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May 16, 2012

Michigan court district ranks No. 1 in lawsuits filed against student loan defaulters
By Michigan Radio Newsroom

Federal data show that a federal court district in Michigan ranks number one in the country for the number of federal lawsuits filed against individuals who default on their student loans. Relative to population size, defaulters in the Eastern District of Michigan (Detroit) were prosecuted at a rate about 10 times the national average during March 2012. The Central District of California (Los Angeles) came in second, and the Northern District of New York came in third. Out of the 279 suits filed in March, 57 were filed in the Eastern District of Michigan, 140 in the Central District of California and 13 in the Northern District of New York. The report, published by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) at Syracuse University, compared the total number of civil filings per month since March 2007. The number remained relatively stable (between 200 and 250) until Spring 2009, when it dipped slightly, bottoming out at 168 in December of that year.

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, Syracuse University
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