11th Circ. Revives Harassment Suits Against Collection Cos.

Law360, Philadelphia (August 27, 2012, 9:37 PM EDT) -- The Eleventh Circuit on Monday reversed a lower court's ruling that debt collection agencies' offers of settlements to several people who accused the agencies of harassment had divested the court of jurisdiction to hear the cases.

A three-judge panel found that because the settlement offers were rejected for being insufficient, the claims under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act were still legitimate. The panel specifically agreed with the plaintiffs' argument that the debt collectors fell short of providing full relief by not offering a judgment in...
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