The Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social has been barred from collecting a 10-year-old debt owed by an employer.
The case involves a short payment by a corporation on the social security charges for its employees. The Caja sought more than 3 million colons.
The Sala II said that the Caja is prohibited from collecting money later than two years after it discovers a failure to pay. The Caja has a network of inspectors who compare employer filings with the agency and with other government organizations to make sure all the social security payments have been made.
The Caja administers health services, including the hospitals, pensions and disability.