September 29, 2017 / 9:59 PM / a year ago

Judge greenlights Illinois class action over home inspections

Safeguard Properties, one of the country’s largest property inspection companies, must face a class action alleging that some of its inspections are actually attempts to collect debt for a mortgage servicer, a federal judge has ruled.

In a decision on Thursday, U.S. District Judge Joan Gottschall in Chicago rejected Safeguard’s bid to dismiss the lawsuit, saying whether the company is a debt collector subject to federal law on collection practices is an open question that will have to be decided at trial.

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