Supreme Court Rejects Claim That Collection Letters On Attorney General’s Letterhead Sent by Private Debt Collection Attorneys Misled Borrowers

Supreme Court Rejects Claim That Collection Letters On Attorney General’s Letterhead Sent by Private Debt Collection Attorneys Misled Borrowers

On May 16, 2016, a unanimous U.S. Supreme Court ruled that private attorneys hired by states to collect back taxes and other debts did not mislead investors by sending collection letters to borrowers using the state Attorney General’s letterhead.

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U.S. States Expand Efforts to Collect Taxes from Out-of-State Businesses

Twenty-four years ago, the U.S. Supreme Court announced in Quill v. North Dakota, 504 U.S. 298 (1992), that in order for a U.S. state to require an out-of-state business to collect and remit sales and use taxes on its sales to in-state customers, the business must have a physical presence—such as a store, office, or employees—in the state.

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