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Being Sued by DIscover- HELP!
Amazed1 posted a topic in Is There a Lawyer in the HouseI'm being sued by Discover. Im not sure about how to navigate this forum. I read to post in the "is there a lawyer in the house" but I don't know how you guys find that. If Im inthe wrong spot- please do let me know. Thanks! I sent in a request for arbitration with JAMS back in May. They ignored my request which is evidenced by the papers they had served to me yesterday. I elected arbitration because I need to buy time. I do not have funds to negotiate with I do not have an income. The reason for the "breach of contract" was a personal injury which is also in litigation. I wanted to buy time with Discover til the litigation in my PI case was settled then neg a settlement with Discover at that time. I dont expect a settlemnt in the PI case for one year as my attorney in that matter just filed. Anyone? Should I just let them get their judgement and deal with it when I get my settlement since I have nothing to barter with? How much damage can they do with a judgement? Take my car? My home? Im at a loss and have no clue what to expect. Also feeling a bit sorry for myself as this would not have happened if I had not been injured. (sob Sob.. sorry everyone has their story- and I know noone else cares- especially not DISCOVER) so... please advise? I thought maybe calling them out for practicing as a collection agency without a license in WA State- but even if the Judge bit on that, it probably wouldnt dismiss. I have read through these forums to nausea and as helpful as they are- I dont understand how to respond to the paperwork. Is there a step by step somewhere? Thanks so much! Oh.. I did see I need to answer some questions: 1. Who is the named plaintiff in the suit? DISCOVER BANK 2. What is the name of the law firm handling the suit? (should be listed at the top of the complaint.)Suttell & Hammer, P.S. 3. How much are you being sued for? over 15k 4. Who is the original creditor? (if not the Plaintiff) Discover 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) at home, answered door 7. Was the service legal as required by your state? think so, yep 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 sent a letter in May requesting JAMS. a few letters from them since offering settlements but I have not responded. 9. What state and county do you live in? WA , Kitsap 10. When is the last time you paid on this account? (looking to establish if you are outside of the statute of limitations) still in statute (no luck on that one) 11. What is the SOL on the debt? To find out: 6 years 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). Im not sure what this means 13. Have you disputed the debt with the credit bureaus (both the original creditor and the collection agency?) I disputed with Discover when I requested JAMS they sent me a questionaire from the Fraud department- I did not fill it out. 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. YES, they sent me copies of a few statements and a few cashed checks of payments to the account. 15. How long do you have to respond to the suit? 20 Days . 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. Breach of Contract Please post what they are claiming. Did you receive an interrogatory (questionnaire) regarding the lawsuit? no interrogatories. 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. NO evidence, they listed within the document the last 4 of the card number, that I had made payments, that I had used the card... that kind of stuff.