Large Settlement in NY Awards Big Money to Defendants Who Were Never Legally Served with Process—Fraudulent Process Servers Take a Big Hit

A Class Action lawsuit successfully overturned over $800 million of default judgments entered because of fraudulent affidavits of service. The victims won a $59 million settlement against debt collectors and process servers.

Attorneys take note! You can be held responsible if a process server handling your service files a false affidavit of service.

In addition to the monetary settlement and a major network of collectors being barred from continuing the practice, the process service company responsible for the fraudulent affidavits, Samserv Inc., has been ordered to pay process servers the same amount for unsuccessful attempts at service as they pay for a successful service.

The thought is that the unfair pay rates put pressure on the process servers to lie if the notice was actually served.

The court has recognized that if the company isn’t getting paid for a non-serve, then the process server isn’t either. The law firm which used SamServ was personally named as a defendant in the class-action lawsuit, holding them accountable for utilizing a process service company who engaged in false service.

The fraudulent affidavits involved individuals who hadn’t lived at a particular address for more than ten years, subjects who had been deceased for years and others who had been at work with viable alibis at the time of service.

So listen up you lawyers and firms alike– be careful when choosing a process server who doesn’t pay their process servers equal pay for served and non-served notices. The results of this practice in New York ignited a class-action lawsuit and a resulted in a $59 million settlement, a long list of compliance requirements for NYC process servers and overturned over 100,000 judgments.

Don’t take any chances with a process server of questionable reputation. Rather, call Nationwide Legal Investigations at (877) 493-3463 for your process serving needs.

Marc J. Tropeano is Chief Investigator at Nationwide Legal Investigations. He has been working as an investigator since 2001. He began his career working for an ex-LAPD retired detective who instilled his work ethic and investigative techniques that are still put to use to this day. As a Private Investigator Marc has worked on civil and criminal cases for attorneys across the state of California and beyond. He has investigated burglaries, thefts, white collar crime, domestic matters, and worker’s compensation claims. He has interviewed dozens of witnesses and subjects and prepared detailed reports for his clients. He has also worked on hundreds of surveillances and has provided clients with video and photographic evidence in support of his findings. Prior to joining Nationwide Legal Investigations, Marc was sharpening his skills as an undercover Animal Cruelty Investigator for the infamous Chris DeRose at Last Chance for Animals. Tell him your story, there is nothing he hasn’t heard…

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