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Threat Level

Threat Level

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

http://www.wired.com/threatlevel
  • Dec 19

    Obama’s Bold Sony Statement: Canceling The Interview Was a ‘Mistake’

    Obama’s Bold Sony Statement: Canceling The Interview Was a ‘Mistake’
    In his end-of-year press conference today, President Barack Obama called the decision by Sony Pictures Entertainment to cancel the release of its film The Interview a “mistake.” “I am sympathetic to the threats they…
  • Dec 17

    The Evidence That North Korea Hacked Sony Is Flimsy

    The Evidence That North Korea Hacked Sony Is Flimsy
    Today Sony canceled the premiere of “The Interview” and its entire Christmas-Day release of the movie because of fears that terrorists might attack theaters showing the film. The actions show just how much power the attackers…
  • Dec 16

    Former Employees Are Suing Sony Over ‘Epic Nightmare’ Hack

    Former Employees Are Suing Sony Over ‘Epic Nightmare’ Hack
    The plot of the Sony hack drama has taken a new turn. Two former employees of Sony Pictures Entertainment filed a class-action lawsuit against the studio giant on Monday for failing to properly secure sensitive employee data. The recent…
Rank this Week: 44

43(B)log

43(B)log

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

http://tushnet.blogspot.com/
  • Dec 18

    you can't a accuse competitor of lawbreaking when courts have ruled against you

    you can't a accuse competitor of lawbreaking when courts have ruled against you
    Paul Davis Restoration, Inc. v. Everett, No. 14–C–1534, 2014 WL 7140038 (E.D. Wis. Dec. 12, 2014)Following a series of unsuccessful lawsuits with Paul Davis Restoration, Inc., Matthew Everett, a former franchisee, began running a…
  • Dec 18

    irreparable harm is permissible inference, Third Circuit rule

    irreparable harm is permissible inference, Third Circuit rule
    Groupe SEB USA, Inc. v. Euro-Pro Operating LLC., No. 14-2767 (3d Cir. Dec. 17, 2014) District court opinion discussed here.  Euro-Pro appealed the preliminary injunction against it based on Lanham Act false advertising claims against its…
  • Dec 17

    Soul survivor: publicity and TM claims against recorded performance fail

    Soul survivor: publicity and TM claims against recorded performance fail
    Cummings v. Soul Train Holdings LLC, 2014 WL 7008952, No. 14 Civ. 36 (S.D.N.Y. Dec. 12, 2014)This right of publicity/trademark case based on use of recorded performances to which the plaintiff didn’t own the copyright could’ve…
Rank this Week: 68

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/
  • Dec 19

    Department of Justice looking for lawyers to enforce U.S. consumer law

    Department of Justice looking for lawyers to enforce U.S. consumer law
    The Department of Justice's Consumer Protection Branch is looking to hire lawyers to enforce the Nation's consumer laws. And because enforcement of those laws is a frequent topic of this blog, it seemed sensible to post the announcements…
  • Dec 18

    Non-disparagement clause hall of shame -- businesses behaving badly

    Non-disparagement clause hall of shame -- businesses behaving badly
    In a must-read for consumers who value their right to criticize companies they do business with, Techdirt has compiled this list of businesses that employ contract language to try to silence criticism from customers. These companies threaten…
  • Dec 18

    Citing new study, New York bans fracking statewide

    Citing new study, New York bans fracking statewide
    In a victory for consumers and the environment, the administration of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo will impose a statewide ban on the controversial technique known as hydraulic fracturing or "fracking" for gas. Reuters quotes state health…
Rank this Week: 72

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/
  • Dec 19

    Catching up

    Catching up
    I've been remiss in cross-posting my Dealb%k columns. Both of the most recent ones have commented on the ABI's chapter 11 reform proposal. You can find them here.
  • Dec 11

    Waiting for RUFO

    Waiting for RUFO
    It looks like much of December will be spent sitting around the RUFO sickbed, waiting for the clause to expire of natural causes on December 31. The clause, recall, prevents Argentina from "voluntarily" giving holdout creditors a…
  • Dec 10

    For the Soul of the Party: the Budget Showdown and Financial Reform

    For the Soul of the Party: the Budget Showdown and Financial Reform
    Will we have an appropriations bill before a government shutdown? The fight over the 2015 Appropriations Bill is now focused on one of the non-appropriations measures stuck onto the bill by the House GOP. That provision would repeal section…
Rank this Week: 75

Stock Broker Fraud Blog

Stock Broker Fraud Blog

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

http://www.stockbrokerfraudblog.com/
Rank this Week: 143

Mandelman Matters

Mandelman Matters

Covers the foreclosure crisis. By Martin Andelman.

http://mandelman.ml-implode.com
Rank this Week: 238

Mass Tort Defense

Mass Tort Defense

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

http://www.masstortdefense.com/
  • Nov 17

    New Drug Law in Canada

    New Drug Law in Canada
    With a tip of the cap to our old friend, Peter Pliszka, north of border: Earlier this month, the so-called Protecting Canadians from Unsafe Drugs Act (Vanessa's Law) received royal assent and became law in Canada. This new legislation on…
  • Nov 13

    Mouthwash Class Action Washed Out

    Mouthwash Class Action Washed Out
    A federal judge earlier this month granted defendant's motion to dismiss a putative class action lawsuit accusing it of using misleading labeling on its market mouthwash.  See Suzanna Bowling v. Johnson & Johnson et al., No.…
  • Nov 11

    Federal Court Decertifies "Natural" Damages Class Action- Naturally

    Federal Court Decertifies "Natural" Damages Class Action- Naturally
    A federal court last week ordered decertification of a damages class action challenging “all natural” fruit labels, due to deficiencies with the the plaintiffs' damages model. See Brazil v. Dole Packaged Foods, LLC,  No.…
Rank this Week: 321

Stop Collector Blog

Stop Collector Blog

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

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

    Federal Bill Would Stop Employment Credit Check

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

    Federal Bill Would Stop Employment Credit Check

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

    Colorado AG Sues United Credit Recovery

    Colorado AG Sues United Credit Recovery
    The Attorney General of Colorado, John Suthers, recently announced that his office filed suit against United Credit Recovery. The lawsuit alleges that United Credit Recovery (also known as UCR) bought debt portfolios from US Bank and Wells…
Rank this Week: 323

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/
  • Dec 2

    TCPA Decision: No need to "stay" case while waiting on FCC to rule on who is a "called party"

    TCPA Decision: No need to "stay" case while waiting on FCC to rule on who is a "called party"
    On November 3, 2014, one of our newer judges -- Judge John H. England, III, in the Northern District of Alabama, issued a very well reasoned decision explaining why a lawsuit against Wells Fargo does not need to be "stayed" or "frozen" while…
  • Nov 29

    TCPA Decision: Does offer of judgment "moot" Plaintiff's claims?

    TCPA Decision: Does offer of judgment "moot" Plaintiff's claims?
    Ever get those annoying political calls to your cell phone? Not a human but robo (computer) dialed calls? Lori Shamblin did and decided to sue multiple defendants for doing this in federal court in Tampa, Florida. Here's what one defendant…
  • Nov 28

    TCPA Decision: Not responding to a motion for summary judgment

    TCPA Decision: Not responding to a motion for summary judgment
    There is an odd decision -- or I should say the Plaintiff acted oddly -- and the result was the defendants (LVNV Funding, Northland Group, and Citibank) were dismissed from the case. You can read this decision of Schweitzer v. Northland…
Rank this Week: 376

Helping Florida Consumers

Helping Florida Consumers

Covers Florida consumer law. By Taras Rudnitsky.

http://www.helpingfloridaconsumers.com/
  • Dec 9

    Debt Collection Lawsuit: Prevailing Against Discover Bank

    Debt Collection Lawsuit: Prevailing Against Discover Bank
    Plaintiff: Discover Bank Plaintiff’s Law Firm: Zakheim & LaVrar, P.A. Plaintiff’s Attorneys: Flynn LaVrar, Esq. and Richard Battaglino, Esq.. Case Outcome: Debt Collection Lawsuit Dismissed Our client was sued in a debt…
  • Dec 8

    Auto Fraud: Beware of Common Dealer Scam

    Auto Fraud: Beware of Common Dealer Scam
    We have often represented clients who had become victims of auto fraud by local dealers.  In many cases, we are able to obtain a satisfying outcome for our client, including a refund of money taken by the…
  • Dec 7

    Debt Settlement Companies Penalized for Illegal Tactic

    Debt Settlement Companies Penalized for Illegal Tactic
    Just a few days ago, the federal government’s Consumer Financial Protection Bureau announced that it was taking enforcement action against several debt several settlement companies.  The debt settlement company was Premier…
Rank this Week: 446

The Corporate Observer

The Corporate Observer

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

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

    A Sad Day for Small Business and Consumer

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

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

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

    T-Mobile’s Simplified Plans – Simply Misleading

    T-Mobile’s Simplified Plans – Simply Misleading
    T-Mobile made a splash last week when it announced it would begin carrying the iPhone without a contract. The company has also made headlines with a new advertisement campaign claiming We’re cancelling our membership in the…
Rank this Week: 456

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: 548

Nolo Presents The Law in Plain…

Nolo Presents The Law in Plain English

Nolo.com's Podcast topics include estate planning, wills, trusts, divorces, contracts, hiring a lawyer, copyrights, trademarks, patents, personal injury, bankruptcy and more.

http://www.nolocast.com
Rank this Week: 574

Michigan Collection Law Blog

Michigan Collection Law Blog

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

http://michigancollectionlawblog.com/
Rank this Week: 661

CFPB Monitor

CFPB Monitor

Covers the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. By Ballard Spahr.

http://www.cfpbmonitor.com
  • Dec 19

    CFPB settles with military base retailer and related companies for alleged unlawful debt collection practice

    CFPB settles with military base retailer and related companies for alleged unlawful debt collection practice
    Barbara S. Mishkin As part of this week’s flurry of enforcement-related announcements, the CFPB announced the settlement of a lawsuit filed jointly with the Attorneys General of North Carolina and Virginia  against Freedom Stores,…
  • Dec 18

    CFPB soliciting suggestions for its amicus brief program

    CFPB soliciting suggestions for its amicus brief program
    Alan S. Kaplinsky The Consumer Law & Policy Blog has reproduced a copy of a letter sent yesterday by the CFPB seeking suggested cases for the CFPB’s amicus brief program.  The letter indicates that the amicus program has…
  • Dec 18

    CFPB report highlights inadequate disclosure of campus financial product

    CFPB report highlights inadequate disclosure of campus financial product
    John L. Culhane, Jr. In its fifth annual report on college credit card agreements, the CFPB takes financial institutions as well as colleges and universities to task for failing to adequately disclose their marketing agreements for campus…
Rank this Week: 688

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: 762

Miami Foreclosure Lawyer Blog

Miami Foreclosure Lawyer Blog

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

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

    Mortgage Appraisal Fraud an Ongoing Issue

    Mortgage Appraisal Fraud an Ongoing Issue
    The issue of "accounting control fraud," also known as "mortgage appraisal fraud" has reared its ugly head once again, with a Wall Street Journal article indicating bank executives are alarmed about the issue. Reporters found from 2011…
  • Nov 28

    Top Regulator Says Banks Meant Well; Evidence Suggests Otherwise

    Top Regulator Says Banks Meant Well; Evidence Suggests Otherwise
    When Thomas J. Curry, top regulator at the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, wrote an article outlining standards expected of the banking industry, he opened by noting the charitable work done by banks and insisted that CEOS never…
  • Nov 24

    OCC: Banks Need Better Risk Culture

    OCC: Banks Need Better Risk Culture
    Thomas J. Curry, now the Comptroller of the Currency in the U.S., recently penned an opinion piece on how public trust in banking, vital to a healthy economy, has largely been lost in recent years and how banks must rethink their corporate…
Rank this Week: 829

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: 849

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: 883

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: 898

The Pop Tort

The Pop Tort

http://www.thepoptort.com/
  • Dec 18

    Who’s the Wuss Now?

    Who’s the Wuss Now?
    Earlier this year, Oliver Stone, one of Hollywood’s more courageous film directors, railed against President Obama for being spineless. The same has been said of other Democrats, of course. Now it’s Hollywood - Sony Pictures, more…
  • Dec 10

    'Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse' Just Won Our Award!

    'Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse' Just Won Our Award!
    Awards season has begun. (Poor Angelina Jolie, whose film was just shut out of the SAG awards on top of newly-released unkind hacked Sony emails. Hopefully her luck changes soon.) But we do have one lucky award recipient to tell...
  • Dec 4

    Tort “Reform” Hypocrites Hit the Big Time

    Tort “Reform” Hypocrites Hit the Big Time
    There’s nothing I like more than a good hypocrite story, so let’s start with some statistics. The new Court Statistics Project data from the National Center for State Courts is out. As any good researcher knows, most state courts…
Rank this Week: 949

New York City Debt Defense Blog

New York City Debt Defense Blog

By the Langel Firm.

http://www.thelangelfirm.com/Debt-Defense-Blog.aspx
  • Dec 17

    Seeking Relief from a Lien or Levy Pending an Appeal (New York)

    Seeking Relief from a Lien or Levy Pending an Appeal (New York)
    Upon an appeal of a money judgment, and upon the purchase of a bond, CPLR § 5204 provides the judgment debtor with potential "suspension" of judgment enforcement, including the cancellation of levies and releasing of liens. The court…
  • Dec 16

    Can a Default Judgment Effect a Lien on my Home?

    Can a Default Judgment Effect a Lien on my Home?
    You better believe debt buyers and collection lawyers are looking for your money and property to satisfy their default judgment. First, they'll seek to restrain ("freeze") your bank accounts, which forces you to turn over money out of sheer…
  • Dec 14

    Judgment Creditor versus Transferee: Who Has Rights to the Money/Property?

    Judgment Creditor versus Transferee: Who Has Rights to the Money/Property?
    This blog entry is part of a series that simplifies each section of New York CPLR Article 52, "Enforcement of Money Judgments." There are 53 sections in Article 52. This entry is the 2nd of 53. For a living, I fight judgment creditors,…
Rank this Week: 985

Wall Street Investment Fraud…

Wall Street Investment Fraud Lawyer Blog

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

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

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

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

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

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

    FINRA IDENTIFIES AREAS OF CONCERN FOR INVESTORS

    FINRA IDENTIFIES AREAS OF CONCERN FOR INVESTORS
    Each year, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) publishes a letter to the financial services industry identifying its regulatory and examination priorities. FINRA is the industry's "self-regulatory organization," which is…
Rank this Week: 1050

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/
  • Dec 18

    Congress Funds Cybersecurity: Spending Bill Allocates over $1 Billion to Cybersecurity

    Congress Funds Cybersecurity: Spending Bill Allocates over $1 Billion to Cybersecurity
    The final spending bill of the 113th Congress, which keeps the government doors open until September 30th of 2015, was passed by the House on December 11th, the Senate on the 13th, and signed by the President on December 16th. It is a $1.1…
  • Dec 18

    Congress Confirms NIST’s Role in Cybersecurity – and the Continuation of the Cybersecurity Framework

    Congress Confirms NIST’s Role in Cybersecurity – and the Continuation of the Cybersecurity Framework
    The Cybersecurity Enhancement Act of 2014 (CEA) was passed by the House and the Senate on December 11th, and signed by the President on the 18th. The bill formalizes the role of the National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST) in…
  • Dec 18

    Congress Passes Cybersecurity Workforce Legislation

    Congress Passes Cybersecurity Workforce Legislation
    The Border Patrol Agent Pay Reform Act of 2014 was passed by the Senate on September 18th, by the House on December 10th, and signed by the President on December 18th. It contains provisions from the Cybersecurity Workforce Recruitment and…
Rank this Week: 1087

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…
  • Dec 17

    Whistleblower Earns $57M Payout in Second Lawsuit Against Bank of America

    Whistleblower Earns $57M Payout in Second Lawsuit Against Bank of America
    Edward O'Donnell, an ex-Countrywide Financial executive, will receive $57 million for a second whistleblower lawsuit accusing parent company Bank of America Corp. (BAC) of fraud. In this case, O’Donnell accused a Countrywide unit of…
  • Dec 11

    Morgan Stanley Fined $4M by the SEC for Market Access Rule Violation

    Morgan Stanley Fined $4M by the SEC for Market Access Rule Violation
    The Securities and Exchange Commission is ordering Morgan Stanley (MS) to pay $4 million for violating the market access rule. The rule mandates that brokerage firms implement adequate risk controls before giving customers market access. An…
Rank this Week: 1135

Lemon Law Blawg

Lemon Law Blawg

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

http://ohiolemonlaw.blogspot.com/
  • Nov 19

    A Job Well Done

    A Job Well Done
    And we all love cake!If you have a lemon car, let us make the manufacturer take it back and refund your money.That's what we did today. And here's what a very happy client dropped off to give thanks and for our staff to enjoy (and we will,…
  • Nov 10

    The Farmer's Son, a Veteran, and a War Long Ago

    The Farmer's Son, a Veteran, and a War Long Ago
    Every Veterans Day we pause to thank those who served and to reflect on the meaning of this day by republishing an article written several years ago, to give tribute to the veterans in all of our families - and all the veterans who have…
  • Nov 10

    Giving Back Is Important to Them, and to You

    Giving Back Is Important to Them, and to You
    2,000 Empty Bins Being Passed Out to VolunteersThis year, just as our entire staff has for the last three years, our office is joining with Fairhaven Church in its annual Christmas Gift campaign.This will be the fourth year that the local…
Rank this Week: 1163

Protect Your Rights

Protect Your Rights

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

http://www.maginnislaw.com
Rank this Week: 1180

Mouse Print

Mouse Print

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

http://www.mouseprint.org
  • Dec 15

    Click vs. Brick Follow-up

    Click vs. Brick Follow-up
     Last week, Consumer World presented the results of its survey of prices on a retailer’s website compared to the prices charged for the same item at its brick-and-mortar store locations. The prices were not always the same, and web…
  • Dec 8

    There’s Free Shipping, Then There’s Really Free Shipping

    There’s Free Shipping, Then There’s Really Free Shipping
     This is a tale of two giant retailers — Walmart and Target. Target made headlines this holiday season when it announced free shipping for everyone, not just its REDCard holders. *MOUSE PRINT: None. Then comes Walmart claiming its…
  • Nov 28

    New Scam Emails Fake Order Confirmations to Shopper

    New Scam Emails Fake Order Confirmations to Shopper
     (Boston) — Shoppers’ email inboxes have just started being flooded with a timely and potentially dangerous scam. Cybercrooks are sending out authentic-looking purchase confirmation emails that appear to be from Walmart,…
Rank this Week: 1185

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/
  • Dec 20

    You must be told if information in your credit file file has been used against you

    You must be told if information in your credit file file has been used against you
    Anyone who uses a credit report or another type of consumer report to deny your application for credit, insurance, or employment – or to take another adverse action against you - must tell you, and must give you the name,...
  • Dec 19

    You May Not Always Need an Attorney for a Landlord Tenant Dispute

    You May Not Always Need an Attorney for a Landlord Tenant Dispute
    here may be problems that you can resolve without an attorney. The California Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) has a website with excellent information and sources of information. You may want to consult them. 10. Hire an attorney. When…
  • Dec 18

    Tenants May Be Able to Legally Withhold Rent in California

    Tenants May Be Able to Legally Withhold Rent in California
    This is a riskier way of trying to get the property repaired. By law, a tenant is allowed to withhold some or all of the rent if the landlord does not fix serious defects. These defects must make the property...
Rank this Week: 1243

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: 1265

The Dunning Letter

The Dunning Letter

Covers consumer rights to their names and personal data. By Jack Dunning.

http://thedunningletter.blogspot.com/
Rank this Week: 1291

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
  • Dec 17

    A nice thank you

    A nice thank you
    To get involved in supporting or using one of the many community gardens in Salem, contact Marion-Polk Food Share - click above [...]
  • Dec 6

    Salem Harvest - More Record-Shattering Success in 2014!

    Salem Harvest - More Record-Shattering Success in 2014!
    Thanks to your support, John Gear Law Office has been able to sponsor this tremendous homegrown Salem nonprofit since day 1. [...]
  • Nov 21

    Check your VIN for recalls -- especially before buying a used car!

    Check your VIN for recalls -- especially before buying a used car!
    Owners (and especially dealers) may not always know their recalled vehicle still needs to be repaired. NHTSA's new search tool lets you enter a Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) to quickly learn if a specific vehicle has not been repaired…
Rank this Week: 1324

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: 1331

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/
  • Dec 19

    Peter McKittrick Appointed Judge of U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Oregon

    Peter McKittrick Appointed Judge of U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Oregon
    The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has appointed of Portland attorney Peter C. McKittrick as a U.S. Bankruptcy Judge for the District of Oregon. Mr. McKittrick will fill a vacancy left in the wake the…
  • Dec 16

    Chapter 13 Bankruptcy Hardship Discharge in Oregon

    Chapter 13 Bankruptcy Hardship Discharge in Oregon
    Often Oregon debtors in a Chapter 13 bankruptcy will hit a rough spot during their case and  request a hardship discharge rather than seek conversion to Chapter 7.  Conversion and hardship discharge are not one in the same. There…
  • Dec 6

    Medical Bankruptcy in Oregon

    Medical Bankruptcy in Oregon
    I often get questions from Oregon consumers about medical bankruptcy but there is no such thing. I think the myth that is out there is that there is some sort of specialized bankruptcy that enables the filer to get rid of medical bills only…
Rank this Week: 1333

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/
  • Dec 6

    New Jersey Bans Products = Motor Oil Product

    New Jersey Bans Products = Motor Oil Product
    If you purchased these products you might have a claim against the retailer for a refund or other damages to your car NJ BAN BANNED MOTOR OIL PRODUCTS: Auto Club Motor Oil SAE 5W-30 Auto Club Motor Oil SAE 10W-30 Auto Club Motor Oil SAE…
  • Nov 28

    Questions about suing a car dealership

    Questions about suing a car dealership
    People ask me many of these questions: Can I sue car dealership for breach of contract? Can I sue a car dealership for false advertisement? Can I sue a car dealership for lying? Can you sue a car dealership? Can you sue a car dealership…
  • 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…
Rank this Week: 1378

shlep: the Self-Help Law ExPress

shlep: the Self-Help Law ExPress

News, views and information on self-help law and pro se litigation.

http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/shlep
  • Feb 19

    Help for pro se users in Clark County, Indiana

    Help for pro se users in Clark County, Indiana
    Commissioners OK legal help center for courthouse New appointment made to fill a void in County Courts By BRADEN LAMMERS Braden.Lammers@newsandtribune.com Judicial matters were the predominant theme at the Clark County Commissioners meeting…
  • Jan 5

    New York Times op/ed piece about self-help representation

    New York Times op/ed piece about self-help representation
    Two state judges opine about the state of accessibility to the legal system. As the economy has worsened, the ranks of the self-represented poor have expanded. In a recent informal study conducted by the Self-Represented Litigation Network,…
  • Jan 5

    Indianapolis law library closes but self-help center remains open

    Indianapolis law library closes but self-help center remains open
    Librarian Zoya Golban turned off the lights and locked the doors Wednesday at the Marion County Law Library for the last time. The cozy repository for legal materials and publicly accessible computers on the third floor of the City-County…
Rank this Week: 1395

Podiatry Malpractice Blog

Podiatry Malpractice Blog

Focused on medical malpractice, specifically in the Podiatric field. By Michael A. Quinn.

http://www.podiatrymalpracticeblog.com/
  • Apr 15

    Podiatrist sentenced to probation for drug charge (North Carolina)

    Podiatrist sentenced to probation for drug charge (North Carolina)
     A Grifton podiatrist was sentenced to probation and a fine for a drug charge. Dr. Paul Joseph Civatte, 52, was given a sentence of 12 months of probation and a  fine for a reduced charge of possession of drug paraphernalia. The case dated…
  • Apr 7

    Podiatrist accused in drugs for sex case (Missouri)

    Podiatrist accused in drugs for sex case (Missouri)
    Dr. Dave Dai Quang Pham, a St. Louis podiatrist, is accused of trying to exchange prescription drugs for sex. The St. Francois County Prosecutor charged 49-year-old Dr. Pham with possession of a controlled substance with intent to…
  • Apr 4

    Missouri Podiatrist pleads guilty (MO)

    Missouri Podiatrist pleads guilty (MO)
    A St. Louis, Missouri podiatrist has plead guilty to obstructing a federal audit when she provided the Medicare program with a false and backdated treatment record, U.S.  said Thursday.
Rank this Week: 1499

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: 1510

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: 1509

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: 1552

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/
  • Dec 2

    Buckle Up For Safety

    Buckle Up For Safety
    The exploding airbag saga is not going away. We previously reported on this problem on October 21, 2014, in a post entitled "Lifesaver or Lethal Weapon?" on this site. But now, Japanese manufacturer Takata Corp. appears to be defying…
  • Nov 29

    EPA Will Set New Clean Air Standard

    EPA Will Set New Clean Air Standard
    EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy announced this week that the agency intends to issue new, stricter pollution standards in 2015. The Clean Air Act tasks the Environmental Protection Agency with the job of re-evaluating smog standards every…
  • Nov 19

    C.A.R.S. Targets CarMax for Sell of Unsafe Vehicle

    C.A.R.S. Targets CarMax for Sell of Unsafe Vehicle
    Consumers for Auto Reliability and Safety, known by the acronym C.A.R.S., has launched a campaign against the automotive megadealer CarMax, alleging that its used car lots engage in a widespread practice of reselling unsafe cars, some with…
Rank this Week: 1578

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/
  • Nov 22

    Debtors' Ability to Strip Second Mortgages: the Door May Be Slammed Shut Soon so File Now!

    Debtors' Ability to Strip Second Mortgages: the Door May Be Slammed Shut Soon so File Now!
    As a Florida consumer bankruptcy attorney, we have been able to remove and strip off second mortgages due to the 11th Circuit's decision in McNeal a couple years back. It is the only Circuit in the country that allows for a second mortgage…
  • 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…
Rank this Week: 1746

Garmo & Kiste, PLC Law Blog

Garmo & Kiste, PLC Law Blog

Covers Michigan law topics.

http://www.garmokiste.com
  • Nov 6

    Detroit Metro Airport (DTW) misdemeanor criminal charge

    Detroit Metro Airport (DTW) misdemeanor criminal charge
    Detroit Metro Airport (DTW) is one of the busiest airports in the United States. As such, safety and security are high priorities. In order to promote these goals, the Wayne County Airport Authority Board adopted a new Airport Ordinance in…
  • Oct 23

    East Lansing Michigan’s Open Container Law

    East Lansing Michigan’s Open Container Law
    Game Day in East Lansing The Michigan State Spartans are gearing up for another game this Saturday against the Indiana Hoosiers. The Spartans have had a strong season and many fans will be donning green and white and gathering in East Lansing…
  • Oct 10

    Tailgating Crimes Michigan

    Tailgating Crimes Michigan
    Charged with Tailgating Crimes Michigan? Fall is here, football season is in full swing, and the tradition of tailgating has resumed.  With both the NFL and NCAA playing there are plenty of opportunities for fans across Michigan to…
Rank this Week: 1767

California Credit Law Blog

California Credit Law Blog

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

http://www.californiacreditlaw.com/
  • Dec 16

    Medical Debt Wreaks Havoc on Consumers’ Credit Report

    Medical Debt Wreaks Havoc on Consumers’ Credit Report
    The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) released a report that reveals that over 1 in 5 consumers, or 43 million, have black marks on their credit reports for medical debts, and that medical debts constitute over half of debt…
  • Dec 15

    Class Action Against Experian Involving Towing Debts is Approved

    Class Action Against Experian Involving Towing Debts is Approved
    Yesterday, Judge Wilken of the federal district court in Oakland gave final approval to settlement of Holman v Experian, Case No. 11-cv-0180 CW.  The case was based on the fact that Experian had impermissibly sold credit information to a…
  • Dec 4

    Consumer Reports on How Your Credit Report May Help or Hurt You

    Consumer Reports on How Your Credit Report May Help or Hurt You
    The January 2015 issue of Consumer Reports has an excellent article on credit reports. It is especially useful for any consumer who discovers a problem with his or her reports, but does not know how to begin to fix the problem. The…
Rank this Week: 1781

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: 1805