I received this article today. Good news, but never forget, YOU must still assert a right, and see it through.
The state court system announced new rules Tuesday to stop debt collection agencies from using underhanded tactics to win judgments against poor or elderly credit card holders.
Shady debt collection agencies frequently score court judgments for the wrong amount of money or even from the wrong person by using incomplete proof, or by pressing cases where the statute of limitations has expired, the state’s court administrators said, in announcing the reform. The collection agencies also frequently fail to tell debtors when a lawsuit was filed against them – a tactic known as “sewer service.”
“While creditors have every right to collect what is legally owed to them, the Judiciary has an obligation to prevent inequitable debt collection practices in the courts,” said Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman, who called the new rules the biggest push for fairer debt collection in any court system in the nation.
But the new rules, which go into effect Oct. 1, will require creditors to prove a debt is valid, disclose the debt’s chain of ownership, and show that the statute of limitations is still valid. Establishing the chain of ownership is important because third-party debt buyers purchase huge portfolios of delinquent debtors and then launch suits with critical documents missing, the court system said.
Third-party debt buyers will have to file affidavits from the original creditor and all intervening creditors. And in a move aimed at addressing “sewer service,” creditors must give the court notice of any new lawsuits so the notice can be mailed to the debtor. If the notice is returned as undeliverable, no default judgment can be awarded.
“The adoption by the Unified Court System of these rigorous new requirements will undoubtedly avert unwarranted default judgments in consumer debt cases and serve to protect the rights of all New Yorkers, including some of our most vulnerable citizens,” Lippman said. There are over 100,000 credit card collection cases brought each year in state courts, according to the Unified Court System.
TJ notes: Over 90% of these cases are still lost due to the ignorance of the man or woman, for failing to fully enforce it.