Debt collection lawsuits often should be challenged.
Being sued by a collection company aka lawyers group on behalf of another collection agency. I answered summons and requested validation of debt. I didn't even know whose card it was at first. I received 1 copy of a credit card statement from JC Penny and a charge off statement from JC Penny. I don't believe the amount is correct and the charge off date is 3 days earlier than the minimum payment due date on statement, which is confusing. I requested proof of assignment of debt since its been through many hands and was never sent anything other then the two items i mentioned above.
Is the first credit card statement and copy of charge off sufficent proof of validation in a civil court? Do I have a right to see more proof of purchases and payments if i dont believe this debt to be this high, and don't I have the right to ask to have proof of legal standing on who actually owns this supposed debt?
Can JC Penney or a Debt buyer get away with providing so little for validating a debt?
Being sued for collection and getting the other side to properly prove the debt is owed, the amount owed, best evidence, business books and records exemptions, qualified testimony by a person knowledgeable of books and records at JC Penney etc., is something that you would need to do a ton of homework on in order to set yourself up for better odds of success representing yourself in court.
It is often best to have an experienced creditor and collection defense attorney on your side to raise these issues. Hiring an attorney who practices this type of consumer law does cost money though, and there is no guarantee the attorney can get the collection case dismissed. But your odds are going to be better with an attorney than without.
There are many courts that have started to hold “feet to fire” of those who sue in order to collect debt. In fact, laws in a few states have been passed to better protect consumers from unverifiable and unsupported civil claims brought by debt buyers and the like.
You may want to at least consult with an experienced collection defense attorney to discuss your options.
I can possibly help you locate one if you reply with a comment and tell me what zip code you are in.
Also, don’t get hung up on the charge off date and statement payment date.
Anyone with collection concerns similar to Cathy is welcome to post in the comments below for feedback.