A Georgia-based debt collection law firm and a debt buyer didn't violate federal law by misleading consumers into believing that they would be sued if they didn't pay the amount they owed, the 2nd Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals has ruled.

But law firm Riexinger & Associates and debt buyer Crown Asset Management still must face claims under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act for not disclosing enough about the amount owed, the appeals court said in a decision issued this week.

Officials with the firms couldn't be immediately reached for comment.

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