(Sacramento Bee) A split appellate panel on Wednesday reversed a Sacramento federal judge’s rulings that favored a debt collector and his practice of sending collection letters “in care of” a person’s place of employment.

The panel sent the matter back to Sacramento for further proceedings that comply with the appellate opinion, but took the case away from U.S. District Judge John A. Mendez because of his dismissive attitude toward it and disparaging remarks he made about it and the attorney who filed it.

The panel ordered the Sacramento court to assign the case to another judge. The panel acknowledged this is an extraordinary action but explained that it is warranted because of Mendez’s strong personal feelings.

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