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Md. high court approves rules to protect consumers from debt collection

More proof will be required that companies own debts, attorney says

By Steve Kilar and Jamie Smith Hopkins, The Baltimore Sun
11:11 p.m. EDT, September 7, 2011
Maryland's highest court on Wednesday approved changes to a set of rules that require debt collectors to provide greater proof that they are entitled to sue consumers, according to a Baltimore-based legal advocacy group.
The Maryland Court of Appeals agreed to revise three rules of the Maryland Rules of Procedure that will, in part, force companies that buy past-due consumer debts — and attempt to collect by suing — to present sufficient evidence to back up their claims, said Jonathan F. Harris, an attorney with the Public Justice Center.

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