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Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson has reached a settlement deal in the lawsuit she filed last year against one of the country's biggest debt buyers, she said Wednesday.

Swanson last year accused Midland Funding LLC of "robo-signing" affidavits in collections lawsuits and sometimes targeting the wrong people for payment of debt that the company had purchased from banks and credit card companies, MPR reports. Midland is part of Texas-based Encore Capital Group.

MPR says that Swanson's office reports that Midland has filed more than 15,000 lawsuits against people in Minnesota courts since 2008.

Here's the March 2011 press release that details more of what Swanson said Midland was doing. “The company put its thumb on the scale of justice to unfairly tilt the collection process in its favor,” Swanson said.

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