What do I do when I set up a payment arrangement with a collection agency but they still goes through with lawsuit?

Asked over 3 years ago - Fond Du Lac, WI

I recently went to court due to a lawsuit put against me by a collection agency. I owe medical bills and I never disputed that. They were unwilling to to grant me a payment arrangement, at first, because the amount that I could afford a month was not satisfactory to them. So they went forward with a lawsuit. So I show up at court and the only person there is the creditor that filed the lawsuit. The judge hadn't showed yet. She then was willing to offer me a payment arrangement in which I agreed to. She told me since we had set up an agreement, it was not necessary for me to stay and attend court; that I could leave and she will not move forward with the lawsuit. Long story short, she stayed, attended court, I was considered a no-show, and judgement was entered in her favor.

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I have to pay the full amount within 9 days or fill out a form that will possibly lead to garnishment of my wages. Was I tricked to leave the court house so the judge can rule in her favor? What options do I have? What should I do? Please help.

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  1. Stephen Clark Harkess

    Contributor Level 20

    Answered . Speak to a local attorney. You may be able to get the default judgment overturned and to raise your settlement agreement as a defense to the suit.

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  2. Michael John Primus

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    Contributor Level 13

    Answered . Sour deal. The law prefers to see everyone have their day in court and you did not get that. The trouble is that getting back to court to tell your story will require time and paperwork. Perhaps the lawyer is planning not to enforce the judgment so long as you make the payments? Contact the lawyer and demand an explanation. Hopefully you can get it in writing. You may need a lawyer but likely can't afford one - the downfall of our legal system.

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  3. Joshua P Friedman

    Contributor Level 14

    Answered . Speak to a local consumers attorney ASAP!

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