High Court Seems to Shy From a Case On Debt Law

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WASHINGTON — A Supreme Court argument on Tuesday explored a gap in a federal debt collection law, one that consumer groups say allows some debt collectors to engage in abusive tactics. But the justices did not seem inclined to fill the gap.

When Congress enacted the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act in 1977, it imposed strict regulations on firms that collected other companies’ debts. But it did not address the activities of businesses like banks, credit card companies and car dealerships that collect their own debts.

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