Debt collection statutes of limitations vary by state, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau notes. Companies can attempt to collect a debt indefinitely, but they cannot sue debtors to collect debts for which the stat... More »

State law sets statutes of limitations for debts, which may vary from state to state, according to the Federal Trade Commission. Some states have several statutes of limitations. The applicable law depends on the type of... More »

Defendants served with a debt collection lawsuit should respond by obtaining a consumer lawyer if the debt specified in the case is significant, according to the Law Offices of Robert J. Nahoum. The individual being sued... More »

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Consumers can file a complaint against Portfolio Recovery Associates, or any other collection agency, by contacting the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau through its official website. The Attorney General's office for... More »