US Equities Default Judgment in New York Voluntarily Vacated and Lawsuit Dismissed Due to Sewer Service on Texas Consumer

By: Robert J. Nahoum

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Our client, a Texas resident, recently discovered that a default judgment had been entered against in New York in 2008 in the City Court, City of Buffalo by junk debt buyer U.S. Equities Corp..

After consulting with our firm, we were retained and were successful in having the default judgment voluntarily vacated and the entire case dismissed.  We were able to show that our client had moved from New York to Texas years before the summons and complaint was allegedly served in New York, a practice commonly referred to as sewer service.

US Equities originally claimed that our client was served with the summons and Complaint in Buffalo.  It was on the basis of this claim that it was awarded a default judgment.  As proof, we produced an apartment lease in Texas demonstrating that our client was not living in New York at the time they claim to have served him.


According to New York State law, before a court can render a judgment against you, it must first acquire PERSONAL JURISDICTION over you.  Personal jurisdiction is obtained by serving you with a summons and complaint; but, you must be properly served.  Here are the ways you can be served:

  • Personal Service – delivering a copy of the summons and complaint to you personally;
  • Suitable Age and Discretion Service – delivering a copy of the summons and complaint to someone in your home of “suitable age and discretion†(someone competent enough to pass the papers on to you);
  • Nail and Mail – After at least two failed attempts at personal or suitable age and discretion service, the process server may post a copy of the summons and complaint to the door and mail a copy to your last known address.


A default judgment can be reversed or “vacated†if the consumer can show that (1) the affidavit of service is bogus or (2) that he or she has (a) a defense to the case (like “I don’t owe the moneyâ€, “I don’t owe that much money†or “I don’t know who the plaintiff isâ€); and (b) a reasonable excuse for defaulting (like “I didn’t know I had been suedâ€).

If a consumer can show that the affidavit of service is bogus, the court must vacate the judgement and dismiss the case.  If the consumer can’t convince the court that the affidavit of service is bogus but can show a defense and a reasonable excuse for defaulting, the case may return to the beginning and the consumer will be given the chance to answer the complaint and mount a defense.


U.S. Equities Corp. is an infamous “debt buyerâ€, buying up portfolios of old debt from banks, credit card companies, hospitals, doctors, cell phone companies and car companies for pennies on the dollar.  The debt buyers then try to collect the full amount from consumers, plus interest, penalties, late fees, overdraft fees, attorney’s fees and whatever other kinds of fees they can dream up.

U.S. Equities Corp. is an accused notorious violator of federal debt collection laws known as the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) and is sued regularly by consumers for these violations.  The FDCPA generally prohibits the use of false, deceptive and harassing debt collection tactics.  If a debt collector violates the FDCPA, it can be sued for statutory damages up to $1,000.00, actual damages (like pain and suffering) and the debt collector may have to pay for the consumer’s attorney.

U.S. Equities Corp. is exclusively represented by attorney Linda Strumpf.  Like, U.S. Equities Corp., Linda Strumpf has been accused of and sued for violating the FDCPA.


If you’ve been sued by U.S. Equities Corp. in a debt collection lawsuit, consider hiring a qualified attorney experienced in debt defense.  The Law Offices of Robert J. Nahoum, P.C. routinely represents consumers in debt collection lawsuits brought by debt buyers like U.S. Equities Corp. in New York and New Jersey.

As with all of our debt defense cases, The Law Offices of Robert J. Nahoum, P.C. analyzes debt collection cases brought by debt buyers to determine if any violations of the FDCPA have occurred.  If so, we recommend to our clients that suit be brought in Federal District Court on behalf of the consumer and against the debt buyer.

If a debt buyer like U.S. Equities Corp. violates the FDCPA, you can sue it for statutory damages up to $1,000.00 plus actual damages (like pain and suffering) and your attorney’s fees.  In FDCPA cases, The Law Offices of Robert J. Nahoum, P.C. doesn’t charge our clients a penny out of pocket.

If you need help settling or defending a debt collection law suit, stopping harassing debt collectors or suing a debt collector, contact us today to see what we can do for you.  With office located in the Bronx, Brooklyn and Rockland County, the Law Offices of Robert J. Nahoum defends consumers in debt collection cases throughout the Tristate area including New Jersey.

The Law Offices of Robert J. Nahoum, P.C
(845) 232-0202

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