Justice Neil Gorsuch, recently confirmed to the Supreme Court, has authored his first opinion, a unanimous decision in Henson v. Santander Consumer USA, Inc., 582 U.S. ____ (2017), holding that an entity that purchases debt owed to another entity (in this case, defaulted car loans) is not a “debt collector” subject to the 1977 Fair Debt Collection Practices Act. The Court also decided several important state and local government cases on regulatory takings, the Fair Housing Act, § 1983 liability, and the First Amendment. Let’s take a look at a few.
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