PJC In The News

Court of Appeals approves new consumer debt rule

By Steve Lash, Daily Record

September 11, 2011
 
In a victory for consumers, entities that purchase debts owed to credit card companies must now provide Maryland courts with documentation spelling out that they are legally entitled to the money they seek, under a rule the state’s top court adopted last week.
 
The Court of Appeals approved the rule at the request of the Maryland Collection Agency Licensing Board and the consumer advocacy group Public Justice Center. The board and center expressed concern that thousands of questionable debt-collection claims are filed annually in district court and won by default when the alleged debtors fail to respond to notifications that a claim had been filed against them.
 
 


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