Sued By Capital One For Credit Card Debt?

Capital One Bank, like many other creditors, does sue customers for unpaid debts.  Usually thisi credit card debt.  If a customer falls significantly behind on payments and does not make arrangements to settle the debt, Capital One may take legal action to recover the owed amount. Here are some key points about this process:
Collection Efforts: Before suing, Capital One typically makes multiple attempts to collect the debt through phone calls, letters, and possibly third-party collection agencies.  This is the first step in the debt collection process.  Your interest rate on your credit card will likely increase substantially to the default interest rate of nearly 40%.
Charge-Off: If the debt remains unpaid for an extended period, usually around 180 days, Capital One may charge off the debt, meaning they write it off as a loss. However, the debt is still owed, and they might still attempt to collect it or sell it to a collection agency or debt collector.  it is very important to understand that a charge-off does not mean the debt is cancelled or forgiven.
Legal Action: If collection efforts fail, Capital One may file a debt collection lawsuit against you. This involves serving you with a summons and complaint, detailing the amount owed and the basis for the claim.  Before being served, you may be notified by other means, such as debt relief attorneys notifying you that you have been sued based on public court records.
Sometimes Capital One sues for debt that they obtained from HSBC Bank Nevada, N.A.  This is due to a merger between Capital One Bank and HSBC.  The lawsuit may references this merger in the paperwork.

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Sued by Capital One Bank?

If you’ve been sued by Capital One Bank, here are some steps you can take to address the situation:
Review the Lawsuit: Carefully read all documents related to the lawsuit. Note the court date and any deadlines for responding.  Usually you have anywhere from 14 to 30 days to file your response.  If you don’t respond you will end up with a default judgment.  This means Capital One will now have the power to garnish your bank account and wages in many states.  
Identify the Law Firm Representing Capital One:  Maybe people get confused when they see a law firm is suing them on behalf of Capital One.  This does not mean that Capital One sold the debt.  It just means that they have hired a local law firm to sue you.
Understand the Claims: Determine why Capital One Bank is suing you. Typically, this might be for unpaid credit card debt or loans.  The vast majority of the time it’s due to credit card debt.  When you see the petition or complaint it should specify what the debt is about and list part of your account number.
Check for Errors: Verify that the amount claimed is accurate. Look for any errors in the account statements or calculations.  Just because you are being sued for debt does not mean everything is accurate.  You must review your account information carefully.
Respond to the Lawsuit: It’s crucial to respond to the lawsuit within the specified timeframe. Failing to respond can result in a default judgment against you. You will need to file the answer with the court and send a copy to the opposing attorney.  The primary reason you need to send them a copy is so they don’t file a motion for default judgment because they are unaware that you filed a response.
Seek Legal Advice: Consider consulting with a debt relief lawyer who specializes in debt collection defense or consumer protection. They can provide advice on how to proceed and may represent you in court.  At Weston Legal we only charge flat fees with payment plans for all debt relief services.
Consider Settlement Options: You might be able to negotiate a settlement with Capital One Bank. This could involve paying a reduced amount or setting up a payment plan.  When you settle you want to make sure the interest rate is zero and is not still high and accruing interest.
Attend the Court Hearings: If you don’t retain an attorney, be prepared to go to Court and present your case and any evidence supporting your position.  You will be required to comply with the rules of civil procedure for the specific court.  This is why it’s a good idea to consider retaining a debt relief attorney on a flat fee.  It’s likely that your case will have multiple Court Hearings where you will be expected to attend, unless your attorney attends on your behalf.
Explore Bankruptcy: If the debt is overwhelming and you cannot afford to pay it, bankruptcy might be an option. Consult with a bankruptcy attorney to understand the implications.  To qualify for bankruptcy you must pass the “means test” which is a Bankruptcy income test to determine if you qualify.
Stay Informed: Keep track of all communications and documents related to the lawsuit. Stay in contact with the court and your attorney if you retained one.
If you have been sued by Capital One Bank then you need to take action to prevent a default judgment.  The lawsuit is not a scam and the law firm representing Capital One did not buy the debt.  At Weston Legal we have defended thousands of Capital One Bank Lawsuits.  We only charge Flat Fees and we offer payments plans.  Contact us to see if we can help.

What Happens With a Judgment?

Your Bank Account Can Be Frozen and Emptied by Many Judgment Creditors

A Judgment Can Often Cloud Title on Your Homestead Property

A Judgment is Published on your Credit Report as a “Public Record”

With a Judgment, certain property can be sold at auction to pay towards the judgment

Do I Need a Lawyer?

Without a Lawyer

Default Judgment
The vast majority of collection lawsuits end up with a judgment against the consumer. This is primarily because the consumer did nothing to protect themselves or they attempted to defend the lawsuit themselves.

With a Lawyer

Default Judgment

Most of our cases are dismissed by the creditor prior to trial or we reach a favorable settlement for our clients depending on the circumstances of their situation.

Our Results with Capital One Bank

1) Capital One Bank vs. Our Client
01-JC-09-00429; Collin County Justice Court Precinct 1
Result: The plaintiff voluntarily dismissed their case prior to trial.

2) Capital One Bank vs. Our Client
947,511; Harris County Court at Law No. 1
Result: The plaintiff voluntarily dismissed their case prior to trial.

3) Capital One Bank vs. Our Client
cv12c0091048; Harris County Justice Court 1-2
Result: The plaintiff voluntarily dismissed their case prior to trial.

4) Capital One Bank vs. Our Client
J01080542; Galveston County Justice Pr. 1
Result: The plaintiff voluntarily dismissed their case prior to trial

5) Capital One Bank vs. Our Client
CV42C5038014; Harris County Justice Court 4-2
Result: Case settled prior to trial

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Mike Weston is a seasoned debt lawsuit defense attorney and founder of Weston Legal. Since 2005, Mike has devoted his career to compassionately helping consumers struggling with issues involving their personal and business debts. Mike is grateful to have been able to help tens of thousands of clients become empowered with knowledge on the path to financial stability.