It is a symptom of our times that a great deal of current civil litigation is more debt collection than anything else. During times such as these, litigators are called upon increasingly for post-judgment enforcement — that is, “getting the money” rather than for “winning at trial” — where defendants either have no defense or have no money to bankroll a vigorous defense.
Collecting on a judgment can be a lot more onerous than the public might suspect. Obtaining a judgment is but one step toward recovering on a debt. GE Capital’s debt collection efforts against prominent St. Paul developer, Jerry Trooien, and related businesses began in May, 2009 and are on-going.