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Re: being sued by Zwicker/American Express
« Reply #120 on: September 06, 2017 05:50:25 PM »
I seem to remember someone posting something a while back about a consumer law attorney in NJ, but the post has since been deleted and I can't remember who posted it.  If anyone has info they can share, please PM me.  I'm thinking about reaching out to someone to get some help with my arb case with Amex.  Thank you.

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« Reply #121 on: September 06, 2017 09:47:02 PM »


I seem to remember someone posting something a while back about a consumer law attorney in NJ, but the post has since been deleted...




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« Reply #122 on: September 07, 2017 07:06:40 PM »
@Admin0248:  Understood - my apologies.  I guess that's why the original post was deleted to begin with.  I appreciate your explanation, and I will do my own further research on the subject. 

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Re: being sued by Zwicker/American Express
« Reply #123 on: September 11, 2017 08:33:13 PM »
Just got an email from JAMS indicating that today is the last day to cancel the matter without penalty and then the lawyer for AMEX immediately emailed me asking me if I have any interest in settling the matter.   I need to get back to him ASAP.   Please advise.

So I went ahead and told them that I was interested in settling and they of course asked me to make an offer so that they can see if we're in the same ballpark before they request an adjournment.  I think they should make the first offer since they're representing AMEX.  Thoughts?
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Re: being sued by Zwicker/American Express
« Reply #124 on: September 11, 2017 09:11:30 PM »
Just got an email from JAMS indicating that today is the last day to cancel the matter without penalty and then the lawyer for AMEX immediately emailed me asking me if I have any interest in settling the matter.   I need to get back to him ASAP.   Please advise.

So I went ahead and told them that I was interested in settling and they of course asked me to make an offer so that they can see if we're in the same ballpark before they request an adjournment.  I think they should make the first offer since they're representing AMEX.  Thoughts?

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Re: being sued by Zwicker/American Express
« Reply #125 on: September 11, 2017 09:19:50 PM »
Any time someone asks me if I want to settle anything my immediate question is "how much are you willing to pay me to get me to go away?"

@Flyingifr:  Thank you so much; however, don't you think it's highly unlikely that they are going to just walk away (or pay me to go away) at this point?  What should I realistically do at this point?  We can still postpone/adjourn/cancel after today but the party that cancels has to pay 100% of the fees associated with the hearing.
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Re: being sued by Zwicker/American Express
« Reply #126 on: September 12, 2017 12:09:22 AM »
Don't the rules of your arbitration forum limit the amount of money that you are responsible for?

I would keep that in mind.


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Re: being sued by Zwicker/American Express
« Reply #127 on: September 12, 2017 12:33:09 AM »
Any time someone asks me if I want to settle anything my immediate question is "how much are you willing to pay me to get me to go away?"

Why would AmEx pay the OP?

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Re: being sued by Zwicker/American Express
« Reply #128 on: September 14, 2017 01:38:43 PM »
So I made my offer of 10% of the alleged debt and deletion of the negative tradeline.  They immediately came back and said why don't you make a serious offer and that under no circumstance would Amex allow deletion of a tradeline as a bargaining chip in a settlement negotiation. 

I simply replied that I had made an offer as they requested and that they should please feel free to make a counteroffer.  I'm not going to negotiate against myself, so there was no way I was going to make another offer.

After a while they responded and said that no offer will be considered without financial hardship information being provided.  They said that to date I have not provided anything that would indicate that I have any financial hardship.  They have never asked for such a thing before so I don't know why they would say that. 

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« Reply #129 on: September 14, 2017 02:10:00 PM »
My reply to a request for financial hardship information?

None of your business.

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« Reply #130 on: September 14, 2017 03:00:18 PM »
My reply to a request for financial hardship information?

None of your business.

Thank you.  Can you please explain the logic behind your reply?  I'm considering all of my options for a response and would like to know why you believe this would be an effective reply to their email.

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« Reply #131 on: September 14, 2017 06:22:20 PM »
Because they are tricking you into a back door debtors exam.  Once they know your assets and if you have any, the negotiations stop and they press ahead full speed with the arbitration and eventually court case.  As I said earlier, this is an OC.  An aggressive OC who will usually have everything needed to win a case.  Unless you have some leverage somewhere or can use the BK card as a nuclear option, they do not back down.

If you had offered 90%, they may have taken that just to save everyone the trouble.  But since they asked, you tried and at least now you know where things stand.  FYI, I am helping a relative in an arb case with them also.  But we have the BK option on the back end along with fully exempt income from garnishment.  So I have a few cards to play.

Do the best you can for yourself, but it will be a tough road.

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Re: being sued by Zwicker/American Express
« Reply #132 on: September 14, 2017 08:28:44 PM »
Because they are tricking you into a back door debtors exam.  Once they know your assets and if you have any, the negotiations stop and they press ahead full speed with the arbitration and eventually court case.  As I said earlier, this is an OC.  An aggressive OC who will usually have everything needed to win a case.  Unless you have some leverage somewhere or can use the BK card as a nuclear option, they do not back down.

If you had offered 90%, they may have taken that just to save everyone the trouble.  But since they asked, you tried and at least now you know where things stand.  FYI, I am helping a relative in an arb case with them also.  But we have the BK option on the back end along with fully exempt income from garnishment.  So I have a few cards to play.

Do the best you can for yourself, but it will be a tough road.

Well if they are trying to trap me, I will not give them any information that is going to help them.  My feeling is that they asked for an offer and I complied with their request.  I didn't have to make an offer but I did.  They are choosing not to counter and they are choosing to not even consider my offer without hardship information - that is their right.

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Re: being sued by Zwicker/American Express
« Reply #133 on: September 15, 2017 01:49:49 PM »
Don't the rules of your arbitration forum limit the amount of money that you are responsible for?

I would keep that in mind.

This is important information for me to know.  I assume this info should be in one of the documents that JAMS sent to me?

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« Reply #134 on: September 15, 2017 06:50:24 PM »
It would be in the JAMS rules.  For consumers, I believe, it is capped at $250.00