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Collection Actions

Collection Actions

Defending Consumers and Their Assets

The only treatise to detail consumer defenses to debt buyer and creditor collection lawsuits on credit card, medical, criminal justice, and other consumer debts.

How to Defend a Collection Lawsuit

  • Steps debt buyers need to prove debt ownership
  • When collectors cannot use the state’s courtst
  • Common errors the creditor’s complaint, attachments
  • Surprising use of statute of limitations defense
  • Abusive use of requests for admissions
  • Limits on creditor attorney fees and interest charges
  • The consumer’s counterclaims and class counterclaims
  • Sample pleadings and discovery. See an example here.

Special Tactics for Special Types of Collections

  • Medical debt: financial assistance; surprise out-of-network charges; limits on credit reporting, refusal of medical care
  • Defending debt owed to the government
  • Minimizing criminal justice debt, harsh consequences of non-payment
  • Stopping unfair collection on dishonored checks

Steps to Take After Judgment for the Collector or Consumer

  • How to set aside a default judgment
  • Federal rule protecting Social Security, SSI in bank accounts
  • Avoiding wage garnishment, bank account freezes, seizure of homes and cars
  • Stopping unfair collection on dishonored checks
  • Debtor examinations and imprisonment for debt
  • Seven ways for consumers to obtain their attorney fees
  • Cleaning up the consumer’s credit report after the consumer prevails



"I use the NCLC books in my bankruptcy practice and to expand my practice in other areas... I have used the Collection Actions book to expand my practice into collection defense. In light of the change in bankruptcy law, I have been able to expand my practice to defend collection cases for debtors who if they filed bankruptcy would have been 100% plans. I have gotten better results for my clients that I would have in bankruptcy court and I avoided the bankruptcy on my clients record. Collection defense involves the same debt buyers and the same claims...” — Patrick Kavanagh, Law Offices of Patrick Kavanagh, Bakersfield, CA

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2020 5th ed.

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