Who is Cavalry SPV I LLC and why are they suing me?
It’s not surprising that you have never heard of Cavalry SPV I LLC, in fact you are probably reading this article because you have no idea who they are or why they have filed a lawsuit against you. Cavalry SPV I LLC is one of the largest debt buyers in the United States. This company buys debts for pennies on the dollar from legitimate banks such as Capital One, Wells Fargo, Citi Bank or Chase who have determined that it will cost them more money to try and collect on the debt themselves rather than sell your debt to a third party debt collector such as Cavalry SPV I LLC. Once Cavalry SPV I LLC has purchased a debt they may hire a third party debt collection company to send out collection letters or call consumers or they may hire a debt collection law firm such as Suttell Hammer & White, Mandarich Law Group, Machol & Johannes or Patenaude & Felix to file a lawsuit against you in an attempt to collect on a debt. Unfortunately for Cavalry SPV I LLC and many other third party debt buyers, the information that they purchase from major banks only includes a spreadsheet of information with consumers information. It is very possible that Cavalry SPV I LLC cannot produce original contracts signed or any proof that you actually owe on a debt. Further, if Cavalry SPV I LLC shows up on your credit report it is likely that they will not be able to validate that you owe a debt in accordance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act and therefore any negative reporting must be removed from your credit upon a request for validation.
In reality, Cavalry SPV I LLC is simply an affiliate of a debt collection company founded in 2002 called Cavalry Portfolio Services located in Valhalla, New York. According to their website, Cavalry Portfolio Services “is a leader in the acquisition and management of non-performing consumer loan portfolios. Cavalry helps people create affordable solutions to resolve their debt and is committed to providing customers with a professional experience.” While Cavalry Portfolio Services claims to create affordable solutions and provide consumers with a professional experience, business review sites such as this one beg to differ. The review site gives the company a one star rating and there are claims of harassment, garnishments without notice, and collecting on debt that is outside of the statute of limitations (i.e. debt that cannot be collected upon in court because it is too old) just to name a few. Therefore if you are involved in a lawsuit with this company I would advise you to try to resolve this account immediately before further damage can be done to your credit or financial accounts.
Now that you know who Cavalry SPV I LLC is, the next step is to figure out how you can deal with them. Your first contact with this company will likely be through a letter that you receive in the mail from a third party debt collector or debt collection law firm indicating that they represent Cavalry SPV I LLC who has purchased your debt and that you should contact them to make a payment on a debt that they are collecting for. If you don’t take any action then at some point it is likely you will receive or be served with a Summons and Complaint. These are legal documents that indicate that a lawsuit has been filed against you and you will have 20 days to respond from the date of service to avoid having a default judgment being entered against you. It is likely that your case will have been filed in the county in which you live in either the superior or district court. Also be on the look out for any case filed against you without a case number. If your case does not have a case number, you still must respond to the complaint to avoid a default judgment being entered against you. However if there is no case number you have a better chance of the law firm not pursuing the collection in the near future since they have to incur more fee’s in which to actually file your case at the court house. If anything at least filing an answer will buy you some time.
If you get a default judgment entered against you, that allows Cavalry SPV I LLC to garnish your wages, bank accounts or place a lien on your home. You will want to avoid this from happening at all costs. Having a judgment against you can also affect your credit scores and impact your ability to gain favorable credit in the future.
How Should I Handle Debt Being Collected By Cavalry SPV I LLC?
How you decide to handle debt being collected by Cavalry SPV I LLC will be determined by your particular situation. For instance if the debt in question is for a small amount and you know you are responsible for the debt you may just want to settle your account with the company attempting to collect on the debt. Often times these debts can be settled for less than the original balance owed. Obtaining a settlement of 50% or less of the total balance on settlements is not uncommon. Also often times a payment plan can be obtained although the total settlement will probably be higher. The option to pay to have a negative item deleted on your credit may also be available but always make sure you get any settlements in writing.
Next if you have other outstanding debts including the Cavalry SPV I LLC debt and your debt load is over $10K then you may want to speak to an attorney regarding filing for bankruptcy. Filing for bankruptcy will stop a debt collector from collecting on a debt immediately. A Chapter 7 bankruptcy will eliminate all of your unsecured debt in most cases, while a Chapter 13 bankruptcy will give you a payment plan over 36-60 months to pay on your debts in which you may or may not have to pay the full amount back depending on your income and family size.
If your goal is simply to buy some time in which to obtain funds to settle or file bankruptcy and you have already been served with a summons and complaint then it is advisable to file an answer to the summons and complaint. The answer must be filed in the court where your law suit is and a copy sent to the law firm as well. The answer outlines all of your defenses and responses to the allegations in the complaint. Filing an answer will help you avoid a default judgment and allow for you to buy time and force the law firm to produce paperwork from the original creditor showing you owe the debt. If you do file an answer, it is likely that Cavalry SPV I LLC at some point in the next couple of months will file a motion for summary judgment stating that they have evidence that you owe the debt and that they should win their case. At this point the law firm would be required to actually produce such evidence. If you don’t have a valid defense to these allegations you will want to settle your case or file bankruptcy to avoid further attorney fee’s and interest being entered against you. Otherwise you have the option to continue in litigation and see if the company will produce evidence that you owe on a debt and a court will determine whether Cavalry SPV I LLC has standing to collect on the debt. Often times third party debt collectors cannot produce such documentation but the only way to find out for sure is to see your case to the end, often ending with a trial. If for some reason you have let a default judgment get entered against you and you need to stop a wage garnishment a bankruptcy can always be filed after the fact and any wages taken within 90 days of the bankruptcy filing may be returned to you.
If you live in Washington State and have received a letter or a legal summons and complaint from Cavalry SPV I LLC and have questions about it, give Symmes Law Group a call at 206-682-7975 to learn about your options. If you would like to learn how to deal with Cavalry SPV I LLC on your own check out my online debt collection response course complete with sample materials and forms.