In 2016, a Client retained our firm for assistance with resolving a judgment
for an old credit card debt. The Plaintiff,
U.S. Equities Corp, was represented by Attorney
Linda Strumpf. The judgment was originally entered in 2004 for approximately
$22,000, but with interest and poundage, the balance ballooned to
Our client was unaware of any lawsuit against her. Her first indication
that there was an issue was when her employer received a
notice of garnishment from New York City Marshal
Gregg E. Bienstock ordering them to withhold money from her paycheck.
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Contesting the Validity of the Judgment
Upon review of the Affidavit of Service, our attorney identified that U.S.
Equities attempted to serve the lawsuit at an address which the borrower
had not resided for several years. That helped us understand why our client
did not receive the lawsuit papers or any notice about the judgment being
entered. Furthermore, our attorney’s research indicated that the
process server’s license was revoked for a period of time, which
raised concerns regarding the veracity of his Affidavit of Service.
We brought an
Order to Show Cause to Vacate Judgment (OSC), which paused the garnishment while the Order was being adjucated
by the court. Linda Strumpf’s office opposed the Order, and upon
the initial appearance, the Court ordered a
Traverse Hearing. The purpose of this hearing is to determine whether process of service
of the Summons & Complaint was sufficient, and consequently, whether
the court will vacate the judgment.
Resolving the Lawsuit and Judgment
Ultimately, we were able to negotiate a
settlement of about $8,000, inclusive of principal, interest, and marshal’s fees. If a settlement
was not reached, it would be in the hands of the court to decide the fate
of the judgment, putting our client at risk of being held responsible
to repay the full judgment balance (plus accruing interest). Under the
circumstances, our client felt that it was in her best interest to settle
and put the matter to rest, especially given the magnitude of the reduction.
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By taking advantage of this settlement, our client
saved nearly $39,000, which is a
reduction of over 80% from the judgment balance. The debt is resolved, and the borrower is no
longer concerned about having her wages garnished. Furthermore, Linda
Strumpf’s office agreed to
vacate the judgment as part of the deal.
Are you overwhelmed by a lawsuit or judgment for credit card debt? The
attorneys at the Law Office of Simon goldenberg PLLC are proficient in
the strategies necessary to resolve judgments and
fight debt collection lawsuits in NY & NJ.
To find out what our legal team can do for you, schedule your free case evaluation
by calling our office today at (888) 301-0584.
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