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Why You Do Not Want To Be Sued For Debts


It's usually there somewhere in the fine print: don't pay this bill, and we could take you to court. If you pay the bill, you're fine.

If you fall behind, a trip to court could be in the future. And that could mean you, without a lawyer, facing a business with some money to spend on a good lawyer.

A recent study by the Pew Charitable Trusts found that activity in civil courts is generally down in recent years; down except for cases of people sued by debt collectors. The people sued lose about 80% of the time.

Erika Rickard's job at Pew is to try to modernize the legal system. She joins us with an overview of the situation in debt cases.

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The Jefferson Exchange is Jefferson Public Radio's daily news program focused on issues, people and events across Southern Oregon and Northern California. Angela Decker is the program's senior producer, Charlie Zimmermann is the assistant producer, and Geoffrey Riley hosts the show.