Garnished Wages For Working Poor: Banks And Debt Collectors Often Go After Borrowers, Win

06/01/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011
  • JOHN COLLINS RUDOLF New York Times

One of the worst economic downturns of modern history has produced a big increase in the number of delinquent borrowers, and creditors are suing them by the millions. Concern is mounting in government and among consumer advocates that the debtors are not always getting a fair shake in these cases.

Most consumers never offer a defense, and creditors win their lawsuits without having to offer proof of the debts, much less justify to a judge the huge interest charges and penalties they often tack on.

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