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Hey guys, I'm clueless about the JRCP as they pertain Midland Funding LLC's pending case against me here in Maricopa County, AZ. Specifically, I'm hesitant to attempt to file an amended Answer and move to Compel Arbitration at this point because as I understand a MTC Arbitration requires me admitting to being a party to the original Credit One Bank cardholder agreement they show being established under my name back in 2015. It's been just more than 40 days now since I filed my Answer in which I denied knowing anything about the account and earlier this week the Judge dismissed my Counterclaim (Plaintiff's counsel likened my affirmative defenses to throwing spaghetti at a wall and seeing what might stick in their Response and Motion), so what is the likelihood that a MTC Arbitration would even help me? Also, if arbitration is granted and Midland follows and prevails can I still file Chapter 7 in the future to have any award discharged? I broke out in shingles stressing over all this and I'm only in my thirties! I wish Midland would leave me alone because I have no nonexempt assets or wages for them to collect making this whole process is a complete waste of resources. 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.) Gurstel Law Firm P.C. (formerly known as Gurstel Chargo P.A.) 3. How much are you being sued for? <$850.00 4. Who is the original creditor? (if not the Plaintiff) Credit One Bank *account opened in 2015 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? I was properly served 8. What was your correspondence (if any) with the people suing you before you think you were being sued? No contact, never heard of them until served 9. What state and county do you live in? AZ - Maricopa 10. When is the last time you paid on this account? (looking to establish if you are outside of the statute of limitations) Never paid, but the account is over 2 years old based on dates listed in the Complaint 11. What is the SOL on the debt? 6 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). Current case status listed online is Adjudicated. Pretrial scheduled to take place in about 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? (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. MIDLAND lists charges as follows: Count 1 Breach of Contract and Count 2 Account Stated Did you receive an interrogatory (questionnaire) regarding the lawsuit? No interrogatory. Already filed an Answer denying everything except my name, address, proper venue, court jurisdiction over the matter as the amount is less than $10k, and prevailing party should be awarded all costs. I filed a Counterclaim at the same time I filed my Answer. Counterclaims were affirmative defenses of Laches, Lack of Standing, Statute of Frauds, Unjust Enrichment, Failure to provide copies of contract/statement(s)/etc., and of course that I reserve the right to amend my answers, defenses, and claims at a later date. All of this before I came across your helpful website.... 16. What evidence did they send with the summons? An affidavit? Statements from the OC? Contract? List anything else they attached as exhibits. There was no evidence attached to the Summons and Complaint. No evidence has been provided to me and the attorney has filed Motions to substitute counsel, appear telephonically, and to dismiss my counterclaims. I haven't completed the Disclosure form that the court sent me in the mail but it will be due soon.
I need some help on next steps in Discovery phase of lawsuit. Here's a snapshot of where things are at: April 2014: Via Pocket Docket in Minnesota, was served by Gurstel Chargo, representing Autovest as JDB for Wells Fargo Financial on Consumer Debt. With interest it's around 25k. I responded within the 20 days required, basically said insufficient information to be able to admit or deny claims. Asked for plaintiff to prove claim. Requested lawsuit be dismissed, etc. May 2014: Gurstel sends robo letter to discuss discovery plan, gives settlement offer. Discovery plan states they will provide Required Disclosures on or before June 27, 2014 and proposes I do the same as soon as possible. I respond via certified mail by June 27 that basically I no longer have any documents. With regards to the Discovery Plan, I sent a revised plan that read: (1) Plaintiff and defendant (via attachment) will provide its 26.01(a) Required Disclosures on or before June 27, 2014. Plaintiff proposes Defendant provide his/her 26.01(a) Required Disclosures as soon as possible. Plaintiff and Defendant will respond to the discovery requests by July 27, 2014. So now it is July 9 and I haven't received anything from Gurstel. No discovery documents. Nothing. The SOL should be running out within a few months however I haven't been able to get the exact date verified from Wells Fargo. Here's my question: They never sent any type of Discovery so can't I get this officially dismissed? If so, how? What are my next steps? Help!