08/13/2012 08:52 am ET Updated Oct 13, 2012

'Roughly 90 Percent Of The Credit Card Lawsuits... Can't Prove The Person Owes The Debt'

The same problems that plagued the foreclosure process -- and prompted a multibillion-dollar settlement with big banks -- are now emerging in the debt collection practices of credit card companies.

As they work through a glut of bad loans, companies like American Express, Citigroup and Discover Financial are going to court to recoup their money. But many of the lawsuits rely on erroneous documents, incomplete records and generic testimony from witnesses, according to judges who oversee the cases.

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