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Monday, July 31, 2006

Debtor's hell

FRAMINGHAM

An odd scene last September in Framingham District Court. The court clerk was late, so two collection agency attorneys essentially took over.

They stood at the front of the courtroom, calling out defendants' names and asking them to come forward, negotiating with some and scheduling others for future dates.

The scene is described in the second installment of the Globe's series on the aggressive debt collection industry.

Today's installment looks at the court system's role, finding that small claims courts have become a "de facto arm" of a fast-growing industry whose practices raise some disturbing questions.

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