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Supreme Court of NJ Ready to Hear Case That Could Change Rules of Evidence in Debt Collection

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Nobody likes finding out your mail has been sent to the wrong house. In a world that's ever more dependent on online retailers, we're trusting the things we need to have sent to us will reach our mailboxes. Yet, having our Amazon purchases sent to the wrong house is one thing, having a debt collection lawsuit sent to the wrong address is a slightly bigger deal.

Sure this is an extreme example but it does pertain to a case that on Monday was granted certiorari, which is a means of having a case examined by a higher court. In the case both sides are arguing whether or not being unaware of the violation should impact the point in which the rules of discovery should begin.

This case specifically revolves around 'Rotkiske v. Klemm.' In 2003 and 2005 Rotiske accrued debt that was referred to 'Klemm & Associates' for collection. The difficulty for Rotiske started when they attempted to serve him notice to a former address. Although they initially withdrew, one year later they refiled on the same incorrect address. It was at this point that someone at Rotkiske's old address signed for the service on his behalf. Due to this misunderstanding Klemm was able to file a default judgment of roughly $1,200.

Rotiske was not made aware of this, and only finally found out years later after he attempted to take out a mortgage. Within a year of becoming aware he sued 'Klemm & Associates.' For their part as defendant's in the case they wanted it thrown out since it had been more than a year since the violation. The district court agreed with them and dismissed.

After an appeal failed, Rotkiske argued that this decision should be taken up by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as it went against decisions in the Fourth and Ninth circuits. Also, this was a good case to have the justices resolve similar issues.

The Supreme Court has granted certiorari, and will hear the case. We are very interested to hear what the outcome of this will be.

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