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$6,000 Lawsuit Dismissed Against Airman with Pro Bono Legal Aid

June 10, 2016

An Air Force servicemember sold his car to a relative, however the relative failed to register the vehicle under her name and then the vehicle was damaged in an accident. Despite that the servicemember did not own nor was in the vehicle at the time of the accident—he was preparing to deploy—the insurance company nevertheless filed a lawsuit against the airman for over $6,000 in damages. In addition, unbeknownst to the servicemember, the insurance company had already obtained a default judgment against him. The servicemember’s military attorney referred the case to the ABA Military Pro Bono Project, and within less than one week, the Project was able to match the airman to an experienced pro bono attorney in his area to represent him in court. After several weeks, the servicemember’s volunteer attorney was successful in setting aside the default judgment and obtaining a court order dismissing the entire case against the airman. Due to his pro bono attorney’s assistance, the airman can now focus on his military duties having resolved this legal and financial burden.

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