Debt collector on the hook for $70K in attorney fees for woman who they sued in the wrong county court

CHICAGO — A Chicago debt collection law firm that sued consumers based on a former interpretation of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) will have to pay attorney fees and costs to a former debtor, a Chicago federal judge has declared.

Blatt, Hasenmiller, Leibsker & Moore must pay almost $69,394 in attorney fees and about $773 in costs to Iwona Portalatin, who they sued to collect a debt, according to an Oct. 25 order from U.S. District Judge Matthew F. Kennelly.