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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/
  • Dec 29

    Wells Fargo Reaches $591 Million Mortgage Deal with Fannie Mae

    Wells Fargo Reaches $591 Million Mortgage Deal with Fannie Mae
    Wells Fargo & Co. (WFC) has arrived at a $591 million mortgage settlement with Fannie Mae (FNMA). The arrangement resolves claims that the banking institution sold faulty mortgages to the government run-home loan financier and covers…
  • Sep 10

    Government Probe of Height Securities Into Possible Insider Trading Expands to Hedge Fund

    Government Probe of Height Securities Into Possible Insider Trading Expands to Hedge Fund
    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is looking into whether anyone from the government illegally leaked to Wall Street traders that there was going to be a change in health-care policy. In 2013, The Wall Street Journal reported that…
  • Sep 9

    CFTC Notifies Justice Department of Criminal Rate Rigging, Looks at Possible Swaps Loophole

    CFTC Notifies Justice Department of Criminal Rate Rigging, Looks at Possible Swaps Loophole
    The U.S. Commodities Trading Commission has notified the Department of Justice that there is evidence of criminal conduct related to the alleged manipulation of ISDAfix. The regulator had sent subpoenas to the biggest banks in the world in…
Rank this Week: 1060

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/
  • Sep 29

    Former LPL Financial Broker Must Pay Almost $2 Million For Bilking Clients, Including Elderly Investor

    Former LPL Financial Broker Must Pay Almost $2 Million For Bilking Clients, Including Elderly Investor
    Blake B. Richards, an ex-LPL Financial (LPLA) broker, must pay close to $2 million in penalties and disgorgement over allegations that he defrauded clients of close to $1.7 million. According to the case, submitted in the U.S. District Court…
  • Sep 11

    SEC to Dismiss Lawsuit Against SIPC Over Payments to Stanford Ponzi Scam Victim

    SEC to Dismiss Lawsuit Against SIPC Over Payments to Stanford Ponzi Scam Victim
    The Securities and Exchange Commission has said that it no longer intends to continue trying to get the Securities Investor Protection Corporation to pay back investors the losses they sustained in R. Allen Stanford’s $7 billion Ponzi…
  • Sep 9

    Mortgage Transfers to Nonbanks Get Closer Regulator Scrutiny

    Mortgage Transfers to Nonbanks Get Closer Regulator Scrutiny
    In the last two years, millions of borrowers with mortgages have been moved from banks to nonbanks. This can result in problems for home loan borrowers. A reason for this is that a lot of banks are getting rid of their mortgage servicing…
Rank this Week: 192

Tampa Bankruptcy Lawyer Blog

Tampa Bankruptcy Lawyer Blog

Covers chapter 7 and chapter 13 bankruptcy, as well as foreclosure defense. By Christie D. Arkovich, P.A.

http://www.tampabankruptcylawyerblog.com/
  • Sep 14

    Watch out for Scam Bill Collectors Calling after a Bankruptcy is Filed

    Watch out for Scam Bill Collectors Calling after a Bankruptcy is Filed
    I don't know if this is occurring to our Florida bankruptcy clients, but I imagine it is. The ABI I have a warning for you about scam bill collectors. Criminal gangs are posing as law enforcement officials. They are calling people and…
  • Aug 30

    Stop Continued Calls by Mortgage Company

    Stop Continued Calls by Mortgage Company
    Many of our Tampa Bay, Florida clients facing foreclosure want to speak with their mortgage company and reach some kind of agreement for a loan mod, deed in lieu, cash for keys or short sale. Many do not. They've been there and done that…
  • Aug 15

    Palm Beach County Circuit Judge Race - I urge you to tell everyone you know down there to vote for Jessica Ticktin

    Palm Beach County Circuit Judge Race - I urge you to tell everyone you know down there to vote for Jessica Ticktin
    Our firm doesn't practice much in South Florida because it's a little too far from our base in Tampa. But word has gotten around hundreds of miles away that the incumbent Judge Lewis leaves a lot to be desired in a Judge and it is…
Rank this Week: 960

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
  • Sep 13

    What has fine print taken from you lately?

    What has fine print taken from you lately?
    September 13, 2014AFJ's First Monday campaign: Fighting back against forced arbitrationBuried in everyday agreements for products, services, and jobs is fine print saying when you are harmed, you can't go before an impartial jury or judge.…
  • Sep 3

    Another reminder to be grateful for the abundance we share

    Another reminder to be grateful for the abundance we share
    Thanks to my clients, I am able to support terrific organizations like Salem Harvest: Dear Mr. Gear,I hope you're having a wonderful summer.  Salem Harvest's season is off to a great start.  We had a big rush of cherries at the…
  • Sep 1

    Local Media REALITY CHECK -- great piece about forced arbitration

    Local Media REALITY CHECK -- great piece about forced arbitration
    WOW.  This FOX affiliate's "Reality Check" is an amazingly good piece of local TV journalism. WELL WORTH A WATCH.Please share the video at the link with as many people as you can. Until everyday people realize just how badly the justice…
Rank this Week: 3459

Oregon and Washington Bankruptcy…

Oregon and Washington Bankruptcy Blog

Provides bankruptcy information for people living in Oregon and Washington. By the Northwest Debt Relief Law Firm.

http://nwdrlf.com/blog/
  • Sep 13

    Expanded Bankruptcy Law Office Hour

    Expanded Bankruptcy Law Office Hour
    I am pleased to report that attorney Mark Ditton who has long managed many of our bankruptcy cases in Portland and Salem, Oregon will be moving to Seattle this week to expand our Seattle Bankruptcy Law Office. Mark will now supervise all of…
  • Sep 6

    Oregon Utility Debts and Bankruptcy

    Oregon Utility Debts and Bankruptcy
    The Bankruptcy Code protects Oregon debtors from utilities disconnecting water, home phone, electricity or gas services. Utility services such as cable television, cell phone services or internet are not considered utilities for this…
  • Sep 5

    Values for Property in Oregon Bankruptcy

    Values for Property in Oregon Bankruptcy
    In bankruptcy, Oregon and Washington debtors are required to list all their assets and give a corresponding estimated value of his or her property. This is an easy task when the asset has an easily fixed cash value, like a stock, owed wages,…
Rank this Week: 1675

Mandelman Matters

Mandelman Matters

Covers the foreclosure crisis. By Martin Andelman.

http://mandelman.ml-implode.com
Rank this Week: 353

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/
  • Sep 12

    California's new Consumer Free Speech Act: Coming to a State Near You?

    California's new Consumer Free Speech Act: Coming to a State Near You?
    by Ted Mermin (Executive Director, Public Good Law Center), guest blogger As Scott Michelman's earlier post explained, the new California law barring nondisparagement clauses in consumer contracts promises to restrain a pernicious practice…
  • Sep 12

    John Oliver on student loans and the abuses of for-profit college

    John Oliver on student loans and the abuses of for-profit college
    Watch here, laugh and enjoy. (And learn.) (Note to sensitive readers: in addition to some profanity, there's a rather detailed -- but hilarious -- digression regarding President Lyndon Johnson's difficulty fitting his private parts into his…
  • Sep 11

    "Plus the firearms and the narcotics and the payday loans"

    "Plus the firearms and the narcotics and the payday loans"
    by Jeff Sovern I am partial to Lee Child's Jack Reacher novels. I buy the audio books and listen to them while driving, doing mindless chores, etc. In the latest, Personal, Reacher and a companion are discussing the activities of...
Rank this Week: 174

New York Securities Lawyers Blog

New York Securities Lawyers Blog

Covers securities and investment fraud. By Malecki Law.

http://www.newyorksecuritieslawyersblog.com/
  • Sep 12

    SEC Charges Robare Group with Fraud For Failing to Disclose Fee Arrangement with Broker-Dealer

    SEC Charges Robare Group with Fraud For Failing to Disclose Fee Arrangement with Broker-Dealer
    How do you know your investment adviser is solely acting in your best interest? Sadly, even when it comes to picking mutual funds, your investment adviser may still only be thinking of himself or herself. Take for example the allegations in…
  • Aug 15

    Are Some Customers Paying Too Much In Fees? The SEC Cracks Down on Linkbroker

    Are Some Customers Paying Too Much In Fees? The SEC Cracks Down on Linkbroker
    "Is my stockbroker charging me too much in commissions and fees?" This is a common question many investors frequently have. Unfortunately, all too often, the answer to this question is "Yes." In fact, just yesterday, the SEC announced…
  • Aug 1

    Are We Coming Up On A "Sweet Spot" for SEC Whistleblowers?

    Are We Coming Up On A "Sweet Spot" for SEC Whistleblowers?
    In only three years, the Dodd-Frank whistleblower program, which promises cash rewards for those whose tips lead to a successful investigation by the SEC, has yielded more than 6,500 tips according to a recent article in the Wall Street…
Rank this Week: 3611

CFPB Monitor

CFPB Monitor

Covers the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. By Ballard Spahr.

http://www.cfpbmonitor.com
Rank this Week: 1252

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/
  • Sep 12

    Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Gets Green Light For Arbitration Survey

    Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Gets Green Light For Arbitration Survey
    One of the troubling things about forced arbitration is that most people know nothing about it. The problem is, what you don't know can hurt you. The participants in arbitration are often sworn to secrecy. No wonder most people are in the…
  • Sep 9

    It's A Dirty Busine

    It's A Dirty Busine
    There is nothing clean about "title washing." The phrase as used in this context is more like laundering, as in money laundering, than cleaning up anything that has to do with your car. The core purpose of car title is to disclose and…
  • Sep 7

    What Does it Take to Become A Car Salesman?

    What Does it Take to Become A Car Salesman?
    Last year he was a celebrity, this year a ...car salesman? After the NFL upheld star receiver Josh Gordon’s yearlong suspension last week for repeated positive drug tests, he found himself out of a job with the Cleveland Browns. At…
Rank this Week: 2462

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/
  • Sep 12

    Settling Detroit: Remembering General Unsecured Creditor

    Settling Detroit: Remembering General Unsecured Creditor
    The trial on the City of Detroit's restructuring takes a hiatus while insurer Syncora and others try to finalize a settlement. The deal seems to be a hybrid of enhanced treatment for Syncora's class of claims in Detroit's plan (class...
  • Sep 10

    Apple Pay and the CFPB

    Apple Pay and the CFPB
    Apple Pay has been getting a lot of attention, and I hope to do a longer post on it, but for now let me highlight one possible issue that does not seem to have gotten any attention. I think Apple...
  • Sep 9

    Isis Wallet Mobile Payment

    Isis Wallet Mobile Payment
    One of the competitors in the Great Mobile Payments Race is changing its name. Isis Wallet, a mobile payments joint venture of AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile is changing its name to Softcard for fairly obvious reasons. Isis Wallet operates…
Rank this Week: 674

The Antitrust Attorney Blog

The Antitrust Attorney Blog

Covers antitrust and consumer law. Published by Jarod Bona of Bona Law PC.

http://www.theantitrustattorney.com/
  • Sep 11

    Who is Capable of Conspiring to Violate the Antitrust Laws?

    Who is Capable of Conspiring to Violate the Antitrust Laws?
    When you think about antitrust cases, you usually consider the question—often framed at the motion to dismiss stage as a Twombly inquiry—whether the defendants actually engaged in an antitrust conspiracy. But, sometimes, the…
  • Sep 3

    Antitrust Law as a Negotiating Tool and the Pursuit of Family Dollar Store

    Antitrust Law as a Negotiating Tool and the Pursuit of Family Dollar Store
    When you are a law student, you don’t usually understand that most cases are just one of several business tools that are companies utilize to advance their interests in the marketplace. You might think that cases are academic-like…
  • Aug 29

    Five U.S. Antitrust Law Tips for Foreign Companie

    Five U.S. Antitrust Law Tips for Foreign Companie
    Just because your company isn’t based in the United States doesn’t mean it can ignore US antitrust law. In this interconnected world, there is a good chance that if you produce something, the United States is a market that matters…
Rank this Week: 2789

Threat Level

Threat Level

Covers privacy, crime and security online. From Wired News.

http://www.wired.com/threatlevel
  • Sep 11

    Feds Threatened to Fine Yahoo $250K Daily for Not Complying With PRISM

    Feds Threatened to Fine Yahoo $250K Daily for Not Complying With PRISM
    A secret and scrappy court battle that Yahoo launched to resist the NSA’s PRISM spy program came to an end in 2008 because the Feds threatened the internet giant with a massive $250,000 a day fine if it didn’t comply. The detail…
  • Sep 11

    How Online Black Markets Have Evolved Since Silk Road’s Downfall

    How Online Black Markets Have Evolved Since Silk Road’s Downfall
    When the FBI tore down the billion-dollar drugs-and-contraband website Silk Road last October, its death made room for a new generation of black-market bazaars—many with better defenses against the Feds. Nearly a year later, more drugs…
  • Sep 10

    Hacked Celeb Pics Made Reddit Enough Cash to Run Its Servers for a Month

    Hacked Celeb Pics Made Reddit Enough Cash to Run Its Servers for a Month
    If you saw Kate Upton or Jennifer Lawrence naked last week, there’s a good chance you saw them on the social news site Reddit. The self-proclaimed “front page of the Internet” was one of the main hosts of the celebrity nude…
Rank this Week: 22

The Pop Tort

The Pop Tort

http://www.thepoptort.com/
  • Sep 11

    Punitives Damages Get a Boost

    Punitives Damages Get a Boost
    Punitive damages can be a tough sell. Juries award these kinds of damages to hold reckless companies and others accountable for outrageous misconduct. Yet (or so), they are easy rhetorical targets. “Huge” “arbitrary”…
  • Sep 9

    Huff Post Repost: Corporate Lawyers Breaking Bad

    Huff Post Repost: Corporate Lawyers Breaking Bad
    I cannot wait for the new Breaking Bad spin-off, Better Call Saul, about the always entertaining lawyer, Saul Goodman. For those unfamiliar with Breaking Bad, Saul's a criminal lawyer. No, literally, a CRIMINAL lawyer. Saul already has a new…
  • Sep 9

    Poached Hollywood

    Poached Hollywood
    Who knew that cartoons had such a dirty underbelly? There’s a vicious battle going on in the world of Hollywood computer animation and visual effects– a world so small that it’s apparently been pretty easy for a few…
Rank this Week: 1739

Lemon Law Blawg

Lemon Law Blawg

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

http://ohiolemonlaw.blogspot.com/
  • Sep 9

    Most Common Car Complaints? CarComplaints.com has the Answer

    Most Common Car Complaints? CarComplaints.com has the Answer
    This post is not an advertisement but a loud applause for some great work being done by CarComplaints.com. What these guys do, they do very well.Don't buy a lemon. That seems like an easy enough thought to keep in mind when you go car…
  • Sep 2

    Chrysler Under Safety Investigation by Feds, Again

    Chrysler Under Safety Investigation by Feds, Again
    Chrysler says it is investigating electronic problems in its cars that could affect millions of its most popular cars and trucks and minivans, according to USA Today reporter James Healey.The investigation, you can bet, is being mirrored by…
  • Aug 27

    Who Makes the Most Lemon Cars?

    Who Makes the Most Lemon Cars?
    The myth has for years been that European and Asian cars are made better than the ones that Detroit turns out. That may have been true when your father bought his cars, but not so much anymore.The auto industry recognized the quality problems…
Rank this Week: 748

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/
Rank this Week: 1257

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/
  • Sep 8

    Subsequent Debt Collectors Must Provide FDCPA Validation Notice

    Subsequent Debt Collectors Must Provide FDCPA Validation Notice
    By: Robert J. Nahoum THE PROBLEM: The debt collection industry moves fast – a debt collector calling you today may be different from a debt collector that called you the previous week trying to collect the very same debt.  How do…
  • Jul 11

    A Check List of Steps to Prepare and File an Order to Show Cause to Vacate a Default Judgment

    A Check List of Steps to Prepare and File an Order to Show Cause to Vacate a Default Judgment
    By: Robert J. Nahoum   You have just discovered that a default judgment has been entered against you by a debt collector because you didn’t answer a debt collection lawsuit.  In order to reverse (or as the lawyers call it…
  • Jun 13

    Could Stronger State Debt Collection Laws be Coming to New York State?

    Could Stronger State Debt Collection Laws be Coming to New York State?
    By: Robert J. Nahoum On May 28, 2014, the New York State Assembly passed a series of bills aimed at debt collectors.  Included in the proposed laws is an enlargement of disclosure requirements to consumers, stronger court filings…
Rank this Week: 882

Mouse Print

Mouse Print

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

http://www.mouseprint.org
  • Sep 8

    Honestly, Could They Make the Disclosure Any Smaller?

    Honestly, Could They Make the Disclosure Any Smaller?
     While watching TV the other night, MrConsumer saw a tiny disclosure at the end of a baby products commercial for The Honest Company. (That’s really their name.) It went by so quickly, and was so small and faint in color, it was…
  • Sep 1

    Some Online Stores Make Shoppers Buy Vitamins Blindly

    Some Online Stores Make Shoppers Buy Vitamins Blindly
     A few months ago we stressed the importance of reading the ingredients statement on vitamin bottles because some store brands that claim to be comparable to the name brand simply are not. (See our CVS vs. Bausch + Lomb story.) While it…
  • Aug 25

    When Good Rebates Go Bad, Part 2

    When Good Rebates Go Bad, Part 2
     At the beginning of July, we told you about a major rebate snafu at Newegg.com (see original story). In short, Newegg advertised a crazy low price (after rebate) for a reconditioned Samsung HDTV. The form for the $30 rebate, however,…
Rank this Week: 1590

New Jersey Lawyers Blog

New Jersey Lawyers Blog

Covers New Jersey business, labor and employment, estate planning and consumer law. By McLaughlin & Nardi, LLC.

http://www.newjerseylawyersblog.com/
  • Sep 5

    Retainage in New Jersey Construction Law

    Retainage in New Jersey Construction Law
    Retainage in New Jersey Construction Law One of the areas which our construction lawyers often address is retainage. The Use Retainage in New Jersey Construction Law Retainage is an important device in construction law. Our attorneys…
  • Aug 29

    Payroll Withholding Tax Basics for Both Employers and Employee

    Payroll Withholding Tax Basics for Both Employers and Employee
    Requirements regarding withholding payroll taxes are something that every business owner should be familiar with, particularly businesses which handle their own payroll internally (as opposed to outsourcing to a payroll company). Employers…
  • Aug 6

    New Jersey's Use Tax

    New Jersey's Use Tax
    New Jersey's Sales and Use Tax Act is most often cited to refer to sales taxes while the use tax http://www.state.nj.us/treasury/taxation/pdf/pubs/sales/anj7.pdf tends to be less well known. When goods or services are purchased outside of…
Rank this Week: 733

Miami Foreclosure Lawyer Blog

Miami Foreclosure Lawyer Blog

Covers bankruptcy, foreclosure and mortgage mediation. By Jacobs|Keeley, PLLC.

http://www.miamiforeclosurelawyerblog.com/
  • Sep 3

    Deficiency Judgments Plaguing South Florida Foreclosure Victim

    Deficiency Judgments Plaguing South Florida Foreclosure Victim
    Many of those who endured a foreclosure in the last six years may have feared the worst that could happen was they would lose their homes, and suffer a damaged credit score. They are now learning the worst may have been yet to come. A recent…
  • Sep 2

    Bank of America's Mortgage Abuses Laid Bare

    Bank of America's Mortgage Abuses Laid Bare
    It didn't take long after the announcement of the $17 billion settlement deal with Bank of America over the mortgage abuses committed by its own executives, as well as those at Countrywide and Merrill Lynch, that pundits began decrying an…
  • Aug 31

    Many Underwater Homeowners in Florida Unlikely to Benefit From $17B Deal

    Many Underwater Homeowners in Florida Unlikely to Benefit From $17B Deal
    When the U.S. Justice Department first began crowing about the $17 billion settlement deal it wrangled from Bank of America over mortgage abuses, there was immediately a question of how much real homeowners could be expected to benefit. The…
Rank this Week: 1218

Florida HOA Lawyer Blog

Florida HOA Lawyer Blog

By Siegfried, Rivera, Hyman, Lerner, De La Torre, Mars & Sobel, P.A.

http://www.floridahoalawyerblog.com/
Rank this Week: 1445

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: 1208

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: 1009

Nebraska Debt & Bankrtupcy Blog

Nebraska Debt & Bankrtupcy Blog

By Samuel J. Turco Jr.

http://www.nebraskadebtbankruptcyblog.com/
  • Aug 29

    Welcome to the Bankruptcy Electric Chair

    Welcome to the Bankruptcy Electric Chair
    Charlie was a bad man.  With his aggressive personality he intimidated and threatened others if they didn’t give into what he demanded.  He grew rich on the work of others and reminded everyone that without him they were…
  • Jul 16

    CFPB Sues Junk Debt Collection Lawsuit Mill

    CFPB Sues Junk Debt Collection Lawsuit Mill
    The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has filed a lawsuit against the debt collection firm of Fredericak J. Hanna & Associates and its three principal owners "for operating a debt collection lawsuit mill that uses illegal tactics to…
  • Jun 16

    Supreme Court Ruling: Inherited IRA Accounts Not Protected

    Supreme Court Ruling: Inherited IRA Accounts Not Protected
    The United States Supreme Court has ruled that inherited Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs) are not protected under federal exemption laws.   Clark  v. Ramekers, 573 U.S. ____ (2014).  Even though inherited IRAs are…
Rank this Week: 2055

California Consumer Finance…

California Consumer Finance Litigation

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

http://www.consumerfinancelitigation.com/
Rank this Week: 2040

New York City Debt Defense Blog

New York City Debt Defense Blog

By the Langel Firm.

http://www.thelangelfirm.com/Debt-Defense-Blog.aspx
  • Aug 27

    NYC regulation of process servers upheld despite constitutional challenge

    NYC regulation of process servers upheld despite constitutional challenge
    Process servers will remain obligated to comply with Administrative City Code § 20, a New York City law that governs the licensing and behavioral conduct of process servers. This decision[1] appears in today's New York Law Journal and…
  • Aug 27

    NYC regulation of process servers upheld against constitutional challenge

    NYC regulation of process servers upheld against constitutional challenge
    Process servers will remain obligated to comply with Administrative City Code § 20, a New York City law that governs the licensing and behavioral conduct of process servers. This decision[1] appears in today's New York Law Journal and…
  • Aug 18

    Secondary Debt collectors Must Comply with Initial Notice Requirements, holds NY Federal Judge

    Secondary Debt collectors Must Comply with Initial Notice Requirements, holds NY Federal Judge
    An article[1] in Today's New York Law Journal discussed Tocco v. Real Time Resolutions[2] that decided an issue dividing the courts: whether subsequent debt collectors are obligated to comply with FDCPA § 1692g, a law that requires…
Rank this Week: 449

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/
  • Aug 26

    FTC Seeks Public Comment on AgeCheq, Inc.’s Proposed Parental Consent Method under COPPA

    FTC Seeks Public Comment on AgeCheq, Inc.’s Proposed Parental Consent Method under COPPA
    The Federal Trade Commission announced Monday that it seeks public comment on a new verifiable parental consent method application proposed by AgeCheq, Inc., to enable apps, websites and advertisers to obtain parental consent to collect…
  • Aug 25

    In Flight Catalog: Senator Rockefeller Opens Inquiry Into Consumer Data Practices by Airline

    In Flight Catalog: Senator Rockefeller Opens Inquiry Into Consumer Data Practices by Airline
    Last week, Senator Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) sent a letter to the top ten revenue generating passenger airlines in the United States, opening an inquiry into their practices related to charging additional fees for optional services and the…
  • Aug 21

    When Does Texting Become Autodialing?

    When Does Texting Become Autodialing?
    Seventh Circuit Provided Opportunity to Consider Just What “Capacity” Equipment Must have to Fall Within TCPA Restrictions The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit could entertain arguments on what “capacity”…
Rank this Week: 930

Chinese Hotel Law Blog

Chinese Hotel Law Blog

Covers consumer law. By Hotel Lawyer Jim Butler & the Hotel Law Attorneys of the Global Hospitality Group.

http://www.chinesehotellawblog.com/
Rank this Week: 2707

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/
  • Aug 25

    How AG’s Got the Business Records Exception Wrong

    How AG’s Got the Business Records Exception Wrong
    The CFS Blog | Maurice & Needleman, P.C. - Providing the latest in FDCPA, TCPA, FCRA and other consumer financial services lawsIn comments submitted to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau on the Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking…
  • Aug 7

    En Banc Hearing Sought in FDCPA Case, Crawford v. LVNV

    En Banc Hearing Sought in FDCPA Case, Crawford v. LVNV
    The CFS Blog | Maurice & Needleman, P.C. - Providing the latest in FDCPA, TCPA, FCRA and other consumer financial services lawsLast month’s 11th Circuit Court of Appeals’ decision that allowed a Fair Debt Collection Practices…
  • Aug 6

    A Culture of Unaccountability

    A Culture of Unaccountability
    The CFS Blog | Maurice & Needleman, P.C. - Providing the latest in FDCPA, TCPA, FCRA and other consumer financial services lawsThe recent report issued by the Urban Institute and the Consumer Credit Research Institute…
Rank this Week: 1551

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/
  • Aug 23

    CHECK YOUR CAR FOR RECALLS!!!

    CHECK YOUR CAR FOR RECALLS!!!
    The government has created a new web site where you can see if your car has been repaired on a recall. Click here RECALLS Owners may not always know their recalled vehicle still needs to be repaired. NHTSA's brand new search tool permits…
  • Jul 23

    Division of Consumer Affairs and Home Contractor

    Division of Consumer Affairs and Home Contractor
    New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs Cites 68 Home Improvement Contractors for a Total of $1.3 Million in Penalties and Consumer Restitution Due to Alleged Violations of Consumer Protection Laws The Division of Consumer Affairs published…
  • Jul 18

    Subaru Owners Get Lemon Law Protection

    Subaru Owners Get Lemon Law Protection
    A Class action was filed against Subaru and there are extensive rights for Subaru owners. NJ Lemon Law rights A list of the procedures Lemon Law Help
Rank this Week: 2459

Consumer Advocate Legal Update

Consumer Advocate Legal Update

Discusses consumer law, class action lawsuits, advertising law, business law, copyright, and other topics. By Khorrami, LLP.

http://www.consumeradvocatelegalupdate.com/
  • Aug 22

    Man Suffering from Mental Breakdown Shot to Death by Police Officer

    Man Suffering from Mental Breakdown Shot to Death by Police Officer
    A Pennsylvania police officer is facing claims filed against him for having fatally shot a man inside his own home before the police obtained a mental health warrant. On November 7, 2012, “an employee or agent of Community Counseling…
  • Aug 21

    Whole Foods Class Action Accuses Grocer of Mislabeling

    Whole Foods Class Action Accuses Grocer of Mislabeling
    A class action lawsuit recently filed against Whole Foods asserts that the popular specialty food retailer is mislabeling products as “organic” or “all natural”—in spite of such products not meeting…
  • Aug 1

    Settlement Finalized in Trader Joe’s ‘All Natural’ Class Action

    Settlement Finalized in Trader Joe’s ‘All Natural’ Class Action
    On July 11, a federal judge in California granted final approval of a $3.4 million settlement in the class action lawsuit accusing Trader Joe’s Co. of falsely advertising some of its products as “All Natural” when, in fact,…
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Indiana Consumer Lawyer Blog

Indiana Consumer Lawyer Blog

Covers automobile fraud, credit reporting, identity theft and lemon law. By Robert Duff.

http://www.indianaconsumerlawyerblog.com/
  • Aug 20

    Debt Buyers and Debt Collection

    Debt Buyers and Debt Collection
    I just read an article called "Paper Boys - Inside the Dark, Labryinthine, and Extremely Lucrative World of Consumer Debt Collection" by Jake Halpern in the New York Times Magazine. If you have half an hour and are interested in learning…
  • Jul 19

    Uptime Systems Review

    Uptime Systems Review
    I am a consumer lawyer. I recently decided to move my practice to the cloud from my local server. Because I am an AbacusLaw user, there was one logical choice: Uptime Systems. Uptime Systems had a relationship with AbacusLaw and together…
  • Jul 10

    Sued in Marion County Small Claims Court?

    Sued in Marion County Small Claims Court?
    Center Township. Decatur Township. Franklin Township. Lawrence Township. Perry Township. Pike Township. Warren Township. Washington Township. Wayne Township. These are the small claims courts that together comprise the Marion County…
Rank this Week: 1260

Alabama Consumer Law Blog

Alabama Consumer Law Blog

Covers consumer law, arbitration, credit card fraud, credit report errors, foreclosure, and identity theft. By Watts & Herring, LLC

http://www.alabamaconsumerlawblog.com/
  • Aug 20

    Video: 5 options when sued by collector in Alabama -- Hire lawyer to settle the case

    Video: 5 options when sued by collector in Alabama -- Hire lawyer to settle the case
    Hiring a lawyer to settle the case is a valid option. The objective here is to resolve the case and to get the best deal possible, including getting rid of any credit reporting by the debt collector who sued you. By way of reminder, the…
  • Aug 17

    Video: 5 options when sued by collector in Alabama -- Hire lawyer to fight the case

    Video: 5 options when sued by collector in Alabama -- Hire lawyer to fight the case
    Hiring a lawyer to fight the case is a valid option. The objective here is to win the case so you owe the debt buyer nothing and you may be entitled to sue the debt collector for filing a bogus suit against you. By way of reminder, the…
  • Aug 13

    Video: 5 options when sued by collector in Alabama -- Settle case on your own

    Video: 5 options when sued by collector in Alabama -- Settle case on your own
    Settling the lawsuit on your own (without hiring a lawyer) can often be a good option when you are sued by a debt collector in Alabama. By way of reminder, the five options you have when sued by a debt buyer (such as LVNV, Midland,…
Rank this Week: 967

Florida Bankruptcy Lawyer Blog

Florida Bankruptcy Lawyer Blog

Covers bankruptcy and foreclosure law. By Parker DuFresne.

http://www.florida-bankruptcylawyerblog.com/
  • Aug 18

    FLORIDA FORECLOSURE: THE SITUATION REMAINS DIRE

    FLORIDA FORECLOSURE: THE SITUATION REMAINS DIRE
    While foreclosure activity is down across the country, including Florida, Florida still leads the nation in foreclosures. As Wallst.com recently published, one in 469 housing units is in foreclosure across Florida. If you are facing…
  • Aug 6

    THE SECOND FORECLOSURE NIGHTMARE IS HERE

    THE SECOND FORECLOSURE NIGHTMARE IS HERE
    Many homeowners who lost their homes to foreclosure years ago may be wondering if they are living another nightmare. As the Palm Beach Post reported, Texas Debt Buyer Dyck O'Neal is now suing many former homeowners. Dyck O'Neal has filed…
  • Jul 30

    CAN MY SPOUSE TAKE MY INHERITANCE IN THE DIVORCE?

    CAN MY SPOUSE TAKE MY INHERITANCE IN THE DIVORCE?
    It depends. In the Sorgen case the Florida 4th District Court of Appeal tackled this issue. In this case, prior to the marriage, the wife had inherited a home with her sisters. Subsequent to the marriage, she bought her sisters out and…
Rank this Week: 3825

Wexler Wallace Law Firm Blog

Wexler Wallace Law Firm Blog

Covers legal cases and news.

http://blog.wexlerwallace.com/
  • Aug 18

    Following the Proof, Post-Wal-Mart

    Following the Proof, Post-Wal-Mart
              In the three years since the Supreme Court issued its decision in Wal-Mart Stores Inc. v. Dukes, 131 S.Ct. 2541 (2011), lawyers representing workers in class actions have faced a recurring theme from…
  • Aug 15

    Two Minutes for Discriminating: The Newest Penalty for Federally-Contracted Companie

    Two Minutes for Discriminating: The Newest Penalty for Federally-Contracted Companie
    Consumers and workers rejoice while large corporations wallow. Just two weeks ago, President Barack Obama signed an executive order that not only tackles labor law-breaking companies, but also prohibits mandatory arbitration to settle…
  • Aug 8

    Time to Block “Glocks vs. Docs”

    Time to Block “Glocks vs. Docs”
    At a time when gun violence is running rampant in Chicago and across the nation, I am floored by the 11th Circuit’s decision to vacate an injunction against enforcement of Florida’s Firearm Owners Privacy Act…
Rank this Week: 3650

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
  • Aug 18

    New Chair Hints at Change of Direction

    New Chair Hints at Change of Direction
    Two weeks since Elliot Kaye was sworn in as the 10th Chairman of the CPSC, he has started to indicate a direction for the CPSC that may move in a different direction in some respects than his predecessor, Acting Chair Bob Adler. In an…
  • Aug 6

    CPSC Announces Workshop on Certificates of Compliance

    CPSC Announces Workshop on Certificates of Compliance
    The CPSC has announced a workshop on the electronic filing of certificates for regulated imported consumer products. The workshop will provide an opportunity for stakeholders to discuss how the Commission may improve the current process…
  • Aug 5

    Last Magnet Maker Sticking

    Last Magnet Maker Sticking
    Magnicube Spheres and Magnicube Cubes sets. Photo: CPSC. Yesterday, Star Networks USA LLC announced that it is voluntarily recalling its Magnicube spheres and cubes. The Star Networks settlement leaves one manufacturer…
Rank this Week: 2773

Garmo & Kiste, PLC Law Blog

Garmo & Kiste, PLC Law Blog

Covers Michigan law topics.

http://www.garmokiste.com
  • Aug 15

    Woodward Dream Cruise Criminal Charges?

    Woodward Dream Cruise Criminal Charges?
    Woodward Dream Cruise Criminal Charges? The rumble of engines can be heard on Woodward Avenue as car collectors are gearing up for the Annual Woodward Dream Cruise. The official event will be held on Saturday, August 16th, 2014 but hundreds…
  • Jul 27

    Matthew Van Steenkiste Named to the 2014 Michigan Super Lawyers Rising Star List

    Matthew Van Steenkiste Named to the 2014 Michigan Super Lawyers Rising Star List
    We are pleased to announce that Matthew Van Steenkiste has been selected to the 2014 Michigan Super Lawyers Rising Stars list. This is an exclusive list, recognizing no more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in the state. Super Lawyers, a…
  • Jul 22

    Brian Garmo Named to Super Lawyers Rising Stars List 2014

    Brian Garmo Named to Super Lawyers Rising Stars List 2014
    Brian Garmo, Manging Partner at Garmo & Kiste, PLC, has been named to the 2014 Michigan Rising Stars list. This is an exclusive list, recognizing no more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in the state. Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters…
Rank this Week: 1024

Against Bill Collectors

Against Bill Collectors

Covers illegal bill collection or debt collection. By Saxon, Gilmore, Carraway & Gibbons, P.A.

http://againstbillcollectors.blogspot.com/
  • Aug 13

    The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Takes Action Against Debt Collection Law Firm

    The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Takes Action Against Debt Collection Law Firm
    The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) filed a lawsuit against a debt collection law firm, Frederick J. Hanna & Associates (Frederick Hanna).  The suit alleges that the debt collection firm spent less than a minute reviewing…
  • Aug 12

    ACE Cash Expre

    ACE Cash Expre
    The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) found that ACE Cash Express (ACE) used illegal debt collection practices to pressure borrowers who were overdue on their payments.  The illegal debt collection practices included false…
  • Nov 15

    Law Firm Poses as Debt Collector

    Law Firm Poses as Debt Collector
    Law firms cannot pose as debt collectors, without making a bona fide effort to collect the debts from consumers. The Money Store hired the law firm of Moss Codilis Stawiarksi Morris Schneider & Prior LLP (Moss Codilis) in an attempt to…
Rank this Week: 1766

Lakeblawg

Lakeblawg

Covers consumer and business bankruptcy, and mortgage foreclosure defense. By Lake Law.

http://www.lakelaw.com/blog/
  • Aug 11

    I’m going to File for Chapter 7 Bankruptcy. Should I Still Do a Short Sale?

    I’m going to File for Chapter 7 Bankruptcy. Should I Still Do a Short Sale?
    We had a client come in worried last week about her home.  She was already thinking of filing for Chapter 7 bankruptcy, but was concerned what would happen if she tried for a short sale. Melissa, as we’ll call her, …
  • Jun 30

    I inherited an IRA from a family member, can I protect it in bankruptcy?

    I inherited an IRA from a family member, can I protect it in bankruptcy?
    Starting an Individual Retirement Account, or IRA, is pretty easy. You can call a financial adviser, or even do […] The post I inherited an IRA from a family member, can I protect it in bankruptcy? appeared first on LakeLaw.
  • Jun 30

    I inherited an IRA from a family member, can I protect it in bankruptcy?

    I inherited an IRA from a family member, can I protect it in bankruptcy?
    Starting an Individual Retirement Account, or IRA, is pretty easy. You can call a financial adviser, or even do it online. You can avoid paying tax on the money when you contribute it (in a traditional IRA) or when you withdraw it…
Rank this Week: 4464

California Credit Law Blog

California Credit Law Blog

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

http://www.californiacreditlaw.com/
  • Aug 8

    Credit Scores May Rise with FICO’s New Scoring Model

    Credit Scores May Rise with FICO’s New Scoring Model
    FICO, the creator of the most widely used credit scoring system, last week announced that  new version (FICO 9) available this fall will make changes beneficial to consumers. The new model will ignore previously paid collection items…
  • Jul 23

    Free Credit Reports You May Not Know About

    Free Credit Reports You May Not Know About
    Many of you know you can get free credit reports once a year from Experian, Equifax and Trans Union by going to annualcreditreport.com (or you may call 1.877.322.8228 and use the prompts). But what you may not know is that there are quite a…
  • Jun 16

    State of Mississippi Filed Lawsuit Against Experian

    State of Mississippi Filed Lawsuit Against Experian
    The State of Mississippi has sued Experian alleging violations of the FCRA and its own state law. Among other problems,  the Mississippi lawsuit said, Experian provides no straightforward way for consumers to correct erroneous…
Rank this Week: 2464

43(B)log

43(B)log

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

http://tushnet.blogspot.com/
  • Aug 7

    IPSC part 5: more copyright

    IPSC part 5: more copyright
    Third Breakout SessionCopyright and CompetitionCopyright’s Technological InterdependenciesClark AsayTechnological patrons depend on copyright for their motivations.  Copyright is an interdependent part of broader creative systems.…
  • Aug 7

    IPSC part 4: copyright (and a bit on the right of publicity)

    IPSC part 4: copyright (and a bit on the right of publicity)
    Second Breakout SessionCopyright Fair UseRaw Materials and Creative WorksAndrew GildenRaw materials concept is part of transformativeness in copyright and right of publicity cases.  Project: Examining the application and meaning of this…
  • Aug 7

    IPSC part 3: judicial panel

    IPSC part 3: judicial panel
    Judicial Panel: Chief Judge Diane Wood (7th Circuit) and Chief Judge Alex Kozinski (9th Circuit) Peter Menell: Discussion question: is IP common law?Wood: throughout the federal level, we are not a pure common law system, nor a civil law…
Rank this Week: 86

Denver Bankruptcy Lawyer Blog

Denver Bankruptcy Lawyer Blog

Covers bankruptcy, foreclosure and debt collection. By the Law Office of Clark Daniel Dray.

http://www.debtfreecolorado.com/denver-bankruptcy-lawyer-blog/
  • Aug 7

    Bankruptcy, Retirement, and Estate Planning

    Bankruptcy, Retirement, and Estate Planning
    When planning for retirement, you may be focused on saving up the money you’ll need to live comfortably after you’ve left the workforce. And when planning your will and trust, the primary focus is probably making…
  • Aug 7

    Bankruptcy, Retirement, and Estate Planning

    Bankruptcy, Retirement, and Estate Planning
    When planning for retirement, you may be focused on saving up the money you’ll need to live comfortably after you’ve left the workforce. And when planning your will and trust, the primary focus is probably making…
  • Jul 31

    Bank Account Garnished? Here’s What To Do Now

    Bank Account Garnished? Here’s What To Do Now
    You’re checking out at the grocery store and the debit card is declined. That can’t be right, I just got paid yesterday, you think. You call your bank to find out what the problem is and they tell you that…
Rank this Week: 3443

Protect Your Rights

Protect Your Rights

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

http://www.maginnislaw.com
  • Aug 7

    North Carolina Separation Agreements — Wake County Family Law Attorney

    North Carolina Separation Agreements — Wake County Family Law Attorney
    North Carolina does not require separation agreements for the husband and wife to be considered separated. Generally, however, the best way of outlining each spouse’s obligations is through a properly drafted separation agreement.…
  • Aug 6

    Collaborative Approach to Separation and Divorce – Raleigh Collaborative Law Attorney

    Collaborative Approach to Separation and Divorce – Raleigh Collaborative Law Attorney
    Just because you are getting separated or divorced, does not mean you need to go to war. Oftentimes in a separation or divorce, spouses begin to view one another as adversaries that should be treated as enemies, even at the expense of their…
  • Jul 17

    EEOC Issues New Guidance on Pregnancy Discrimination — Wake County Employment Attorney

    EEOC Issues New Guidance on Pregnancy Discrimination — Wake County Employment Attorney
    Under the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (“PDA”), an employer cannot fire, refuse to hire, demote, or take any other adverse action against a woman if pregnancy, childbirth, or a related medical condition was a motivating factor in…
Rank this Week: 1316

Wisconsin-Consumer Blog

Wisconsin-Consumer Blog

Information for consumers on their legal rights in consumer and employment matters. By Gordon Leech.

http://wisconsin-consumer.com/
  • Jul 30

    July 30th National Whistleblower Appreciation Day

    July 30th National Whistleblower Appreciation Day
    Today, July 30th, is National Whistleblower Appreciation Day as designated by Senate Resolution 202 (published in the Congressional Record Vol. 159, No. 111, p. S6078). Text of Resolution 202 The resolution is based on the first whistleblower…
  • Oct 22

    Unlawful Debt Collection by Text Message

    Unlawful Debt Collection by Text Message
    Should a debt collection agency be permitted to send you a text message demanding payment or telling you to “call about an important matter”? The Federal Trade Commission says “No” because text messages like this…
  • Sep 18

    Home Care Workers Can Now Get Minimum Wage & Overtime Pay Protection

    Home Care Workers Can Now Get Minimum Wage & Overtime Pay Protection
    The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division issued a final rule on September 17, 2013, that extends the minimum wage and overtime pay protections to direct home care worker’s that provide essential home care assistance…
Rank this Week: 3877

Helping Florida Consumers

Helping Florida Consumers

Covers Florida consumer law. By Taras Rudnitsky.

http://www.helpingfloridaconsumers.com/
  • Jul 29

    Taras Rudnitsky Appointed Chair of The Florida Bar Small Claims Rules Committee

    Taras Rudnitsky Appointed Chair of The Florida Bar Small Claims Rules Committee
    Taras Rudnitsky was recently appointed the chair of the Small Claims Rules Committee of the Florida Bar.  The appointment was made by the President of the Florida Bar.  The Small Claims Rules Committee was established to consider…
  • Jul 24

    Rudnitsky Law Firm Receives Excellent Review

    Rudnitsky Law Firm Receives Excellent Review
    Client: Name Withheld by Request Type of Case: Debt Collection Defense Client Review: I was being sued over a debt amount that I did not feel I owed, nonetheless, being involved in a law suit was so traumatic for me that I only wanted to…
  • Jul 17

    Main Street Acquisition Lawsuit Against Our Client Dismissed

    Main Street Acquisition Lawsuit Against Our Client Dismissed
    Plaintiff: Main Street Acquisition Corp. Original Creditor: HSBC Bank Nevada, N.A. Plaintiff’s Attorney: Andrew Fleisher, Esq. Plaintiff’s Law Firm: Law Offices of Erskine and Fleisher Case Outcome: Voluntary Dismissal with…
Rank this Week: 93