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First, if you believe you are being extorted, you should contact the consumer fraud division of your state attorney general's office and report the activities of these entities and their collection agencies. The AG's office will investigate the allegations and charge the entities if there is proof of extortion.
Then you could file a civil suit against the same entities....and the good thing is that all of the work will be done for you as far as evidence collecting.
Also, you can file disputes with each credit reporting agency about the improper entries and try to have this removed....which would restore your rating.
If the credit bureaus will not restore your rating after proof that their information is incorrect, you can file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission (you can do this online).