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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…
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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: 4121

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: 566

Alaska Backwoods Lawyer

Alaska Backwoods Lawyer

Covers the practice of consumer rights law from the Alaska wilderness. By Paul H. Bratton.

http://backwoodslawyer.blogspot.com/
  • Apr 12

    Rep. Gara Introduces Bill to Protect Salmon Streams and Water Sources from Toxic Pesticide

    Rep. Gara Introduces Bill to Protect Salmon Streams and Water Sources from Toxic Pesticide
    Juneau, AK - This week, Representative Les Gara introduced legislation (HB 201) which, if passed, would protect salmon streams and drinking water sources from toxic pesticides by establishing buffer zones. HB 201 would establish important…
  • Oct 2

    9th Circuit Panel Halts PortMac Rail Extension

    9th Circuit Panel Halts PortMac Rail Extension
    Anchorage, AK- Alaska families and salmon fisheries won a major court victory this week when the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that all construction related to the controversial Port MacKenzie rail project is to be halted pending full…
  • Jul 24

    Alaska Agency to Block Public Review of Public Pesticide Project

    Alaska Agency to Block Public Review of Public Pesticide Project
    Go to Commentary to see the Alaska Dispatch op-ed on the Parnell administration's latest move to facilitate more herbicides in our salmon streams and families bodies.
Rank this Week: 1541

Background Matters Blog

Background Matters Blog

Covers background investigations and reports in consumer and employment matters. By Gordon Leech.

http://backgroundmatters.info
  • Oct 21

    Employer Use of Credit Reports in Hiring Under Review by State

    Employer Use of Credit Reports in Hiring Under Review by State
    The Wall Street Journal reports today, October 21, 2010, that the use of credit reports or credit histories of job applicants, "a common practice among employers– is coming under fire." Employer Credit Checks on Job Seekers Draw Scrutiny,…
  • Sep 1

    Questions to Ask When An Employer Fires or Terminates an Employee or Rejects an Applicant based on a Background Check

    Questions to Ask When An Employer Fires or Terminates an Employee or Rejects an Applicant based on a Background Check
    Here is what I typically look for in Background Investigation – Employment cases where an employer terminates an employee or refuses to consider or hire an applicant for employment based on a background check or credit report. The Fair…
  • May 3

    Gordon Leech quoted in Associated Press Article on Background Check

    Gordon Leech quoted in Associated Press Article on Background Check
    On April 30, 2010, Associated Press Reporter Todd Richmond interviewed Gordon Leech regarding a story he was investigating on Background Reports sold by Wisconsin’s Criminal Information Bureau. In the story he wrote, he quoted Attorney…
Rank this Week: 4757

Bailey Class Action Daily

Bailey Class Action Daily

Covers class action issues, both in California and Nationwide. By Matt C. Bailey.

http://www.baileydaily.com/
Rank this Week: 3889

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: 2128

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: 1243

California Consumer Protection Law…

California Consumer Protection Law Blog

Covers California consumer protection issues, including debt collection and repossession. By the Law Offices of Brandon A. Block.

http://www.bblocklaw.com/blog/
  • Jan 30

    California’s New Fair Debt Buying Practices Act

    California’s New Fair Debt Buying Practices Act
    California’s Fair Debt Buying Practices Act is now effective, as of January 1, 2014. It applies to any consumer debt sold or resold on or after January 1, 2014. The Fair Debt Buying Practices Act restricts the written statements debt…
  • Feb 1

    California State Senate Passes Fair Debt Buyer Practices Act

    California State Senate Passes Fair Debt Buyer Practices Act
    The California State Senate has passed the Fair Debt Buyers Practices Act, which will require purchasers of consumer debt (“debt buyers”) to provide documentary evidence to consumers in order to ensure that their collection efforts are…
  • Nov 11

    Denial of The Right to Reinstate

    Denial of The Right to Reinstate
    An earlier post details the two rights a California consumer generally has to get his or her car back following repossession or voluntary surrender of a car. To recap, the first right is to “reinstate” the car loan by paying all amounts…
Rank this Week: 3178

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: 187

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/
  • May 9

    Aggressive Debt Collection Tactics Continue

    Aggressive Debt Collection Tactics Continue
    I previously wrote about Jim Puzzanghera of the LA Times and his a great story on debt collection tactics. Jim's first paragraph tells the story of most people these days: "Hard economic times have helped push millions of Americans…
  • Apr 18

    I co-signed for a loan. What is my liability?

    I co-signed for a loan. What is my liability?
    Question: I co-signed for a friend for a loan. She stopped making payments. I am now getting calls from the creditor. Am I responsible? A: Yes, you are responsible. The creditor can sue you for the full amount of the...
  • Apr 11

    Why you should demand validation of a debt

    Why you should demand validation of a debt
    Whenever you are contacted by a debt collector, the initial letter from the debt collector will state that you have the right to request validation of the debt within 30 days. Even a debt collector like Persolve, Midland Funding, CACH,...
Rank this Week: 1024

California Foreclosure Blog

California Foreclosure Blog

Covers bankruptcy and foreclosure. By Jason S. Buckingham.

http://jasonbuckingham.activerain.com/
  • Jan 6

    New year, new focus: it's job stability, stupid

    New year, new focus: it's job stability, stupid
    Happy (?) New Year everybody. First off, a toast: here's to getting out of the last decade. We had multiple bubble market bursts (lest we forget the dot-com burst of 2000-2001), and the US entered the world of post-terrorism (in)security. I…
  • Jan 6

    New year, new focus: it's job stability, stupid

    New year, new focus: it's job stability, stupid
    Happy (?) New Year everybody. First off, a toast: here's to getting out of the last decade. We had multiple bubble market bursts (lest we forget the dot-com burst of 2000-2001), and the US entered the world of post-terrorism (in)security. I…
  • Jul 21

    Phoenix mini-bubble: (more) market manipulation

    Phoenix mini-bubble: (more) market manipulation
    AP put out a story yesterday about "bidding wars" that are affecting home values in the greater Phoenix area. The article states that in several markets throughout the country, prices on bank-owned homes are being inflated by a combination of…
Rank this Week: 4213

California Lemon Law Blog

California Lemon Law Blog

Covers auto recalls, California lemon law, and unfair and deceptive business practices. By Law Offices of Howard D. Silver.

http://www.california-lemon-law-blog.com/
  • Aug 6

    Ford Hit with $17.35 Million Fine for Year-Long Recall Delay

    Ford Hit with $17.35 Million Fine for Year-Long Recall Delay
    As reported by The Los Angeles Times, Ford Motor Company has recently been fined 17.35 million dollars by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). According to safety regulators, the fine was levied for the company taking…
  • Jul 3

    Defective Passenger Recognition in Airbags Leads to 5,200 Recalled Hyundai Vehicle

    Defective Passenger Recognition in Airbags Leads to 5,200 Recalled Hyundai Vehicle
    As reported by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), on account of an airbag related problem, Hyundai Motor Company is recalling 5,200 2012-2013 Azera vehicles manufactured between May 22, 2012 and November 23, 2012.…
  • Jun 21

    Corroding Circuit Boards Behind Recall of 193,000 Chevrolet Vehicle

    Corroding Circuit Boards Behind Recall of 193,000 Chevrolet Vehicle
    According to an ABC News Report, General Motors (GM), in conjunction with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), is recalling 193,652 vehicles due to a circuit board corrosion problem that can endanger…
Rank this Week: 1266

California Lemon Law Lawyer Blog

California Lemon Law Lawyer Blog

Covers California lemon law. By Mark F. Anderson.

http://www.californialemonlawlawyerblog.com/
  • Dec 6

    Hyundai Drops Forced Arbitration Post-Publicity

    Hyundai Drops Forced Arbitration Post-Publicity
    In a NY Times story Christopher Jensen reported on a disturbing development. Hyundai inserted a force arbitration clause in its warranty. Unless a buyer opted out within 90 days, any lemon law claims could only be brought in an arbitration…
  • Dec 6

    Hyundai Imposes Forced Arbitration on Lemon Car Owner

    Hyundai Imposes Forced Arbitration on Lemon Car Owner
    In a NY Times story Christopher Jensen reports on a disturbing development. Hyundai has inserted a force arbitration clause in its warranty. Unless a buyer opts out within 90 days, any lemon law claims may only be brought in an arbitration…
  • Nov 13

    Some Accident Reports Available Online from Crashdoc

    Some Accident Reports Available Online from Crashdoc
    Carfax has a new site where consumers can get accident reports filed by some law enforcement agencies. It is Crashdocs.org. You just need the date and city where the accident took place to get a copy of the police report that is on file with…
Rank this Week: 4013

California Lemon Law News

California Lemon Law News

Coveres issues related to lemon vehicles in California. By Barnes & Farrell.

http://www.lemonlaw-attorneys.com
Rank this Week: 4955

Car Fraud Matters

Car Fraud Matters

Covers consumers rights regarding fraud, unfair and deceptive acts and practices in the purchase of new or used cars. By Gordon Leech.

http://carfraudmatters.info
  • Dec 7

    Identity Theft in Auto Loans is Down

    Identity Theft in Auto Loans is Down
    Good news. The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, part of the U.S. Department of Treasury, reports after a recent study that conscientious automobile dealer staff and finance companies are helping to reduce fraudulent vehicle loans…
  • Jun 7

    Dealers Must Pay Off Liens on Trade-Ins Within 14 Days in Wisconsin

    Dealers Must Pay Off Liens on Trade-Ins Within 14 Days in Wisconsin
    A car dealer is obligated under Wisconsin law to satisfy a car lien on a trade-in within 14 days of taking delivery, where the dealer accepts a vehicle in trade subject to an outstanding lien and the dealer has agreed in the purchase contract…
  • Jun 7

    Sale Contingent on Consumer Finding Financing

    Sale Contingent on Consumer Finding Financing
    Wisconsin law provides that any contingent sale of a car or other motor vehicle that the car dealer makes contingent on the consumer getting his or her own financing is rescinded, or undone, by law, if the consumer does not provide evidence…
Rank this Week: 4958

CFPB Monitor

CFPB Monitor

Covers the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. By Ballard Spahr.

http://www.cfpbmonitor.com
  • Aug 21

    ABA continues to oppose CFPB’s proposed debt collection survey

    ABA continues to oppose CFPB’s proposed debt collection survey
    Barbara S. MishkinThe American Bankers Association has sent a second comment letter to the CFPB in which it recommends that the Office of Management and Budget not approve the CFPB’s proposed debt collection survey. …
  • Aug 21

    Furnishers Beware – CFPB Signals That Civil Penalties May Be Appropriate Even Without Any Actual Consumer Injury

    Furnishers Beware – CFPB Signals That Civil Penalties May Be Appropriate Even Without Any Actual Consumer Injury
    Stefanie JackmanYesterday, the CFPB announced a consent order with First Investors Financial Services Group, Inc., an auto finance company that both makes loans to consumers and purchases retail installment sale contracts from auto dealers.…
  • Aug 21

    OCC steps up SCRA focus in exam

    OCC steps up SCRA focus in exam
    Barbara S. MishkinAs we have been reporting, the CFPB has made the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA) a major focus and instructs its examiners to look at SCRA compliance during examinations.  The OCC has also stepped up its focus on…
Rank this Week: 213

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: 1949

Class Action Attorneys Blog

Class Action Attorneys Blog

Covers employment law and consumer class-action cases. By Pogust Braslow Millrood.

http://www.classactionattorneysblog.com/
  • Oct 18

    Getting Paid for Security Screenings?

    Getting Paid for Security Screenings?
    Earlier this year, the Ninth Circuit heard the case of Busk, et al. v. Integrity Staffing Solutions, Inc.. The claims were brought by former employees who were subjected to security screenings by the company to curb employee theft of retail…
  • Feb 14

    Triumph

    Triumph
    On February 7, 2013, Carnival’s Triumph left the port of Galveston in what was anticipated to be a relaxing four-day cruise to the Caribbean. However, this winter getaway quickly turned into a living nightmare for Triumph’s 3,142…
  • Jan 17

    Fisher-Price Rock ‘N Play Infant Sleeper Recall to Inspect – Not Reimburse

    Fisher-Price Rock ‘N Play Infant Sleeper Recall to Inspect – Not Reimburse
    On January, 8, 2013, The Consumer Product Safety Commission in association with Fisher-Price announced a voluntary recall of the Rock ‘N Play Infant Sleeper due to the risk of mold developing between the removable seat cushion and hard…
Rank this Week: 4824

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 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,…
  • Jul 23

    Settlement Reached in Suave Keratin Infusion Class Action

    Settlement Reached in Suave Keratin Infusion Class Action
    On July 9, 2014, a federal judge granted approval of a $10.2 million settlement in the Suave Keratin class action lawsuit, which alleged that Unilever PLC—the manufacturer of the Suave Keratin Infusion 30-Day Smoothing Kit—had…
Rank this Week: 2537

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: 391

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/
  • Aug 21

    Bank of America to Pay $16.65 Billion to Settle Fraud Charge

    Bank of America to Pay $16.65 Billion to Settle Fraud Charge
    The Department of Justice has announced a $16.65 billion settlement with Bank of America in connection with charges of financial fraud leading up to and during the financial crisis. According to the DOJ press statement, the settlement is "the…
  • Aug 21

    "Good news for Obamacare: Health coverage is soaring, but health care prices aren't"

    "Good news for Obamacare: Health coverage is soaring, but health care prices aren't"
    That's the name of this article from Vox, which is worth a read. Here's an excerpt: Health care prices have grown really slowly this summer, a piece of good economic news released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics Tuesday. The...
  • Aug 20

    Is there a better (even decent) alternative to the payday loan?

    Is there a better (even decent) alternative to the payday loan?
    There's no question that for some low-wage workers, it can be finanically difficult to wait for pay day. So even if pay day loans are a bad thing for consumers, the demand for them is created by a very real...
Rank this Week: 554

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: 2952

COPYRIGHT LAW and COPYRIGHT…

COPYRIGHT LAW and COPYRIGHT INFORMATION

Reporting on news that affects copyright law, patents, trademarks, intellectual property, fraud and identity theft in the U.S. and abroad. Published by the editors and writers of ResearchCopyright.com

http://researchcopyright.blogspot.com/
  • Aug 29

    Copyright Infringement Basics - A Copyright Lawyer's Perspective

    Copyright Infringement Basics - A Copyright Lawyer's Perspective
    By Enrico SchaeferFew legal principles inspire more confusion than copyright law. Our copyright lawyers often spend as much time educating our clients as we do digging into their specific legal issues. Copyright law, like other intellectual…
  • Jul 17

    Google Images for Royalty Free Photos?

    Google Images for Royalty Free Photos?
    By Stephen BrowneSearching Google Images is a great way to locate very targeted photos, artwork, drawings, logos, banners, and just about any other type of graphical image you can imagine.With Google's Advanced Image Search feature, anyone…
  • Jul 17

    How to Research the Copyright Status of a Book

    How to Research the Copyright Status of a Book
    By Steven ChabotteWhen seeking US published works in the public domain, there is a gray area from 1923 to 1963 where the book may or may not be in the public domain.
Rank this Week: 1199

Credit Report Matters Blog

Credit Report Matters Blog

Covers legal rights to accurate credit reports, disputing inaccurate credit reports and legal remedies. By Gordon Leech.

http://creditreportmatters.info
  • May 7

    Errors in Credit Reports due to Mixing and Matching a Relative's Data Most Prevalent

    Errors in Credit Reports due to Mixing and Matching a Relative's Data Most Prevalent
    The Columbus Dispatch reports, following an extensive investigation into consumer complaints at the FTC over a 2.5 year period, that almost 3/4th of the complaints involved consumer reporting agencies mixing someone’s relative’s credit…
  • May 7

    Mixed Files Found to be Big Problem in Credit Reporting

    Mixed Files Found to be Big Problem in Credit Reporting
    The 4-part investigative article published by The Columbus Post reports that one of the biggest problems found in consumer complaints to the FTC is with mixed files, where someone else’s information is appearing in your reports. Of the…
  • May 7

    Good News Article on Problems with Credit Reporting Error

    Good News Article on Problems with Credit Reporting Error
    The Columbus Dispatch has just published a great 4-part article investigating consumer complaints on credit reporting errors and its impacts. Here is a link: TheColumbusDispatchOnCreditRpt
Rank this Week: 4947

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/
  • Aug 21

    Criminal Law and Financial Distre

    Criminal Law and Financial Distre
    I commend to Slips readers Alex Tabarrok's post over at Marginal Revolution entitled "Ferguson and the Modern Debtor’s Prison."
  • Aug 20

    Argentina and the Swap Puzzle

    Argentina and the Swap Puzzle
    President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner has proposed a law authorizing the executive to reroute payments on the restructured bonds out of New York, and to offer all bondholders local-law bonds on 2010 exchange terms. All the buzz has been…
  • Aug 20

    Escalating to Nowhere?

    Escalating to Nowhere?
    Here is the proposed law rerouting payments under the restructured, now-defaulted Argentine bonds away from New York. Contrary to reports, the big news is not the swap, but the unilateral attempt at firing Bank of New York Mellon and…
Rank this Week: 521

David F. Sugarman

David F. Sugarman

Covers class action cases, civil justice issues and consumer law matters. By David Sugarman.

http://www.davidsugerman.com/
  • Nov 13

    For those facing collections efforts from Sallie Mae for Western Culinary Inst./Le Cordon Bleu Portland tuition

    For those facing collections efforts from Sallie Mae for Western Culinary Inst./Le Cordon Bleu Portland tuition
    So we’ve been hearing a lot from class members about Sallie Mae efforts at collection of debts arising from loans for those who attended Western Culinary Institute and Le Cordon Bleu Portland who are part of the class action against those…
  • Sep 13

    Moving to dismiss the appeal brought by Career Education Corp and Western Culinary

    Moving to dismiss the appeal brought by Career Education Corp and Western Culinary
    For those interested, I’m posting our recent motion to dismiss and motion for reconsideration in Surrett v. Career Education Corp., our consumer fraud class against Career Education Corp for Western Culinary Institute/Le Cordon Bleu…
  • Sep 5

    Oregon Qarmat Ali vets’ case against KBR headed to trial

    Oregon Qarmat Ali vets’ case against KBR headed to trial
    Today, Judge Papak issued another summary judgment opinion denying KBR’s motions for summary judgment on fraud and negligence. Here is a PDF copy: 512 – opinion & order – fraud and neglig It’s a long opinion, but it provides a really…
Rank this Week: 4324

Davids' Blog

Davids' Blog

Covers injury, consumer, employment and class action issues in Oregon. By David Paul and David Sugerman.

http://www.pspc.com
  • Dec 31

    Signing off

    Signing off
    The plan has been in place for a while. Still, I have avoided thinking about this last blog post. For many reasons–mostly related to age and stage and needs–Paul & Sugerman, PC ended its operations today, December 31, 2009. This is a…
  • Dec 30

    NBC Nightly News shines light on Army National Guard toxic exposure case

    NBC Nightly News shines light on Army National Guard toxic exposure case
    Here is a video of an NBC Nightly News story that aired December 30, 2009 about Army National Guard soldiers’ exposures to sodium dichromate in Iraq.  The video features two soldiers, Larry Roberta of the Oregon National Guard and Russ…
  • Dec 13

    Western Culinary Institute and the trouble with for-profit college

    Western Culinary Institute and the trouble with for-profit college
    Brent Hunsberger, a business columnist at The Oregonian,  writes here about the trouble with for-profit colleges.  He devotes a fair amount of his attention to Western Culinary Institute, or as it’s now called, Le Cordon Bleu in…
Rank this Week: 1329

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…
  • 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…
  • Jul 23

    Bankruptcy § 341 Meeting of Creditors Locations By County

    Bankruptcy § 341 Meeting of Creditors Locations By County
    While there is only one bankruptcy court for Colorado, which is located in Denver, where you live plays a big part in your case. Not only does it determine whether you’re eligible for a chapter 7 bankruptcy and dictate allowable…
Rank this Week: 2913

FDCPA - Fair Debt Collection…

FDCPA - Fair Debt Collection Practices Act

Covers the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, state consumer collection laws, and the debt collection industry. By Donald E. Petersen.

http://www.fdcpa.me/
  • Jul 8

    Collection Letters Offering To “Settle” Time-Barred Debts May Deceive Consumer

    Collection Letters Offering To “Settle” Time-Barred Debts May Deceive Consumer
    McMAHON v. LVNV FUNDING The United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit (the “Seventh Circuit”) sent a message to debt collectors in McMahon v. LVNV Funding, LLC by holding that “an unsophisticated consumer could…
  • Sep 21

    Consumers Can Stop Robo-Calls To Their Cell Phone

    Consumers Can Stop Robo-Calls To Their Cell Phone
    The United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit (the “Circuit Court”) recently decided Gager v. Dell Financial Services, LLC, addressing whether cell phone subscribers can withdraw their “express consent” for…
  • Sep 11

    [NOT-MY-DEBT] GC Services Repeatedly Calls Me Asking For My Mother, Daughter Allege

    [NOT-MY-DEBT] GC Services Repeatedly Calls Me Asking For My Mother, Daughter Allege
    GC Services was sued by a daughter who alleges that GC Services violated the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (“FDCPA”) by placing calls to her on a daily basis for nearly three months. According to the Fair Debt lawsuit, GC…
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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: 1493

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: 3463

Florida Consumer Lawyer Blog

Florida Consumer Lawyer Blog

Covers Florida consumer class actions, food and drug recalls, and investment fraud news. By Matthew Seth Sarelson.

http://www.floridaconsumerlawyerblog.com/
  • Mar 12

    Facebook Class Action Plaintiff Wants Out

    Facebook Class Action Plaintiff Wants Out
    Angel Fraley, a Seattle seamstress, claims that Facebook used her image and name to advertise products to her Facebook friends without her permission. She sued the company to make sure it did not happen again and became a lead plaintiff in a…
  • Mar 9

    Debt Collector May Be Put in Check by New Oversight

    Debt Collector May Be Put in Check by New Oversight
    According to U.S. News, about 30 million Americans currently have debt being pursued by collections agencies. Thus far, the federal government has had very little oversight of these organizations. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau…
  • Mar 7

    You Should Know What Debt Collectors Can and Cannot Do

    You Should Know What Debt Collectors Can and Cannot Do
    If you have been pursued by debt collectors, you may have been harassed or abused. What you may not know, though, is that debt collector are required to follow certain guidelines. These guidelines, determined by the Federal Trade Commission…
Rank this Week: 230

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: 4922

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: 4903

Florida Securities Fraud Attorney…

Florida Securities Fraud Attorney Blog

Covers Florida securities fraud cases and issues. By Ralph Behr, Esq. P.A.

http://www.floridasecuritiesfraudattorney.com/
  • Jun 4

    Scanning License Plates and Privacy

    Scanning License Plates and Privacy
    Fort Lauderdale police agencies have technology to read license plates. Once read, the plates are matched against outstanding traffic tickets. In addition, the owner’s name is matched against outstanding criminal warrants. At what…
  • Jun 2

    SEC Charges White Collar Crimes in Sarasota

    SEC Charges White Collar Crimes in Sarasota
    A fund manager in Sarasota, Florida was charged with defrauding investors of $3.8 million. The fund manager, Gaeton Della Penna, faces federal criminal charges in the Middle District of Florida for defrauding investors. Criminal charges,…
  • May 29

    Demands for Chemtrail Conspiracy Arrest

    Demands for Chemtrail Conspiracy Arrest
    The History Channel‘s broadcast of "Weather Warfare" focused international interest in The State of the Nation’s demand that the International Criminal Court begin a criminal investigation into what I have dubbed "The…
Rank this Week: 4644

Fort Lauderdale Bankruptcy Lawyer…

Fort Lauderdale Bankruptcy Lawyer Blog

Covers Florida bankruptcy and mortgage foreclosure. By Orfelia M. Mayor, P.A.

http://www.fortlauderdalebankruptcylawyerblog.com/
  • May 28

    Don't Let Creditors Take Advantage of YOU!

    Don't Let Creditors Take Advantage of YOU!
    Creditors love it when people file bankruptcy without an attorney. I was in court the other day and the Judge was holding hearings on "reaffirmation agreements." Reaffirmation agreements are post-filing agreements where you basically incur…
  • May 24

    Yes You Can Buy A Home Quicker With A Bankruptcy!

    Yes You Can Buy A Home Quicker With A Bankruptcy!
    FHA home loans were designed to help Americans fulfill their dream of home ownership and are therefore the easiest type of real estate mortgage loan to qualify for. They require a minimum down payment (3%) and is the most flexible type of…
  • Nov 22

    What is a Chapter 13 Bankruptcy Plan?

    What is a Chapter 13 Bankruptcy Plan?
    Your Chapter 13 bankruptcy plan is what tells the court and your creditors how you intend to repay your debts. The plan must be confirmed (approved) by the judge.
Rank this Week: 4611

Fraud, Phishing and Financial…

Fraud, Phishing and Financial Misdeeds

Covers identity theft.

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

    Identity Thieves Target Uncle Sam

    Identity Thieves Target Uncle Sam
    Identity thieves seem to like to target the government. With April 15th, nearing, the news is awash with fraudsters using other people's identities to claim an earned income tax credit worth thousands of dollars. Of course, we should feel…
  • Jul 7

    Phony Collectors Want Your Credit/Debit Card Information

    Phony Collectors Want Your Credit/Debit Card Information
    About a week ago, I was made aware of a fraud group operating from a Tampa, Florida number, who were calling people and using some pretty heavy-handed tactics to collect (steal) money. Interestingly enough, the person that let me know about…
  • Jan 2

    Will 2010 be a Banner Year for Identity Thieves?

    Will 2010 be a Banner Year for Identity Thieves?
    For the past six months or so, this blog was put on hold. I could come up with a lot of excuses why it was put on hold -- such as increased workload and job responsibilities -- but I probably just needed a break from writing.Now that I am…
Rank this Week: 1177

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/
  • 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…
  • May 1

    What to do if your car’s airbags are missing

    What to do if your car’s airbags are missing
    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…
  • Apr 30

    How to know your car is a rebuilt wreck.

    How to know your car is a rebuilt wreck.
    Shady car dealers like to find ways to sell bad cars for as much money as possible. A really opportunistic dealer may sell a car that has been in an accident, with shoddy repairs, not disclosing that the car has serious structural issues.…
Rank this Week: 2847

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 18

    Michigan Fireworks Law

    Michigan Fireworks Law
    Michigan Fireworks Laws: The Fourth of July has come and gone but fireworks can still be heard in neighborhoods all around Detroit when the sun goes down. Michiganders have been enjoying relaxed state fireworks rules since Governor Synder…
  • Jun 30

    Sued by Ally Financial, Inc.?

    Sued by Ally Financial, Inc.?
    Sued by Ally Financial, Inc.? Do you owe money for unpaid car, credit card, or various loans? Have you fallen behind on your payments? Many individuals find themselves in a difficult situation, unable to pay off their loans, due to unforeseen…
Rank this Week: 463

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: 178

Houston Lawyer Blog

Houston Lawyer Blog

By Radack & Borunda, P.C.

http://www.houstonlawyerblog.com/
  • Nov 30

    Texas Consumers Harmed By Phony Debt Collector

    Texas Consumers Harmed By Phony Debt Collector
    Unfortunately, Texas consumers pay these kinds of phony debt collectors every day. Their collection tactics are meant to induce fear and panic. There is very little risk of going to jail for failure to pay a debt. Civil matters like this…
  • Sep 21

    Cost of Divorce Decree Mistake

    Cost of Divorce Decree Mistake
    Lack of specificity in your divorce decree may cost you significantly more than the cost of your actual divorce.
  • Sep 13

    Your Day In Court That Might Never Come: Being Aware of Arbitration Clause

    Your Day In Court That Might Never Come: Being Aware of Arbitration Clause
    It's a regrettable fact of life that people encounter legal problems all too frequently and in many different situations such as: buying a car; or a house; or booking a vacation on a cruise line; or even handing their car over to a valet at a…
Rank this Week: 4895

ID Theft Blog

ID Theft Blog

Resources for the prevention, detection, and recovery of identity theft. By KnightsBridge Castle.

http://knightsbridgecastle.blogspot.com/
  • Apr 25

    HOW WIDESPREAD IS IDENTITY THEFT – DELOITTE AND TOUCHE REVEALS 15,000,000 VICTIMS LAST YEAR.

    HOW WIDESPREAD IS IDENTITY THEFT – DELOITTE AND TOUCHE REVEALS 15,000,000 VICTIMS LAST YEAR.
    KnightsBridge Castle participated in the California Governors Identity Theft Summit on April 11, 2007 and once again we had the opportunity to view a widely divergent set of statistics concerning the growth of Identity Theft crimes in the US.
  • Apr 12

    IRS FRAUDS AND TAX SEASON

    IRS FRAUDS AND TAX SEASON
    KnightsBridge Castle staff was interviewed a second time last week by NBC television about IRS Tax Frauds. The program will be aired tonight on the Bay Area NBC affiliate channel 11. We offer here on our blog the critical issues discussed…
  • Mar 29

    TJ MAXX – ADVICE TO CONSUMERS - NBC INTERVIEW

    TJ MAXX – ADVICE TO CONSUMERS - NBC INTERVIEW
    Tim Logan, CEO of KnightsBridge Castle spoke to NBC television today about the risks of fraud and impersonation crimes resulting from the loss of over 45 million credit card and debit card records by the retail company TJ Maxx. NBC wanted to…
Rank this Week: 2400

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: 672

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: 2368