! Calico
  2. Hi all, I am asking for assistance as I do not know what I am doing. I am being sue for $3500 from midland funding over a debt that they purchased from a Barclaycard. I have tried to negotiate with them over the past week, but I only have 20 days to reply to the court with my answer regarding this case. All of the settlement options that they are suggesting are unrealistic for my current income (my partner just left his job and I am paying for both of our bills). Should I turn in an answer just I case we aren't able to settle in time? can someone help me write the answer? how to I get a better settlement? I first offered $500 on the spot as I had that much, they denied it and then said they would take $3000. I told them I could do $750 if they wait until Friday, and they came back at me with $3000 over three months. I can't afford that, not even a little. Any suggestions? case number [deleted for privacy reasons]
  3. I received a summons from a Credit Union I use to bank with, in Texas. The Petition states the Credit Union as the Plaintiff, as it has not been sold to a debt collector. I am being sued for an amount between $5,000 and $10,000 due to credit card debt. The petition states the Plaintiff intends to conduct discovery. The Petition provided a generalized credit card agreement between "defendants" and "plaintiff", however there are no account numbers, no signatures of omission from defendants. or any documents provided. Does this mean they may or may not have access to more definitive information, proving their case? I have already typed up the answer to the Plaintiff's original petition, addressing each paragraph. Any and all advice is greatly appreciated. I have a little over a week before I have to respond to the Plaintiff's petition.
  4. Listen, I am not a lawyer and I am not an expert, by any means, but I've been reading this forum for over a year, and now that I have also had some experience in these matters, I feel compelled to make a few observations about (what seems to me to be) the general strategy that JDBs (junk debt buyers) use, at least in California. 1st – The JDBs depend upon the fact that most defendants are not going to answer the complaint filed against them, which allows the JDB to receive a default judgement, winning the case, and allowing the JDB to then proceed to garnishing the defendant's wages. 2nd – If the defendant does file an answer, the JDB's attorney will attempt to trick the defendant into admitting guilt or into making an error when responding to discovery requests, which the attorney will use to win their case. 3rd – JDB's attorney sends the defendant a CCP 98 (affidavit in lieu of live testimony) that will allow JDB to enter as evidence any documents attached, unless the defendant subpoenas the witness listed in the CCP 98 and files an objection to the CCP 98. 4th – The JDB's attorney, almost always, knowingly lies on the CCP 98 when they say that the witness will be available for service for the 20-days prior to the court date at an address within 150 miles of the court. It has been my experience, and it seems to me that in most cases filed in California, that a defendant has an excellent chance of getting their case dismissed if they simply follow the guidelines provided by ASTMedic in his topic: How I beat Midland in California. In addition, since ASTMedic's case, there have been two excellent cases that provide even more case law to use against the JDBs' strategy: Target v. Rocha and CACH v. Rodgers. Besides ASTMedic's guidelines, I also highly recommend the following two links that this forum lead me to, and which were particularly helpful to me. The first is a little old now, and was prior to Target v. Rocha and Cach v. Rogers, but contains actual filed court docs: http://www.plainsite...sandra-pacheco/ The second is the opinion from CACH v. Rodgers: http://www.courts.ca...ve/JAD14-11.PDF
  5. Hi, I'm being sued in California by a local debt collection lawfirm for $2,000 for relocation money paid to me, by my former employer 2 years ago. My initial contract stated I would be responsible for returning $2,000 in relocation money if I left the job in less than one year, and the money would be taken out of the wages owed to me at termination. If the balance is not enough, I needed to pay the remaining amount within 30 days of departure. I left after 10 months, and no money was deducted from my final payment at termination (which was about $4,000). The HR person in my exit interview with the company orally said I don't owe any debt to the company as long as I didn't share company secrets as I put in a lot of overtime in my final weeks. My final ADP pay stub after I left the company show the monies I was paid, and show no outstanding debts owed from me to my past employer. I also received no request for repayment for over a year from date of departure. Can I use this as proof of the agreed upon accounts stated between employer and employee? I haven't seen accounts stated used as a defense before, but it sounds like all the requirements exist here. I'm worried that since I don't have proof of what was orally said by HR, I can only use the pay statements as proof of accounts stated. The only evidence filed by the Plaintiff is the original contract that was signed.