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Lockhart v. United States

Docket No.: 04-881
Certiorari Granted: Apr 25 2005
Argued: November 2, 2005
Decided: December 7, 2005

Topic:

Judicial Power

PartyNames: James Lockhart v. United States, et al.
Petitioner: James Lockhart
Respondent: United States, et al.

Court Below: United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

James Lockhart
v.
United States, et al.
546 U.S. 142 (2005)
Question Presented:

Do the Social Security Act and the Debt Collection Improvement Act bar the United States from withholding social security benefits to collect student loan debt that has been outstanding for more than ten years, as the Eighth Circuit has held, or does the Higher Education Act eliminate any such bar, as the Ninth Circuit held below?

Question:

Could the United States offset Social Security benefits to collect a student loan debt that had been outstanding for over 10 years?

Holding: affirmed
Vote: 9-0
Opinion By:
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