I've done some research on Equable Ascent, formerly Hillco. I found that they buy alot of the debts that they pursue, and they use the same tactics as they used when they operated under the name Hillco.
They are not very nice people, but then, has anyone ever met a "nice" debt collector?
Ah yes, this is what became of good old Hilco Receivables. They came after me for an old Wells Fargo account about 5 and a half years ago.
They bounced the account around to collection agency after collection agency, and I sent them the nastiest and dirtiest of FOAD letters I've ever written, and I did a lot of rather immature, even childish bathroom humor phone conversations with them whenever their collection agencies called.
They never sued me, and eventually fell silent.
Before they fell silent, they did hire a local collection agency to investigate me and my employment and assets, and I guess they didn't like what they found.
When they suddenly became Equable Ascent, I expected to hear from them again, but so far, nothing.
I would like to think that they looked at my account and all the horrible, nasty letters from me, and said to themselves, "why bother?" But who knows. Maybe I'll hear from them again. Maybe I can get them at some point for threatening legal action on an account which is now beyond the SOL.