The direct answer is, you're not liable for anything after the SOL has run out for it.
It's definitely possible that this goes away and you never hear about it. It's also possible that once they realize there is this deficiency (when the economy gets better), they write it off and you get a 1099C.
Depending on your situation, a bankruptcy may help you.
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The information will stay on your credit for 7 years. The passing of the Statue of Limiation does not mean that you are no longer owe the debt. It does however prevent the creditor from prevailing in a lawsuit against you because statute of limitation would be your affirmative defense.
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