A letter summarizing a party’s debt can amount to a reconfirmation of an obligation and allow the creditor to file a cause of action to collect the outstanding amount, the Appellate Division, First Department, ruled yesterday.

The unanimous panel, in an opinion written by Justice Alfred D. Lerner, said that even though the letter did not contain a direct promise to pay the creditor, it was a sufficient recognition of a duty to satisfy the debt.

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