No justice? Small claims court can cause frustration

No justice? Small claims court can cause frustration

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ANNOUNCER LIVE FROM THE KOIN CENTER IN DOWNTOWN PORTLAND, THIS IS KOIN 6 NEWS, WATCHING. YOU ONE? — YOU WON? JENNIFER: IF CUSTOMERS GET A RAW DEAL FROM A BUSINESS OR A PROPERTY OWNER IS WRONGED BY A NEIGHBOR, VICTIMS ARE SUPPOSED TO BE ABLE TO GET JUSTICE WHEN THEY SUE IN SMALL CLAIMS COURT. TREVOR BUT OUR DAN TILKIN : INVESTIGATES WHY A LOCAL WOMAN’S CASE IS A GOOD EXAMPLE OF THE FRUSTRATION THAT CAN COME TO VICTIMS EVEN AFTER WINNING THEIR DAY IN COURT. IT WAS AUGUST 2 THEN IT WAS MORE THAN 100 DEGREES. DAN: MORE THAN A YEAR AND A HALF AGO, JOETTA WALLACE WAS DRIVING ALONE ON HIGHWAY 26 BETWEEN WARM WHEN HER CHEVY TRAIL BLAZER SPRINGS AND MADRAS BROKE DOWN. I HAD TO HITCHHIKE. DAN: WHEN SHE GOT THE BLAZER TOWED TO MADRAS, SHE WAS TOLD THE SUV WATERPUMP SHE HAD RECENTLY REPAIRED BACK HOME IN CLARK COUNTY AT MY DAD’S AUTOMOTIVE ON HIGHWAY 99 WAS BROKEN. THEY SEEMED TO START BACKTRACKING. DAN: JOETTA FILED SUIT IN SMALL CLAIMS COURT AND 1. JUDGE KELLI OSLER ORDERED MY DAD’S AUTOMOTIVE TO PAY HER $1200. THEY REFUSED. DAN: JOETTA HIRED A COLLECTION AGENCY BUT A YEAR LATER MY DAD’S AUTOMOTIVE STILL WON’T PAY. SO I CALLED THE OWNER. WE WOULD LIKE YOU TO EXPLAIN WHY YOU AREN’T PAYING TO THE PUBLIC. DAN: BY PHONE, SHE REFUSED TO MEET US FOR AN INTERVIEW. I EVEN WENT TO THE BUSINESS IN PERSON TO ASK AND SHE SAID NO AGAIN. OVER THE PHONE THE OWNER , DISPUTED JUDGE OSLER’S QUALIFICATIONS. SHE’S BEEN HEARING SMALL CLAIMS SHE COMPLAINED TO ME, JOETTA DIDN’T EVEN GIVE US THE OPPORTUNITY TO FIX HER VEHICLE. BUT THE JUDGE DOESN’T CARE ABOUT THAT. THE JUDGE WANTS YOU TO PAY HERE. YOU AGREE? THAT IS CORRECT. MY DAD’S TOLD ME THEY WON’T GIVE JOETTA A DIME UNLESS SHE EXHAUSTS ALL FOUR METHODS FOR A WINNING PARTY TO COLLECT, WHICH ARE SIMILAR IN BOTH WASHINGTON AND OREGON. HIRE A COLLECTION AGENCY GARNISHED BANK ACCOUNTS, GARNISH SPENDING A LOT OF TIME IN THE CHASE. DAN: LAWYER SCOTT ANDERS HELPS LARGE COMPANIES RETRIEVE DEBTS, HE’S ALSO A FORMER JUDGE WHO AND WOULD DECIDE SMALL CLAIMS CASES HE SAYS EXPENSES PEOPLE LIKE JOETTA RACK UP WHILE TRYING TO COLLECT CAN BE ADDED ON TO THE JUDGMENT. BUT ALL OF THE OPTIONS LEFT FOR HER TO TRY TO GET THE MONEY REQUIRE TAKING THE CASE BACK TO $10,000 TO PAY AN ATTORNEY. DAN: HOW MUCH GOOD MONEY DO YOU THROUGH AFTER BAD MONEY? YES. WE THINK THIS WILL HELP

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  • Rock theVote Post author

    Gotta do your homework. I got my money. I went through all the court records (and there were plenty on my opposition), I called all their neighbors and interviewed them about the problems they were having, etc. etc. and then I showed up at their business with a folder full of all this stuff (I'm sure they heard about some of the phone calls as well) and thumbed through it slowly to get to the court order at the back of the file. They wrote a check despite being a-holes of the biggest sort.

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