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Jerman v. Carlisle, McNellie, Rini, Kramer, & Ulrich LPA

Docket No.: 08-1200
Certiorari Granted: Jun 29 2009
Argued: January 13, 2010
Decided: April 21, 2010

PartyNames: Karen L. Jerman v. Carlisle, McNellie, Rini, Kramer & Ulrich, L.P.A., et al.
Petitioner: Karen L. Jerman
Respondent: Carlisle, McNellie, Rini, Kramer, & Ulrich LPA et al.

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

Karen L. Jerman
v.
Carlisle, McNellie, Rini, Kramer, & Ulrich LPA et al.
Question Presented:

Whether a debt collector's legal error qualifies for the bona fide error defense under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act ("FDCPA"), 15 U.S.C. ยง 1692.

Question:

Does a debt collector's mistake in law qualify for the FDCPA bona fide error defense?

Holding: reversed and remanded
Vote: 7-2
Opinion By: Justice Sonia Sotomayor
Read JERMAN V. CARLISLE, MCNELLIE, RINI, KRAMER, & ULRICH LPA opinion (PDF)
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