In an action to recover on an obligation whereby there is contracted for, reserved or taken, a greater rate of interest than the maximum permitted by law, all payments made in money or property may be pleaded as a counterclaim or set-off. If such payments exceed the amount of the principal, judgment may be given in favor of the defendant for the excess, with interest at the rate of ten per cent per annum. If such payments exceed the amount of the principal of the debt or obligation, an action may be maintained to recover the excess.

Terms Used In Arizona Laws 44-1204

  • Action: includes any matter or proceeding in a court, civil or criminal. See Arizona Laws 1-215
  • Counterclaim: A claim that a defendant makes against a plaintiff.
  • Defendant: In a civil suit, the person complained against; in a criminal case, the person accused of the crime.
  • Obligation: An order placed, contract awarded, service received, or similar transaction during a given period that will require payments during the same or a future period.
  • Property: includes both real and personal property. See Arizona Laws 1-215