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  1. 1. Who is the named plaintiff in the suit? MIDLAND FUNDING 2. What is the name of the law firm handling the suit? (should be listed at the top of the complaint.) It seems to be in-house lawyers for Midland Funding 3. How much are you being sued for? $2496 4. Who is the original creditor? (if not the Plaintiff) Comenity Bank/HSN 5. How do you know you are being sued? (You were served, right?) Yes. 6. How were you served? (Mail, In person, Notice on door) In person. 7. Was the service legal as required by your state? Yes. And he was quite nice. 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 honestly didn't see anything via mail. As far as I know, it was just calls to my cell phone. 9. What state and county do you live in? Florida, Bay County (Fourteenth District) 10. When is the last time you paid on this account? (looking to establish if you are outside of the statute of limitations) Apparently February 2017 11. When did you open the account (looking to establish what card agreement may be applicable)? November 2014 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). We had a pre-trial conference, where the judge suggested we retire to a room to mediate; however, we were at an impasse. Because of this, a trial date was established for July 24, in judge's chambers. 14. Have you disputed the debt with the credit bureaus (both the original creditor and the collection agency?) No. Once HSN stopped sending letters, I'd forgotten all about it. 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? No, no questionnaire that I saw. 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. This is what's listed (they sent me a huge packet of documents): * Original Creditor Statements * Assignment/Bill of Sale/Seller Data Sheet * Letters to Defendant Basically, several credit card statements from HSN, along with three letters from Midland Funding that I never received. They also included: * Notice of Filing Documents in Support of Entry of Final Judgment * Plaintiff's Notice of Introducing Documents at Trial and Witness List * Plaintiff's Notice and Motion for Records Custodian Witness to Appear By Telephone at Trial * Plaintiff's Motion to Continue Trial (In the Plaintiff's Motion to Continue Trial, they state that they have opened a "dispute investigation and will be mailing a request for additional information and documentation to the Defendant to support her claim" (my claim was that the balance and date of last payment was incorrect). To date, 3 days before the court date, I've received no such request) 18. How did you find out about this site? I searched for information on being sued by Midland and this seemed to be the most helpful and insightful forum. ❤️ 18. Read these two links: I did, but I'm not sure if my refusal to settle at mediation constituted a waiver of my right to arbitration.
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