'When You Got Nothing, You Got Nothing to Lose': Assignments of Choses of Action and Standing in the United States Supreme Court
University of Sydney - Faculty of Law
University of Sydney - Faculty of Law; Centre for International Finance and Regulation (CIFR)
July, 28 2009
Oxford University Commonwealth Law Journal, Vol. 8, No. 2, pp. 237-244, 2008
Sydney Law School Research Paper No. 09/70
The United States Supreme Court in Sprint Communications Co LP v APCC Services Inc divided on the question whether an assignee for collection of federal debts satisfied Article III standing. Both majority and minority approached the constitutional question by reference to the English historical background, in light of the 19th century statutory reforms, which took a very different form in the United States than in England (and elsewhere in the Commonwealth). The decision is an excellent example of the ongoing process of working out the legal consequences of statutory choices made more than a century ago.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 9
Keywords: Sprint Communications, assignment, chose in action, assignee for collection, standing, Field Code, Judicature legislation, injury in fact, redressability, rhetoric
JEL Classification: K10, K30Accepted Paper Series
Date posted: July 28, 2009
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