Arthur Calderon's answer Assuming that you have a valid contract, because the company has failed to adhere to the terms of that particular contract, you may be able to terminate the contract, especially if they continue to be unwilling to follow it. If the company received funds that were supposed to be allocated to paying particular bills, then they be responsible for misappropriating the funds that they received, and therefore could be liable.
Peter N. Munsing's answer 1lesson--if you have a license, renew it while it's valid. Way easier, avoids the driving on expired charge;
2) Go to the DMV. Get a prinout of their history of your license. If there is a judgment notice they got, see if they can pull that and give you a copy (reason is it may just be a letter from an attorney which isn't the same--you need have a copy of what it is they got);
3) Go to the court that entered that judgment for $18,500 Get a copy of the docket sheet for that...
David B. Levin's answer Talk to a consumer protection lawyer in your area. Depending on a number of variables such as how they "scared you," whether or not the collection agency misrepresented the legal status of the debt and the actions they could take, etc., you may have a claim under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act or a state consumer protection statute.
*David Levin is the Partner in charge of UpRight Law's consumer rights litigation department. UpRight Law is a national law firm with licensed...
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