Monthly Archives: August 2015


How Long Does It Take to Get Garnished? – Alabama Consumer Rights Firm Judson E. Crump, PC

Ever Wonder What Really Happens After You Can’t Pay Your Bills? If you have not yet had the pleasure of money being forcibly collected from you, then you may wonder just what happens if you don’t pay a debt.  Of course, your creditors are probably going to threaten you with […]


2 Debt Collectors Defeated in Court: Midland Funding and Atlantic Credit & Finance – Alabama Consumer Protection Lawyer Judson E. Crump

We went to Court on Two Collection Suits in June.  We won both. One of our clients was sued by Atlantic Credit and Finance Special Finance Unit, LLC.  Isn’t that a ridiculous name for a business?  I suppose they have to keep creating corporate entities to keep things complicated.  These […]


What Makes a Debt Collection Call Illegal? – Alabama Consumer Credit Attorney Judson E. Crump 1

Are You Getting Harassing Telephone Calls From Debt Collectors?  They Might Be Illegal! Sure, a bona fide creditor has a right to ask you for payment, but when do good faith collection efforts end and illegal harassment begin? There are basically two ways that a phone call can be illegal: The […]


What Is False Advertising? – Alabama Consumer Protection Lawyer Judson E. Crump 5

“False Advertising” happens all the time.  What Can You Do About It? Scenario 1: You open the mailbox.  Tucked in with all the junk mail you see a great offer: a discount on something you’ve been wanting for months, available only for a limited time.  You go to the store to buy […]


Who is Convergence Receivables? – Alabama Consumer Credit Lawyer Judson E. Crump 1

Have you received a lawsuit summons from Convergence Receivables, LC?  Who are they?  What do they want?

 

Hey folks.  I am Judson Crump, an Alabama consumer protection lawyer.  One of my specialties is defending people who have been sued by companies they’ve never heard of.  One such company is Convergence Receivables, LC.

Convergence Receivables, LC is a debt buyer.  This means that they purchase old charged off accounts from banks, credit card companies, auto finance companies, or other creditors, and then try to collect them.  Sometimes, you may never get a phone call, letter, or any contact whatsoever from a debt buyer, then WHAM!  You get a lawsuit demanding thousands of dollars.

To make things worse, a lot of times, debt buyer lawsuits don’t even bother to explain why they think you owe them so much money.  They just hope that you don’t answer the complaint and they can get a default judgment and try to garnish your wages or bank account.  Or scare you into paying them.

The most important thing to remember about debt buyer lawsuits is that even if you really did owe money to someone in the past, that doesn’t automatically mean that any collector who comes along can get it from you.  Here’s why:

Imagine if you borrowed $100 from your friend, Will.  You admit that you owe Will $100, but you can’t pay him right now because work is slow and you have 3 kids.

One day, as you are walking into work, a guy named Bubba comes up to you and says “Give me $100.”  What would you say?

“Hell no, I’m not giving you $100.”

“You owe Will $100 and I paid Will $5 for your debt.  So give me $100.”

“I want some proof.”

Well, that’s the problem.  Anyone claiming to sue on behalf of another must prove not just that the money was owed, but that they have the right to the money.

So if you get sued by Convergence Receivables, LC, or some other debt buyer, you don’t have to file bankruptcy, and you may have a good chance at beating them in court and saving thousands.

The key is to call a lawyer with experience fighting these sorts of cases.  I’ve beaten dozens of collection lawsuits.

If you live in Alabama and are facing a lawsuit or abusive collection tactics by Convergence Receivables, then call me at 251.272.9148.