I have lived in Missouri for several years and at the end of 2007 I had major problems with a collection attorney in Ohio. A year before moving, I had a dispute with a bulk mailing company in Ohio. I never signed any contracts with them, they supposedly took care of some bulk mailing for me, but I later found out that most of the mailings were not delivered. I disputed a bill that was sent for these services and never heard anything more. Fast forward two years, and I am self employed in Missouri as an entertainer. An attorney from Ohio files a small claims case against me and has the paperwork sent to one of my clients that he must have found on my performance schedule. I receive the notice two days before the court date, try to contact the court house, faxed a letter giving the details of my residency. After the court date, my client once again receives my mail indicating that a default judgement has been rendered. I again try to contact the courts as I believe I was improperly served and the venue was incorrect. I then receive a notice of debtors exam in Ohio. I contact the court and the attorney because there is no possible way of me making a return trip to Ohio for this. The attorney sends me a letter that the court forwarded him my objections and that if I do not show up for the examination or make a one time settlement payment, a warrant will be issued for my arrest due to contempt of court. I paid the settlement amount , I had made an appointment with an attorney, but the earliest I could get in was a week after the debtor's exam date.
I think this entire situation was handled incorrectly by the collection attorney. Is there anything I can do? Were collection laws violated?