A push for more proof in debt-collection lawsuits

A Maryland Legal Aid staff attorney was quoted in today’s Baltimore Sun lead story, “A push for more proof in debt-collection lawsuits/Consumer advocates cheer as Maryland’s highest court considers a change in rules.”

The issue is debt buyers who get judgments against no-show defendants without presenting enough proof–to the detriment of many poor and elderly defendants who often aren’t given notice of the lawsuits.

Lindsay Warnes, a staff attorney for Maryland Legal Aid, suspects lack of information helps explain why she’s seen a lot of lawsuits filed more than three years past the point of default, which makes them too late for court action,” wrote the Sun‘s Jamie Smith Hopkins.

“‘They may not know the date of default — they might have no idea,’ she said. “So they just file it and hope nobody notices.'”

To read the article, click here.

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