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Consumer advocates want affidavits pulled in Md. debt-collection cases

The University of Maryland School of Law's consumer-protection clinic is trying to get key documents stricken from potentially hundreds of debt-collection cases over an issue more commonly thought of as a foreclosure problem — robo-signing.

Midland Funding, which buys old consumer debts and sues to collect, filed affidavits signed by representatives who swore they had personal knowledge of the debts even though they did not, a federal court in Ohio found as part of an August class-action settlement.

Midland employees daily signed 200 to 400 of such "false and misleading" affidavits for years, according to an order by U.S. District Judge David A....