On March 17th, the Seventh Circuit addressed whether a communication meant to deceive a court can violate the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act. A debt collector sued plaintiff in state court in an effort to collect the credit card debt plaintiff owed. Attached to the complaint was a statement that looked like a credit card statement but which bore the debt collector's name in place of the credit card issuer. Plaintiff filed the instant suit alleging that the statement was an attempt to deceive the state court in violation of the FDCPA. Although disturbed by the debt collector's actions, the Seventh Circuit held that the FDCPA regulates consumer communications and does not extend to communications aimed at misleading judges. O'Rourke v. Palisades Acquisition XVI, LLC.