Jan 25 2016

How Debt Buying Companies Are Abusing Courts to Get “Rubber Stamp Justice”

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GUEST: Chris Albin Lackey, Senior Legal Advisor at Human Rights Watch and author of the new report, Rubber Stamp Justice: US Courts, Debt Buying Corporations, and the Poor.

Our legal system is supposed to have checks in place to ensure we all get due process when being sued or charged. But of course often due process is sidelined. And, in the case of debt buying corporations, injustice is particularly egregious. A new 80-page report by Human Rights Watch entitled, Rubber Stamp Justice: US Courts, Debt Buying Corporations, and the Poor takes an in-depth look at how our legal system is being subverted.

According to Human Rights Watch, corporations that buy up bundled debt file lawsuits that, “have often been marred by patterns of apparent error, legal deficiency, and alleged illegality. Debt buyers have won court judgments against the wrong people, prevailed in suits that should have been barred by applicable state law, and garnished the wages or bank accounts of people who never received proper notice that they had been sued, along with other problems. Yet many courts continue to adjudicate these suits with astonishing speed and without subjecting them to any substantive scrutiny or even receiving meaningful evidence in support of the claims.”

Fore more information visit www.hrw.org. Download the report here: https://www.hrw.org/node/285470/.

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