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Consumer Law & Policy Blog

Consumer Law & Policy Blog

Covers advertising, credit reporting, debt collection, ID theft, predatory lending and other consumer law topics. By Public Citizen.

http://pubcit.typepad.com/clpblog/
  • Mar 26

    Where Are the Loan Sharks?

    Where Are the Loan Sharks?
    by Jeff Sovern Not that I need one, but my question is prompted by my expectation that during the Consumer Financial Protection Bureaus's field hearing today on payday lending, the Bureau will propose new restrictions on payday lending.…
  • Mar 25

    Senate to take up oil train safety legislation

    Senate to take up oil train safety legislation
    Two weeks ago, we flagged an NPR piece about the dangers of transporting oil by rail. Very glad to see that we're not the only ones concerned. Today, Sen. Maria Cantwell of Washington will introduce federal legislation to prevent oil...
  • Mar 25

    On the decline of union

    On the decline of union
    Commentator Nicholas Kristof has never been a fan of unions, but in this New York Times op-ed, he explains, he’s changed his mind about them. Why? In Kristof’s words: I’m as appalled as anyone by silly work rules and…
Rank this Week: 19

43(B)log

43(B)log

Covers false advertising and intellectual property issues. By Professor Rebecca Tushnet.

http://tushnet.blogspot.com/
  • Mar 26

    Reading list: Campbell at 21/Sony at 31

    Reading list: Campbell at 21/Sony at 31
    Jessica Litman, Campbell at 21/Sony at 31. As you'd expect, insightful and a pleasure to read. Extracts: When copyright lawyers gather to discuss fair use these days, the most common refrain is its alarming expansion. This distress about…
  • Mar 25

    Wannabe competitor lacks standing to challenge false advertising

    Wannabe competitor lacks standing to challenge false advertising
    Maine Springs, LLC v. Nestlé Waters North America, Inc., 2015 WL 1241571, No. 2:14–cv–00321 (D. Me. Mar. 18, 2015) Maine Springs was founded seven years ago to start a bottled water operation in Poland Spring, Maine.…
  • Mar 25

    post-POM claim based on false implication of FDA approval survive

    post-POM claim based on false implication of FDA approval survive
    Par Sterile Products, LLC v. Fresenius Kabi USA LLC, 2015 WL 1263041, No. 14 C 3349 (N.D. Ill. Mar. 17, 2015) Par’s vasopressin injection product, Vasostrict, is a FDA-approved pharmaceutical. Fresenius’s vasopressin…
Rank this Week: 33

Helping Florida Consumers

Helping Florida Consumers

Covers Florida consumer law. By Taras Rudnitsky.

http://www.helpingfloridaconsumers.com/
  • Mar 14

    Rudnitsky Law Firm Earns 5 Star Rating From Client

    Rudnitsky Law Firm Earns 5 Star Rating From Client
    Client: Raechelle Type of Case: Wrongful Repossession Client Review: 5 Stars.  Settlement was even more than what I had expected……. Thanks Rudnitsky Law Firm!!!! The post Rudnitsky Law Firm Earns 5 Star Rating From…
  • Mar 13

    Wonderful Experience & Results!

    Wonderful Experience & Results!
    Client: Erika Type of Case: Debt Collection Defense (CACH, LLC) Client Review: Great results! Taras & Tina made me feel comfortable with the situation. Communication about what was going on was awesome! Case was resolved quickly! So glad…
  • Mar 6

    My opposing party didn’t count on Taras showing up. His representation made all the difference.

    My opposing party didn’t count on Taras showing up. His representation made all the difference.
    Client: Joe Type of case: Debt collection defense Client Review: Taras Rudnitsky’s firm provided seamless, responsive service and command of this area of the law. Calls were returned, though often initiated by the firm, with…
Rank this Week: 128

New York City Debt Defense Blog

New York City Debt Defense Blog

By the Langel Firm.

http://www.thelangelfirm.com/Debt-Defense-Blog.aspx
  • Mar 15

    Consumer Credit Protection Act: The Langel Firm, Private Enforcer

    Consumer Credit Protection Act: The Langel Firm, Private Enforcer
    Now's a good time for a bird's eye view of the Consumer Credit Protection Act, enacted in 1968, which contains a "package" of federal Acts that operate to protect consumers in the credit markets. The Acts are summarized below: Fair Credit…
  • Mar 10

    Pressure by NY Attorney General forces improvements to credit reporting

    Pressure by NY Attorney General forces improvements to credit reporting
    Consumer Reporting Agencies (Equifax, Experian, Transunion) have promised New York Attorney General, Eric Schneiderman, to improve the credit-reporting dispute process and give more time to repay for medical-debt delinquencies. Under the…
  • Feb 28

    Debt Buyers using Confusing Names is a Hot Issue for The Langel Firm

    Debt Buyers using Confusing Names is a Hot Issue for The Langel Firm
    We were busy in February 2015. Debt Buyers Using Confusing Names in Litigation We sued several creditors for continuing to use confusing names in court cases. We use recent precedent in Lee v. Forster & Garbus LLP in which a federal…
Rank this Week: 251

Consumer Litigation Group

Consumer Litigation Group

Covers consumer rights law, including fair debt collection, fair credit reporting, consumer debt defense, and consumer bankruptcy. By the Law Office of Dimitrios Kolovos, LLC.

http://www.consumerlitigators.com/
  • Dec 26

    What is the SSDI Recent Work Test?

    What is the SSDI Recent Work Test?
    Essentially, you must have accumulated enough recent Work Credits to pass the Recent Work Test and be eligible for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits.  You earn Work Credits when you have paid enough social security…
  • Dec 22

    Cases Before the Court of Common Plea

    Cases Before the Court of Common Plea
    What You Should Know About Being Sued in Pennsylvania There are three main ways to find yourself as a defendant in the Court of Common Pleas (“CCP”):  1) a case was appealed from a Magisterial District Justice…
  • Dec 21

    Cases Before a Magisterial District Justice

    Cases Before a Magisterial District Justice
    What You Should Know About Being Sued in Pennsylvania Generally, if you are alleged to owe $12,000 or less (exclusive of interest and costs) you may be sued before a Magisterial District Justice (MDJ).  MDJs are elected judges that serve…
Rank this Week: 303

Institutional Investor Securities…

Institutional Investor Securities Blog

Covers investment fraud involving auction-rate securities, credit rating agencies, hedge funds and mortgage-backed securities. By Shepherd Smith Edwards & Kantas.

http://www.institutionalinvestorsecuritiesblog.com/
  • Mar 21

    US Prosecutors May Revoke Currency Rigging Settlement

    US Prosecutors May Revoke Currency Rigging Settlement
    According to Bloomberg.com, U.S. prosecutors are thinking about revoking settlements in currency manipulation settlements that were agreed upon years ago and going after banks for manipulating interest rates. The Department of Justice is…
  • Mar 19

    Bank of New York Mellon Corp. Settles Currency Fraud Lawsuits Involving Pension Funds for $714M

    Bank of New York Mellon Corp. Settles Currency Fraud Lawsuits Involving Pension Funds for $714M
    Bank of New York Mellon Corp. (BK) has agreed to pay $714 million to settle claims that it bilked pension funds and others by overcharging for currency transactions. The settlements resolve cases by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman…
  • Mar 17

    HTG Capital Partners Files High-Frequency Trading Lawsuit Alleging That It Was the Victim of Spoofing

    HTG Capital Partners Files High-Frequency Trading Lawsuit Alleging That It Was the Victim of Spoofing
    The Chicago high-frequency trading firm HTG Capital Partners is suing rival traders, claiming that “John Doe defendants” engaged in spoofing to manipulate the market. The illegal practice was outlawed in 2010 under the Dodd-Frank…
Rank this Week: 322

Stock Broker Fraud Blog

Stock Broker Fraud Blog

Covers broker fraud, investor fraud, marketing timing, and securities fraud. By Shepherd Smith Edwards & Kantas.

http://www.stockbrokerfraudblog.com/
Rank this Week: 346

The Section 15(b) Report

The Section 15(b) Report

Monitors developments of interest to the regulated business community. By Cary Silverman.

http://cpscmonitor.com
  • Feb 18

    Cutting the Cord?

    Cutting the Cord?
    Photo: US CPSC on Flickr (Creative Commons license) The CPSC has issued an Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPR) to address the strangulation risk posed to young children from cords on window coverings. The new rule…
  • Feb 4

    Top 5 of the 1st Year

    Top 5 of the 1st Year
    Today marks the one-year anniversary of the launch of the Section 15(b) report. Here are the top five viewed posts since its inception: Do I Sell a Consumer Product? Mohorovic Shares Observations After 1st 100 Days–Engagement, Burden…
  • Jan 29

    What (Not) To Do With Those Recalled Buckyballs?

    What (Not) To Do With Those Recalled Buckyballs?
    WARNING (TO BOTH CHILDREN AND ADULTS): DO NOT TRY THIS AT HOME! You can read the Popular Science story explaining this video, “This is What Happens When You Put Magnetic Buckyballs in a Blender,” here.
Rank this Week: 350

The Law Offices of Robert J.…

The Law Offices of Robert J. Nahoum, P.C.

Covers debt collection and consumer law.

http://nahoumlaw.com/blog/
  • Mar 19

    Can Social Security Be Garnisheed?

    Can Social Security Be Garnisheed?
    By: Robert J. Nahoum THE PROBLEM You are retired or maybe you got hurt on the job and your only source of income is social security or other government benefits.  You fell behind on bills and used the credit cards... The post Can Social…
  • Mar 11

    What is A Judgment Lien on Real Property?

    What is A Judgment Lien on Real Property?
    By: Robert J. Nahoum   If you’ve been sued and a debt collector and a judgment has been against you, that judgment allows the debt collector to garnishee wages , freeze your bank accounts and levy on your real property... The post…
  • Mar 10

    Can You Have Your Wages Be Garnisheed by More Than one Judgment Creditor at a Time?

    Can You Have Your Wages Be Garnisheed by More Than one Judgment Creditor at a Time?
    By: Robert J. Nahoum THE PROBLEM The economy has been rough for so many working people.  Like many others you relied on credit cards to make ends meet between jobs.  Now that you’re working again, you’re trying to pick…
Rank this Week: 391

Mandelman Matters

Mandelman Matters

Covers the foreclosure crisis. By Martin Andelman.

http://mandelman.ml-implode.com
  • Feb 24

    Study Shows Foreclosure-related Suicides Doubled, 2006 – 2010

    Study Shows Foreclosure-related Suicides Doubled, 2006 – 2010
    Well, finally, (at least as far as I’m concerned) the American Journal of Public Health has published the results of a comprehensive study on foreclosure- and eviction-related suicide, which it should come as little surprise, shows has…
  • Feb 20

    How & Why I Fell in Love with the Reverse Mortgage

    How & Why I Fell in Love with the Reverse Mortgage
    Nothing else does what a reverse mortgage does. There’s no real alternative because any other type of home equity loan would require you to make monthly payments, and you can’t retire with high monthly payments or you could end up…
  • Feb 19

    As Goes California’s Housing Market, So Will Go the Nation’s.

    As Goes California’s Housing Market, So Will Go the Nation’s.
    Home sales volume and home prices in Southern California are falling… precipitously. As in… both volume and prices are going down. There are two things I would add to this fact: 1. It’s not just happening here. 2. It…
Rank this Week: 390

The Consumer Financial Services…

The Consumer Financial Services Blog

Covers the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Fair Credit Billing Act, Fair Credit Reporting Act and Fair Debt Collection Practices Act. By Maurice & Needleman, P.C.

http://consumerfsblog.com/
  • Feb 3

    Eliminating the Collection of Time-barred Debt: Where is the Consumer Protection?

    Eliminating the Collection of Time-barred Debt: Where is the Consumer Protection?
    The frenzy regarding the collection of time-barred debt has gone from the sublime to the ridiculous. What is highly touted as consumer protection is in actuality greater consumer harm. Allowing consumers to avoid financial obligations that…
  • Jan 13

    Settlements Are Dead – The Triology, Part 3

    Settlements Are Dead – The Triology, Part 3
    While we all wait anxiously for Star Wars VII – The Force Awakens, the debt collection industry has completed its own trilogy.  On Jan. 13, the 6th Circuit in Buchanan v. Northland Group applied the same misguided logic of the…
  • Jan 7

    Working with New York’s Latest Debt Collection Regulation

    Working with New York’s Latest Debt Collection Regulation
    New York’s Department of Financial Services published regulations on Dec. 3, 2014, which would require debt collectors to make additional disclosures to consumers following initial communications, provide consumers who…
Rank this Week: 513

Stop Collector Blog

Stop Collector Blog

Covers debt collection, debt collector harassment, and the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act. By Lemberg & Associates.

http://www.stopcollector.com/category/blog
  • Dec 19

    Federal Bill Would Stop Employment Credit Check

    Federal Bill Would Stop Employment Credit Check
    Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) recently introduced the Equal Employment for All Act, which would stop employers from requiring job applicants to share their credit histories. According to a press release from Warren’s office, “It…
  • Dec 19

    Federal Bill Would Stop Employment Credit Check

    Federal Bill Would Stop Employment Credit Check
    Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) recently introduced the Equal Employment for All Act, which would stop employers from requiring job applicants to share their credit histories. According to a press release from Warren’s office, “It…
  • Dec 18

    Colorado AG Sues United Credit Recovery

    Colorado AG Sues United Credit Recovery
    The Attorney General of Colorado, John Suthers, recently announced that his office filed suit against United Credit Recovery. The lawsuit alleges that United Credit Recovery (also known as UCR) bought debt portfolios from US Bank and Wells…
Rank this Week: 556

Michigan Collection Law Blog

Michigan Collection Law Blog

Covers collection agencies, collection law firms, and debt collection. By Nitzkin & Associates.

http://michigancollectionlawblog.com/
Rank this Week: 566

Credit Slips

Credit Slips

Discusses credit and bankruptcy. By Professors Bob Lawless, Angela Littwin, Katie Porter, John Pottow, Deborah Thorne and Elizabeth Warren.

http://www.creditslips.org/creditslips/
  • Mar 25

    Auto Title Loans: Like Payday Loans, But Larger and Riskier

    Auto Title Loans: Like Payday Loans, But Larger and Riskier
    The Pew Charitable Trusts today released a report focusing on the market for auto title loans. The report brings together data from a wide variety of sources (including Slips contributor Nathalie Martin's work) to provide a clear, succinct,…
  • Mar 24

    Consumer Bankruptcy with Chinese Characteristics?

    Consumer Bankruptcy with Chinese Characteristics?
    Deng Xiaoping's famous description of th...
  • Mar 20

    The Costs of Chapter 11

    The Costs of Chapter 11
    Although I keep swearing off the topic, I've written something about chapter 11 professional fees. Again. Over at Dealb%k.
Rank this Week: 925

The Corporate Observer

The Corporate Observer

Offers a trial lawyer's perspective on corporate misconduct. By Steve Berk.

http://www.thecorporateobserver.com/
  • Jun 20

    A Sad Day for Small Business and Consumer

    A Sad Day for Small Business and Consumer
    Today’s 5 to 4 decision by the United States Supreme Court perhaps puts the final nail in the coffin of consumers’ and now small businesses’ abilities to assert their statutory rights  and maintain a “level…
  • Jun 6

    DC Bar Treasurer, Steven N. Berk: The Timing Was Right

    DC Bar Treasurer, Steven N. Berk: The Timing Was Right
    Until this past May, I hadn’t run for anything since the 8th grade.  Then it was president of the class, no less, but, it was 8th grade.  We’re talking about the tail end of the Nixon administration and a Cubs team that…
  • Apr 4

    T-Mobile’s Simplified Plans – Simply Misleading

    T-Mobile’s Simplified Plans – Simply Misleading
    T-Mobile made a splash last week when it announced it would begin carrying the iPhone without a contract. The company has also made headlines with a new advertisement campaign claiming We’re cancelling our membership in the…
Rank this Week: 934

Florida Foreclosure Defense…

Florida Foreclosure Defense Lawyers Blog

Covers foreclosure news, alternatives, defenses and scams. By David M. Goldman.

http://www.floridaforeclosuredefenselawyersblog.com/
Rank this Week: 853

California Bankruptcy Lawyer

California Bankruptcy Lawyer

Covers bankruptcy, consumer debt and finance law with a focus on California law. By Scott Sagaria.

http://www.californiabankruptcylawyerblog.com/
  • Aug 10

    What is Obama Home Foreclosure Program?

    What is Obama Home Foreclosure Program?
    President Obama's home foreclosure program, Making Home Affordable, is a program that provides a number of government-subsidized options for homeowners who are struggling. The goal is for these homeowners to avoid home foreclosure, which…
  • Jul 26

    How Does Home Foreclosure Affect Home Vacancy?

    How Does Home Foreclosure Affect Home Vacancy?
    Home Foreclosures and It's Affects on Home Vacancies Home foreclosure rates have a direct affect on nearby property values through the supply effect. Residents currently living near vacant properties have a sense of mistrust and fear, from…
  • Jul 11

    What Is The Process of Home Foreclosure In Sacramento?

    What Is The Process of Home Foreclosure In Sacramento?
    The process of home foreclosure in Sacramento and eviction pre-foreclosure and the formal legal foreclosure process. Completion of all of these steps, which will probably take a few months or so, will lead to the eviction of the previous…
Rank this Week: 752

CFPB Monitor

CFPB Monitor

Covers the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. By Ballard Spahr.

http://www.cfpbmonitor.com
  • Mar 26

    ABA comments on CFPB prepaid card proposal

    ABA comments on CFPB prepaid card proposal
    Barbara S. Mishkin The American Bankers Association has submitted a 46-page comment letter on the CFPB’s proposed prepaid card rule. In the letter, the ABA makes the following key comments: Additional clarity is needed in the…
  • Mar 25

    OIG adds new audit item to work plan

    OIG adds new audit item to work plan
    Barbara S. Mishkin The Office of Inspector General (OIG) has added a new ongoing CFPB project to its work plan updated as of March 13, 2015.  The OIG is auditing the CFPB’s compliance with the Improper Payments Information Act of…
  • Mar 25

    Budget amendment introduced to change CFPB appropriation

    Budget amendment introduced to change CFPB appropriation
    Barbara S. Mishkin Another Republican CFPB effort to subject the CFPB to the congressional appropriations policy took the form of an amendment to the Senate’s 2015 Budget Resolution introduced last week by Senator David Perdue. …
Rank this Week: 1185

The Pop Tort

The Pop Tort

http://www.thepoptort.com/
  • Mar 26

    The A’s and B's of Generic Drug

    The A’s and B's of Generic Drug
    Go to your bathroom medicine cabinet and pull out one of your prescription drug bottles. It’s probably a complicated-sounding generic version of a drug, the name of which you can barely pronounce, right? You probably also believe that…
  • Mar 24

    From Dinosaurs to the First Amendment: Corporations Co-opt Completely

    From Dinosaurs to the First Amendment: Corporations Co-opt Completely
    The American Museum of Natural History in New York City features prominently in Catcher in the Rye yet Holden Caulfield never actually goes in. “Disturbed by the possibility of having to face how he has changed since his last…
  • Mar 19

    HuffPo Repost: Nuclear Workers Deserve Better from Bechtel

    HuffPo Repost: Nuclear Workers Deserve Better from Bechtel
    In 1983, I was a young lawyer representing the local community group trying to stop the restart of the Three Mile Island Unit 1 nuclear reactor -- sister of the crippled Unit 2. We knew that four years earlier, company...
Rank this Week: 1024

Texas Debt Suit Defense 101

Texas Debt Suit Defense 101

Covers credit card and other debt suit litigation in Texas from the defense side, including substantive legal and evidentiary issues, and comparative analysis of pleadings, legal theories, and litigation strategy. By Wolfgang Demino.

http://debt-suit-litigation-in-texas.blogspot.com
Rank this Week: 1262

Recover Investment Losses Blog

Recover Investment Losses Blog

Covers investment scams, broker fraud and broker negligence. By Rex Securities Law.

http://blog.rexsecuritieslaw.com
  • Mar 25

    Dallas Based Worth Financial Group Sanctioned by Securities Regulator

    Dallas Based Worth Financial Group Sanctioned by Securities Regulator
    January 9, 2015 Worth Financial Group  entered into a Letter of Acceptance, Waiver and Consent  (AWC) with the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) to resolve allegations that  it failed to establish…
  • Mar 25

    Buckman, Buckman & Reid Sanctioned by Securities Regulator

    Buckman, Buckman & Reid Sanctioned by Securities Regulator
    January 26, 2015- Buckman, Buckman & Reid and John Buckman, its chairman and CEO ,  entered into a Letter of Acceptance, Waiver and Consent  (AWC) with the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) to…
  • Mar 25

    New Jersey Stockbroker/Professional Poker Player Indicted

    New Jersey Stockbroker/Professional Poker Player Indicted
    March 24, 2015-Trenton, New Jersey NJ.Com reports that Evan Kochav, 33, of Jersey City has been indicted and charged with stealing over $561K from clients of his investment firm and then spending the money on poker and personal expenses.…
Rank this Week: 1269

Nebraska Debt & Bankrtupcy Blog

Nebraska Debt & Bankrtupcy Blog

By Samuel J. Turco Jr.

http://www.nebraskadebtbankruptcyblog.com/
  • Mar 24

    Student Loans Discharged as Undue Burden: New Hope for Borrower

    Student Loans Discharged as Undue Burden: New Hope for Borrower
    On February 25, 2015, the Nebraska bankruptcy court issued a new student loan opinion that should lift the hopes of debtors overburdened by student loans.   See In re DeLaet, Case #13-04032. What is striking about this opinion is that…
  • Feb 28

    8th Circuit Protects IRA Annuity Contract

    8th Circuit Protects IRA Annuity Contract
    The 8th Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that retirement funds rolled over from an Individual Retirement Account to purchase an annuity are exempt from the bankruptcy estate.  In re Miller (No. 13-3682).  Prior to filing…
  • Feb 9

    Making the List: How to Figure Out What You Owe

    Making the List: How to Figure Out What You Owe
    A key to getting good results in a bankruptcy case is to make sure that each and every creditor receives notice of the bankruptcy filing. Failure to notify a creditor may lead to disastrous results, including the debt not being discharged or…
Rank this Week: 1277

Mouse Print

Mouse Print

Exposing the strings and catches in advertising fine print and analyses the legal meaning and enforceability.

http://www.mouseprint.org
  • Mar 23

    Products Get Downsized in Canada Too

    Products Get Downsized in Canada Too
      MrConsumer was invited to Canada a couple of weeks ago to talk about product downsizing on CBC’s national consumer TV show called Marketplace. Surprisingly, or maybe not, many of the categories of products that have been…
  • Mar 16

    FTC Sues DirecTV Over Misleading Ad

    FTC Sues DirecTV Over Misleading Ad
     Last week, the FTC sued DirecTV for deceptive advertising practices for their digital satellite television services. In particular, the FTC said that their advertising didn’t make clear a number of key facts: 1. That the low…
  • Mar 9

    McAfee’s Rebate with Built-in Costly Time Bomb

    McAfee’s Rebate with Built-in Costly Time Bomb
      Tiger Direct recently advertised an amazing giveaway: a PNY 128 gig USB 3.0 thumb drive and McAfee Multi Access free after rebate. A supposed $149 value for free!? How can they do this? The secret is in the rebate offer. *MOUSE PRINT:…
Rank this Week: 1187

New Jersey Lemon Law Lawyer Blog

New Jersey Lemon Law Lawyer Blog

Covers consumer law issues, such as car dealership fraud, pay plan lawsuits, lemon law, and recalls. By Carton and Rudnick.

http://www.newjerseylemonlawlawyerblog.com/
  • Mar 21

    Wines and Arsenic

    Wines and Arsenic
    The following are only allegation and must be proven to be true. The Slatest and AP are reporting on a lawsuit about certain wines having been tested and found to have high levels of arsenic according to the facts underlying the lawsuit. …
  • Feb 19

    How to buy a house and hire a realtor

    How to buy a house and hire a realtor
    Be careful when you are buying a house. You must be careful when buying a home and also hiring a realtor. This is not always an easy decision and you must have very good advice and educate yourself when buying a home Realtors are subject…
  • Jan 10

    HIKO ENERGY FINED FOR FALSE PROMISES

    HIKO ENERGY FINED FOR FALSE PROMISES
    New Jersey has resolved claims against HIKO energy. It was alleged that this company was making false promises as to savings that customers would receive when they switched their service to HIKO energy. They mislead customers based on the…
Rank this Week: 1114

Garmo & Kiste, PLC Law Blog

Garmo & Kiste, PLC Law Blog

Covers Michigan law topics.

http://www.garmokiste.com
  • Mar 20

    Ann Arbor, Bay County and Highland Park Courts Online

    Ann Arbor, Bay County and Highland Park Courts Online
    Ann Arbor District Court, Bay County District Court, and Highland Park District Court Debut Online Traffic Court As part of the continuing “Judge Online” movement, several local courts recently signed with a software service that…
  • Mar 20

    Michigan Expungement Law Change

    Michigan Expungement Law Change
    Wondering about the new Michigan expungement law changes. Michigan law may now allow you to get a conviction removed from the public record? If so, you should be aware of changes to Michigan’s expungement statute. Expungement…
  • Feb 26

    Michigan IRS Tax Debt Attorney

    Michigan IRS Tax Debt Attorney
    Two things guaranteed in life- Death and Taxes The dreaded day of April 15th is quickly approaching. Remember that you MUST file your return or request an extension to file by October 15th on this day to avoid penalties. It is important to…
Rank this Week: 1036

Mass Tort Defense

Mass Tort Defense

Covers legal issues relating to defense of mass tort cases and large scale product liability claims. By Sean P. Wajert of Dechert, LLP.

http://www.masstortdefense.com/
  • Mar 9

    Upcoming Seminar of Interest

    Upcoming Seminar of Interest
    Our readers may be interested in the upcoming seminar: Chemical Products Liability and Environmental Litigation.   It's scheduled for April 22-23 in New Orleans, and includes topics such as Recent Developments In Fracking…
  • Mar 6

    Federal Court Denies Certification in Groundwater Class Case

    Federal Court Denies Certification in Groundwater Class Case
    A federal judge in Oklahoma earlier this week denied class certification to homeowners living near a research facility, holding that individual issues outweighed allegedly common issues among the class claiming injury from contamination from…
  • Mar 3

    Publication of my new Class Action & Mass Torts Answer Book

    Publication of my new Class Action & Mass Torts Answer Book
    Just a quick note.  Your humble blogger is very pleased to announce the availability of my latest publication, the Class Action and Mass Tort Answer Book (PLI 2015).  It is available here.  (I don't spend all my time posting…
Rank this Week: 1289

Consumer Goods & Retail…

Consumer Goods & Retail Industry Litigation Blog

Covers litigation-related issues concerning consumer packaged goods manufacturers, retailers, advertisers, consumers and attorneys. By Kotchen & Low LLP.

http://cpg-retail-litigation.kotchen.com/
Rank this Week: 1152

FDCPAlaw

FDCPAlaw

Covers consumer rights under debt collection laws. By Joseph A. Mullaney III.

http://fdcpalaw.blogspot.com/
  • Apr 13

    Senate Moves to Severely Restrict Payday Loan

    Senate Moves to Severely Restrict Payday Loan
    Consumer rights advocates have long assailed payday loans and consumer rights attorneys tell horrible stories of clients ensnared in the web of payday loans.  When consumers fail to repay, they are frequently harassed and threatened…
  • Jan 8

    Annuities Are Partially Protected Against Creditor Garnishment in New Jersey

    Annuities Are Partially Protected Against Creditor Garnishment in New Jersey
     Sometimes a New Jersey consumer may give a sum of money to an insurance company or other entity in exchange for a promised stream of income usually paid monthly (an annuity contract).  Other times, an insurance company is given…
  • Jan 7

    Lingering Economic Malaise Means Expansion for PRA

    Lingering Economic Malaise Means Expansion for PRA
    Portfolio Recovery Associates LLC, a subsidiary of the publicly-traded Portfolio Recovery Associates, Inc., is a debt collection agency that trades in the junk debt markets.  It purchases old, defaulted consumer debts from credit card…
Rank this Week: 1123

Privacy and Security Law Blog

Privacy and Security Law Blog

Covers biometrics, HIPAA, identity theft, PATRIOT Act, phishing and more. By Davis Wright Tremaine.

http://www.privsecblog.com/
  • Mar 24

    General Counsel, Is Your Website Vulnerable?

    General Counsel, Is Your Website Vulnerable?
    A report just released by security startup, Menlo Security, found that one-third of the top one million websites have already been compromised with malware or are running outdated or unpatched software that is vulnerable. The problem is…
  • Mar 19

    Advisory Alert: Premera Cyber-Attack Announced

    Advisory Alert: Premera Cyber-Attack Announced
    Defining Your Obligations as an Employer On March 17, 2015, Premera announced a data breach involving the personal information of more than 11 million individuals resulting from what it characterized as a sophisticated, targeted cyber-attack.…
  • Mar 18

    Montana Tweaks Data Breach Statute

    Montana Tweaks Data Breach Statute
    Bill Expands PII Definition, and Adds Government Notice Requirement The Big Sky Country’s data breach statute is going to see some small changes come October. On Feb. 27, 2015 Montana Governor Steve Bullock signed H.B. 74 into law,…
Rank this Week: 1477

Impact Litigation Journal

Impact Litigation Journal

Provides commentary and analysis about legal issues relating to class actions and other representative litigation in the areas of consumer and employment law. By Initiative Legal Group APC.

http://www.impactlitigation.com/
  • Mar 23

    Ninth Circuit Affirms Final Approval of Walmart Gift Card Settlement

    Ninth Circuit Affirms Final Approval of Walmart Gift Card Settlement
    The Ninth Circuit’s recent decision in In re Online DVD-Rental Antitrust Litig., 12-15705 (9th Cir. Feb. 27, 2015) (“Online DVD-Rental”), which affirmed an order granting final approval of a class action settlement totaling…
  • Mar 16

    U.S. Supreme Court Declines Review, Hands Win to California Trucker

    U.S. Supreme Court Declines Review, Hands Win to California Trucker
    California truck drivers enjoyed a victory recently when the U.S. Supreme Court declined to review a decision by the California Supreme Court which held that the state’s Unfair Competition Law (“UCL”) is not preempted by…
  • Mar 10

    Studies Reveal That Class Actions Are Still Vital To Consumer Justice

    Studies Reveal That Class Actions Are Still Vital To Consumer Justice
    In 2013, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce (which represents some of the largest corporations in the world), published a memo purporting to be “An Empirical Analysis of Class Actions” (available here). The memo, drafted by attorneys at…
Rank this Week: 1796

Protect Your Rights

Protect Your Rights

Covers North Carolina contract and tort law. By Maginnis Law.

http://www.maginnislaw.com
Rank this Week: 1390

Law for Real People

Law for Real People

Provides information for consumers, elders, and nonprofit directors or staff. By John Gear.

http://www.johngearlaw.com/law-for-real-people-blog.html
Rank this Week: 2013

The Lemon Law Blog

The Lemon Law Blog

Covers issues and topics relating to consumer law as it relates to car lemon laws and auto dealer fraud. By Kemnitzer, Anderson, Barron, Ogilvie & Brewer.

http://www.lemonlaws.com/
  • Mar 19

    The Faith-Based Fight Against Usury

    The Faith-Based Fight Against Usury
    Usury is a term that generally refers to an unlawful rate of interest. The California Constitution states that usury is more than 10% per annum (even 7% in some circumstances). But the California banking lobby has managed to get a loophole…
  • Mar 10

    CFPB Study Slams Forced Arbitration

    CFPB Study Slams Forced Arbitration
    The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau issued its long-awaited study of forced arbitration today, and the study paints a grim picture of justice denied. The arbitration clause tucked into standard form contracts deprives consumers and…
  • Jan 12

    Parable of the Dead Donkey

    Parable of the Dead Donkey
    Punitive damages are greatly misunderstood. The so-called "tort reform" movement is a campaign of misinformation designed to confuse the public about one of the most effective deterrent tools of the civil justice system. Funded by companies…
Rank this Week: 1677

California Consumer Finance…

California Consumer Finance Litigation

Covers consumer finance developments, trends and analysis. By O'Rielly & Roche LLP.

http://www.consumerfinancelitigation.com/
  • Mar 17

    California Court of Appeal Holds Unconscionable Arbitration Provisions are Severable

    California Court of Appeal Holds Unconscionable Arbitration Provisions are Severable
    In Trabert v. Consumer Portfolio Services, Inc., the Fourth District California Court of Appeal reversed a trial court order and held that certain unconscionable provisions of an arbitration agreement should be severed, and the remainder of…
  • Jan 26

    U.S. Supreme Court Holds TILA Rescission Does Not Require Suit

    U.S. Supreme Court Holds TILA Rescission Does Not Require Suit
    In Jesinoski v. Countrywide Home Loans, Inc., the U.S. Supreme Court held that only written notice is required, and a borrower need not file suit, to rescind a loan under the Truth in Lending Act (TILA). In Jesinoski, borrowers…
  • Jan 9

    U.S. Supreme Court Holds CAFA Removal Notice Need Not Include Evidence of Amount in Controversy

    U.S. Supreme Court Holds CAFA Removal Notice Need Not Include Evidence of Amount in Controversy
    Overturning Tenth Circuit precedent, the U.S. Supreme Court recently held that the Class Action Fairness Act of 2005, or "CAFA," does not require that a party seeking removal to federal court submit with its notice of removal evidentiary…
Rank this Week: 1652

California Credit Law Blog

California Credit Law Blog

Covers consumer credit law. By Anderson, Ogilvie & Brewer LLC.

http://www.californiacreditlaw.com/
  • Mar 9

    Experian, Equifax and TU Agree to Improve the Dispute Process & to Reduce the Impact of Unpaid Medical Bill

    Experian, Equifax and TU Agree to Improve the Dispute Process & to Reduce the Impact of Unpaid Medical Bill
    The Wall Street Journal is reporting that the three national credit bureaus will improve the way they handle consumers’ requests to correct inaccuracies on their credit reports. The bureaus will also change the way they report on unpaid…
  • Feb 9

    FICO Scores Used by Lenders are Now Available to Consumers.

    FICO Scores Used by Lenders are Now Available to Consumers.
    FICO announced it will make up to 18 variations of consumers’ FICO scores available for the first time. FICO publishes different scores based on the needs of the type of credit involved–car loans, mortgages, credit cards, etc.…
  • Jan 25

    Useful List of all Credit Reporting Agencie

    Useful List of all Credit Reporting Agencie
    Most people are familiar with Experian, Equifax and Trans Union, but there are many more credit reporting agencies (CRAs) that are unknown to most people. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has published a list of all the CRAs. The…
Rank this Week: 1678

New York Securities Lawyers Blog

New York Securities Lawyers Blog

Covers securities and investment fraud. By Malecki Law.

http://www.newyorksecuritieslawyersblog.com/
Rank this Week: 2048

Friedman Iverson Consumer Law Blog

Friedman Iverson Consumer Law Blog

Deals with consumer issues, such as bankruptcy, debt harassment, and “dirty car dealer tricks.”

http://www.friedmaniverson.com/consumer/blog/
  • Feb 16

    Looking for a legal/administrative assistant

    Looking for a legal/administrative assistant
    Friedman Iverson is a boutique law firm serving consumers and creatives. We’re looking for an administrative/legal assistant to support our law firm’s day to day operations, with an emphasis on our bankruptcy practice.…
  • Nov 5

    “As is” isn’t a license to rip you off on a used car

    “As is” isn’t a license to rip you off on a used car
    We get a lot of calls from people who have unknowingly bought cars from dealers with serious defects. Generally, when a car is sold it comes with an “implied warranty” that the car will be fit to drive. But when a consumer lets…
  • May 1

    What to do if your car has missing airbag

    What to do if your car has missing airbag
    As we discussed in an earlier post, car dealers sometimes sell a formerly wrecked car without disclosing to the buyer that it’s been in a serious accident. Maybe the most shocking is where the dealer repairs the car, but doesn’t…
Rank this Week: 1987

Lemon Law Blawg

Lemon Law Blawg

Features motor vehicle and lemon law issues, news and updates. By Ronald Burdge.

http://ohiolemonlaw.blogspot.com/
  • Feb 10

    US Cars Stink in New Zealand

    US Cars Stink in New Zealand
    Is There a Stink Bug Legion in Your New Car?Literally. US Cars literally stink in New Zealand, according to an article just published by WardsAuto news publication and Yahoo's New Zealand news online. The official announcement was made in New…
  • Jan 12

    Car Dealers and Dead Donkey

    Car Dealers and Dead Donkey
    We were asked the other day why a car dealer who lied to a customer should have to do anything more than merely take back the car and refund their money. Seems some car dealers and their attorneys think that's enough. Paying "more" means…
  • Nov 19

    A Job Well Done

    A Job Well Done
    And we all love cake!If you have a lemon car, let us make the manufacturer take it back and refund your money.That's what we did today. And here's what a very happy client dropped off to give thanks and for our staff to enjoy (and we will,…
Rank this Week: 1721

New York & New Jersey Consumer Law…

New York & New Jersey Consumer Law Blog

Covers landlord-tenant and consumer law. By the Major Law Firm.

http://www.nynjconsumerlaw.com
  • Jan 9

    2014, the Year that Was: NJ Commercial Tenant Finally "Gets with the Program"

    2014, the Year that Was: NJ Commercial Tenant Finally "Gets with the Program"
    A NJ commercial landlord-tenant relationship can be challenging to manage. A commercial landlord must balance the benefit of having a rent paying tenant in a space that can be difficult to rent with the realities of the tenant's behavior. In…
  • Jan 2

    2014, the Year that Was: NJ Eviction of a Subetter Claiming to be a Co-Tenant

    2014, the Year that Was: NJ Eviction of a Subetter Claiming to be a Co-Tenant
    A residential landlord client received financing for his building from the New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency. In exchange for this financing, Landlord had to maintain a certain amount of low-income units in the building. This…
  • Jan 2

    2014, the Year that Was: A 5 Part Review of Successful NJ Landlord-Tenant Case

    2014, the Year that Was: A 5 Part Review of Successful NJ Landlord-Tenant Case
    2014 was a busy year for the Firm on the landlord side of the ledger. Some particularly notable NJ landlord-tenant cases include (1) a successful eviction in connection with a tenant's refusal to cooperate with the Landlord's lease (required…
Rank this Week: 1906

California Debt Blog

California Debt Blog

Provides information and advice about debt collection, dealing with debt collectors, and how to protect yourself from the tactics of the debt collection industry. By Jonathan G. Stein.

http://www.californiadebtblog.com/
Rank this Week: 1594

Michigan Consumer Credit Lawyers…

Michigan Consumer Credit Lawyers Blog

Covers debt collection, credit reports, and foreclosure defense.

http://www.micreditlawyer.com/blog/
Rank this Week: 1910

Law Office of Dana L. Manner Blog

Law Office of Dana L. Manner Blog

Covers Florida lemon law.

http://mannerlaw.com/blog/
  • May 24

    Amazon Studio Arrangement Patent

    Amazon Studio Arrangement Patent
    This is my original post on Facebook on May 2, 2014. This post got picked up by several photography blogs, and then spread to other mainstream media and news publishers. Post by Dana Manner.    
  • Apr 18

    Tesla Lemon Law Case with Vince Megna

    Tesla Lemon Law Case with Vince Megna
            Vince Megna “King of Lemons” posted video of his most recent high profile lemon law cases involving a Tesla.
  • Apr 18

    NACA 2014 Auto Fraud Conference

    NACA 2014 Auto Fraud Conference
    I am pleased to announce that I will be speaking at the National Association of Consumer Advocates 2014 Auto Fraud Conference in San Diego, California. The conference, which begins on April 24, 2014 will be attended by consumer advocate…
Rank this Week: 1948

Wall Street Investment Fraud…

Wall Street Investment Fraud Lawyer Blog

Covers Ponzi schemes, investment fraud, and other scams. By The Doss Firm.

http://www.wallstreetinvestmentfraudlawyer.com/
  • Jan 13

    STIFEL NICOLAUS AND CENTURY SECURITIES CONSENT TO FINES OVER IMPROPER SALES OF LEVERAGED AND INVERSE ETFS

    STIFEL NICOLAUS AND CENTURY SECURITIES CONSENT TO FINES OVER IMPROPER SALES OF LEVERAGED AND INVERSE ETFS
    According to a recent news release, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) has fined Stifel, Nicolaus & Company, Incorporated and an affiliate $550,000 ordered them to pay approximately $475,000 in restitution to 65 customers…
  • Jan 9

    J. P. Morgan Chase Avoids Criminal Prosecution for Hosting Madoff Fraud

    J. P. Morgan Chase Avoids Criminal Prosecution for Hosting Madoff Fraud
    Banking giant J. P. Morgan Chase has reached a deal with federal prosecutors to avoid criminal prosecution for its role in the Bernard Madoff Ponzi scheme. According to the prosecutors, J. P. Morgan, which had custody of Madoff accounts,…
  • Jan 9

    FINRA IDENTIFIES AREAS OF CONCERN FOR INVESTORS

    FINRA IDENTIFIES AREAS OF CONCERN FOR INVESTORS
    Each year, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) publishes a letter to the financial services industry identifying its regulatory and examination priorities. FINRA is the industry's "self-regulatory organization," which is…
Rank this Week: 1580

San Jose Bankruptcy & Fair Debt…

San Jose Bankruptcy & Fair Debt Collection Practices Act Lawyer Blog

Covers California bankruptcy and Fair Dept Collection Practices Act issues. By Ronald Wilcox.

http://www.sanjosebankruptcyfdcpalawyer.com/
  • Jul 24

    Federal Trade Commission Obtains Largest Civil Penalty Ever

    Federal Trade Commission Obtains Largest Civil Penalty Ever
    Based in Texas, Expert Global Solutions and its subsidiaries-ALW Sourcing, LLC; NCO Financial Systems, Inc.; and Transworld Systems, Inc., (which also does business as North Shore Agency, Inc.), collectively are the largest debt collector in…
  • Jun 28

    Three out of Five Bankruptcy Filings Are Due To Medical Debt

    Three out of Five Bankruptcy Filings Are Due To Medical Debt
    When we think of people who file for bankruptcy, very often we tend to think of them as over spenders maxing out their credit cards and leading a carefree lifestyle; or perhaps we think of them as people who have lost their job and are now…
  • Jun 14

    Federal Trade Commission Halts Illegal Robocall

    Federal Trade Commission Halts Illegal Robocall
    The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) settled charges they brought against Skyy Consulting, Inc., a California company doing business as CallFire, located in Santa Monica, California. CallFire provided voice-over-internet, a practice also known…
Rank this Week: 1942

Personal Finance & Consumer…

Personal Finance & Consumer Rights Blog

Covers consumer rights. By Sonya Smith-Valentine.

http://www.valentinelegal.com/consumerlawblog
  • Apr 11

    Debt Collectors Need to Play by the Rule

    Debt Collectors Need to Play by the Rule
    If you’re behind in paying your bills, you may be contacted by a debt collector — someone who regularly collects debts owed to others. This includes collection agencies, lawyers who collect debts on a regular basis, and companies…
  • Mar 27

    Bogus Text Messages Offering Prize

    Bogus Text Messages Offering Prize
    If you’ve ever gotten a text message on your cell phone telling you that you’ve won a free prize, you’re not alone. During the past year, the FTC has gotten tens of thousands of complaints about unsolicited text messages.…
  • Mar 12

    But I Never Ordered Anything…

    But I Never Ordered Anything…
    What if a company called you, demanding you pay for a product they said you ordered? What if they threatened you if you didn’t pay? And what if you never actually ordered that product, never even saw it, and never promised to pay for…
Rank this Week: 1733