It is not unreasonable to ask, but generally the original will not be provided but rather a scanned copy. I presume you are trying to request the original to invalidate this debt or other variations to contest this debt. This strategic does not really work at least in cases I've worked on in California. Good luck with your efforts.
You really need a lawyer who knows how to litigate Debt Buyer cases. They are professionals, they will get a judgment against you if you try to represent yourself.
With that said, it is possible to beat them. They resist producing the entire document that they claim is an assignment of your debt to them. A good lawyer may be able to use this to exclude the incomplete evidence of the assignment.
It is not unreasonable to ask them to produce the original contract. They do not have to do so to win a judgment against you. Under the common law of contracts they would have to prove an offer,acceptance and consideration. The Federal Truth-In-Lending Act provides that a contract is formed when you use or authorize someone else to use a credit card. They can win by showing use of the card or payments on the card.
The term validate is used in the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act. In order for there to be any teeth to an FDCPA request for validation of the debt, you have to make the request within 30 days of their sending you the first notice. Even if you had made an FDCPA validation request, they would not have been required to provide a copy of the original contract. Courts interpreting the validation requirement have not required much from the debt collectors, the information on the first notice Midland sends out would probably satisfy the validation requirement. I think those decisions were wrong, but I'm not a judge.
Finally, Capital One credit card agreements specify that Virginia law applies. Virginia has a four year statute of limitations. If your last payment was more than 4 years before they served you with this lawsuit, you may have a defense, and a claim against them under the FDCPA.
I have been a lawyer on both sides of the collection lawsuit. I have never seen an individual representing themselves prevail against an attorney except in cases where the attorney has absolutely no documents whatsoever from the original creditor. Midland is not that disorganized.
You need a lawyer.
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