MouseRabbit Posted December 21, 2018 Report Share Posted December 21, 2018 Hi Everybody, I am being sued by Cavalry SPV I, LLC for a Citibank credit card account I defaulted on while I was having a very rough few years (depression, divorce, joblessness, underemployment, homelessness, loss of family member, etc.). Things have turned around since - credit score recovering and thankfully, never had to file bankruptcy. I believe in paying back my debts but Citibank got too greedy and lost me. Had their terms not have kept changing, they'd probably still be reaping the minimum payments off me (that is, of course their whole purpose as an institution?). I had gotten the card while in college to use for emergencies and to build credit. I used the card for about 9 years, usually paying it off entirely but occasionally racking up a big debt following a vacation, for instance, or when I had to buy a new computer, buy a suit for a wedding, etc. I should have known better than to just make the minimum payments on it as the debt never got any smaller. They got greedy and hiked the interest rate from its initial 11.99% or 14.99% to 29.99% suddenly, which was a shock as I had never been late on a payment and was always utilizing below 50% of my limit. I called to see if they could lower it but their response was "that's just how it is - but we can reduce it to 27.99% for a month since you're a valued customer etc". This happened about 3 times. My wife and I separated and I moved back to California where I changed careers and started working freelance resulting in unreliable income and sleeping on couches. My income became too scant to make those minimum payments. After 9-ish years of always paying on time, I defaulted one month. I called Citibank and asked if I could postpone the $250 min payment for a month due to financial difficulty and they simply said no. An overdue paycheck finally landed and I was ready to make that minimum payment but when I logged in to do so, the minimum payment had now jumped to $600 (late fee and previous minimum payment). I defaulted another month and again when I got paid and was keen to make a payment the new minimum had jumped again to a figure that was even further out-of-reach. I called Citibank to see about options I had - whether I needed to close the account or create a repayment plan but they wanted a huge chunk right upfront to even initiated something, plus a commitment to pay another large chunk the next month. I was effectively buried. And meanwhile they kept adding late fees and accruing interest. The amount owed ballooned to a figure nearly double what I had ever spent on the card in the first place. Had I been smarter, maybe I would have tried to get a loan with lower interest to pay off the account or something but the priority of this Citibank thing began to be lower as I started facing some other real problems. It's all been a very valuable lesson on interest rates and credit cards and it's unfortunate I wasn't able to keep paying it before they sent it to collections. Cue the sad violins. I've been reading tons of posts and am hoping to beat this. Here's my answers to the standard questions - I hope to get all my questions answered as well as keep you all posted on how I do... 1. Who is the named plaintiff in the suit? Cavalry SPV I, LLC, as Assignee of Citibank, N.A. 2. What is the name of the law firm handling the suit? (should be listed at the top of the complaint.) Mandarich Law Group, LLP. 3. How much are you being sued for? ~$8,500. 4. Who is the original creditor? (if not the Plaintiff) Citibank. 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, CA. 10. When is the last time you paid on this account? (looking to establish if you are outside of the statute of limitations) 3 years, 4 months ago. 11. When did you open the account (looking to establish what card agreement may be applicable)? 2006. 12. What is the SOL on the debt? To find out: 4 years. 13. What is the status of your case? Suit served? Motions filed? "Pending" 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. 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? 30 days to respond. Did not receive an interrogatory. Here's what they are claiming: Cavalry is the owner of the debt I owed to Citibank and I have to pay them. 1. The damages and money in the sum of [$8,500]; 2. Cost of suit incurred; 3. Other such relief as the Court deems just and proper; 4. Plaintiff remits all damages in excess of the jurisdictional amount of this Court. 17. What evidence did they send with the summons? An affidavit? Statements from the OC? Contract? List anything else they attached as exhibits. Just statements. Just statements from the OC. Exhibit A: Account Stated (a statement from when I first defaulted); Exhibit B: Open Book Account (a statement from a few months later) That's it. 18. How did you find out about this site? Googled "Sued by Cavalry SPV" After reading a lot of threads, I'm planning on doing a General Denial and asking for BOP. Just wondering, anybody else that is dealing with this (or has before) what did you put on your General Denial form? 1 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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