AG Balderas Joins U.S. Supreme Court Brief to Crack Down on Unscrupulous Debt Buyers and Debt Collectors

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 26, 2017

Contact: James Hallinan (505) 660-2216

Albuquerque, NM – Attorney General Hector Balderas announced this morning that New Mexico joined an amicus brief in the Henson v. Santander Consumer USA case which is currently before the U.S. Supreme Court. The case involves the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act’s protections against abusive debt collection practices. The attorney general joined the brief in an effort to reign in unscrupulous, harassing and abusive debt collectors that harm New Mexico consumers.  Attorney General Balderas is asking the Supreme Court to recognize that the act’s protections apply to companies that buy debts that have fallen into default and then try to collect those debts from consumers.

“New Mexico consumers should not have their jobs put in jeopardy or their family members harassed by abusive practices from overly aggressive debt buyers and debt collectors,” said Attorney General Balderas. “We will continue to work to strengthen consumer protections for all New Mexico families.”

Please see attached for a copy of the brief that was filed in the U.S. Supreme Court late Friday.

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