Michael David Siegel's answer You can be sued because you have been sued. Your question is do you have a defense. I do not know what you mean by a Notice of Discontinuance. That term usually applies to a litigation. A release of lien applies to a car. I am not sure what paper you have. Thus, I cannot answer your question.
Michael David Siegel's answer Answer the summons. Your bank account can be frozen if there is a judgment. You might be able to unfreeze it with an exemption. Do not send a letter. Answer the case. Now that the case is in court, and payment arrangement should be in writing and a court order.
Michael David Siegel's answer It sounds like you were scammed. Call the Securities and Exchange Commission enforcement office and the FBI. Your bank has nothing to do with this. They just sent a wire to a place you ordered. Am I missing something? The "company" you are dealing with likely does not really exist in a way a civil lawsuit would lead to recovery.
Stuart Gregory Steingraber's answer Generally, debt collectors are bound by the provisions of federal law, including the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act. If they do not have your home/cell number, it is allowed for them to contact YOU at work. Talking with HR about your indebtedness is not allowed. If they contact HR it can only be for them to transfer the call to you. Some nosy HR folks may ask who is calling? or what is this about? Then, the caller cannot disclose the nature of the call but can only ask to put their...
Leonard R. Boyer's answer No, it is not legal and is a violation of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act. Trying to represent yourself in Bankruptcy is unwise to put it nicely. There are both Federal and Local Rules of Bankruptcy that must be complied with. It is not merely filling out forms. To properly answer your questions and address your concerns, the best way to handle this is with an in person consultation with an experienced bankruptcy attorney.
Michael David Siegel's answer What do you mean "settled". It must not be settled if people are calling. If you entered a debt settlement program, many of these are frauds, and it is possible that they have taken your money and not paid creditors.
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