On March 30, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana found that serving a request for admission in connection with a complaint and a summons on a debtor in a debt collection case constituted misleading communications in violation of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA). According to the order, an attorney served a debtor with a request for admission along with a summons to appear in court and a complaint seeking collection of an alleged debt. The request for admission sought acknowledgment that the allegations in the debt collector’s complaint were true. The court found that, as a matter of law, the combination of the documents would confuse an unsophisticated debtor because a debtor would conclude that filing an answer to the complaint was the necessary step to avoid judgment, and not realize that he or she had to do essentially the same thing separately by serving plaintiff’s counsel within thirty days or else admit the underlying allegations. While not at issue in this case, the court noted that it would be inclined to hold that “in order to avoid a violation of the FDCPA, requests for admission should always advise of the consequences of a failure to make a timely response.”