John Skiba – Skiba Law Group, PLC

1640 South Stapley Drive Suite 127
Mesa, Arizona 85204, United States

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20 Things Debt Collectors are Not Allowed to Do

Recently ABC News did a report on a debt collector that violated federal law and ended up getting sued by a woman he was trying to collect against. The court awarded her $33,000 for violations of the Fair Debt Collection…more
| Finance & Banking, Consumer Protection

Possible Tax Consequences of Debt Settlement

People want to pay their debts. If there is one thing I have learned over the last 11 years of practicing law is that people generally want to pay the debts that they have incurred. People usually hire me when they simply…more
| Finance & Banking, Consumer Protection, Taxation

How to Defeat the “Account Stated” Claim in Your Midland Funding Lawsuit

When junk debt buyers like Midland Funding file a lawsuit they often don’t have the evidence and documents they need to prove that you had a contract with the original creditor. Because of this they will often not only sue you…more
| Civil Procedure, Finance & Banking, Consumer Protection

“But They Owe Someone, Right?” – The Importance of Keeping the Court Focused in Your CACH, LLC Lawsuit

Recently I had oral argument on a Motion for Summary Judgment in a debt buyer lawsuit. During my presentation I was arguing that there was no evidence that my client owed any money to the debt buyer, CACH, LLC. The judge in…more
| Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, Consumer Protection

Debt Free in 2015 – Now is the Time to Prepare

We are a month away from the new year, but now is the time to start putting together your game plan to get out of debt in 2015. Debt is often accumulated over several years (and sometimes decades) and it will take some careful…more
| Bankruptcy, Consumer Protection

What to Expect from Your Mediation with Midland Funding, LLC

When it comes to fighting back against debt collectors like Midland Funding, Portfolio Recovery, or CACH, LLC (to name just a few) there are a lot of ” – tions ” . You have “litigation”, “arbitration” , and “mediation” . …more
| Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), Civil Procedure, Finance & Banking, Consumer Protection

Stop Allowing Creditors to Have Power Over You

I almost have my car paid off and last night I called into the bank to get some information on the payoff. I went through the normal hoops of providing them with account information and the last four digits of my social…more
| Bankruptcy, Consumer Protection, Privacy

Turning the Tables: How You Can Turn Your Debt Collection Lawsuit into an FDCPA Action Against Junk Debt Buyers

With increasing regularity I am seeing clients who initially are sued by a junk debt buyer like Midland Funding, Portfolio Recovery, or CACH, LLC turn the tables on the debt buyer and file a claim for violations of the Fair Debt…more
| Civil Remedies, Finance & Banking, Business Torts, Consumer Protection

Over 2,900 Junk Debt Buyer Lawsuits Filed in Maricopa County, Arizona in October!

If you have been sued by a junk debt buyer like Midland Funding, CACH, LLC, or Cavalry SPV it can feel like you are the only one dealing with such stressful problems. But the reality is you are far from being alone when it…more
| Finance & Banking, Consumer Protection

What is the Statute of Limitations on a Credit Card Debt in Arizona?

This question is more tricky than it might first seem. I meet with a lot of people who have been sued by one of the big debt buyers (i.e. Midland Funding, Portfolio Recovery, Unifund, CACH, LLC, etc.) who think that they are…more
| Civil Procedure, Finance & Banking, Consumer Protection

Top Ten Consumer Debt Myths (#8 Will Surprise You)

A while back I wrote a small e-book that went over the top ten myths I heard repeated over and over by clients coming into my office. As I continue to hear these concerns voiced by clients I thought it would be worth going over…more
| Bankruptcy, Consumer Protection

Debt Buyers Win 94.3% of Their Cases by Default Judgment – How You Can Avoid Being a Statistic

A few years back four consumer advocacy groups did a study on debt buyers’ abusive collection lawsuits in New York City. The findings were pretty shocking. Here is a handful of what they found..…more
| Finance & Banking, Consumer Protection

Debt Collectors are Threatening to Throw Me in Jail! Can they Do That?

After more than a decade in helping consumers with their debt problems I shouldn’t be surprised when I hear of some of the outrageous things debt collectors do. One would think that with all of the regulations out there and…more
| Finance & Banking, Consumer Protection

Will I Have to Go to Court During My Bankruptcy Case?

Filing for bankruptcy is a legal process and while you will likely not have a lot of interaction with the bankruptcy court during your case there are certain court hearings that you must attend and a few others, depending on the…more
| Bankruptcy, Civil Procedure

3 Ways the System is Rigged Against Consumers

The other day I met with a family who was barely getting by – large family, large amount of debt, and underemployed for eighteen (18) months. For eighteen (18) months the husband had toiled at a job he was overqualified for,…more
| Bankruptcy, Finance & Banking, Consumer Protection
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