Debt Collectors Can Recoup Costs Despite Law: High Court

Law360, New York (February 26, 2013, 1:51 PM EST) -- The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday found a debt collector who prevails in a civil suit can recover litigation costs from the debtor who brought the case, ruling that a provision in the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act is defeated by other federal statutes.

The high court found in a 7-2 ruling that the Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 54(d) and other statutes trump the FDCPA when it comes to awarding costs, upholding a Tenth Circuit opinion that allowed General Revenue Corp. to collect more than...
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