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  1. Good Day All, After receiving mail from bankruptcy lawyers about a pending lawsuit I thought to Look Up Cases / Balances in my district. Lucky me own case number and register of actions. Never having been through this I want to be as proactive as possible. This suit will be within the SOL unfortunately. I am being sued by Portfolio Recovery Associates LLC (“PRA” [took forever to figure that abbreviation out]). The attorney listed is Michael J. Olcese. The ROA only lists a few things thus far: · Summ & Comp filed · Summ & Comp By Plantiff Issued · Filling Fee Pad · Check tendered ROA shows a date of 11/9 and as of 11/28 I still have not been served. When can I reasonably expect this to occur, and is there anything that I can do between now and being served? I found a thread with some outstanding content started by bmc100, “Those being sued in Michigan by a JDB, step by step in Defending” but 2012 was years ago. Combine this with the thread, “My experience losing in court (pretrial)” I am left with an unsettling feeling. I must protect my family’s assets to the best of my ability. Last thing I want is a debt from surviving college to set my household back. With that being said, outside of, https://www.bsdd.com/sitefiles/7887/new-guidelines-on-to-draft-the-answer-and-affirmative-defenses.pdf what information can I delve into to start preparing for this. What threads what case law, where do I start? My assumption is I will not have the luck that ‘not_me_ok’ had in obtaining an outright dismissal. In recent history, how often is success realized by the defendant in these cases? I have seen mention of arbitration. Are the courts so favorable to plaintiffs / hostile to defendants that this is the best course of action? My wife went through something like this in 2010 and simply said, “she had no knowledge of the debt” and the case was dismissed. Is it still as simple as saying this? Also I just found this section of the forum and at a quick glance there seems to be some great information that I am completely ignorant to. This will be resolved on the weekend. Also for those of you that made it to the end of this post, thank you for your time and attention. Any and all input is greatly appreciated. Sincerely, OD
  2. 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
  3. Please if anyone can help me, I have searched in this forum quite a bit and I know there has been others with PRA on here, but I just don't understand any of the legal terms on what to do, they all seemed to have some knowledge on the matter and I'm entirely clueless, if anyone can help me... 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.) Hunt & Henriques 3. How much are you being sued for? Less than $5,000 but more than $2,000 4. Who is the original creditor? (if not the Plaintiff) Synchrony Bank 5. How do you know you are being sued? (You were served, right?) My Mom was served 6. How were you served? (Mail, In person, Notice on door) My mom was served while I was out 7. Was the service legal as required by your state? I'm not sure 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? None 9. What state and county do you live in? California, USA 10. When is the last time you paid on this account? (looking to establish if you are outside of the statute of limitations) According to the paperwork, around the end of 2015 11. When did you open the account (looking to establish what card agreement may be applicable)? I don't remember 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). It says Open - Initial Filing, and at the end Improper/No Service 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, Don't know what this is 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 30 days to respond, They are claiming two actions, the first cause of action is Account Stated saying that within the last four years, an account was stated in writing between myself and the plaintiff and on the account a balance of $****.** was stated to be due by plaintiff. Defendant expressly or impliedly agreed to pay that balance. They are claiming to have purchased the debt but have nothing to prove so. The Second Clause of Action is Open Book Account. 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. They have two exhibits of evidence, Exhibit A is supposedly the most recent billing statement from Synchrony Bank prior to charge off, and Exhibit B is another billing statement from Synchrony Bank showing the balance that PRA is asking for.
  4. iddriscoll

    Sued by Portfolio in Oregon

    Hi all, Thank god for this forum. I received a summons from Portfolio (via bike messenger at 9pm) on behalf of my fiance in Oregon. She's being sued by PRA for 1500 dollars that she owed to Citibank. It does appear on her credit, and has for some time. At this point, she has 30 days to respond or they get a default judgment, which seems to be their entire business model. Here's my problem: we have no idea how to respond. Do we need to fill out standard forms/paperwork? Do we need to draft our own letter and file it with the county clerk? Do we need to copy the listed PRA attorney on said letter or form? And despite Googling madly, I've only got the vaguest of ideas how to fight this. It seems like JAMS is an option, but I've heard that Oregon has strange arbitration laws, so I'm unclear on that. It also seems that PRA has to validate the debt in order to legitimately collect, and I'm also unclear as to how to go about forcing them to do this. I've been looking for attorneys in OR, but at the rates most of them are charging, it seems more worthwhile for her to set up a payment plan with PRA than to fight it. I'm at a loss, and trying to help her out as best I can. Any information or guidance would be greatly appreciated, and I thank you in advance for responding!
  5. Getting sued in Wisconsin by PRA for a Synchrony BP card and just when I thought I had my answer ready to go, I read on here not to include any affirmatve defenses. I've been reading everything I can on how to answer this complaint and most of what I have written has been copy and pasted. Hoping someone can take a look at it and let me know if I should add or delete anything.
  6. Background Moved out on my own about two years back. I had assumed all of my important mail was forwarded to my new address. To my shock, after a visit to my old residence, a member of my family hands me a packet of papers informing me that I'm being sued. This totally sucks... I'm lost and unsure of what steps I need to take to ensure I can resolve this. I've never been sued before so this a bit daunting to me. I have been reading a few forums on here and while it has been helpful I must say the information overload is very real and overwhelming. If anyone one has any advice on how I can proceed with putting this behind me my ears and mind are open. Additional Information 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.) - Cooling & Winters, LLC / Cooling and Winters LLC 3. How much are you being sued for? - $1,200 4. Who is the original creditor? (if not the Plaintiff) - Synchrony Bank / Amazon.com 5. How do you know you are being sued? (You were served, right?) - I received papers from a family member. 6. How were you served? (Mail, In person, Notice on door) - A family member was served and I received the papers from them. 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, as far as I know, I had no idea who they were until I did a little bit of googling (more information below) 9. What state and county do you live in? - Georgia, Habersham County 10. When is the last time you paid for this account? (looking to establish if you are outside of the statute of limitations) - 2012-2014 11. When did you open the account (looking to establish what card agreement may be applicable)? - 04/ 11 /2012 12. What is the SOL on the debt? - 6 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). - I was unable to find my case online but it says Suit on Account on paper. I've attached scans of the papers I received below blanking out personal information. 14. Have you disputed the debt with the credit bureaus (both the original creditor and the collection agency?) - No I have not disputed the debt with the credit bureaus both the original and current collectors. 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 could be useful to show the court that you dispute the debt ('account stated' vs. 'breach of contract'). - No I have not requested 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 was given 30 days to respond. I’m unsure if it’s from the 21st of March or the 23rd. I will include a scanned copy of the paperwork that I received but I’m going to assume the 21st since to be on the safe side. Also, there is an affidavit dated much earlier on the 9th of March would that actually be the deadline? If so I’m totally screwed… I am unsure if I received an interrogatory. What would that be? The “Charges” are: The Plaintiff says the defendant is indebted to the plaintiff as follows: Default on Account. That said claim is in the amount of: SEE ATTACHED COMPLAINT ( Complaint ) 17. What evidence did they send with the summons? An affidavit? Statements from the OC? Contract? List anything else they attached as exhibits. - The Evidence I was sent are as listed: - An Affidavit - A Statement of Claim - Exhibit 1 A Statement from 11/15/2012. - Exhibit 2 A Statement from 05/15/2012. - Exhibit 3 The Credit Card Agreement. - Exhibit 4 A Bill of Sale between Synchrony and PRA. - And for Reference the first page out of all the others in the packet with the serving date being 03/21/2018 0r 03/23/2018, but I'm going to assume the 21st. ( Serving ) My Questions 1. What actions should I begin to take? I have not filed an answer in fear that I may end up doing something wrong that is irreversible. 2. Please, If you anyone can point me to other threads with a similar situation as mine that can give me some kind of guideline on how I should go about this I'd greatly appreciate. 3. Would it be best for me to just go ahead and pay this off if I currently have the money or would I be better off fighting the case? 4. Is this just a hopeless effort in a losing battle? I'm totally drained. I really am kinda lost right now. If anyone's got any actionable advice I'm all ears. Thank you for taking a look. If any more information is needed on my side to help in understanding my situation please let me know. I work the graveyard shift but will do my best to respond as promptly as possible. Once again thanks for taking a look.
  7. So I've been doing some research into the PRA debt collection cases in my State and looking at the court records of events to possibly get some tips on how others are fighting them if they even contest it at all, which most don't. Well I really haven't found anything more helpful than what I've learned from the fine people of this site. But I did find out that last year PRA filed over 5,000 lawsuits statewide and as I'm typing this a single Attorney has over 900 open cases! I just think that's crazy! That should be illegal. Every case is filed electronically, signed electronically and in almost every case the Attorney never had to show up in court, even if they were required to, they would ask the court if they could appear via phone and were usually allowed to.
  8. Hey everyone, I am looking for guidance on next steps. I opened my first credit card living in South Carolina with Capital One in college, it had a $10,000 limit (I'm not sure how, I knew nothing about money) and maxed it out and forgot about it. I can't remember when I started receiving calls and letters about collections, but eventually I told my mom about the debt and she suggested I ask for a hardship thing which I did. Interest and late fees stopped, and again I forgot about/ignored the debt. I checked my credit score a couple months ago and saw that it had jumped like 300 points overnight, and found that the Capital One account was no longer on my report, and naturally I was elated, thinking I was forgiven and that I had gotten out of this alive. A couple months later when I checked my score, It was down like 100 points and the new account on my credit score was Portfolio Recovery Associates to the tune of $11,383.67. I began receiving letters again a few months ago, now living in Virginia. I received a letter dated 3/26 that my account has been transferred to litigation department, "at this time, no attorney within the litigation department has personally reviewed the particular circumstances on your account." It appears PRA has purchased my account because Capital One is listed as "seller." I have not responded to any letters or spoke on the phone to anyone regarding this account in years. My guess is that this is within the statute of limitations (6 years for both South Carolina and Virginia), however I don't really know when I stopped paying the credit card bill, probably sometime in 2014. I make very little money (working on it though), have no property except a car which I still make payments on (Capital One Auto Finance), and cannot realistically even settle, their offer for a one time payment of $7,968.56 or monthly payments of $758.91 (I know that it is not advised to make payments to a collections agency) as I simply cannot afford these rates. I don't have a record of these letters (simply threw them out) or of the original credit card details (when I opened it, when I stopped paying, etc.). This is my only debt- no student loans, outstanding bills, etc. aside from my car loan (which is in good standing). Can I even send a debt validation letter? Initial correspondence was a long long time ago. Would they sue me? I don't think I'm a good candidate for wage garnishment or property seizure. I had a rough couple of years in college and after and have been working on cleaning myself up. It would super suck to get sued or have to pay a lot of money, mostly because I don't have any. Do South Carolina or Virginia laws apply? Thanks so much in advance for any guidance.
  9. Can someone please answer this question? If the proof of service documents say that I was personally served but wasn’t served at all, grounds to have a judgment vacated even though I still resided at the address? Proof that I wasn’t personally served is in the documents they filed. Forged signatures. I was sued by PRA and Asset Acceptance/Midland Funding several years ago. Default judgments awarded to both of them because I didn’t appear in court. I wasn’t personally served like the proof states. Both PRA and Asset Acceptance filed proof of service, using the same process server. The signatures on the filed documents are obviously different. One even has a date a month after the day the server claimed I was served. The signatures, spacing, font, and dates are clearly suspicious are my proof that I was never personally served. I had lost my son, was laid off due to the recession that caused many Americans hardship, was losing my house, and had exhausted all my unemployment benefits. I didn’t care to be alive then. I suffered major hardships that turned my world upside down. I was judgment proof. Judgments were entered in 2012. I understand timing is an issue but I still want to try to have them vacated. It wouldn’t be hard to prove that the documents are forged,false affidavits were submitted, no valid documentation showing proof of a contract, and other violations. I finally started to pull myself together and started working again May, 2014 and since then my wages have been garnished by PRA. Asset is patiently waiting and getting bigger every day. Can someone give me hope? I can and will upload the documents if I need to.
  10. 1. Named Plaintiff: Portfolio Recovery 2. Law firm handling suit: N/A. 4 individual lawyers and bar numbers are listed, with no firm name. I'm not positive that they are not simply employees of Portfolio? Names are Emily Pierce, Jordan Cook, Lori Williams, and Kristen Brinkerhoff. 3. What is the amount of the suit: More than $1,000, but less than $1,500. 4. Who was the original creditor: Capital One. 5. How do you know you're being sued: ... I was served with papers on Sunday, 30 April 2017. 6. How were you served: In person. 7. Was the service legal as required by the state: I believe so. 8. What pre-existing correspondence did you have with plaintiff: I'm not aware of any. 9. What state and county do you live in: California. County is a relatively small one, rural-ish, so I'm not sure I should name it. It might make things too identifiable for PRA. 10. When was the last payment made on the account: according to plaintiff's complaint, the most recent payment on the account in question was <3 years ago. 11. SOL on the debt is 4 years. 12. I'm not entirely certain what the status of the case genuinely is at this time. My county does not appear to have case info online other than the immediate court calendar. I was served yesterday, and I was too busy today with work, chemo, and radiation to be able to go to the courthouse. (Yes, this is exactly one extra set of stress that I did not need right now.) 13. I have not disputed the debt with any credit bureaus, the original creditor, or the collection agency. I was rather surprised when I got served yesterday. 14. I did not request debt validation--again, this was all quite a surprise to me yesterday. 15(a). I have 30 days to respond to the suit. 15(b). Claims will be described below. 15(c). No interrogatory was received. 16. There were two exhibits attached to the summons and complaint. Each exhibit purported to be a credit card statement from Capital One. Neither included a complete account number, only the last four digits. Exhibit A purported to show the final payment received by the original creditor, as well as a few small purchases. Exhibit B purported to be a statement from a year later. It purports to show a past due balance and a minimum payment, and has a payment coupon attached, but there is nothing that identifies it obviously as a final settlement. There is an additional page to the purported statement in Exhibit B which notes that the account has been charged off and gives a phone number to call for more information, but there is no account number or other information on this sheet which would tend to indicate that it is associated with any particular account or statement. Verbage of the complaint is as follows: It seems as though, since this is exclusively an Account Stated issue, there's no point in doing a BOP. That said, it looks like it still could be a useful attack. I've never seen either one of the exhibits they've attached to the complaint, and so far as I know, nobody makes a habit of sending their credit card statements by CMRRR, so it seems that there's really no way for PRA to prove that I ever assented, implicitly or explicitly, as to the accuracy of the original creditor's account as stated. Therefore, BOP might still prove useful? It seems additionally useful in forcing PRA to prove that I provided assent, implicitly or explicitly, to the accuracy of their account as stated. I have absolutely no recollection of ever seeing any account statement from PRA, and I certainly can't assent to the accuracy of something I've never seen. What are y'all's thoughts on this? Since this isn't a verified complaint, there's no reason to admit to anything, even my own name, right? Just use the general denial and head for discovery? Also, one potential wrinkle: I did have an account with Capital One that was active from 2010 until 2016 when it was paid off, but... it was a car loan. Would documentation from that be subject to discovery by PRA in the present litigation? Anything else I need to be thinking about right now? (Aside from the obvious of getting the CCP96 and CCP98 stuff that I can tear up with the data from previous cases discussed here, and aside from the equally obvious not being late with my answer and also the whole deal about maybe trying not to die.)
  11. MY ANSWERS TO THE STANDARD QUESTIONS: 1. Who is the named plaintiff in the suit? PRA 2. What is the name of the law firm handling the suit? (should be listed at the top of the complaint.) listed for Norfolk, VA 3. How much are you being sued for? $1000.00+ 4. Who is the original creditor? (if not the Plaintiff) Synchrony Bank/Amazon (I have copy of agreement with JAMS clause) 5. How do you know you are being sued? (You were served, right?) Court verified 6. How were you served? (Mail, In person, Notice on door) Notice on door on August 21st | Mail rec'd August 22nd. 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 9. What state and county do you live in? Indiana 10. When is the last time you paid on this account? (looking to establish if you are outside of the statute of limitations) 2.2015 11. What is the SOL on the debt? 6 yrs 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). Court website has status as SERVED AUGUST 21st. 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. Did you receive an interrogatory (questionnaire) regarding the lawsuit? (listed below) I have 20 calendar days to respond. Which means Sunday, September 10th is my 20th day. 16. What evidence did they send with the summons? An affidavit? Statements from the OC? Contract? List anything else they attached as exhibits. Included in the summons packet are the following documents: PAGE #1 Summons - Must answer the complaint in writing to be filed with the court within 20 days from date you received summons. PAGE #2 Affidavit of Debt - Unpaid balance $1000+ on account ending in XXXX. This account was opened 2011. Last payment received 2015. Type of acct: Credit card (Synchrony Bank/Amazon) Plaintiff is not seeking attorney fees PAGE #3 Complaint: Account of NAME, account number ending in XXXX is in default Original creditor is Synchrony Bank Obligation is past due. Amount owed $1000.00+ Plaintiff demands judgement against defendant for the sum plus court costs. PAGE #4 Bill of Sale: September 2016 - There is no identifying info at all on this document. Document indicates forward flow covenants and conditions in purchase agreement - no purchase agreement included. PAGE #5 Summary of Account Activity from Amazon. PAGE #6 & #7 Appearance by Attorney in Civil Case PAGE #8 Certificate of Service
  12. Hello everyone, I was served Saturday (7/22/2017) morning with a suit for unpaid debt. This is my first time ever dealing with a legal matter and I never even been in a court before except for jury duty. I'm nervous about this and will happen and what I should be doing. The date on the summon is 8/22/2017. I am lost at what I should do by then. I really need a step by step instruction. I have read a lot online and it is getting overwhelming. Do I need to submit an appearance? what about an answer? Am I expected to show up on that return date? Or maybe hiring an attorney would be the best for this? Since I don't understand any of the stuff written in the summons. I would greatly appreciate any guidance or help from anyone here. My financial situation at the time and now still have not improve to settle on this matter. 1. Who is the named plaintiff in the suit? Portfolio Recovery Associates 2. What is the name of the law firm handling the suit? (should be listed at the top of the complaint.) Blitt and Gaines PC 3. How much are you being sued for? $4140.89 4. Who is the original creditor? (if not the Plaintiff) Synchrony Bank / GAP 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? Yes 8. What was your correspondence (if any) with the people suing you before you think you were being sued? Not even sure if I even received anything from them 9. What state and county do you live in? Illinois - Jackson County 10. When is the last time you paid on this account? (looking to establish if you are outside of the statute of limitations) April 2015 11. What is the SOL on the debt? To find out 5 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). Served. 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. Did you receive an interrogatory (questionnaire) regarding the lawsuit? Date on the summon 8/22/2017. I do not receive a questionnaire regarding the lawsuit. I will attached the claims they made at the end of this post. 16. What evidence did they send with the summons? An affidavit? Statements from the OC? Contract? List anything else they attached as exhibits. Copy of the last payment made on the account prior to charge-off (Exhibit 1) and an Affidavit from Custodian of Record. Also attached the whole document provided.
  13. Hello all: Looking for some advice on how to proceed next. Last August we were served with a lawsuit from Portfolio Recovery Associates on an old debt that was 1 month away from expiring SOL - so they got it in just in time. We answered the suit and also made the request to the court to conduct discovery. We never heard back from the court - on anything. I would periodically check the Collin County website and nothing was happening. All of a sudden we got a notice in the mail that we had a trial date set. Went to the courthouse to find out what happened with the discovery request. Long story short - it got lost in some shuffle somehow, somewhere and the judge never saw it. The people at the court assured my husband that at the date that was set for trial that it would turn into a motion hearing so that we could conduct discovery. Husband goes for the motion hearing - PRA attorney hands over a few statements and the judge says "there is your discovery". Judge says "we can go through this whole thing but you will end up paying this and the attorney fees." He was agitated that the mistake happened but didn't seem to care about it. He also noted that PRA is very aggressive. Nothing is updated yet on the website as far as what will happen yet - but the judge told my husband to negotiate with PRA - said we could fight it but that they will win. I am so lost - we did what we thought we were supposed to do and because someone dropped the ball at the court, we are in a bad position. It sounds like this judge sides with creditors instead of debtors. What should we do at this point? If we settle with them, what is a reasonable settlement? Husband heard the attorney talking about needing special authorization for 50% on original debt. Is there any further recourse we can have with the court? Any/all advice would be greatly appreciated! Thanks much.
  14. Hello, I recently posted in another forum, but this seemed like the more appropriate place. I am being sued by Portfolio Recovery Associates. I was served a few weeks ago and am closing in on the time I have left to file an Answer. I think the scope of the suit has me in a state of confusion and I feel as if there is nothing I can do to change the outcome of the suit. I was recently contacted by a group that wanted to arbitrate on my behalf, but I didn't feel good about what they had to offer and insisted that I pay a small fee in cash. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. I hope I am not breaking any rules by submitting another post, asking for help. 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.) Portfolio Recovery Associates Attorneys located in SD 3. How much are you being sued for? 2,300 4. Who is the original creditor? (if not the Plaintiff) Synchrony Bank / Amazon.com 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? 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? Los Angeles, California 10. When is the last time you paid on this account? (looking to establish if you are outside of the statute of limitations) The account was closed sometime in 2015. 11. What is the SOL on the debt? To find out: 4 Years in CA 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). Status is Pending. I was just served and am approaching the deadline. 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. Did you receive an interrogatory (questionnaire) regarding the lawsuit? Less than 2 weeks. The Plaintiff is a claiming that I owe them the balance of a debt that Synchrony / Amazon sold to them. The Plaintiff has included to pieces of “evidence” with the complaint (2 statements from Synchrony / Amazon) If needed I can include a copy of the complaint with any personal information removed. 16. What evidence did they send with the summons? An affidavit? Statements from the OC? Contract? List anything else they attached as exhibits. Two Statements from Synchrony / Amazon
  15. Hello, I am seeking help with a summons I got today. I have very little experience in law. I'm a disabled veteran, unable to work, and don't have money to hire an attorney. So, I'm reaching out on here. I received a summons today stating that I am being sued by Portfolio Recovery Associates, LLC Assignee of Citibank, N.A. / Citibank, N.A/ The Home Depot. The attorney is located about 200 miles away from where I live. A: Parties 1. It lists PRA & a Norfolk, VA address 2. It has my name, and address B: Jurisdiction 3. Plaintiff seeks only monetary relief of $10,000 or less, including damages of any kind, penalties, costs, expenses, and prejudgment costs. 4. Plaintiff asserts that the above named court has jurisdiction over the matter of this case and the person or Defendant and that the damages sought are within the jurisdictional limits of this court. C. Venue 5. Venue of this action is proper in the county named above because Defendant is/are individual believed to be residing in said county at the time of the commencement of suit. D: Facts 6. CITIBANK, NA / CITIBANK, NA/ THE HOME DEPOT issued a credit account in the Defendant's name under its account number ending in *****************. The line of credit was issued on January XX, 2012. Defendant received and used the account and thereby is obligated to pay for the charges incurred with the account. Plaintiff's records show Defendant's last payment on the account occurred on January XX, 2016. Defendant defaulted on the obligation to make monthly payments on the credit account, and the account was subsequently canceled. The line of credit was subsequently closed due to nonpayment and/or charged off to profit and loss on or about May, XX, 2015. The entire balance on the credit account is presently due and payable in full. 7. Defendant's credit account was assigned to Plaintiff on Feb XX, 2016, and Plaintiff is the current holder of Defendant's account and the proper party to bring this suit. Plaintiff owns all rights, title and interest on the credit account. 8. After allowing for all just and lawful offsets, credits, and payments on the credit account, the total balance due to Plaintiff's by Defendant on the Account is $4,XXX.XX. 9. Plaintiff does not seek ongoing interest. 10. The Plaintiff has made demand upon the Defendant for payment of the amount due and payable in full. The Defendant have failed, neglected, and refused to pay the amount, less all lawful offsets, credits, or payments is still due and owing. E. COUNT 1: Account Stated 11. Plaintiff is the owner and beneficiary of all claims related to the line of credit opened by Defendant ending in *********************. The amount due and owing on said account is $4,XXX.XX. All just lawful offsets, credits, and payments have been applied to said account. 12. Plaintiff, as owner of the account, is entitled to recover on the account because (1) transactions between Plaintiff's predecessor- in - interest and Defendant gave rise to an indebtedness, (2)there existed an agreement between the Plaintiff's predecessor- in- interest and Defendant which established an amount due, and (3) the Defendant promised to pay the indebtness. Neil v. Agris, 693 S. W .2d 604, 605 (Tex. App- Houston (14th Dist) 1985, no writ); Continental Cas. Co v. Dr. Pepper Bottling Co. of Texas, Inc., 416 F.Supp.2d 497, 504 (N.D.Tex. 2006)(citing Arnold D. Kamen & Co. v Young, 466 S.W.2d 381, 388 (Tex.Civ.App- Dallas 1971, writ. ref'd n.r.e.)). F. Damages 13. Plaintiff seeks damages on its liquidated claim in the amount of at least $4,XXX.XX, plus costs which is within the jurisdictional limits of this court. G. Conditions Precedent 14. All conditions precedent to Plaintiffs claim for relief have been performed or have occurred. H. Prayer 15. For these reasons, Plaintiff asks that the court issue citation for Defendant to appear and answer, and that Plaintiff be awarded judgement against Defendant for the following: a. Actual damages in the amount of $4,XXX.XX b. Court costs. c. All other relief to which Plaintiff is entitled. *There is also an affidavit from a "Custodian of Records" at PRA, stating she works for PRA & she is familiar with paperwork, record keeping, etc... *It states the account had "been sold, assigned and transferred by the Account Seller on 02/22/2016"; there is also a "Bill of Sale and Assignment" Stating Citibank NA sold it to PRA: "For value received and subject to the terms and conditions of the Purchase and Sale Agreement dated January 23,2015, between Buyer and the Bank, the Bank does hereby transfer, sell, assign, convey, grant, bargain, set over and deliver to Buyer, and to Buyer's successors and assigns, the Accounts described in Exhibit 1 and the final electronic file". *There is an "Account Statement", which looks like a printout from Home Depot showing balance, fees, etc... Any, and ALL help is greatly warranted, and deeply appreciated!!!!
  16. Im a newbie here so thank you for all the detailed posts I've read through so far. I believe I only have a few more days to answer the complaint so I really hope you experts or folks that have gone through this can help me. 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? Portfolio Recovery Associates, LLC 3. How much are you being sued for? $1670 4. Who is the original creditor? (if not the Plaintiff) Capital One 5. How do you know you are being sued? (You were served, right?) I was served 6. How were you served? (Mail, In person, Notice on door) In person at home 7. Was the service legal as required by your state? Process Service Requirements by State - Summons Complaint Yes, I believe so 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? California 10. When is the last time you paid on this account? (looking to establish if you are outside of the statute of limitations) They claim I made a payment in November 2014, however I believe I was default before that timeframe. 11. What is the SOL on the debt? To find out: 4 years 12. What is the status of your case? Suit served? Yes Motions filed? Not that I know of, I searched online and the Case number does not come up on the court website, I searched by name and date and still nothing in the system yet. 13. Have you disputed the debt with the credit bureaus (both the original creditor and the collection agency?) I may have in the past but couldn’t find any record of disputes, they don’t appear on my credit report. 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. Did you receive an interrogatory (questionnaire) regarding the lawsuit? I am attaching the documents they sent., I did not receive a questionnaire. 16. What evidence did they send with the summons? An affidavit? Statements from the OC? Contract? List anything else they attached as exhibits. They attached 2 Capital One bills as exhibits. 1. I'd like to request a Bill of Particulars, this seems to be something that may help my case. Any tips with the BOP would be very helpful 2. I'd like to file a General denial w/ POS but need to know what should go in the General Denial based on the attached documents. they state the last date of payment was Nov 2014, however I think I was late way before then. Any help is appreciated greatly appreciated since I am really pressed for time as I am sure most of you are. Thank you for taking the time to read my post. Summons_Redacted.pdf
  17. Well we all know why I am here lol. Got summons and I visited 3 lawyers and determined I can not pay their price. I turned to google and filed my answer within my 30 days. I was sent a notice a week later to be at court Oct 12, 2016 9am. The same day I got this court notice I was summons from LVNV and did the same with them. Filed my answer and yesterday I got a request for admissions and production from LVNV (made a new thread for them). I am curious as to why PRA has not sent me a discovery yet. Can I still file a motion to dismiss? Summons came with complaint Affidavit -employee of PRA ;ordinary course of business ; account having been sold and transferred on 10/21/2015 ; Bill of sale and Assignment -dated 10/21/2015 ; purchase and sale agreement dated 12/19/2014 between buyer and bank, bank transfer and sells grants and bargains set over to deliver to buyer the Accounts described in Exhibit 1 (not attached) and the final electronic file. -?- did they purchase this on 10/21/2015 or 12/19/2014 Card Statement and terms Department of Defense Manpower Data Center sheet Thank you
  18. First off, I have to thank @ASTMedic @calawyer and everyone else on the forums for helping me win this! I couldn't have done it without your knowledge! I just received the form CIV-110 stating that Portfolio is filing for a dismissal without prejudice. I have a year left on the SOL. Is there a way, at this point, or should I even try and get the case dismissed with prejudice?
  19. Need assistance since this is the first time i got a citation from a collection company called Portfolio Recovery Associates, LLC. It was handed in person by an officer. Currently unemployed and about to move out of state to be closer to my family. I wanted to know what would be my best option. I read two options such as submit a Waiver of Citation or an Answer (General Denial); but I am trying to avoid going to court. Attached are images of the documents. Victoria_citation.pdf
  20. 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.) "Portfolio Recovery Associates," with Original Petition signed by Orjanel Lewis, Texas SBN 24083667 3. How much are you being sued for? $3,134.72 4. Who is the original creditor? (if not the Plaintiff) Cit Online Bank / Dell Financial Services, LLC 5. How do you know you are being sued? (You were served, right?) Served 9/15/2016 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. Never any phone calls or mail from anyone from Portfolio Recovery Associates. 9. What state and county do you live in? Texas, Brazoria County 10. When is the last time you paid on this account? (looking to establish if you are outside of the statute of limitations) Not sure. Claimed to be January 21, 2013 in Complaint, but should have been sometime prior to mid-to-late 2012 if it is an account of mine. Date complaint filed with the court was August 23, 2016. 11. What is the SOL on the debt? 4 years. Account opened in 2005 as claimed in suit would have been in Mississippi, with 3 year SOL. I moved to Texas in August 2012. 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 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. Did you receive an interrogatory (questionnaire) regarding the lawsuit? 14 days, ending Thursday, September 29, 2016. Answer filed with the justice court on September 28. 16. What evidence did they send with the summons? An affidavit? Statements from the OC? Contract? List anything else they attached as exhibits. The complete Original Petition is inserted below, but a summary of attachments is: a. Affidavit of PSA Custodian of Records supposedly certifying “personal knowledge of Account Assignee's record keeping system,” b. un-notarized “Bill of Sale” from “Kelly M. Barrett, Title: President” with title at bottom the page of “WebBank Secondary Bill of Sale FY15 FFDS Month 8,” c. “Schedule 1 to Bill of Sale dated October 14, 2014 – Accounts specifically identified in the following file: Secondary FF Oct2014 sales WebBank.xlsx Is save and encrypted on Hyperoffice at the following path: WebBank / DFS / Asset Transfer / Oct (2014) FY15 FFDS Month 8 d. Apparent photocopy of Dell Financial Savings statement from October 2013 with my name and address e. Status Report to Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (I am not and have never been in the military) The Original Petition served from the justice court is as follows: =========================== (Begin Petition) =============================(end Petition) I have filed an Answer with the justice court which is basically the one posted on this forum by TexasRocker: =============================(begin Answer) Case No. xxxxxxx PORTFOLIO RECOVERY ASSOCIATES, LLC § IN THE JUSTICE COURT ASSIGNEE OF CIT ONLINE BANK / DELL § FINANCIAL SERVICES, LLC § Plaintiff § § PR 4 PL 1 v. § § xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx § Defendant § BRAZORIA COUNTY, TEXAS DEFENDANT'S ORIGINAL ANSWER, PLEA TO THE JURISDICTION AND SPECIAL EXCEPTIONS ANSWER Defendant generally denies, pursuant to Rule 92 of the Texas Rules of Civil Procedure, each and every, all and singular, of The Plaintiff's allegations. Defendant asserts that the claims are barred by the applicable statute of limitations. Defendant asserts that the interest rates charged by the original creditor are usurious. PLEA TO THE JURISDICTION Grounds for Dismissal for Lack of Standing This is a lawsuit arising out of an alleged consumer credit card debt. Plaintiff is not a financial institution, original creditor, lender, or issuer of any credit card. Instead, Plaintiff alleges "Defendant's(s').credit account was assigned to Plaintiff on October 16, 2014, and Plaintiff is the current holder of Defendant's(s') account. See Plaintiff's Original Petition under "Facts," paragraph 7. There is no allegation or statement as to who was the seller, and there is no way from these pleadings to determine if Plaintiff purchased the account from anyone in the chain of title, and no way to determine what rights, if any, the Plaintiff has to bring suit. A plaintiff who seeks to sue based on rights acquired by an assignment must plead and prove up the assignment. Ceramic Tile Intern., Inc, v. Balusek, 137 S.W.3d 722, 724 (Tex. App, – San Antonio 2004, no pet.); Delaney v. Davis, 81 S.W.3d 445, 448-49 (Tex. App, – Houston [14th district] 2002, no pet.). Plaintiff has not done either. If Plaintiff is the assignee and rightful owner of the debt, this should be very easy for Plaintiff to allege and prove, yet Plaintiff avoids and dodges the issue, when such issues cannot wait until trial. Without a pleading of an assignment and admissible evidence of the assignment, there is no subject matter jurisdiction and this case must be dismissed. Whether plaintiff has standing to bring this lawsuit is a threshold issue that should be resolved at the onset, and the instant plea to the jurisdiction is a proper means by which to address this threshold question. Legal Standards for a Plea to the Jurisdiction The purpose of a plea to the jurisdiction is to dismiss a cause of action without regard to whether the underlying claim has merit. Bland ISD v. Blue, 34 S.W.3d 547, 554 (Tex. 2000). The plea challenges the court's power to adjudicate the subject matter of the controversy. Texas Dept. of Transp. v. Arzate, 159 S.W.3d 188, 190 (Tex.App. – El Paso 2004, no pet.), Axtell v. University of Texas, 69 S.W.3d 261, 263 (Tex.App. – Austin 2002, no pet.). Standing is a basic requirement of the judicial system and goes directly to the court's subject matter jurisdiction over a case. It may be raised at any time and, unlike a challenge to a party's capacity to sue, cannot be waived or presumed. Nootsie Ltd. v. Williamson County Appraisal District, 925 S.W.2d 659, 661-662 (Tex. 1996), Continental Coffee Products v. Cazarez, 937 S.W.2d 444 n.2 (Tex, 1996). A plea to the jurisdiction is the proper way to challenge a party's lack of standing. Waco ISD v. Gibson, 22 S.W.3d 849, 850 (Tex. 2000). The Plaintiff must come forward with sufficient evidence to demonstrate that there is at least an issue of fact as to the existence of jurisdiction. Texas Department of Parks and Wildlife v. Miranda, 133 S.W.3d 217, 227-228 (Tex. 2004). The court should grant defendant's plea to the jurisdiction because on the face of the petition, it is clear that the Plaintiff is not the original creditor, which therefore puts standing at issue, and it is certain that this Plaintiff will not come forward with admissible evidence of standing to bring the lawsuit. SPECIAL EXCEPTION TO ACCOUNT STATED 1. Credit Card Cases Are Based on Express Contracts and Cannot Be Brought On Implied Contract Theories Like Account Stated. The Texas Supreme Court made clear in Truly v. Austin, 744 S.W. 2d 934, 936 (Tex. 1988) that a plaintiff may not avoid the terms of its express contract by seeking recovery on an implied contract theory if the damages claimed are covered by the express contract. Credit card cases brought on an account stated theory violate this Supreme Court holding. Credit Card arrangements are governed by express contracts. The only viable cause of action for breach of a credit card is breach of contract. Implied or quasi-contractual causes of action like an account stated cannot be brought on a credit card debt without violating Truly v. Austin. Texas courts will not imply the existence of contract where an express contract already exists. Fortune Production Co. v. Conoco, Inc.,52 S.W.3d 671 684 (Tex. 2000), Woodard v. Southwest States, Inc., 384 S.W.2d 674 (Tex 1964), Musick v. Pogue, 330 S.W.2d 696, 699 (Tex. Civ App.- San Antonio 1959, writ ref'd n.r.e.). The reason for this rule, as described by the Supreme Court in Fortune Production, is that parties should be bound by their express agreements. When a valid agreement addresses the matter, a party should not be able to recover more than is provided for in the agreement. Id., 52 S.W.3d at 684. "Count 1" of the Original petition fails to provide fair notice as to how The Plaintiff can avoid this express contract in favor of an account stated. The principle that a plaintiff should not be able to use an implied contractual theory to recover more than his contract authorizes is particularly applicable to credit card cases. Credit card fees and interest rates are heavily regulated. Federal Law mandates comprehensive disclosures of these terms when the account is opened and when the account is amended. See e.g. 15 U.S.C. § 1637 ¶ (1)-(7), 12 C.F.R. 225.5-225.16. Credit card plaintiffs should be able to produce these disclosures or otherwise prove the interest rates and fees that their customers agreed to pay. Using an account stated theory to imply an agreement to pay the interest and fees would improperly relieve plaintiff from establishing the amount of interest and fees that were required to be disclosed to the defendant under Federal law, and must have been included in the terms of its alleged express agreement with the defendant. 2. A Credit Card Account Is Not an Account Stated A credit card account is not an "account" as that term has been used in the common law governing suits on account. A credit card account does not arise out of a course of dealing between two parties engaging in transactions in goods. A credit card account is a multiparty arrangement. Each transaction involves at a minimum, the debtor, a merchant, the merchant's bank, a clearing organization such as Visa, Mastercard, American Express, the card issuing bank and the card issuing bank's credit card processing unit. Every transaction brings a new merchant and merchant bank into the web of transactions that make up the account, with the result that over the term of a credit card account, hundreds of parties may be involved, not just two as envisioned for a common law account. Moreover, the transactions in a credit card account are not merely sales of goods. The account issuer does not sell goods to the account holder: instead, it makes extensions of credit to the account holder or to third party merchants on the account holder's behalf. For these reasons the cause of action for account stated does not apply to credit cards. An account stated is merely an open account that has been closed because the party charged has agreed that the account is correct. Whittlesey v. Spofford, 47 Tex. 13, (Tex. 1877), Wroten Grain & Lumber v. Mineola Box Mfg. Co., 95 S.W. 744 (Tex Civ. App.-1906), Padgitt Bros. Co. v. Dorsey, 194 S.W. 1124, 1126 (Tex Civ. App.- El Paso 1917, no writ). An open account is an implied claim that arises from the course of dealing between two parties who engage in a series of transactions in which title to goods passes from one to the other. McCamant v. Batsell, 59 Tex. 363, 367-369 (Tex 1883), Livingston Ford Mercury, Inc. v. Haley, 997 S.W.2d 425, 427 (Tex App.----Beaumont 199, no writ). Over a century ago in McCamant v. Batsell, 59 Tex. 363, 1883 WL 9175 (Tex. 1883), a case that has never been overruled, The Supreme Court construed the word “account” as it is used in this context as limited to suits arising out of relationships in which title to goods was transferred from the plaintiff to the defendant and further excluding suits in which the rights of the parties were defined by a written agreement. In McCamant, a suit on a promissory note, the plaintiff sought to make use of the then existing statute governing suits on account, which like current Rule 185, set up abbreviated procedure for resolving disputes involving such suits. Unlike the current rule the statute did not enumerate the kinds of action that could be brought as suits on account. The Supreme Court construed the meaning of the term “account” in the statute as being consistent with the common law meaning of the term: “As used in the statutes of this state, in the act referred to, we believe that the word 'account' is used in its popular sense, rather than in a technical sense, and that it applies to transactions between persons in which, by sale upon one side and purchases upon the other, the title to personal property passes from one to the other, and the relation of debtor and creditor is thereby created by general course of dealing.” The Court also ruled that the plaintiff’s suit against the maker of a note and his sureties could not be brought as a suit on account or an open account because it did not arise out of the course of dealings between a buyer and seller, but was based upon a written agreement in which all the terms were fixed and certain. Id., 1883 WL 9175 at 6. The Supreme Court reaffirmed the holding of McCamant in Meaders v. Biskamp, 316 S.W.2d 75 (Tex. 1958), in which The Court distinguished a suit on an account from a suit based upon an express contract for purposes of awarding attorney’s fees. The then-applicable language of Tex. Civ. Stat. Art. 2226, the predecessor to Tex. Civ. Prac. & Rem. Code Ch. 38 permitted an award of attorney’s fees for a suit upon a sworn account but did not include the present language authorizing fees in a breach of contract case. The Meaders court, citing McCamant, held that a suit founded upon a written contract for the drilling of an oil well was not a suit on account because the relationship of debtor and creditor did not arise from a course of dealing but from a contract. Id., 316 S.W.2d at 78 The classic statements of the elements of the account stated cause of action expressly draw a distinction between suits that grow out of a course of dealing and suits that grow out of an express agreement. For example, in Central Nat. Bank of San Angelo v. Cox, 96 S.W.2d 746, 748(Tex. Civ. App.—Austin 1936, writ dismissed), the court said: “The cases are legion on what constitutes an account stated. In general the essential elements involved are: Transactions between the parties which give rise to an indebtedness of one to the other; an agreement, express or implied, between them fixing the amount due; and a promise, express or implied, by the one to be charged, to pay such indebtedness. 1 Tex.Jur. p. 371 et seq.; 1 C.J. 678; 1 Am.Jur. 272; 1 C.J.S., Account Stated, p. 693.” The first and defining element of the claim is existence of a debtor-creditor relationship that arises from a series of transactions—from a course of dealing, not a contract. This element is identical across all suits on account, whether open, sworn or stated. While the other elements of the claim do reference an agreement, the subject matter of the agreement is not the creation or terms of the debtor-creditor relationship, but the acknowledgment, after the transactions that gave rise to the relationship have occurred, of the amount due and the obligation to pay. Recent court of appeals decisions allowing a stated account on a credit card have overlooked these Texas Supreme Court authorities and instead are based upon mere dicta from a footnote in a decision out of the Dallas court of appeals. In a footnote in that case, Dulong v. Citibank (South Dakota) N.A., 261 S.W.3d 890 (Tex.App.----Dallas 2008) the court stated that a sworn account requires the passage of title and is thus not a proper tool for a credit card case but noted that it differs from an account stated in this regard. But neither that decision nor any of the other appellate decisions that have followed it have explained how they reached this conclusion. These decisions are utterly devoid of any analysis or legal authority on the issue, and none of them discuss McCamant v. Batsell. These decisions are simply contrary to Texas Supreme Court authority PRAYER Wherefore, premises considered, Defendant prays that the Court grant his Plea to the Jurisdiction, grant his Special Exceptions, enter judgment in his favor and against Plaintiff, that Plaintiff take nothing, that the Court assess costs against Plaintiff and award Defendant all other relief, at law and in equity, to which he is entitled. Respectfully Submitted, Signed_________________________________ Name: xxxxxxxxxxx Address: xxxxxxxxxxxx Phone: xxxxxxxxxxx CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE I do hereby certify that I will mail by Certified Mail with return receipt a true and correct copy of this ORIGINAL ANSWER, PLEA TO THE JURISDICTION AND SPECIAL EXCEPTIONS to the Plaintiff on the 28th day of September, 2016. Signed____________________________________ Name: xxxxxxxxx Phone: xxxxxxxxx ======================= (End Answer) I have received the green certified mail Return Receipt card from the plaintiff for this Answer. I've been working through the book "O'Connor's Texas Rules - Civil Trials" recommended by TexasRocker, and from it and other reading I've done in civil procedure ebooks available from the Texas State Law Library, I'm feeling more and more confident that a lot of the deficiencies cited by other forum members in their cases are contained in the plaintiff's Original Petition. The "Bill of Sale" is generic and does not even have a notarized signature, and the affidavit from the PRA employee to establish the business record refers only to a vague entry in some computer file somewhere, not a specific record with my name or data. The more I read and observe, this Petition appears to contain just enough "evidence" to back up a default judgment, but with plenty of holes--with many referenced by the points in TexasRocker's Answer--that would be easy to exploit if the suit continues. I am presently working on Discovery questions to submit to the justice court for approval to send to the plaintiff; as of today I have received no Discovery questions or other correspondence from the plaintiff or anyone else from Portfolio Recovery Associates. I would appreciate any suggestions on proceeding further, but TexasRocker's example Answer has already been indispensable. Just before finding it here I almost filed just a General Denial, but TexasRocker's arguments looked better than anything else I had found elsewhere or that I had tried to cobble together myself. I'll be sure to post any and all developments here so that everyone can benefit from what happens with me in this suit. I will also be happy to answer any questions if I've been unclear with anything I've posted. Just note that I suffer from debilitating migraines and fibromyalgia that can put me out of commission for days at a time, so if I don't respond immediately to a post this is most likely the reason. It's not that I'm ignoring anyone, and the occasional fibromyalgia "brain fog" could make one of my postings more incoherent than I would like it to be. (I'm hoping a medication adjustment appointment with my internist next week will help enough for me to make it relatively symptom-free through this next push with Discovery and anything else that crops up with the suit.) Thanks in advance to all... Bozee
  21. Hello, I'm new here. I'm being sued or summoned by PRA in California and I need your help please. I've been having problem after problem with my car, work, and with this lawsuit. Its made my life heavy and miserable. Any help would be greatly appreciated to take this weight off my shoulders. I was planning on ignoring it to be honest cause i dont have the money to hire an attorney. I've answered the questions necessary thats been requested by the admin/moderators. Thanks again ahead of time. *Note: I've left out specific info. If anyone needs more specific info I can message or email you. -Nehv 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.) Portfolio Recovery Associates, LLC 3. How much are you being sued for? Less than $5,000 for principal balance, costs of suit and "any such other relief as the court may deem just and proper" 4. Who is the original creditor? (if not the Plaintiff) Synchrony bank 5. How do you know you are being sued? (You were served, right?) Not yet. Served with papers left at home while i was out and also got two letters from attorney services. 6. How were you served? (Mail, In person, Notice on door) Papers were dropped off on the floor. 7. Was the service legal as required by your state? I don't know. I'm not sure to be honest. Since the papers were just on the floor. 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? No contact what so ever with PRA before or after summons. 9. What state and county do you live in? Los Angeles, California 10. When is the last time you paid on this account? (looking to establish if you are outside of the statute of limitations) I believe in mid 2015. Never made a payment with the collection account with PRA. 11. What is the SOL on the debt? To find out: Statute of Limitations on Debts Well in California it says the most is 4 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). As if today: Unknown disposition. 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. Did you receive an interrogatory (questionnaire) regarding the lawsuit? Here is an example of what the summons/complaint may look like: Sued by a Debt Collector - Learn How to Fight Debt Lawsuits I haven't been served yet. Where can I find the charges? I read all the paperwork. Can someone guide me? It says I "expressly or impliedly agreed to pay ... Balance" 16. What evidence did they send with the summons? An affidavit? Statements from the OC? Contract? List anything else they attached as exhibits. They attached two billing statements of the original account with Synchrony Bank.
  22. Hi guys, I previously posted about two collections I have with PRA regarding credit card debts and was directed to speak a lawyer here in TN. I was given the advice to dispute the collections with the CRAs and once they reply to notify him Well it has been almost five days since I notified him of the results and I have not been given a reply. At this point I feel like trying to fight it is not worth it. I fear getting sued and then not being able to find a attorney to fight it and getting a judgement. Can anyone provide any advice on how I should approach PRA? I have filed a dispute with CFPB and am waiting for the results of that. If the outcome is not favorable then I think I will go ahead and try to settle the matter. Please tell me how I should go about getting this handled. I am so angry that this company is going to make money off of my financial misfortune.
  23. This is a fantastic decision issued yesterday on the requirements for a dunning letter soliciting "settlement" of stale debts. The opinion is concise and dead on. http://media.ca7.uscourts.gov/cgi-bin/rssExec.pl?Submit=Display&Path=Y2017/D03-29/C:15-1567:J:Hamilton:aut:T:fnOp:N:1937594:S:0
  24. I had a written agreement with Hunt & Henriques lawyer last September to dismiss my case. They agreed to dismiss with prejudice. Now, they have finally filed for the dismissal and requested it "without prejudice". How can I respond to this? Is there form to fill out? Do I send a letter to the attorney? The statute of limitations is up in April, but it's also the principal of the matter. We had an agreement and I want them to adhere to it.
  25. I was served yesterday and I am looking for guidance on the appropriate steps to take. 1. Who is the named plaintiff in the suit? Portfolio Recovery Associates 2. What is the name of the law firm handling the suit? (should be listed at the top of the complaint.) Emily Pierce (240084) Jordan D Cook (179720) Lori N Williams (242985) Kristen L Brinkerhoff (263579) 3. How much are you being sued for? $6,059.55 4. Who is the original creditor? (if not the Plaintiff) Bank Of America 5. How do you know you are being sued? (You were served, right?) I was served 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? I spoke with them once on the phone. I denied any knowledge of the mention debt and asked for validation. I was told my case had been reviewed by a lawyer and promptly hung up on. 9. What state and county do you live in? San Bernardino county, California 10. When is the last time you paid on this account? (looking to establish if you are outside of the statute of limitations) December 31, 2013 according to lawsuit 11. What is the SOL on the debt? To find out: 4 years in California 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). Active, service required 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. I requested over the phone not written. I never received validation 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. Did you receive an interrogatory (questionnaire) regarding the lawsuit? 30 days 16. What evidence did they send with the summons? An affidavit? Statements from the OC? Contract? List anything else they attached as exhibits. Jan 2015 statment & August 2015 statement