You're sueing me for WHAT???
July 19, 2010 3:29 PM Subscribe
Legal/debt collector woes: I was just served papers saying I am being sued by a debt collector for non-payment of $86. I am fairly certain I have paid this bill in full, but they are refusing to give me any kind of statement or accounting showing I still owe this amount. What can I do??
posted by evilcupcakes to law & government (15 answers total) 20 users marked this as a favorite
A few years ago, I found out I had MS. I ended up accruing a considerable amount of medical debt during this time ($8,000- AFTER insurance), but seeing as I can only work part time, I was not able to pay things off in a timely manner and some things went to collections. The debt in question was for a piece of medical equipment for around $400. I finally paid it off in Feb of this year.
We have asked the collection agency twice to furnish some sort of statement showing the activity on this account, but not only have they refused, they hung up on us both times. We have also called the company the money was owed to, and they have not returned my calls (nor can I seem to get ahold of a live person in billing).
We contacted the Washington state Attny Gen office, but they said they can't mediate since there is a pending lawsuit. They also didn't provide any useful information as to what we should do other than file a complaint with their office (which we did, but it changes nothing).
We now have less than 15 days now to pay this or set up a court date. It's not so much about the money (which they have also tacked on some court fees to, bringing it just under $200); I think I am being hustled for money I do not owe. Unfortunately, we moved in March and I can NOT find any of my paperwork regarding this debt ANYWHERE, and I am concerned that it won't turn up in time for me to do anything useful with it.
Can they sue me for money without providing me with anything proving I owe it? Is there anyone I can call? I can't really afford a lawyer, I don't want to go to court, and I am not sure what they are doing is completely legal.