Suesz v. Med-1 Solutions, LLC

Federal 7th Circuit Court
Civil Court
Fair Debt Collection Practices Act
Case Number: 
No. 13-1821
Decision Date: 
October 31, 2013
Federal District: 
S.D. Ind., Indianapolis Div.
Dist. Ct. did not err in dismissing plaintiff’s lawsuit seeking damages under Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA), where plaintiff alleged that defendant-collector violated venue provisions of FDCPA by bringing collection action in different township than where either plaintiff was located or debt arose. Under Indiana court system, township/small claims court within Marion County, where instant collection action was filed, has countywide jurisdiction, such that there was no violation of venue provision of FDCPA, even though defendant filed collection action in different township within Marion County than where contract was signed, since: (1) debt arose in and instant township court was located within Marion County; and (2) township courts within Marion County are not separate, freestanding FDCPA judicial districts. (Dissent filed.)