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Consumer Law & Policy Blog

Consumer Law & Policy Blog

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

http://pubcit.typepad.com/clpblog/
  • Apr 19

    Hadeed Carpet Cleaning’s Quest to Identify Anonymous Yelp Reviewers Is Stymied – at Least for Now

    Hadeed Carpet Cleaning’s Quest to Identify Anonymous Yelp Reviewers Is Stymied – at Least for Now
    by Paul Alan Levy I have blogged several times (for example here and here) about the efforts of Hadeed Carpet Cleaning to compel Yelp to comply with a Virginia subpoena to identify seven consumers who posted critical reviews on Yelp....
  • Apr 19

    Barney Frank's Autobiography and "Gotcha" Remark

    Barney Frank's Autobiography and "Gotcha" Remark
    by Jeff Sovern I just finished listening to the audio version of Barney Frank's autobiography, Frank: A Life in Politics from the Great Society to Same-Sex Marriage, which Frank reads himself. I listened to it to learn more about consumer...
  • Apr 19

    Johnston Paper Questions Whether Product Bans Help Consumer

    Johnston Paper Questions Whether Product Bans Help Consumer
    Jason Scott Johnston of Virginia has written Do Product Bans Help Consumers? Questioning the Economic Foundations of Dodd-Frank Mortgage Regulation. Here is the abstract: The system of residential mortgage contact regulation enacted by the…
Rank this Week: 60

Helping Florida Consumers

Helping Florida Consumers

Covers Florida consumer law. By Taras Rudnitsky.

http://www.helpingfloridaconsumers.com/
  • Apr 8

    High Caliber Attorney

    High Caliber Attorney
    Client Review: I bought a used car approximately two years ago from a *&%&* dealer on the recommendation of a church member. The general wisdom in the case was to take the 6,000 plus loss and sell the car for scrap. However this was…
  • Apr 6

    Highly Appreciative

    Highly Appreciative
    Client:  Rosalyn Client Review: I recommend Taras Rudnitsky.  I definately give Rudnitski Law Firm a five star ratings all the way. From the initial call I felt very confident. I was being sued by one of my creditors and I was so…
  • Mar 14

    Rudnitsky Law Firm Earns 5 Star Rating From Client

    Rudnitsky Law Firm Earns 5 Star Rating From Client
    Client: Raechelle Type of Case: Wrongful Repossession Client Review: 5 Stars.  Settlement was even more than what I had expected……. Thanks Rudnitsky Law Firm!!!! The post Rudnitsky Law Firm Earns 5 Star Rating From…
Rank this Week: 68

43(B)log

43(B)log

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

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

    Campbell conference: beyond transformative use

    Campbell conference: beyond transformative use
    Panel VII. Beyond Transformative Use—Other Fair and Permitted Uses (Moderator, Professor Gomulkiewicz) (partial: I had to leave early, sorry) Gomulkiewicz: sometimes licenses get a bad rap but they can be a powerful engine for…
  • Apr 18

    Campbell conference: IP and cultural expression

    Campbell conference: IP and cultural expression
    Panel VI. IP and Cultural Expression (Moderators, Professor Said and Professor Margaret Chon) Mark McKenna, Notre Dame: Influence of Campbell outside copyright/in right of publicity: the First Amendment cases in which there’s an…
  • Apr 18

    Campbell conference: copyright and music licensing

    Campbell conference: copyright and music licensing
    Panel V. Copyright and Music Licensing (Moderator, Dean O'Connor) Peter Menell, U.C. Berkeley: We seem to approach fair use depending on how we approach our careers. Lawyers: fair use is attractive b/c it has so much potential. …
Rank this Week: 121

The Pop Tort

The Pop Tort

http://www.thepoptort.com/
  • Apr 16

    GM’s Swelling Bankruptcy ‘Loophole’

    GM’s Swelling Bankruptcy ‘Loophole’
    As the saying goes, two words, one finger. That’s the message from GM today, as Judge Robert E. Gerber of the United States Bankruptcy Court in Manhattan said GM could continue receiving immunity for cheating and abusing customers. This…
  • Apr 14

    Congress Steps Over the Line

    Congress Steps Over the Line
    A few months ago, a guy from the Heritage Foundation wrote an opinion piece for Fox News about the 2014 congressional elections, which secured Republican majorities in both Houses of Congress. He said, “The 2014 election also represents…
  • Apr 9

    Let’s Go to the Videotape

    Let’s Go to the Videotape
    The shocking shooting of Walter Scott by South Carolina police officer Michael Slager has, as the New York Times put it, “reignited the debate” over video cameras and policing. They write, Nothing has done more to fuel the…
Rank this Week: 147

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 17

    Ukraine's Bond Restructuring: Surgery, Conspiracy, and Campaign

    Ukraine's Bond Restructuring: Surgery, Conspiracy, and Campaign
    Debt restructuring is the second largest source of outside financing for Ukraine’s new IMF program. The Fund itself brings $17.5 billion over four years; $9.6 billion comes from governments and other multilaterals (including Europe, the…
  • Apr 16

    Russia's Bond: It's Official! (... and Private ... and Anything Else It Wants to Be ...)

    Russia's Bond: It's Official! (... and Private ... and Anything Else It Wants to Be ...)
    Ukraine's bond restructuring talks are in high gear, and, as ever, Russia is trouble du jour. Not only is it threatening to hold out in the bond deal and take Ukraine to arbitration, Russia also seems poised to block IMF...
  • Apr 16

    Dodd Frank and Pink Champagne

    Dodd Frank and Pink Champagne
    Over at Dealb%k, I argue that section 117 of Dodd-Frank is more Siouxsie and the Banshees than Eagles.
Rank this Week: 264

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 16

    Identity Theft and Debt Collection Remain Highest Source of Consumer Complaint

    Identity Theft and Debt Collection Remain Highest Source of Consumer Complaint
    The Federal Trade Commission reported the top consumer complaints as Identity theft and with debt collection a close second. You can see that report here. The Consumer Financial Bureau Annual Report (2014) continues to report that the…
  • Apr 15

    Fed Study: Student Loan Delinquencies Higher than Previously Reported

    Fed Study: Student Loan Delinquencies Higher than Previously Reported
    An article[1] in today's Wall Street Journal exposes a worrisome statistic: 31.5% of Americans encumbered by student loans are at least one month behind on payment.[2] That's a higher delinquency rate than credit cards, auto loans (8.5%),…
  • Apr 14

    Asset Acceptance Found Liable under FDCPA for Improperly Collecting Pre-judgment Interest

    Asset Acceptance Found Liable under FDCPA for Improperly Collecting Pre-judgment Interest
    A hot issue in debt-collection litigation is whether debt buyers can charge pre-judgment interest. The answer depends upon the facts of your case, but it seems difficult for debt buyers to argue that it retained the right to collect interest…
Rank this Week: 288

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/
  • Apr 13

    Plaintiffs Appeal Federal Court’s Ruling Dismissing Their 401(K) Lawsuit Against Fidelity

    Plaintiffs Appeal Federal Court’s Ruling Dismissing Their 401(K) Lawsuit Against Fidelity
    A notice of appeal was submitted with the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals by plaintiffs seeking to overturn a ruling by a federal district court dismissing their 401(K) case against Fidelity Investments. The case is In Re Fidelity ERISA…
  • Apr 10

    Deutsche Bank Settlement Over Libor Rigging Likely to Exceed $1.5B

    Deutsche Bank Settlement Over Libor Rigging Likely to Exceed $1.5B
    According to media reports, Deutsche Bank AG (DB) could settle allegations over Libor manipulation with U.S. and British regulators as early as this month. A source reports that the settlement is likely to be larger than $1.5 billion and unit…
  • Apr 9

    U.S.'s $1B Mortgage Bond Trial Against Nomura Holdings Comes to a Close

    U.S.'s $1B Mortgage Bond Trial Against Nomura Holdings Comes to a Close
    Closing arguments took place this week in the Federal Housing Finance Agency’s mortgage-backed securities lawsuit against Nomura Holdings Inc. (NMR). The U.S. regulator claims that the bank made false statements when selling some $2…
Rank this Week: 300

CFPB Monitor

CFPB Monitor

Covers the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. By Ballard Spahr.

http://www.cfpbmonitor.com
  • Apr 16

    House passes bill to amend TILA points and fees definition for mortgage loan

    House passes bill to amend TILA points and fees definition for mortgage loan
    Richard J. Andreano, Jr. Earlier this week, the House of Representatives passed a bill to amend the TILA definition of “points and fees” that is used to determine whether a loan is a high-cost mortgage or, for purposes…
  • Apr 15

    CFPB issues final rule on homeownership counseling requirement

    CFPB issues final rule on homeownership counseling requirement
    Richard J. Andreano, Jr. The CFPB has issued a final rule to assist lender compliance with RESPA and TILA homeownership counseling requirements.  Under RESPA, a lender must provide applicants for a federally related mortgage loan with a…
  • Apr 15

    CFPB finalizes temporary suspension of TILA requirement for quarterly submission of credit card agreement

    CFPB finalizes temporary suspension of TILA requirement for quarterly submission of credit card agreement
    Barbara S. Mishkin The CFPB has issued a final rule adopting its proposal to suspend for one year the Truth in Lending Act/Regulation Z requirement for issuers of open-end credit cards to send their credit card agreements to the CFPB…
Rank this Week: 359

Mandelman Matters

Mandelman Matters

Covers the foreclosure crisis. By Martin Andelman.

http://mandelman.ml-implode.com
  • Apr 14

    THE HOMEOWNERS’ ANTHEM – 2015

    THE HOMEOWNERS’ ANTHEM – 2015
    Here lies the body of Mary Lee; tried to modify her loan when she was 33. For over five years she fought to keep her sanity; didn’t tell a soul as a matter of vanity.
  • Apr 14

    Saxon Settles HAMP Class Action for $4.5 Million… A win for homeowners, LOL

    Saxon Settles HAMP Class Action for $4.5 Million… A win for homeowners, LOL
    A class action law suit filed against Saxon Mortgage Services/Morgan Stanley alleged that the servicer improperly denied thousands of California homeowners loan modifications through the federal Home Affordable Modification Plan (HAMP), and…
  • Apr 10

    Leave Octogenarians at Home – Stop evictions after 80.

    Leave Octogenarians at Home – Stop evictions after 80.
    Over the last few weeks I’ve learned that we’re a country that actually doesn’t care about people in their 80s that run into financial difficulties. In fact… and as incredible as it may seem, WE EVICT THEM.
Rank this Week: 456

The Consumer Financial Services…

The Consumer Financial Services Blog

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

http://consumerfsblog.com/
  • Feb 3

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

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

    Settlements Are Dead – The Triology, Part 3

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

    Working with New York’s Latest Debt Collection Regulation

    Working with New York’s Latest Debt Collection Regulation
    New York’s Department of Financial Services published regulations on Dec. 3, 2014, which would require debt collectors to make additional disclosures to consumers following initial communications, provide consumers who…
Rank this Week: 784

Maryland Lawyer Blog

Maryland Lawyer Blog

Covers consumer protection law, appeals, and family law. By the Law Office of Jason Ostendorf LLC.

http://www.ostendorflaw.com/blog/
  • Jan 29

    What To Do After a Car Accident

    What To Do After a Car Accident
    Steps To Take After A Car Accident Check Your Passengers. Make sure your passengers are not injured. Call 911 immediately for medical assistance if you or any passengers are injured. Call the Police. Always call the police and request an…
  • Jan 21

    Maryland Personal Injury Lawyer

    Maryland Personal Injury Lawyer
    Accidents happen, and a Maryland personal injury lawyer can help. A personal injury case seeks to determine four essential issues: who was at fault, should that person have known to act more reasonably, did the failure to act reasonably lead…
  • Jun 26

    How To Find Hidden Assets In A High-Income Divorce

    How To Find Hidden Assets In A High-Income Divorce
    Uncovering hidden assets is the bane of attorneys handling high income divorce cases. Any lawyer can use interrogatories and a request for production of documents, spot issues from facts and construct an argument that advances the…
Rank this Week: 772

Michigan Consumer Credit Lawyers…

Michigan Consumer Credit Lawyers Blog

Covers debt collection, credit reports, and foreclosure defense.

http://www.micreditlawyer.com/blog/
Rank this Week: 612

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: 445

California Lemon Law Lawyer Blog

California Lemon Law Lawyer Blog

Covers California lemon law. By Mark F. Anderson.

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

    Hyundai Drops Forced Arbitration Post-Publicity

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

    Hyundai Imposes Forced Arbitration on Lemon Car Owner

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

    Some Accident Reports Available Online from Crashdoc

    Some Accident Reports Available Online from Crashdoc
    Carfax has a new site where consumers can get accident reports filed by some law enforcement agencies. It is Crashdocs.org. You just need the date and city where the accident took place to get a copy of the police report that is on file with…
Rank this Week: 666

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: 357

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: 498

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: 693

David F. Sugarman

David F. Sugarman

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Oregon Qarmat Ali vets’ case against KBR headed to trial

    Oregon Qarmat Ali vets’ case against KBR headed to trial
    Today, Judge Papak issued another summary judgment opinion denying KBR’s motions for summary judgment on fraud and negligence. Here is a PDF copy: 512 – opinion & order – fraud and neglig It’s a long opinion, but it provides a really…
Rank this Week: 708

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: 792

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/
  • Apr 19

    Cash for Keys: Getting More Value Out of Home Surrender in Oregon Bankruptcy

    Cash for Keys: Getting More Value Out of Home Surrender in Oregon Bankruptcy
    Once you opt to surrender you home in your Oregon Bankruptcy, you will probably want to stay in the house for as long as you can. All too often we have seen Oregon Bankruptcy clients move out of homes in bankruptcy, thinking the foreclosure…
  • Apr 16

    Vancouver Bankruptcy Filers Get Real Time Notice from Court

    Vancouver Bankruptcy Filers Get Real Time Notice from Court
    Vancouver bankruptcy filers will be happy to hear that the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Washington is now offering debtors the ability to receive court notices and orders via email through a program called “Debtor…
  • Apr 15

    Student Loan Debt Collectors Denied

    Student Loan Debt Collectors Denied
    Good riddance to several debt collectors that seemed hellbent on sending all Oregon student loan debtors into bankruptcy. Pioneer Credit Recovery, Enterprise Recovery Systems, National Recoveries, and Coast Professional had all sued…
Rank this Week: 5044

New York Securities Lawyers Blog

New York Securities Lawyers Blog

Covers securities and investment fraud. By Malecki Law.

http://www.newyorksecuritieslawyersblog.com/
Rank this Week: 3246

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 17

    Debt You Thought You Paid Off Through Debt Settlement

    Debt You Thought You Paid Off Through Debt Settlement
    By: Robert J. Nahoum THE PROBLEM: I have written before about debt settlement and how it works.  To be clear, I am no fan of debt settlement and think that it is generally a bad idea for any consumer.  In... The post Debt You…
  • Apr 16

    NY Attorney General Settles with Debt Buyer Asta Funding, Parent Co. of Palisades Collection

    NY Attorney General Settles with Debt Buyer Asta Funding, Parent Co. of Palisades Collection
    By: Robert J. Nahoum New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced that his office reached a settlement with Asta Funding, Inc., one of the nation’s largest debt buyers and the parent company of Palisades Collection, LLC and…
  • Apr 15

    Are Debt Settlement Companies Against The Law In New York?

    Are Debt Settlement Companies Against The Law In New York?
    By: Robert J. Nahoum THE PROBLEM: Being overwhelmed by debt is an all too common occurrence.  You lost your job, your hours got cut or maybe you just got behind on bills, whatever led you to this point, your debt... The post Are Debt…
Rank this Week: 2858

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/
  • Apr 16

    Legal Departments: New PCI DSS Requirements Mandatory in June

    Legal Departments: New PCI DSS Requirements Mandatory in June
    PCI Council publishes new PCI Data Security Standard Version 3.1 and provides very short time to implement new encryption standards. The PCI Council just published a new version of the PCI Data Security Standard (PCI DSS).  The new…
  • Apr 15

    Advisory Alert: The FCC Just Upped the Ante for Communications Providers and the FTC

    Advisory Alert: The FCC Just Upped the Ante for Communications Providers and the FTC
    The FCC has been warning communications companies for months that protecting consumer privacy and information security is a top priority, and the recent announcement of a $25 million settlement with AT&T over its alleged failures to…
  • Apr 14

    Has Your Website’s EU Safe Harbor Expired?

    Has Your Website’s EU Safe Harbor Expired?
    FTC proposes twenty-year compliance program for two companies that have settled charges that they misrepresented that they are currently compliant with the US-EU Safe Harbor Framework. Does your company rely on the US-EU Safe Harbor…
Rank this Week: 2308

Recover Investment Losses Blog

Recover Investment Losses Blog

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

http://blog.rexsecuritieslaw.com
  • Apr 16

    Phony Texas Financial Advisor Named by SEC For Scamming Military and Veteran

    Phony Texas Financial Advisor Named by SEC For Scamming Military and Veteran
    April 14, 2015-Fort Hood, Texas Leroy Brown, Jr. was named in a complaint filed by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) alleging fraud and accusing Brown of telling false tales about his purported experience as a stockbroker in order…
  • Apr 16

    Former PrimeSolutions Securities Broker Named in Suit By SEC

    Former PrimeSolutions Securities Broker Named in Suit By SEC
    Richfield, Ohio-April 15, 2015 Jerry A. Cicolani, 51, was charged in a criminal information with selling unregistered securities in KGTA Petroleum, Ltd., causing dozens of investors to lose over $7 million, according to an FBI press…
  • Apr 14

    Florida Stockbroker Lost While Fishing at Sea Staged Disappearance

    Florida Stockbroker Lost While Fishing at Sea Staged Disappearance
    April 13, 2015- Boca Raton, FL The Sun Sentinel reports that Richard Ohrn, 44, a former local stock broker who disappeared while fishing in the Atlantic ocean a few weeks back, has admitted that he staged his disappearance by…
Rank this Week: 1877

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
  • Apr 15

    Nice to be thanked

    Nice to be thanked
    I've been working for a year or so as a lead volunteer on the Education Committee for the National Association of Consumer Advocates. We're working to develop a comprehensive plan and curriculum for effective continuing legal education…
  • Apr 8

    This is what the corporate capture of the US Supreme Court produce

    This is what the corporate capture of the US Supreme Court produce
    The corporate takeover of the US Supreme Court since 1980 has been breathtaking in its scope, producing decisions that ALWAYS increase corporate power at the expense of real people and that include bizarre results that can only be understood…
  • Apr 7

    Vehicle Repair Shop Ripoff

    Vehicle Repair Shop Ripoff
    Next week, I'm giving a class to the Consumer Law section of the Oregon Trial Lawyers Association on what consumers can do when they've been ripped off by an auto repair shop. [...]
Rank this Week: 3092

Long Island Consumer Lawyer

Long Island Consumer Lawyer

Covers consumer laws and debt collection defense. By James D. Murtha.

http://longislandconsumerlawyer.com/blog/
Rank this Week: 1591

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 14

    FINRA Bars Owner of Broker-Dealer, Seller of Illiquid Equipment-Leasing Funds for Misusing Investor Money

    FINRA Bars Owner of Broker-Dealer, Seller of Illiquid Equipment-Leasing Funds for Misusing Investor Money
    The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority has barred the owner of Commonwealth Capital Corp. from the securities industry. Kimberly Springsteen-Abbott is accused of misusing investor funds. Commonwealth Capital Securities Corp., a…
  • Apr 11

    Pacific West Faces SEC Fraud Charges Over Life Settlement

    Pacific West Faces SEC Fraud Charges Over Life Settlement
    The Securities and Exchange Commission is charging Pacific West Capital Group Inc. with securities fraud and other violations. The regulator contends that the investment firm and its owner, Andrew B. Calhoun IV, misled clients about life…
  • Apr 8

    SEC Sues Ex-New York Giants Cornerback Over Alleged Ponzi Scam

    SEC Sues Ex-New York Giants Cornerback Over Alleged Ponzi Scam
    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is suing a former New York Giants player for allegedly helping to run a Ponzi scam. According to the regulator, Will Allen and his business partner Susan Daub raised over $31 million from investors,…
Rank this Week: 902

Student Loan Law Blog

Student Loan Law Blog

Covers federal student loan debt.

http://www.thefloridastudentloanattorney.com/floridastudentloans/
  • Apr 14

    3 Groups of Federal Student Loan Borrowers That May Be Eligible for a Disability Discharge

    3 Groups of Federal Student Loan Borrowers That May Be Eligible for a Disability Discharge
    Below is a list of 3 groups of federal student loan borrowers that may be eligible to have their student loan debt administratively discharged (NO bankruptcy adversarial proceeding required). Veterans- Veterans who have a VA determination…
  • Mar 5

    US Department of Education Is Finally Cracking Down On Lying/Abusive Collection Agencies.

    US Department of Education Is Finally Cracking Down On Lying/Abusive Collection Agencies.
    In its February 27, 2015 press release, the U.S. Department of Education indicated that they were “winding down” contracts with 5 private collection agencies because they were providing “inaccurate information” to…
  • Feb 24

    Pay-As-You-Earn Expansion. Why Should You Care?

    Pay-As-You-Earn Expansion. Why Should You Care?
    Today the U.S. Department of Education began its latest round of negotiated rulemaking to expand the Pay-As-You-Earn repayment plan as a result of President Obama’s 2014 announcement. The negotiations end April. Why should you care? If…
Rank this Week: 2149

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 13

    McGill v. Citibank: Consumer Attorneys Buoyed by Grant of Review

    McGill v. Citibank: Consumer Attorneys Buoyed by Grant of Review
    On April 1, 2015, the California Supreme Court granted review of McGill v. Citibank to decide whether Citibank can use an arbitration clause to stymie a customer from pursuing public injunctive relief under California’s consumer…
  • Apr 6

    Ninth Circuit Finds “Service Advisors” Not Exempt from FLSA OT

    Ninth Circuit Finds “Service Advisors” Not Exempt from FLSA OT
    The Ninth Circuit recently considered whether “Service Advisors” who work at car dealerships are exempt from the Fair Labor Standards Act’s (FLSA) overtime requirements. In answering in the negative, the Ninth Circuit parted…
  • Mar 30

    Settlement Process Speeds Along in Toyota Unintended Acceleration Litigation

    Settlement Process Speeds Along in Toyota Unintended Acceleration Litigation
    In a Joint Status Report filed on March 17, 2015, with Judge James V. Selna in the Central District of California, the parties informed the court that settlement deals continue to be made at a steady pace in In Re: Toyota Motor Corp.…
Rank this Week: 3327

Florida HOA Lawyer Blog

Florida HOA Lawyer Blog

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

http://www.floridahoalawyerblog.com/
Rank this Week: 4616

Chinese Hotel Law Blog

Chinese Hotel Law Blog

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

http://www.chinesehotellawblog.com/
Rank this Week: 2159

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 13

    Cape Cod Potato Chips: 40% Reduced Fat?

    Cape Cod Potato Chips: 40% Reduced Fat?
      When you are choosing which potato chips to eat, do you have an angel on one shoulder nagging you to take the low fat bag, and a devil on the other urging you to grab the regular chips? MrConsumer experienced such a tug, and decided to…
  • Apr 6

    Where’s the Big Savings?

    Where’s the Big Savings?
      We are all conditioned to look for sale signs and marketers know that. That’s why everything always seems to be on sale. But sometimes, the savings offered are a joke. Here is our slightly-belated April Fools list of real sales…
  • Mar 30

    Hertz Hides the Lowest Priced Car

    Hertz Hides the Lowest Priced Car
      It is not easy to find the lowest price on a rental car because companies don’t automatically incorporate discount codes into their displayed rates, so you have to keep trying different codes and different companies’…
Rank this Week: 2387

Nebraska Debt & Bankrtupcy Blog

Nebraska Debt & Bankrtupcy Blog

By Samuel J. Turco Jr.

http://www.nebraskadebtbankruptcyblog.com/
  • Apr 10

    Is the Payday Lending Industry Doomed? CFPB Issuing New Regulation

    Is the Payday Lending Industry Doomed? CFPB Issuing New Regulation
    What if a bar could not serve a customer a second drink until one hour after the first drink was consumed?  What if a donut shop could not sell a second serving unless they determined if the consumer would burn off all the calories by…
  • Mar 24

    Student Loans Discharged as Undue Burden: New Hope for Borrower

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

    8th Circuit Protects IRA Annuity Contract

    8th Circuit Protects IRA Annuity Contract
    The 8th Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that retirement funds rolled over from an Individual Retirement Account to purchase an annuity are exempt from the bankruptcy estate.  In re Miller (No. 13-3682).  Prior to filing…
Rank this Week: 1707

Protect Your Rights

Protect Your Rights

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

http://www.maginnislaw.com
Rank this Week: 5026

Garmo & Kiste, PLC Law Blog

Garmo & Kiste, PLC Law Blog

Covers Michigan law topics.

http://www.garmokiste.com
  • Apr 8

    Why You Need a Criminal Defense

    Why You Need a Criminal Defense
    Criminal Conviction Being sentenced with criminal charges can lead you on a roller coaster of emotions. It is a stressful time filled with anxiety and can be scary. Hiring a criminal defense attorney can ease your panic by guiding you through…
  • Mar 20

    Ann Arbor, Bay County and Highland Park Courts Online

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

    Michigan Expungement Law Change

    Michigan Expungement Law Change
    Wondering about the new Michigan expungement law changes. Michigan law may now allow you to get a conviction removed from the public record? If so, you should be aware of changes to Michigan’s expungement statute. Expungement…
Rank this Week: 4809

Kueser Law Firm Blog

Kueser Law Firm Blog

Covers securities and investment fraud, as well as other consumer and investor-related issues.

http://blog.jmkesquire.com
Rank this Week: 4113

Friedman Iverson Consumer Law Blog

Friedman Iverson Consumer Law Blog

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

http://www.friedmaniverson.com/consumer/blog/
  • Apr 7

    Chapter 7 lien stripping a new possibility

    Chapter 7 lien stripping a new possibility
    We know that you can strip a completely unsecured second mortgage lien in Chapter 13 bankruptcy. However, at least one court (the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals) has ruled that you can strip a second mortgage after filing Chapter 7…
  • Feb 16

    Looking for a legal/administrative assistant

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

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

    “As is” isn’t a license to rip you off on a used car
    We get a lot of calls from people who have unknowingly bought cars from dealers with serious defects. Generally, when a car is sold it comes with an “implied warranty” that the car will be fit to drive. But when a consumer lets…
Rank this Week: 2958

California Consumer Finance…

California Consumer Finance Litigation

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

http://www.consumerfinancelitigation.com/
  • Apr 5

    Court of Appeal Upholds Dismissal of Song-Beverly Class Action

    Court of Appeal Upholds Dismissal of Song-Beverly Class Action
    In Lewis v. Safeway, Inc., the First District California Court of Appeal held that collecting and recording a customer's date of birth in connection with the sale of alcohol is not a violation of the Song-Beverly Act's prohibition on…
  • Mar 24

    California Appellate Court Examines Ascertainability Standard and Reverses Denial of Class Certification

    California Appellate Court Examines Ascertainability Standard and Reverses Denial of Class Certification
    California's Third Appellate District recently reversed an order denying class certification because it found that the lower court used an inappropriate standard in concluding the class was not ascertainable. In Aguirre v. Amscan Holdings,…
  • Mar 17

    California Court of Appeal Holds Unconscionable Arbitration Provisions are Severable

    California Court of Appeal Holds Unconscionable Arbitration Provisions are Severable
    In Trabert v. Consumer Portfolio Services, Inc., the Fourth District California Court of Appeal reversed a trial court order and held that certain unconscionable provisions of an arbitration agreement should be severed, and the remainder of…
Rank this Week: 1033

Stock Market Loss

Stock Market Loss

Covers misconduct by brokerage firms or financial advisors. By Hermann, Cahn & Schneider, LLP.

http://www.stockmarketloss.com/news/
  • Apr 3

    Merrill Lynch Axes $1.3 Billion Broker Thomas Buck for Alleged Abuse

    Merrill Lynch Axes $1.3 Billion Broker Thomas Buck for Alleged Abuse
    This article was originally posted on Stock Market Loss An Investment News article reports today that Thomas J. Buck, who was Merrill Lynch’s top financial adviser in Indiana by assets under management – reportedly $1.3 billion…
  • Mar 31

    Stockbroker Does Not Have a Fiduciary Duty to an Investor

    Stockbroker Does Not Have a Fiduciary Duty to an Investor
    This article was originally posted on Stock Market Loss The relationship that an investor has with his or her stockbroker is considered by most to be one of absolute trust. An investor entrusts a significant amount of his or her hard earned…
  • Mar 9

    Can a Stock Broker or Investor Be Sued?

    Can a Stock Broker or Investor Be Sued?
    This article was originally posted on Stock Market Loss Losing money in the stock market is not unheard of; many investors may even expect it. However, some investors may find that the loss they experience is not necessarily due to the…
Rank this Week: 3430

Texas Debt Suit Defense 101

Texas Debt Suit Defense 101

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

http://debt-suit-litigation-in-texas.blogspot.com
Rank this Week: 1782

The Lemon Law Blog

The Lemon Law Blog

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

http://www.lemonlaws.com/
  • Mar 25

    Federal Court Approves BMW Z4 Cracked Wheels Class Action Settlement

    Federal Court Approves BMW Z4 Cracked Wheels Class Action Settlement
    The Honorable Vincent Chhabria of the U.S. District Court (Northern California) has granted preliminary approval of a class action settlement, which will provide BMW owners and lessees significant compensation for past repairs and the promise…
  • Mar 19

    The Faith-Based Fight Against Usury

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

    CFPB Study Slams Forced Arbitration

    CFPB Study Slams Forced Arbitration
    The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau issued its long-awaited study of forced arbitration today, and the study paints a grim picture of justice denied. The arbitration clause tucked into standard form contracts deprives consumers and…
Rank this Week: 1017

Wexler Wallace Law Firm Blog

Wexler Wallace Law Firm Blog

Covers legal cases and news.

http://blog.wexlerwallace.com/
  • Mar 24

    Recent Ninth Circuit Ruling on Nutrition Labeling is a Win for Consumer

    Recent Ninth Circuit Ruling on Nutrition Labeling is a Win for Consumer
    On March 13, 2015, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit issued a consumer-friendly decision in Reid v. Johnson & Johnson, a false advertising case concerning assertions made by a Johnson & Johnson subsidiary about its…
  • Mar 11

    CFPB Study Confirms Arbitration Clauses Do Not Benefit Consumer

    CFPB Study Confirms Arbitration Clauses Do Not Benefit Consumer
    If you ask a company representative if they think arbitration clauses are harmful to consumers, more than likely, they will say no. If you ask the average consumer if they think arbitration clauses are harmful to consumers, they will ask
  • Feb 27

    A Fish Story

    A Fish Story
    In the timeless words of Dr. Seuss, “From there to here, from here to there, funny things are everywhere.”[1] On February 25, 2015, the United States Supreme Court decided Yates v. United States,[2] a case about evidence…
Rank this Week: 3224

New Jersey Lemon Law Lawyer Blog

New Jersey Lemon Law Lawyer Blog

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

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

    Wines and Arsenic

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

    How to buy a house and hire a realtor

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

    HIKO ENERGY FINED FOR FALSE PROMISES

    HIKO ENERGY FINED FOR FALSE PROMISES
    New Jersey has resolved claims against HIKO energy. It was alleged that this company was making false promises as to savings that customers would receive when they switched their service to HIKO energy. They mislead customers based on the…
Rank this Week: 1309

Miami Foreclosure Lawyer Blog

Miami Foreclosure Lawyer Blog

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

http://www.miamiforeclosurelawyerblog.com/
  • Mar 20

    Florida Foreclosure Stress Manifests Itself in Health Problem

    Florida Foreclosure Stress Manifests Itself in Health Problem
    There is no question the foreclosure process can be a stressful one. Even when homeowners prevail, the emotional toll can be enormous, and sometimes, that translates to physical ailments as well. Recently, the Tampa Bay Times reported on a…
  • Mar 15

    Judge: Money Rules America's Court System

    Judge: Money Rules America's Court System
    The trial lawyers at Jacobs-Keeley have often noted the civil court system is skewed toward banks and other deep-pocketed entities. Even though courts are supposed to be one of those places where the playing field is even - justice being…
  • Mar 10

    Editorial: Banks Rarely Held Accountable to Any Real Degree

    Editorial: Banks Rarely Held Accountable to Any Real Degree
    A number of large financial institutions are preparing to settle with the U.S. Justice Department over allegations they engaged in a massive price-rigging scandal that involved many trillions of dollars in foreign currency trades. The…
Rank this Week: 3974

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/
Rank this Week: 3661