We acknowledge and commend the State's efforts to aggressively police the marketplace of trade and commerce. With our holding, we do not suggest that the actions alleged in the Petition are not actionable. However, we cannot undertake a legislative role and write into the MPA language that simply does not exist. We do not read the plain language of the MPA to provide that debt collection by a third party as alleged in the Petition is "in connection with" the sale of merchandise, and is included among the activities prohibited by the MPA.Frankly, based on the judges' remarks, it sounds like this is something the Legislature ought to be looking into -- instead of (ahem) trying to overturn the will of dog-loving voters or targeting immigrants who want to learn how to drive.
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