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Maryland makes it tougher for debt collectors to sue consumers

By Michelle Singletary, Washington Post

September 17, 2011

Maryland has joined a growing number of states in which judges must demand greater proof from debt buyers before allowing them to sue consumers to recover alleged obligations.

Rule changes by the Maryland Court of Appeals, the state’s highest court, are being hailed as a significant effort to stop debt collectors from getting judgments based on flimsy evidence. 
“It is critical that courts ensure that the correct party is suing the correct consumer on the correct debt, and these rules will help to do that,” said Jonathan F. Harris, an attorney with the Public Justice Center in Baltimore. 

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