This excerpt taken from the WEN 10-K filed Apr 3, 2006.
Deferred Court Costs
The Company contracts with a nationwide network of attorneys that specialize in collection matters. The Company generally refers charged-off accounts to its contracted attorneys when it believes the related debtor has sufficient assets to repay the indebtedness and has to date been unwilling to pay. In connection with the Companys agreement with the contracted attorneys, it advances certain out-of-pocket court costs (Deferred Court Costs). The Company capitalizes these costs in its consolidated financial statements and provides a reserve for those costs that it believes will be ultimately uncollectible. The Company determines the reserve based on its analysis of court costs that have been advanced, recovered, and anticipate recovering. Deferred Court Costs, net of the valuation reserves, were $3.8 million and $1.8 million as of December 31, 2005 and 2004, respectively.