Sending Pleading to Consumer Did Not Violate FDCPA Where Attorney Had Not Entered Appearance, Seventh Circuit Rules

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit has ruled that because the plaintiff’s attorney had not yet filed a written appearance or pleading with the Illinois state court where the defendant law firm had filed a collection action against her, the law firm did not violate the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) by mailing notice of a motion for default judgment to the plaintiff instead of only to her attorney.