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Barron Newburger Attorneys Prevail in Third Circuit FDCPA Decision

PHILADELPHIA–On April 15, 2016, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a ruling from the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania which held that a plaintiff failed to state a cause of action under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act.    The case involved a debtor who resided in New Jersey, which allows wage garnishment, but worked in Pennsylvania, which does not.   The debtor had judgments taken against her in New Jersey.   The creditors sought to enforce the judgments by serving wage garnishments on a New Jersey office of the debtor’s employer.   The debtor sued in U.S. District Court in Pennsylvania alleging that the wage garnishments were illegal and violated the FDCPA.    The District Court ruled that the complaint failed to state a cause of action, a holding which was affirmed by the Court of Appeals.   Barron & Newburger attorneys Lauren Burnette and Mitch Williamson represented the appellees.   The case is No. 15-2506, Carmichael v. Pressler & Pressler, et al.     The Penn Record reported on the decision here.