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In the state of Utah, debt collectors have filed 330,000 lawsuits in the last five years, more than all other types of lawsuits combined. Of those sued for a debt, 98.5 percent don’t hire an attorney, which is understandable given that the median amount in controversy is just $874. But as a result, the default rate for debt collection is over 80 percent.

This is more than just a monetary problem, according to Brigham Young University (BYU) law professor and practicing attorney Kimball Parker. It’s a direct result of a confusing complaint system that left many receiving notices confused.

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Zach Warren

Zach Warren is the editor-in-chief of Legaltech News. Based out of St. Paul, Minnesota, Zach has been with LTN since 2015. he can be reached at zwarren@alm.com.

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