March 29, 2015

Bob Markoff’s Letter to the Editor of the Chicago Law Bulletin

Letter to Editor: Readers hope to add more context to recent stories To editor: A recent article titled “Judge holds fines aren’t debts under federal collection law,” published in the Law Bulletin on April 18 discussed a federal lawsuit in which our firm was the defendant. The article may give readers an impression that because the Fair Debt Collections Practices Act does not apply to collecting fines for the city of Chicago, our firm violates the act with impunity as to such cases. This is not true. We follow the requirements of the FDCPA in all collection matters to the best of our ability. Our firm would have been successful on the merits of the claims against us had the matter proceeded to trial. We […]
March 29, 2015

Bob Markoff’s Letter Concerning Cook County Sheriff’s Proof of Summons Fee

$10 fee for proof of summons adds insult to injury To editor: The sheriff’s office has just made a difficult process even harder! They are adding injury ($10) to insult (blame). One of the first steps in proceeding with a suit is obtaining service upon a defendant. The case may not proceed without service. Furthermore, the First Municipal District of the Cook County Circuit Court has a rule that all initial summons MUST be given to the sheriff for service before a private process server may be appointed. The sheriff reports service to the court clerk, not to the plaintiff who delivers the summons and complaints (with a $60 fee) to the sheriff for service. The sheriff delivers the summons together with a return to […]
February 1, 2014

IICLE Author Spotlight: Robert G. Markoff

October 1, 2013

Bob Markoff quoted by Illinois Bar Journal

New citation procedures make enforcing debt-collection judgments easier Illinois Bar Journal,October 2013 • Volume 101 • Number 10 • Page 498, Available Online By Adam W. Lasker A new law reduces the role of sheriffs in collection proceedings and increases the power of courts and practitioners to enforce judgments. The Illinois General Assembly has enacted a law drafted by an ISBA section council member that is designed to streamline the process for enforcing judgments and to allow greater court supervision over debt-collection procedures. Governor Quinn signed Public Act 98-0557 on August 27, and effective Jan. 1, 2014, Illinois law will be changed in four substantive ways: to allow the recording of foreign judgments as liens on in-state property, to allow service of “bank garnishments” by […]
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