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With the amount getting that high, it is likely that the landlord had a clause in the lease that allowed him to add in any attorney costs and costs of collection into any judgment. Then each time they go back to court, it probably adds another $1,000 in attorney fees..
And for what it is worth, it is illegal for an employer to fire someone if they are given one wage garnishment order... (15 U.S.C. § 1674(a).)
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Well, I would have to know what the warrant is for to determine that. But if a judge issued, there is a pretty good chance it is legal as judges don't normally issue illegal warrants. It might be that he was served a summons and failed to appear in court so this is a bench warrant. Or if he was ordered to pay and failed to do so, it could be a warrant for contempt of court. Or the creditor could have filed for a "debtor examination" where son would be ordered to appear and give information about his assets and employment and failed to do so and a warrant was issued... Or lots of other reasons.. So there is just no way to know given the information you have provided.
And if whoever is contacting son is the one who owns the judgment, then they can contact him, but can't do so so much that it is considered harassment under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act. If they are calling him once a day...probably ok. 8 times a day at all hours.... illegal.