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A Commentary on Leff, Injury, Ignorance and Spite-The Dynamics of Coercive Collection, 33 U. PITT. L. R. 667 (1972)


The major problem (there are others) with Leff's paper arises, I think,
out of the particular thinness of its empirical backing. Leff's writing
theory is clear enough, at least to the careful reader. He was obviously
struck by the fact that with respect to all forms of collection (which he
defined roughly as "bringing about the completion of partially executed
transactions") the applicable substantive law and the available procedures,
both legal and economic, were formally constant and bilaterally
symmetrical. But in fact the collection process seemed to work very
differently in different distinguishable contexts.

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