Judgment against drunk driver for crashing into parked car
$9,500 | Pottstown, Pennsylvania | Payment Plan | 2022
Drunk driver was partying on a Friday night celebrating her birthday, and failed to maintain valid car insurance. She crashed into a parked car, totaling both vehicles, and pled guilty to a DUI for drunk driving.
The owner of the parked car sued and received a judgment for $9,500. Debtor appeared to not have any assets and initially appeared to be “judgment proof”, claiming she couldn’t pay. We sent the County Sheriff’s Department to her house early in the morning to conduct a personal property levy, which included her car parked outside her residence.
Faced with the prospect of losing her car at Sheriff’s Sale, the Debtor agreed to make monthly payments to satisfy the judgment and has paid every month on time.
Fraudulent transfer judgment collection
$18,000 | Fresno, California | Settled & Satisfied | 2022
Judgment for $18,000 entered in 2020.
Immediately after judgment, debtor transferred his 50% interest in his only real property to his brother as a “gift”, leaving himself judgment proof. After a year of judgment enforcement efforts against all parties involved, including the debtor’s brother and businesses as well as a fraudulent transfer action, the debtor voluntarily paid $15,000.
Landlord-tenant collection for removal of property
$16,000 | Montgomery County, Pennsylvania | Satisfied | 2021
Judgment for $16,000 against an individual who absconded with items from his 88-year old former landlord’s barn. Debtor did not own any real property and had no assets of significant value, making this enforcement tricky on the outset. Attempts to resolve the matter with the Debtor resulted in a flat refusal to pay.
After obtaining a Writ of Execution, we sent deputies from the County Sheriff’s Department to the debtor’s residence at 8 AM to begin levying his personal property and vehicles. He then magically came up with a lump sum of $8,000 as a down payment and paid the remaining balance off in monthly installments, never missing a single payment.
Judgment collection against cash advance broker
$25,000 | Seattle, Washington | Partially Satisfied | 2020
Default Judgment for $25,000 against New Jersey-based merchant cash advance broker. Captured $16,000 from the Debtor’s checking account.
Debtors retained counsel and filed a Motion to Vacate Judgment. The Chief Judge denied their Motion, affirming the judgment’s validity and allowing enforcement to continue.
Successfully defeated Debtors’ attempts to have this ruling overturned on appeal. Enforcement efforts remain ongoing for the remaining balance.
Products liability rifle accident judgment win
$24,000 | Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania | Satisfied | 2020
Judgment for personal injuries sustained after a custom-made rifle blew apart the first day it was fired, causing injuries to Plaintiff. Gun manufacturer battled bitterly for over one (1) year in a vain effort to avoid payment and spent substantially more than the judgment amount paying attorneys in multiple states to obstruct collection at every time.
The debtor’s bank account was levied, capturing over $11,000. Debtor retained an attorney and filed a Petition to Open/Strike Judgment, which was rejected by the Judge after strong opposition. Debtor insisted the funds captured from a joint account were actually his daughter’s, but produced no evidence of this, resulting in the Court granting permission to recover these funds. After a Motion to Compel was granted ordering the debtor to disclose all of his assets, the Debtor still failed to comply.
We went before the Court and this time asked for the Judge to hold the Debtor in Contempt of Court. This too was granted and an Order was issued finding the Debtor in Contempt for his refusal to obey the Court’s instructions. The Debtor was fined $1,000 and ordered to pay ongoing monetary sanctions of $25.00 per day he failed to cooperate with the Court Order. The Judge even threatened to issue a Bench Warrant for the Judgment Debtor’s arrest if he continued his recalcitrant behavior.
The Debtor mentioned he had spent over $65,000 in attorney’s fees attempting to avoid his debt and decided to just “make this go away”! Realizing the jig was up, the debtor paid the judgment, interest, costs, and monetary sanctions in full, amounting to over $24,000.
Labor judgment against auto body shop nets thousands
$40,000 | Los Angeles, California | Settled & Satisfied | 2019
Judgment for $40,000 for failure to pay employee for work performed. Debtor was a auto body shop owner in the Koreatown neighborhood of LA.
Initially, he refused to pay and told us exactly what we could do with the judgment. After we obtained a Writ of Execution, we sent the LA County Sheriff’s Department into the auto body shop, with instructions to seize everything of value. Four armed Sheriff’s Deputies arrived outside, with a moving truck on standby ready to begin clearing the place out.
The Sheriffs attempted to convince the Debtor to just pay up to avoid all his goods and equipment inside the shop from being hauled out, to no avail. After an entire moving truck was filled up, we asked the Sheriff to also take the contents of his filing cabinets and office computers, containing our debtor’s customer lists, invoices, accounting books, and job details. The debtor changed his tune, made a few phone calls, and paid the judgment off in full.
Judgment collection for landlord-tenant case
$10,000 | Eagleville, Pennsylvania | Satisfied | 2019
Judgment for failure to pay rent against former tenant. Debtor’s wages were garnished to satisfy the outstanding amount.
Appellate victory at Pennsylvania Superior Court
$85,000 | State College, Pennsylvania | Ongoing
Husband and wife were personally served with the lawsuit by a process server in Florida. They filed a pro se “Answer” which didn’t address any of the Plaintiff’s allegations, which was stricken by the Court and the Defendants given 30 days to file a conforming answer in compliance with the Rules of Civil Procedure. Unfortunately, they failed to do so, and received a judgment for $85,000.
After we got involved and began collection efforts, the Debtor retained a Pennsylvania attorney to challenge the underlying judgment. In doing so, Defendants claimed they didn’t receive approximately thirty (30) pieces of mail sent to their addresses. The Judge found this was not credible and denied their attempt to re-open the judgment. Still refusing to pay, the debtors appealed the Trial Court’s ruling to the Pennsylvania Superior Court. The Superior Court, on appeal, affirmed the Trial Court’s order denying relief from the judgment.
Enforcement efforts remain ongoing to recover the full amount owed.