Hoosiers' Stimulus Cash Shielded From Seizure

April 30, 2020

Fast action by consumer advocates and the Indiana Supreme Court means creditors haven't been able to seize the federal stimulus checks meant to help Hoosiers survive the COVID-19 crisis. 

In the absence of federal action to protect Americans from private debt creditors, a coalition of Indiana consumer-protection groups led by Indiana Legal Services asked the state Supreme Court to step in. Last week, in a 4-1 decision, the justices forbade Indiana's courts from issuing any new ruling that would put a hold on or garnish an individual's stimulus funds during the state's public health emergency.

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