Hayt Hayt and Landau is a law firm based out of Philadelphia and New Jersey that handles many credit card collection cases in Pennsylvania. They often represent Midland Credit Management (or Midland Funding), or Capital One Bank or Bank of America in these credit card lawsuits. As of Spring 2021, HHL appears to be filing approximately 300 credit card lawsuits per week, most of these at the local magistrate level.
The attorneys at Hayt, Hayt and Landau are very good collection attorneys. They are well versed in the law and they know what they are doing. Fortunately for us, their clients are not always well prepared. Credit card cases are based upon documentation. To win a credit card case as a Plaintiff you need many different documents. Contracts, Terms and Conditions, monthly statements, Assignments, Bills of Sale and Forward Flow Agreements are some of the essential documents when it comes to credit card litigation. Without enough of these relevant documents, even the best collection attorneys cannot win. Midland Credit Management is a company that is often lacking in documentation when it comes to these types of lawsuits. It often doesn’t matter how good the collection attorney is if there is insufficient evidence.
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The typical Hayt lawsuit is filed at the District Justice level. This is good for our clients because it is cheaper to defend a case at this level versus the higher Court of Common Pleas level. Our approach to handling these lawsuits is to defend, defend, defend. In our experience, Midland is not going to have the documentation that is necessary to win at the District Justice level. They need most, or all, of your credit file to prevail against you. Alternatively, they need you to attend the hearing so that they can cross examine you and use your testimony to prove their case. That’s right, a key component of their attack is to use your words against you. If they are unable to obtain the relevant documentary evidence, then a cross examination of the defendant (you) is the next logical step. This is the essential reason that you need to hire a consumer attorney. You do not want to be at this hearing when it takes place.
When a party files a lawsuit in Pennsylvania, there are several issues that need to be recited in the lawsuit. Facts must be established that prove that you had a credit account, that you made certain charges, that you agreed to specific terms and conditions, and that you defaulted on it. If you’re at the hearing, they can cross examine you and use your testimony to prove their case against you. Another key on debt buyer cases like those filed by Midland is that they have to prove ownership of the credit account in question. This is a task that is much more difficult to prove than it might ordinarily seem. It’s a big reason why we often shy away from recommending settlements for many of these cases. Why settle a claim where the other side most likely cannot prove that they are the party that you owe money to?
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In the event that Hayt is able to cure the insufficiency objections, we then move on to defending the claim on its legal merits, i.e. whether you actually had the account, whether you actually defaulted on it, when the alleged default occurred, what the amount of the account was, et cetera. Remember, they have the burden to prove a case, you do not.
Our firm has a great deal of experience in defending credit card collection cases that are filed by Hayt, Hayt and Landau. It is essential to have a consumer attorney to protect your interests. Please,do not attempt to handle a case alone. You don’t want to lose a case that a consumer attorney would have won. We don’t charge for the initial consultation so at least spend a few minutes on the phone with our office before you do anything else. If you have been sued in any county in Pennsylvania by Hayt, Hayt and Landau or another collection agency, our firm can help you defend this claim at minimal cost, with a great chance at success. Contact our office here, call us at 412-348-8600 or visit our Debt Lawsuit Defense page.