Repo Man unleashed
Sheezelbub has an alarming post about the latest form of legalized extortion: a letigious species of "debt" collector that shows up and seizes assets over bills erased through bankruptcy.
Some collection firms are suing putative debtors and serving the papers to their old addresses. The collectors know that their targets will never get their day in court because they'll never realize they're being sued. Confident that their targets will never mount a legal defense, the exploiters are emboldened to sue on preposterous pretexts that would never survive a real hearing. They exploit the fact that, in some states, simply "skipping" the small claims court hearing legally empowers the collectors to seize a vehicle in repayment.
When the blissfully ignorant debtors don't show up to defend themselves in small claims court, the firms send enforcers to seize their cars in pre-dawn raids. The target awakens to find a tow truck in the driveway and a thug at the door. The thug gives the target a choice: cough up the alleged debt in cash, or hand over the car.
Welcome to the ownership society.