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Helping a Servicemember Vacate a Default Judgment

June 12, 2012

A Marine noticed that $300 was garnished from his paycheck. He then found out that there was a default judgment against him from a creditor. The default judgment against the Marine was for alleged unpaid cell phone bills of over $2,500. However, the Marine never had an account with this cell phone company, and it appeared that there was an administrative error involving the Marine’s name. Plus, this judgment was in violation of the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA). The Marine discussed this issue with a military attorney, who referred this case to the Military Pro Bono Project. The Project located a volunteer attorney who successfully vacated the judgment and garnishment. The attorney also compelled the creditor to refund the inappropriately garnished $300 for the servicemember.

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