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Threat Level

Threat Level

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

http://www.wired.com/threatlevel
  • Apr 16

    Snowden’s Email Provider Loses Appeal Over Encryption Key

    Snowden’s Email Provider Loses Appeal Over Encryption Key
    A federal appeals court has upheld a contempt citation against the founder of the defunct secure e-mail company Lavabit, finding that the weighty internet privacy issues he raised on appeal should have been brought up earlier in the legal…
  • Apr 15

    Obama: NSA Must Reveal Bugs Like Heartbleed, Unless They Help the NSA

    Obama: NSA Must Reveal Bugs Like Heartbleed, Unless They Help the NSA
    According to Obama, any flaws that have "a clear national security or law enforcement" use can be kept secret and exploited.
  • Apr 11

    Report: NSA Exploited Heartbleed to Siphon Passwords for Two Year

    Report: NSA Exploited Heartbleed to Siphon Passwords for Two Year
    The NSA knew about and exploited the Heartbleed vulnerability for two years before it was publicly exposed this week, and used it to steal account passwords and other data, according to a news report.
Rank this Week: 48

43(B)log

43(B)log

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

http://tushnet.blogspot.com/
  • Apr 16

    The ASA on insufficiently close comparison

    The ASA on insufficiently close comparison
    The ASA found Made.com's ad misleading for claiming "FURNITURE DIRECT FROM THE MAKERS By the time the average sofa hits the high street it's been marked up by 500%. Agents, importers and wholesalers all add a little extra along the way. Our…
  • Apr 15

    FDA has a standard, so no Lanham Act claim can be made

    FDA has a standard, so no Lanham Act claim can be made
    OraLabs, Inc. v. Kind Group LLC, 2014 WL 1395954, No. 13–cv–00170 (D. Colo. Apr. 10, 2014)The court adopted the magistrate judge's recommendation to deny Kind leave to amend its counterclaims to add a Lanham Act false advertising…
  • Apr 15

    conflict mineral disclosure unconstitutional, DC Circuit rule

    conflict mineral disclosure unconstitutional, DC Circuit rule
    National Association of Manufacturers v. Securities and Exchange Commission, No. 13-5252 (D.C. Cir. Apr. 14, 2014)If we needed an example of how the First Amendment can reinstate Lochner, this would be a good one.  Here we have a…
Rank this Week: 56

Helping Florida Consumers

Helping Florida Consumers

Covers Florida consumer law. By Taras Rudnitsky.

http://www.helpingfloridaconsumers.com/
  • Mar 28

    Another CACH Lawsuit Dismissed

    Another CACH Lawsuit Dismissed
    Plaintiff: CACH LLC Original Creditor: GE / Rooms to Go Plaintiff’s Attorney: Bryan Manno, Esq. / Jeremy Soffler, Esq. Plaintiff’s Law Firm: Federated Law Group, PLLC Case Outcome: CACH Lawsuit Dismissed; Client Recovers Money…
  • Mar 26

    Galaxy Portfolio LLC Dismisses Claims Against Client

    Galaxy Portfolio LLC Dismisses Claims Against Client
    Plaintiff: Galaxy Portfolio LLC / Worldwide Asset Purchasing, LLC Original Creditor: Direct Merchant Bank, N.A. Plaintiff’s Attorney: Jonathan R. Singer, Esq. / Richard S. Weissman, Esq. Plaintiff’s Law Firm: O&L Law Group,…
  • Mar 24

    Another Satisfied Client of the Rudnitsky Law Firm

    Another Satisfied Client of the Rudnitsky Law Firm
    Client:  Chad Type of Case:  Debt Collection Defense / Abusive Debt Collection (FDCPA) Client Review: I was recently sued in small claims court for an amount just under $5000 by a debt collector who had refused to validate…
Rank this Week: 77

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: 64

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/
Rank this Week: 327

Mandelman Matters

Mandelman Matters

Covers the foreclosure crisis. By Martin Andelman.

http://mandelman.ml-implode.com
  • Apr 15

    Tom Deutsch of the ASF on Eminent Domain & Loan Modifications – A Mandelman Matters Podcast

    Tom Deutsch of the ASF on Eminent Domain & Loan Modifications – A Mandelman Matters Podcast
    If Professor Robert Hockett is the man behind the plan to use eminent domain to take over underwater loans and write them down for homeowners, Tom Deutsch is his arch nemesis. This is an opportunity to hear how the opposition to the plan to…
  • Apr 14

    How to Handle the Increased Costs We’ll All Pay Under ObamaCare

    How to Handle the Increased Costs We’ll All Pay Under ObamaCare
    ObamaCare's out of pocket maximums established by the IRS for 2014 are $6,350 for an individual and $12,700 for a family… so that means that we’ll all pay coinsurance, copays and deductibles up to those out-of-pocket limit…
  • Apr 14

    It was an honor to help him get his loan modified…

    It was an honor to help him get his loan modified…
    It was an honor to help Arlie Matthews get his loan modified with Bank of America. At the times when I sit and wonder why I've done what I've done, and how I can possibly continue doing it for one more day, I think of Arlie.
Rank this Week: 300

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/
  • 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,...
  • Mar 28

    Update your will or trust

    Update your will or trust
    This is completely off topic, but the point of this blog is to make sure my readers are protected. It has always been about education, with a little fun thrown in on the side. Well, today is all education. In...
  • Mar 21

    Collecting on a debt past the statute of limitation

    Collecting on a debt past the statute of limitation
    I have talked about debt collectors collecting on a debt past the statute of limitations before. But, it is time to update this as it continues to happen! The statute of limitations states a certain amount of time for a...
Rank this Week: 246

New York City Debt Defense Blog

New York City Debt Defense Blog

By the Langel Firm.

http://www.thelangelfirm.com/Debt-Defense-Blog.aspx
  • Apr 9

    What is a 1099-C?

    What is a 1099-C?
    "What is a 1099-C?" is the question taxpayers will be asking as these forms arrive in their mailboxes this year. If you received one of these forms, you may be confused. "Why did I get this? What does it mean?" You are probably starting to…
  • Mar 31

    How To Defend a Debt Collection Lawsuit

    How To Defend a Debt Collection Lawsuit
    The Langel Firm is dedicated to coming alongside consumers who are facing debt collection lawsuits in New York. These lawsuits occur more often than many may think. If you have any unpaid debts, you may be sued by the debt collector. To help…
  • Feb 12

    NYC Dept. of Consumer Affairs Issues Hundreds of Subpoenas to Combat "Sewer Service"

    NYC Dept. of Consumer Affairs Issues Hundreds of Subpoenas to Combat "Sewer Service"
    It is no secret that "sewer service" (the intentional failure to serve legal papers) has been a historic problem in New York City. To combat the problem, the New York City Council passed Local Law 7 in 2010 that holds process servers to…
Rank this Week: 207

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: 258

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: 316

CFPB Monitor

CFPB Monitor

Covers the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. By Ballard Spahr.

http://www.cfpbmonitor.com
  • Apr 16

    Hints of future payday rule-making

    Hints of future payday rule-making
    Jeremy T. RosenblumLaura Udis, the CFPB’s program manager for the payday lending industry, spoke on April 10 in Los Angeles on a panel sponsored by the American Bar Association Consumer Financial Services Committee.  CFPB staff…
  • Apr 16

    CFPB amends CashCall complaint

    CFPB amends CashCall complaint
    Jeremy T. RosenblumThe CFPB has filed an amended complaint in its lawsuit against CashCall and several related companies that funded, purchased, serviced and collected online payday loans to identify additional states in which the loans…
  • Apr 16

    CFPB promotes online student financial aid resource

    CFPB promotes online student financial aid resource
    John L. Culhane, Jr.In a new blog post , the CFPB promotes its online financial aid resources to students who are now in the process of choosing which school to attend this fall.  The blog post directs students to a just-launched…
Rank this Week: 728

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/
Rank this Week: 488

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/
  • Apr 15

    Please Don't Text and Drive: Leading Cause of Auto Accidents in Tampa Bay, Florida

    Please Don't Text and Drive: Leading Cause of Auto Accidents in Tampa Bay, Florida
    Texting + driving = bad things happen. My husband, a twenty year veteran DUI officer in St. Petersburg, Florida shows me gruesome car accident photos now and again that help keep me in line. As a result, I run less red lights that still…
  • Jan 19

    BP Settlement Intended to Simplify Proof is Under Attack

    BP Settlement Intended to Simplify Proof is Under Attack
    On behalf of our Florida clients with BP oil spill claims we are pleased about a recent victory, but the fight is still underway. The well known BP oil spill settlement agreement reached in mid-2012 shortly before trial resulted in a…
  • Oct 14

    BP Wins Appeal to Modify (Reduce) Economic Loss Claims.

    BP Wins Appeal to Modify (Reduce) Economic Loss Claims.
    Just as our Tampa Bay, Florida BP oil spill claims are heading toward the finish line, the rules are changing. We believe the new narrower guidelines will likely have a larger impact on our Florida based claims due to the increased distance…
Rank this Week: 562

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/
  • Apr 15

    Suffolk/NCLC Student Loans Symposium

    Suffolk/NCLC Student Loans Symposium
    I had the pleasure of participating in this weekend's very successful Research Symposium on Student Loans organized by Kathleen Engel of Suffolk Law School and Deanne Loonin of the National Consumer Law Center (NCLC) (NCLC, by the way, is…
  • Apr 3

    Pre-paid Cards Enter the Credit Market, Thwarting the Primacy Impetus for Using the Card

    Pre-paid Cards Enter the Credit Market, Thwarting the Primacy Impetus for Using the Card
    A while back, The PEW Charitable Trust did two fascinating papers, found here and here, on prepaid cards. The studies reported that nearly 12 million consumers loaded more than $64 billion onto prepaid cards in 2012, and that three of...
  • Apr 3

    Thank You to Javier Arias and Andrew Dawson

    Thank You to Javier Arias and Andrew Dawson
    On behalf of everyone at Credit Slips, I wanted to thank Professor Javier Arias of the Universidad Rey Juan Carlos and Professor Andrew Dawson of the University of Miami. It takes time out of a busy schedule to contribute to...
Rank this Week: 434

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/
  • Apr 12

    FINRA Doesn’t Want Oversight Over Financial Advisers, Says CEO Ketchum

    FINRA Doesn’t Want Oversight Over Financial Advisers, Says CEO Ketchum
    According to Financial Industry Regulatory Authority CEO Richard G. Ketchum, the regulator no longer wants to be given oversight over financial advisers. Speaking to The Wall Street Journal, Ketchum said the self-regulatory agency had done…
  • Apr 11

    Large Hedge Funds Invested in Puerto Rico Bond

    Large Hedge Funds Invested in Puerto Rico Bond
    According to The Wall Street Journal, a number of large hedge funds and other nontraditional buyers got involved in Puerto Rico debt last month during the US Territory’s $3.5B bond sale, buying up to 70% of the deal. Brigade Capital…
  • Apr 9

    SEC Files Charges Over Securities Fraud Scams that Used YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, & Other Social Media

    SEC Files Charges Over Securities Fraud Scams that Used YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, & Other Social Media
    The US Securities and Exchange Commission has filed securities fraud charges against Joseph Signore, Paul L. Schumack II, and their respective companies for their Florida-based Ponzi scam that purportedly used YouTube videos to target…
Rank this Week: 502

Garmo & Kiste, PLC Law Blog

Garmo & Kiste, PLC Law Blog

Covers Michigan law topics.

http://www.garmokiste.com
  • Apr 11

    Sued by Rausch, Sturm, Israel, Enerson, & Hornik, LLC in Michigan?

    Sued by Rausch, Sturm, Israel, Enerson, & Hornik, LLC in Michigan?
    Have you been sued by Rausch, Sturm, Israel, Enerson, & Hornik, LLC? If so you are not alone. Whether you are sued based on an underlying credit card debt, deficiency, or judgment, our experienced attorneys can attempt to negotiate a deal…
  • Apr 9

    Michigan FDCPA Violation Lawyer

    Michigan FDCPA Violation Lawyer
    Many individuals that have been subject to the debt collection process perceive it as confusing, questionable or even unfair. That was the exact sentiment of Wallace, who brought a claim against a debt collector over a letter it sent…
  • Apr 3

    Sued by Midland Funding, LLC in Michigan?

    Sued by Midland Funding, LLC in Michigan?
    Sued by Midland Funding, LLC in Michigan? We can help If you have past due debts on credit card accounts, deficiencies, or other debts you may have creditors calling and harassing you. Eventually, the debt may be purchased by a third party…
Rank this Week: 626

Individual Rights Legal News

Individual Rights Legal News

Covers civil rights, privacy, employee rights, consumer fraud, class actions, and products liability. By Rabeh M. A. Soofi.

http://individuals.soofilc.com/
  • Apr 9

    Every Kiss Begins with…. Sexual Harrassment

    Every Kiss Begins with…. Sexual Harrassment
    Sterling Jewelers, the parent company of Kay Jewelers, and Jared the Galleria of Jewelry has been sued for massive gender discrimination and sexual harassment spanning nearly 15 years.  According to the lawsuit, male employees…
  • Apr 1

    Today’s Headlines March 26, 2014 http://t.co/gGCH1A3055

    Today’s Headlines March 26, 2014 http://t.co/gGCH1A3055
    Today’s Headlines March 26, 2014 http://t.co/gGCH1A3055The post Today’s Headlines March 26, 2014 http://t.co/gGCH1A3055 appeared first on Individual Rights Blog - SOOFI | Legal Counsel.
  • Apr 1

    College Football Players on Scholarship Deemed “Employees” With Right to Unionize http://t.co/KmkR2u4NwK

    College Football Players on Scholarship Deemed “Employees” With Right to Unionize http://t.co/KmkR2u4NwK
    College Football Players on Scholarship Deemed “Employees” With Right to Unionize http://t.co/KmkR2u4NwKThe post College Football Players on Scholarship Deemed “Employees” With Right to Unionize…
Rank this Week: 620

The Law Offices of Robert J.…

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

Covers debt collection and consumer law.

http://nahoumlaw.com/blog/
  • Apr 9

    Harassed by Collection Agency RJM Acquisition, LLC in New York or New Jersey?

    Harassed by Collection Agency RJM Acquisition, LLC in New York or New Jersey?
    By: Robert J. Nahoum RJM Acquisition, LLC is an infamous collection agency and debt buyer, buying up portfolios of old debt from banks, credit card companies, hospitals, doctors, cell phone companies and car companies for pennies on the…
  • Apr 9

    Harassed by Collection Agency Unifund CCR, LLC in New York or New Jersey?

    Harassed by Collection Agency Unifund CCR, LLC in New York or New Jersey?
    By: Robert J. Nahoum Unifund CCR, LLC is an infamous collection agency and debt buyer, buying up portfolios of old debt from banks, credit card companies, hospitals, doctors, cell phone companies and car companies for pennies on the dollar.…
  • Apr 7

    Harassed by Collection Agency Portfolio Recovery Associates, LLC in New York or New Jersey?

    Harassed by Collection Agency Portfolio Recovery Associates, LLC in New York or New Jersey?
    By: Robert J. Nahoum Portfolio Recovery Associates, LLC is an infamous collection agency and debt buyer, buying up portfolios of old debt from banks, credit card companies, hospitals, doctors, cell phone companies and car companies for…
Rank this Week: 590

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: 598

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: 535

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: 732

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: 421

Legal Tips & Commentary

Legal Tips & Commentary

Provides legal tips for businesses and consumers in California. By Carl H. Starrett.

http://blog.chs-law.com/
  • Oct 16

    Goodbye Blogger, Hello WordPress.

    Goodbye Blogger, Hello WordPress.
    When I first opened my practice in 2004, I knew that I needed a website to promote my services.  I had heard of blogging and figured that I needed one for my website.  So I started off with Yahoo's over priced web hosting service and a blog…
  • Sep 30

    Why I Am Done With The Chargers for 2010

    Why I Am Done With The Chargers for 2010
    An open letter to the San Diego Chargers:
  • Sep 12

    5 Reasons Why Chapter 13 Bankruptcy is Better Than Debt Settlement

    5 Reasons Why Chapter 13 Bankruptcy is Better Than Debt Settlement
    Not too long ago, I started an advertising campaign on a local radio station. I excitedly tuned into the station and listened for my first "spot" to run. The station's staff had not entered the proper "conflict codes", so they also ran an…
Rank this Week: 567

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…
  • Apr 15

    SEC Takes a Closer Look at Municipal Bond

    SEC Takes a Closer Look at Municipal Bond
    The US Securities and Exchange Commission is finally beginning to scrutinize municipal bond issuers. Recent efforts include the opening of investigations into whether certain municipalities misled investors about their financial well-being…
  • Apr 12

    SAC Capital Advisor’s $1.8B Criminal Securities Fraud Settlement with the DOJ is Accepted by a Federal Judge

    SAC Capital Advisor’s $1.8B Criminal Securities Fraud Settlement with the DOJ is Accepted by a Federal Judge
    U.S. District Judge Laura Taylor Swain has approved the criminal settlement reached between the US Department of Justice and SAC Capital Advisors LP. The hedge fund, which was founded by Steven A. Cohen, consented to pay a $1.8 billion…
Rank this Week: 4431

New Jersey Lawyers Blog

New Jersey Lawyers Blog

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

http://www.newjerseylawyersblog.com/
  • Apr 17

    New Jersey's Sales Tax Exceptions and Anomalie

    New Jersey's Sales Tax Exceptions and Anomalie
    Sales taxes are an inevitable part of life in New Jersey, and indeed, across the country. Sales taxes make it possible for the state to fund important government programs and operations such as transportation infrastructures, aid to schools…
  • Apr 15

    New Jersey Make Major Revisions to it Limited LIability Company Law

    New Jersey Make Major Revisions to it Limited LIability Company Law
    The Legislature has recently made important changes to the laws governing New Jersey limited liability companies, which were effective March 1, 2014. The new revisions make drastic changes to the way New Jersey law treats limited liability…
  • Apr 11

    New Jersey's Employment Laws Which Protect Against Sexual Harassment

    New Jersey's Employment Laws Which Protect Against Sexual Harassment
    New Jersey's employment laws protect employees from workplace sexual harassment. People accused of sexual harassment may be subject to individual liability under both civil and criminal laws. Employers may also be found liable for sexual…
Rank this Week: 3683

Miami Foreclosure Lawyer Blog

Miami Foreclosure Lawyer Blog

Covers bankruptcy, foreclosure and mortgage mediation. By Bruce Jacobs & Associates, P.L.

http://www.miamiforeclosurelawyerblog.com/
  • Apr 16

    FTC: Scamming Debt Collectors Must Pay $3.3 Million, Shut Down

    FTC: Scamming Debt Collectors Must Pay $3.3 Million, Shut Down
    The Federal Trade Commission announced recently that defendants in a debt collection scheme frequently targeting Spanish-speaking consumers will not only be required to pay a $3.3 million penalty, but will also be barred from doing future…
  • Apr 14

    Force-Placed Insurance Claim Against BofA, BQE, Settled in Miami

    Force-Placed Insurance Claim Against BofA, BQE, Settled in Miami
    A settlement deal reached in a Miami federal court ended with Bank of American and QBE Insurance Company agreeing to pay nearly $230 million for their dual roles in a kickback scheme that involved inflating the cost of insurance that was…
  • Apr 12

    Handling Post-Foreclosure Deficiencies, Collections in Florida

    Handling Post-Foreclosure Deficiencies, Collections in Florida
    Many of those who have chosen not to fight a Miami foreclosure have learned the hard way that even giving up won't be the end of their struggles. Unfortunately, as some families find, that may be just the beginning, depending upon the way in…
Rank this Week: 4315

The Section 15(b) Report

The Section 15(b) Report

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

http://cpscmonitor.com
  • Apr 16

    Fourth Circuit Orders Unsealing of Company Doe Case

    Fourth Circuit Orders Unsealing of Company Doe Case
    The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit issued a ruling today that will make it unlikely that companies will find that it is in their best interests to challenge in court the CPSC’s intent to publish inaccurate…
  • Apr 8

    Nominees Discuss Priorities; Senators Express Concern

    Nominees Discuss Priorities; Senators Express Concern
    This afternoon, the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation held a hearing on the two nominees to the CPSC, Elliott Kaye and Joseph Mohorovic. The hearing provided insight both on the priorities of what will likely be the…
  • Apr 7

    Hearing Scheduled on CPSC Nominee

    Hearing Scheduled on CPSC Nominee
    Joseph Mohorovic, Intertek Senior Vice President (Photo: Business Wire) The U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation is scheduled to consider the nominations of two nominees to the CPSC, Elliot F. Kaye…
Rank this Week: 1103

The Pop Tort

The Pop Tort

http://www.thepoptort.com/
  • Apr 16

    Unpaid Interns: More Legal Rights Than Employees These Days?

    Unpaid Interns: More Legal Rights Than Employees These Days?
    New York City Mayor Bill DeBlasio, in office for just over 100 days, continues to make some noteworthy moves. His police chief announced yesterday that NYC would stop a controversial and secretive surveillance program “that dispatched…
  • Apr 10

    Recalled Cars - A New World Record?

    Recalled Cars - A New World Record?
    If you’ve seen The Today Show lately, you know they’ve been spending the week trying to break Guinness World Records. Like yesterday, someone beat the “most shaved heads in an hour” record. Today, it was the…
  • Apr 8

    The Corporate Secrecy Plague

    The Corporate Secrecy Plague
    There were a number of highlights from last week’s two congressional hearings examining why GM covered up its lethal ignition switch defect for over a decade. Nothing we say here will top SNL’s take down. However, I will note…
Rank this Week: 4736

The Antitrust Attorney Blog

The Antitrust Attorney Blog

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

http://www.theantitrustattorney.com/
Rank this Week: 1018

California Credit Law Blog

California Credit Law Blog

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

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

    The Truth About 10 Common Credit Report Myth

    The Truth About 10 Common Credit Report Myth
    Here are some of the most common myths concerning credit reports. 1) I haven’t done anything wrong so my credit reports must be OK. Your credit reports may have errors that affect your credit standing even if you did nothing to…
  • Apr 9

    Parents Should Check their Children’s Credit Report

    Parents Should Check their Children’s Credit Report
    Parents should periodically check their children’s credit reports. The reason is that fraudsters sometimes steal the kids’ identity. They know that children likely won’t notice their identity has been stolen and parents…
  • Mar 20

    MyFico Is the Best Site for Credit Score

    MyFico Is the Best Site for Credit Score
    FICO is the company that first created credit scores over 20 years ago. The FICO score is the one used by 90 of the top 100 financial institutions. Other credit scores such as Vantage, which is available from the credit bureaus not only are…
Rank this Week: 2373

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/
  • Apr 15

    Cal. Supreme Court Hears Iskanian v. CLS Oral Argument

    Cal. Supreme Court Hears Iskanian v. CLS Oral Argument
    Oral arguments in Iskanian v. CLS Transportation Los Angeles, LLC, No. S204032, took place before the California Supreme Court on April 3, 2014 (Mr. Iskanian is represented by Capstone Law APC). Previously, the Court of Appeal had affirmed an…
  • Apr 7

    Young v. Hilton: 9th Cir. Reverses Dismissal of California Recording Case

    Young v. Hilton: 9th Cir. Reverses Dismissal of California Recording Case
    On March 20, 2014, the Ninth Circuit reversed a district court’s dismissal of a putative class action against Hilton, based on violations of the California Invasion of Privacy Act (“CIPA”) by recording incoming customer…
  • Apr 1

    U.S. Supreme Court Denies Cert. in ATM Sticker Notice Case

    U.S. Supreme Court Denies Cert. in ATM Sticker Notice Case
    On March 10, 2014, the Supreme Court denied a certiorari petition in First National Bank of Wahoo v. Charvat, No. 13-679 (8th Cir. 2013), a case involving the core question of whether a statutory violation is enough to confer Article III…
Rank this Week: 2966

Slough Law PLC News & Articles

Slough Law PLC News & Articles

Covers bankruptcy and consumer law. By Slough Law.

http://www.northernmichiganbankruptcy.com/blog
Rank this Week: 2986

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/
  • Apr 14

    GM Recalls Recalled Cars for New Defect

    GM Recalls Recalled Cars for New Defect
    General Motors (“GM”) has issued a new recall to replace another part of the ignition mechanism in small cars that had already been recalled for faulty ignition switches.  The new recall is for 2003 to 2011 car models,…
  • Apr 8

    T-Mobile Settles Robocall Class Action Suit

    T-Mobile Settles Robocall Class Action Suit
    T-Mobile USA Inc. has agreed to settle a putative consumer class action in the amount of $5 million. The suit alleges that T-Mobile used autodialing technology to call non T-Mobile customers on their cellular telephones for telemarketing…
  • Apr 7

    Hotel Fees at the Center of Recent Class Action Investigation

    Hotel Fees at the Center of Recent Class Action Investigation
    A recent  investigation has been launched to explore the possibility of a class action lawsuit against hotel chains who engage in deceitful practices regarding hotel fees. Specifically, there have been numerous complaints over the…
Rank this Week: 2020

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/
  • Apr 14

    Reading, Writing and Financial Literacy

    Reading, Writing and Financial Literacy
    A course in financial literacy is one subject Americans need most, and yet it is most often omitted from high school and college classes. Math is only one component of financial literacy. Understanding the power of advertising, sales…
  • Mar 20

    Car Makers Face Criminal Penalites For Putting Lives At Risk

    Car Makers Face Criminal Penalites For Putting Lives At Risk
    Automotive safety issues are a matter of life and death. For decades, trial lawyers have addressed many manufacturers' conscious disregard for the safety of consumers through cases in court, seeking remedies including punitive damages. These…
  • Mar 10

    Consumer Reports Names Best Used - As Well As New - Cars On the Market

    Consumer Reports Names Best Used - As Well As New - Cars On the Market
    There are so many “Best in Show” categories for cars these days as to make the competitions seem like nothing but hype. For example, J.D. Power, Edmunds, Car & Driver, and Consumer Reports all have multiple categories for…
Rank this Week: 2374

Mouse Print

Mouse Print

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

http://www.mouseprint.org
  • Apr 14

    They Advertise “Free” Shipping But Default to “Pay” Shipping

    They Advertise “Free” Shipping But Default to “Pay” Shipping
     A senior citizen friend was in need of a new TV, so MrConsumer found a wonderful deal on a 32″ Sony for only $199.99 with no sales tax and free shipping at Newegg. Yes, it is reconditioned, but MrConsumer owns two reconditioned…
  • Apr 7

    MetroPCS: “All 4G Phones Only $29″ ?

    MetroPCS: “All 4G Phones Only $29″ ?
     MetroPCS has been advertising a “$29 for All Sale” where “All 4G phones on our nationwide 4G LTE network are now just $29.” MrConsumer thought what a great way to get a high-end 4G-LTE cellphone like the Samsung…
  • Mar 31

    No Joke, Sears Advertises Customers’ Complaint

    No Joke, Sears Advertises Customers’ Complaint
     For inexplicable reasons, until recently, Sears maintained a page on its “Shop Your Way” website that was automatically populated with customers’ reviews and comments. The result of this automation was that…
Rank this Week: 2618

Protect Your Rights

Protect Your Rights

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

http://www.maginnislaw.com
  • Apr 13

    Off Duty, On Duty, and On-Call — Apex Employee Wages Lawyer

    Off Duty, On Duty, and On-Call — Apex Employee Wages Lawyer
    Employees are entitled to compensation when “on duty.” This can be difficult to define since employees can be “on duty” if when inactive. For example, truck drivers who have to wait near the job site for goods to be…
  • Apr 12

    Compensation for Travel Time — North Carolina Employee Wages Attorney

    Compensation for Travel Time — North Carolina Employee Wages Attorney
    The Portal-to-Portal Act provides that “walking, riding, or traveling to and from the actual place of performance of the principal activity or activities which such employee is employed to perform” is not included in the minimum…
  • Apr 11

    Employers and Independent Contractors under the Fair Labor Standards Act — Wake County FLSA Attorney

    Employers and Independent Contractors under the Fair Labor Standards Act — Wake County FLSA Attorney
    The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) comprises four major requirements: a minimum wage, an overtime standard, restrictions on child labor, and equal pay. These requirements apply to all “covered employees” under the Act. Many…
Rank this Week: 4846

New York & New Jersey Consumer Law…

New York & New Jersey Consumer Law Blog

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

http://www.nynjconsumerlaw.com
  • Apr 12

    Commercial Collections: The "Book Account" & Collection of Accounts Receivable

    Commercial Collections: The "Book Account" & Collection of Accounts Receivable
    Companies with on-going customer relationships often provide merchandise or services on regular basis. Invoices for services are sent to the customers while service continues. Ideally, each invoice is paid in full, but reality creeps in.…
  • Feb 5

    Notice Eviction Cases & the "No Discovery" Rule: Landlord Notices Must Be Specific

    Notice Eviction Cases & the "No Discovery" Rule: Landlord Notices Must Be Specific
    New Jersey landlord-tenant actions (a/k/a "summary dispossession actions") are designed to be quick, efficient methods of disposing of landlord-tenant disputes. The efficiency of a landlord-tenant case lies in the prohibition of responsive…
  • Feb 4

    Illegal Apartments & Contractual Consideration: Is a Tenant Entitled to Refund of Rent Paid?

    Illegal Apartments & Contractual Consideration: Is a Tenant Entitled to Refund of Rent Paid?
    New Jersey landlord-tenant relationships are controlled by applicable statutes (the Anti-Eviction Act, NJSA 2A:18-61.1 et. seq., or NJSA 2A:18-53) and the terms of the lease. Lease terms are interpreted by typical contractual principles. The…
Rank this Week: 3351

New York Securities Lawyers Blog

New York Securities Lawyers Blog

Covers securities and investment fraud. By Malecki Law.

http://www.newyorksecuritieslawyersblog.com/
  • Apr 11

    Biggest Recent FINRA Fines Point to Poor Supervision at Large Broker-Dealer

    Biggest Recent FINRA Fines Point to Poor Supervision at Large Broker-Dealer
    Apparently the opportunity for bad brokers to engage in wrongful conduct is enabled by big brokerage firms, as recent Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) fines indicate that these businesses fail to properly supervise their foot…
  • Apr 4

    Managed Futures Fund Fees: When Is Enough Enough?

    Managed Futures Fund Fees: When Is Enough Enough?
    When are money management fees too much? It is hard to imagine that any investor who has sought the guidance of professional financial advisors has not asked himself or herself this question at least once - most likely more. In the case of…
  • Mar 27

    FINRA Files LPL Financial for Failures to Supervise Alternative Investment

    FINRA Files LPL Financial for Failures to Supervise Alternative Investment
    LPL Financial LLC has been hit again for supervisory failures stemming from the recommendation of non-traded real estate investment trusts (REITs), as well as other illiquid investments, begging the question whether the fines are large enough…
Rank this Week: 3221

Norris Law Firm Blog

Norris Law Firm Blog

Covers areas of concern to North Carolina consumers, including lemon law, consumer law, auto vehicle repossessions.

http://www.lemonlawnc.com/blog/
  • Apr 11

    GM Ignition Recalls – Unmerchantable Vehicles?

    GM Ignition Recalls – Unmerchantable Vehicles?
    There has been a lot of news lately about vehicle recalls, especially with the GM Ignition Recalls fiasco.  This leads to an interesting question of whether someone who has recently, but unwittingly, purchased a vehicle that falls under…
  • Apr 4

    YoYo Jury Verdict Upheld By NC Court of Appeal

    YoYo Jury Verdict Upheld By NC Court of Appeal
    NC Court of Appeals Upholds Jury Verdict for Dealership in a YoYo Sales In March, the North Carolina Court of Appeals issued an opinion affirming a jury verdict on an auto fraud case involving yoyo sales.   In Patterson v.…
  • Apr 3

    Test

    Test
    Test The post Test appeared first on NC Lemon Law Attorney Website and Blog.
Rank this Week: 3085

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: 1370

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/
  • Apr 10

    CAFA Removal Appeal to Watch

    CAFA Removal Appeal to Watch
    Here's one to watch.  The Supreme Court agreed earlier this week to consider whether defendants seeking removal of a proposed class suit to federal court under the Class Action Fairness Act must provide additional evidence supporting…
  • Apr 8

    France Adopts Limited Class Action Rule

    France Adopts Limited Class Action Rule
    We have posted before about the potential spread of class action litigation to other countries.  Now comes word that French President François Hollande has signed into law France’s new Consumer Law, which includes…
  • Apr 3

    State Supreme Court Rejects Fishing Expedition of Experts' Employer

    State Supreme Court Rejects Fishing Expedition of Experts' Employer
    The Texas Supreme Court rejected plaintiffs' attempt to engage in a "fishing expedition"  of the employer of two experts retained in a product liability dispute. See In re Ford Motor Co., No. 12-1000 (Tex., 3/28/14). In this…
Rank this Week: 1477

Lakeblawg

Lakeblawg

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

http://www.lakelaw.com/blog/
  • Apr 9

    Can We Stay in our House Even After a Foreclosure?

    Can We Stay in our House Even After a Foreclosure?
    With the help of Lakelaw’s foreclosure defense attorneys, the answer could be yes.  Just a few days ago, our client was within days of eviction. Her foreclosure case had been pending for almost three years. When her husband became…
  • Apr 8

    Can Non-Citizens and International Corporations File Bankruptcy in the United States?

    Can Non-Citizens and International Corporations File Bankruptcy in the United States?
    America is still a magnet to people from all over the world. People come to America both legally and illegally. Chicagoland has one of the broadest immigrant and first-generation populations in America. Chicago is also a magnet for many…
  • Apr 8

    Why Is My Bankruptcy Lawyer Asking For All Of These Documents?

    Why Is My Bankruptcy Lawyer Asking For All Of These Documents?
    Lawyers don’t like paperwork.  If we had a choice, we’d have a paper-free office.  But in our jobs, we need to be ready to show the right papers to the right people to be effective. The Bankruptcy code says we …
Rank this Week: 1327

Law for Real People

Law for Real People

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

http://www.johngearlaw.com/law-for-real-people-blog.html
Rank this Week: 3093

The Consumer Financial Services…

The Consumer Financial Services Blog

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

http://consumerfsblog.com/
  • Apr 7

    House Committee to Query Financial Regulatory Agencie

    House Committee to Query Financial Regulatory Agencie
    The House Financial Services Committee will question representatives of federal financial regulatory agencies during a hearing tomorrow entitled, “Who’s In Your Wallet: Examining How Washington Red Tape Impairs Economic…
  • Apr 4

    10 Repo Agents Agree to Stop Working for Title Loan Co’s in NY

    10 Repo Agents Agree to Stop Working for Title Loan Co’s in NY
    Title loan lenders are under fire from New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman who announced this week that he reached “agreements” with 10 repossession agents to stop accepting their repossession assignments.…
  • Apr 3

    VIDEO: Where Are the Missing CFPB Complaints?

    VIDEO: Where Are the Missing CFPB Complaints?
    The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has issued its Consumer Response Annual Report which includes complaints related to debt collection. As it did in its Annual Report on Debt Collection issued on March 20, the CFPB again represents…
Rank this Week: 3696

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/
  • Apr 7

    Decision on FDCPA and RESPA Claims Against Nationstar Mortgage

    Decision on FDCPA and RESPA Claims Against Nationstar Mortgage
    There was a recent decision relating to Nationstar which was sued under the FDCPA and RESPA and we thought it was an interesting opinion so we did a video review of the actual opinion. You can read the decision (Dynott v. Nationstar) and we…
  • Feb 17

    "Why am I getting letters from Ferry & Nicholas and bankruptcy lawyers before I've been served with a collection lawsuit?"

    "Why am I getting letters from Ferry & Nicholas and bankruptcy lawyers before I've been served with a collection lawsuit?"
    Alabama consumers are being sued by debt collectors in staggering numbers. Often, before you are even served by the sheriff with a lawsuit, you will receive a letter from Ferry & Nicholas which claims to be a "non lawyer mediation firm"…
  • Feb 15

    Consumer Power -- Procrastination and BP Oil Spill Claim

    Consumer Power -- Procrastination and BP Oil Spill Claim
    I hope you are having a great week -- after much chatter about it we finally got a bit of snow where I live in Birmingham. Anyone ready for Spring? When we look forward to something, we want time to "fly" by but when we dread something, we…
Rank this Week: 2377