District Court of Maryland Dismisses Sunshine Financial Group Debt Collection Cases
(ANNAPOLIS, Md. – Sept. 21, 2011) Chief Judge Ben C. Clyburn, District Court of Maryland, dismissed 314 debt collection cases against Maryland residents yesterday. The mass dismissals are part of the terms of a settlement between the Sunshine Financial Group and the Maryland State Collection Agency Licensing Board. The pre-judgment dismissals are “without prejudice,” which means a case is eligible to be re-filed in the future.
The dismissals include cases against Maryland residents who have been sued in Maryland District Court by Sunshine Financial Group to collect debts. In addition to the dismissals, Judge Clyburn ordered that, for 323 other Sunshine Financial Group cases that have already gone to judgment, the attorney fees will be indicated as satisfied. Additionally, for 18 other cases that have already gone to judgment, the attorney fees and pre- and post-judgment interest will be indicated as satisfied.
Defendants whose cases are affected by these orders will receive written notification from the District Court of Maryland. To get more information, Maryland residents should contact the local District Court location where the debt collection case was filed. In addition to sending written notices to the people affected by this settlement, the District Court is directing that court records and the Judiciary Case Search public records website be updated to show the dismissals.
In March, Judge Clyburn dismissed more than 10,000 debt collection cases because of a settlement of a class action lawsuit again Midland Funding in U.S. District Court. In 2010, Judge Clyburn dismissed more than 27,000 debt collection cases without prejudice against Marylanders when the law firm Mann Bracken LLP dissolved. Midland Funding is a former client of Mann Bracken LLP.
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