To the best of my knowledge, once a debt is sold off to a 3rd party
We don't know if this is the case, and the higher the debt is, the less likely it is going to be sold since the creditor only gains a % back from each debt sold.
I'm curious if he has received a type of collections letter in the mail. Often 3'rd parties LIE and act as though they are the original creditor, or they act as though they are acting on BEHALF of the original creditor.
BTW, are we 100% sure this debt went to the courts? There have been some un-ethical collections operating out of New York that have gone so far as to falsely claim such things when it was not the case, amoungst some very far-out threats.
We may be bordering across some privacy issues, but I'm starting to wonder about the total debt amount here..