Disclosure: Howe & Russell represented the petitioner in this case.
Holding: The Fair Debt Collection Practices act regulates the conduct of debt collectors. The statute provides a bona fide error defense for instances in which a debt collector violates the statute through a good faith mistake. The Court held, however, that ignorance of the law does not count as a good faith mistake under that defense.
Judgment: Reversed and remanded, 7-2, in an opinion by Justice Sonia Sotomayor on April 21, 2010. Justice Breyer filed a concurring opinion, and Justice Scalia filed an opinion concurring in part and concurring in the judgment. Justice Kennedy dissented, joined by Justice Alito.