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Threat Level

Threat Level

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

http://www.wired.com/threatlevel
Rank this Week: 25

43(B)log

43(B)log

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

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

    IPSC part 5: more copyright

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

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

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

    IPSC part 3: judicial panel

    IPSC part 3: judicial panel
    Judicial Panel: Chief Judge Diane Wood (7th Circuit) and Chief Judge Alex Kozinski (9th Circuit) Peter Menell: Discussion question: is IP common law?Wood: throughout the federal level, we are not a pure common law system, nor a civil law…
Rank this Week: 106

Helping Florida Consumers

Helping Florida Consumers

Covers Florida consumer law. By Taras Rudnitsky.

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

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

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

    Rudnitsky Law Firm Receives Excellent Review

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

    Main Street Acquisition Lawsuit Against Our Client Dismissed

    Main Street Acquisition Lawsuit Against Our Client Dismissed
    Plaintiff: Main Street Acquisition Corp. Original Creditor: HSBC Bank Nevada, N.A. Plaintiff’s Attorney: Andrew Fleisher, Esq. Plaintiff’s Law Firm: Law Offices of Erskine and Fleisher Case Outcome: Voluntary Dismissal with…
Rank this Week: 144

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: 331

Consumer Law & Policy Blog

Consumer Law & Policy Blog

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

http://pubcit.typepad.com/clpblog/
  • Aug 28

    Consumerist reports: online retainer that threatened consumer uses bogus endorsement

    Consumerist reports: online retainer that threatened consumer uses bogus endorsement
    We told you yesterday about the online merchant Accessory Outlet, which demanded $250 from a consumer and told her she was "playing games with the wrong people" after the consumer said she would contact her credit card company about a...
  • Aug 28

    New SEC rules on asset-backed securities and credit rating agencie

    New SEC rules on asset-backed securities and credit rating agencie
    Taking aim at some of the key causes of the financial crisis, the SEC approved rules on Wednesday that would require issuers of asset-backed securities — complex investments based on mortgages, auto loans or other types of debt —…
  • Aug 27

    Paper on Privacy Harms and the Notice and Choice Framework

    Paper on Privacy Harms and the Notice and Choice Framework
    Joel R. Reidenberg, N. Cameron Russell, Alexander J. Callen, Sophia Qasir, and Thomas B. Norton, all of Fordham, have written Privacy Harms and the Effectiveness of the Notice and Choice Framework. Here is the abstract: In the last fifteen…
Rank this Week: 447

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…
  • Aug 26

    FINRA Claims Wedbush Securities Engaged in Supervisory and Anti-Money Laundering Violation

    FINRA Claims Wedbush Securities Engaged in Supervisory and Anti-Money Laundering Violation
    The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority has filed a disciplinary complaint against Wedbush Securities Inc. that accuses the firm of violations related to anti-money laundering and systemic supervision. The self-regulatory organization…
  • Aug 23

    Bank of America to Pay $16.65 Billion to Settle DOJ Mortgage Probe

    Bank of America to Pay $16.65 Billion to Settle DOJ Mortgage Probe
    Bank of America (BAC) and the U.S. Department of Justice have arrived at a $16.65 billion mortgage settlement. Under the agreement, the lender will pay $9.65 billion to the DOJ, the SEC, other government agencies, and six states. The…
Rank this Week: 662

Mandelman Matters

Mandelman Matters

Covers the foreclosure crisis. By Martin Andelman.

http://mandelman.ml-implode.com
Rank this Week: 619

New York City Debt Defense Blog

New York City Debt Defense Blog

By the Langel Firm.

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

    NYC regulation of process servers upheld despite constitutional challenge

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

    NYC regulation of process servers upheld against constitutional challenge

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

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

    Secondary Debt collectors Must Comply with Initial Notice Requirements, holds NY Federal Judge
    An article[1] in Today's New York Law Journal discussed Tocco v. Real Time Resolutions[2] that decided an issue dividing the courts: whether subsequent debt collectors are obligated to comply with FDCPA § 1692g, a law that requires…
Rank this Week: 587

Privacy and Security Law Blog

Privacy and Security Law Blog

Covers biometrics, HIPAA, identity theft, PATRIOT Act, phishing and more. By Davis Wright Tremaine.

http://www.privsecblog.com/
  • Aug 26

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

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

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

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

    When Does Texting Become Autodialing?

    When Does Texting Become Autodialing?
    Seventh Circuit Provided Opportunity to Consider Just What “Capacity” Equipment Must have to Fall Within TCPA Restrictions The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit could entertain arguments on what “capacity”…
Rank this Week: 545

The Pop Tort

The Pop Tort

http://www.thepoptort.com/
  • Aug 5

    The U.S. Supreme Court's Mad Men

    The U.S. Supreme Court's Mad Men
    As this is our “last-of-the summer” post (even ThePopTort needs a vaca!), we thought we would give you a question to ponder: What is happening to women’s rights in this country? The New York Times has a (partly) distressing…
  • Jul 31

    Congress and The Ironic Right to Sue

    Congress and The Ironic Right to Sue
    There’s a fine line between irony and hypocrisy. I’m not sure our political leaders in Congress understand either one. But at least that makes for some fine comedy! You may have heard that right before going on vacation, the…
  • Jul 28

    Troop Abuse and What Congress Should Do About It

    Troop Abuse and What Congress Should Do About It
    Do you think Congress really cares about those who serve in the military? I’m of several minds here. First the good news. Over the weekend, “House and Senate negotiators reached agreement … on a legislative package intended…
Rank this Week: 759

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: 775

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: 763

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: 714

Law for Real People

Law for Real People

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

http://www.johngearlaw.com/law-for-real-people-blog.html
  • Sep 1

    Local Media REALITY CHECK -- great piece about forced arbitration

    Local Media REALITY CHECK -- great piece about forced arbitration
    WOW.  This FOX affiliate's "Reality Check" is an amazingly good piece of local TV journalism. WELL WORTH A WATCH.Please share the video at the link with as many people as you can. Until everyday people realize just how badly the justice…
  • Sep 1

    John Gear Law celebrates 4th Birthday - Thanks to you

    John Gear Law celebrates 4th Birthday - Thanks to you
    Today marks John Gear Law Office's fourth birthday. I am very grateful to all the clients who have trusted me with their problems and given me the opportunity to help them find solutions. Thanks to your trust and confidence, I have been able…
  • Aug 18

    Pretty good guidance on buying a new car and trading yours in

    Pretty good guidance on buying a new car and trading yours in
    Two very good articles with lots of sound advice for avoiding the salesman over there on the left.Now if they would only do a similar piece on buying a USED car -- a MUCH harder task.How to Buy A Car (LA TIMES)      How to…
Rank this Week: 937

Credit Slips

Credit Slips

Discusses credit and bankruptcy. By Professors Bob Lawless, Angela Littwin, Katie Porter, John Pottow, Deborah Thorne and Elizabeth Warren.

http://www.creditslips.org/creditslips/
  • Aug 31

    Single-Point-of-Entry: No Bank Left Behind

    Single-Point-of-Entry: No Bank Left Behind
    Last December the FDIC put out for comment a proposal for a Single-Point-of-Entry (SPOE) Strategy to implement its Orderly Liquidation Authority (OLA) under Title II of Dodd-Frank. Single-Point-of-Entry has gotten a lot of policy traction.…
  • Aug 28

    With a whole lot more

    With a whole lot more
    Thoughts on cramdown and "make whole" call provisions, over at Dealb%k.
  • Aug 26

    Duties to Serve in Housing Finance

    Duties to Serve in Housing Finance
    Mark Fogarty has a nice write-up in National Mortgage News of a book chapter about duties to serve in housing finance that I wrote with Jannecke Ratcliffe for a volume entitled Homeownership Built to Last (Brookings/Joint Center on Housing…
Rank this Week: 1090

Florida HOA Lawyer Blog

Florida HOA Lawyer Blog

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

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

    Appellate Ruling Creates New Wrinkle Over Acceptance of Partial Payments That Are Endorsed as Full Payment

    Appellate Ruling Creates New Wrinkle Over Acceptance of Partial Payments That Are Endorsed as Full Payment
    By Roberto C. BlanchAs if collections of delinquent accounts were not already difficult enough for condominium associations and HOAs in Florida as the state recovers from the foreclosure crisis, a recent ruling by the Second District Court of…
  • Aug 22

    Firm Nominated for The Florida Community Association Journal Readers' Choice Award

    Firm Nominated for The Florida Community Association Journal Readers' Choice Award
    By Siegfried, Rivera, Hyman, Lerner, De La Torre, Mars & Sobel, P.A.The firm is proud to announce that we have been nominated for The Florida Community Association Journal Readers' Choice Awards in the legal services category, which…
  • Aug 5

    Former Homeowners Strike Windfall from Foreclosure Surplu

    Former Homeowners Strike Windfall from Foreclosure Surplu
    By Jonathan M. MofskyWould you be surprised to learn that an owner could walk away from his home, stop making mortgage payments, avoid all personal liability for debt on the property and still make nearly $100,000 after the property is…
Rank this Week: 886

Stock Broker Fraud Blog

Stock Broker Fraud Blog

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

http://www.stockbrokerfraudblog.com/
Rank this Week: 989

Lemon Law Blawg

Lemon Law Blawg

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

http://ohiolemonlaw.blogspot.com/
  • Aug 27

    Who Makes the Most Lemon Cars?

    Who Makes the Most Lemon Cars?
    The myth has for years been that European and Asian cars are made better than the ones that Detroit turns out. That may have been true when your father bought his cars, but not so much anymore.The auto industry recognized the quality problems…
  • Aug 20

    Aston Martin - We're Too Busy Making Money to Build Safe Cars Too - Give Us a Break!

    Aston Martin - We're Too Busy Making Money to Build Safe Cars Too - Give Us a Break!
    Side impact crashes injure more oftenIn 2007 the federal safety agency in charge of setting safety standards for motor vehicles sold in the US, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), wanted to protect passengers from side…
  • Aug 8

    In 31 Weeks, GM Recalls 29 Million Vehicle

    In 31 Weeks, GM Recalls 29 Million Vehicle
    Image from KSPR.comGM issued 5 more recalls today, covering another 269,000 vehicles. That makes a total of 29 million GM vehicles recalled in the first 31 weeks of the year, 219 days so far this year. That's roughly 132,420 GM vehicles…
Rank this Week: 968

Alabama Consumer Law Blog

Alabama Consumer Law Blog

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Video: 5 options when sued by collector in Alabama -- Settle case on your own
    Settling the lawsuit on your own (without hiring a lawyer) can often be a good option when you are sued by a debt collector in Alabama. By way of reminder, the five options you have when sued by a debt buyer (such as LVNV, Midland,…
Rank this Week: 912

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/
  • Jul 28

    Long-standing Case Arising from Hurricane Rejected

    Long-standing Case Arising from Hurricane Rejected
    Readers know we don't have the resources here to update every case we post on, but here is an update on a case we posted about nearly six years ago.    See Henry v. St. Croix Alumina, LLC, No. 12-1844 (3rd Cir.…
  • Jul 22

    FDA Issues Further Nanotechnology Guidance

    FDA Issues Further Nanotechnology Guidance
    Late last month, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued one draft and three final guidance documents related to the use of nanotechnology in regulated products. One final guidance addresses the agency’s overall approach for…
  • Jul 18

    Texas Supreme Court Offers Causation Guidance in Mesothelioma Case

    Texas Supreme Court Offers Causation Guidance in Mesothelioma Case
    The Texas Supreme Court ruled that a defendant will not have to pay a $12 million verdict in an asbestos case because there was inadequate proof the company’s products actually caused the alleged injury. See Bostic, et al. v.…
Rank this Week: 1193

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/
  • Jul 22

    Borrowers Beware

    Borrowers Beware
    The subprime mortgage bubble that exploded in 2008, causing bailouts of banks and automakers alike, should have taught us something about irresponsible lending and unaffordable loans. But, another bubble of similar substance is about to burst…
  • Jun 19

    Credit Discrimination Is a Civil Rights Matter

    Credit Discrimination Is a Civil Rights Matter
    As the country celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the legacy of the Civil Rights Movement surfaces again for debate. Most Americans agree that the progress of the 1960s is far from complete. UCLA Professor…
  • Jun 8

    Students Deserve a Fair Shot

    Students Deserve a Fair Shot
    Few people in America know more about student debt than Elizabeth Warren. Before being elected to the Senate from Massachusetts, she was a professor teaching bankruptcy law at Harvard Law School, and has written books on financial literacy,…
Rank this Week: 930

California Debt Blog

California Debt Blog

Provides information and advice about debt collection, dealing with debt collectors, and how to protect yourself from the tactics of the debt collection industry. By Jonathan G. Stein.

http://www.californiadebtblog.com/
  • May 9

    Aggressive Debt Collection Tactics Continue

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

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

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

    Why you should demand validation of a debt

    Why you should demand validation of a debt
    Whenever you are contacted by a debt collector, the initial letter from the debt collector will state that you have the right to request validation of the debt within 30 days. Even a debt collector like Persolve, Midland Funding, CACH,...
Rank this Week: 842

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: 1375

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: 1336

Personal Finance & Consumer…

Personal Finance & Consumer Rights Blog

Covers consumer rights. By Sonya Smith-Valentine.

http://www.valentinelegal.com/consumerlawblog
  • Apr 11

    Debt Collectors Need to Play by the Rule

    Debt Collectors Need to Play by the Rule
    If you’re behind in paying your bills, you may be contacted by a debt collector — someone who regularly collects debts owed to others. This includes collection agencies, lawyers who collect debts on a regular basis, and companies…
  • Mar 27

    Bogus Text Messages Offering Prize

    Bogus Text Messages Offering Prize
    If you’ve ever gotten a text message on your cell phone telling you that you’ve won a free prize, you’re not alone. During the past year, the FTC has gotten tens of thousands of complaints about unsolicited text messages.…
  • Mar 12

    But I Never Ordered Anything…

    But I Never Ordered Anything…
    What if a company called you, demanding you pay for a product they said you ordered? What if they threatened you if you didn’t pay? And what if you never actually ordered that product, never even saw it, and never promised to pay for…
Rank this Week: 1417

Fraud, Phishing and Financial…

Fraud, Phishing and Financial Misdeeds

Covers identity theft.

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

    Identity Thieves Target Uncle Sam

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

    Phony Collectors Want Your Credit/Debit Card Information

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

    Will 2010 be a Banner Year for Identity Thieves?

    Will 2010 be a Banner Year for Identity Thieves?
    For the past six months or so, this blog was put on hold. I could come up with a lot of excuses why it was put on hold -- such as increased workload and job responsibilities -- but I probably just needed a break from writing.Now that I am…
Rank this Week: 999

California Lemon Law News

California Lemon Law News

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

http://www.lemonlaw-attorneys.com
Rank this Week: 1415

Nolo Presents The Law in Plain…

Nolo Presents The Law in Plain English

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

http://www.nolocast.com
Rank this Week: 831

numbrX Security Beat

numbrX Security Beat

Tracks reported personal, private and confidential data breaches which can lead to identity theft and credit fraud.

http://www.numbrx.net
  • Dec 1

    University of Tennessee Medical Center Private Patient Info Exposed

    University of Tennessee Medical Center Private Patient Info Exposed
    University of Tennessee Medical Center officials are alerting about 8,000 patients that hospital reports containing their private information were not properly disposed of and could pose a privacy breach risk. …
  • Aug 18

    Charter Employees Info Lost with Stolen Laptop

    Charter Employees Info Lost with Stolen Laptop
    Charter Communications Inc. is notifying 9,000 current and former employees across the country that their personal information was stolen, along with the laptop that housed it, last month from a Charter Media office in South Carolina. The…
  • Apr 20

    Patient Data from Wellpoint Exposed to ID Theft

    Patient Data from Wellpoint Exposed to ID Theft
    Social Security numbers, pharmacy records and other personal health data from about 130,000 people covered by health insurance giant Wellpoint Inc. were left open for possible breach on the Internet, the health insurance giant confirmed…
Rank this Week: 835

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: 1337

shlep: the Self-Help Law ExPress

shlep: the Self-Help Law ExPress

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

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

    Help for pro se users in Clark County, Indiana

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

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

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

    Indianapolis law library closes but self-help center remains open

    Indianapolis law library closes but self-help center remains open
    Librarian Zoya Golban turned off the lights and locked the doors Wednesday at the Marion County Law Library for the last time. The cozy repository for legal materials and publicly accessible computers on the third floor of the City-County…
Rank this Week: 858

Davids' Blog

Davids' Blog

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

http://www.pspc.com
  • Dec 31

    Signing off

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

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

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

    Western Culinary Institute and the trouble with for-profit college

    Western Culinary Institute and the trouble with for-profit college
    Brent Hunsberger, a business columnist at The Oregonian,  writes here about the trouble with for-profit colleges.  He devotes a fair amount of his attention to Western Culinary Institute, or as it’s now called, Le Cordon Bleu in…
Rank this Week: 1360

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: 2059

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: 4534

Mouse Print

Mouse Print

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

http://www.mouseprint.org
  • Sep 1

    Some Online Stores Make Shoppers Buy Vitamins Blindly

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

    When Good Rebates Go Bad, Part 2

    When Good Rebates Go Bad, Part 2
     At the beginning of July, we told you about a major rebate snafu at Newegg.com (see original story). In short, Newegg advertised a crazy low price (after rebate) for a reconditioned Samsung HDTV. The form for the $30 rebate, however,…
  • Aug 18

    Is it a News Story or Is it an Advertisement?

    Is it a News Story or Is it an Advertisement?
     Every day, MrConsumer scours the Internet to find the 25 or so stories that we feature in Consumer World each week. And it should come as no surprise that Google News is a primary source. Last week, when searching for news stories one…
Rank this Week: 2373

Miami Foreclosure Lawyer Blog

Miami Foreclosure Lawyer Blog

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

http://www.miamiforeclosurelawyerblog.com/
  • Aug 31

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

    Many Underwater Homeowners in Florida Unlikely to Benefit From $17B Deal
    When the U.S. Justice Department first began crowing about the $17 billion settlement deal it wrangled from Bank of America over mortgage abuses, there was immediately a question of how much real homeowners could be expected to benefit. The…
  • Aug 28

    Mortgage Lending Abuses Cost Bank of America $17B - Largest-Ever Settlement

    Mortgage Lending Abuses Cost Bank of America $17B - Largest-Ever Settlement
    The Department of Justice has brokered a deal with financial giant Bank of America, in which the company will pay $17 billion to settle allegations that it and its subsidiaries purposely misled investors regarding toxic, mortgage-backed…
  • Aug 25

    Report: "Too Big to Fail" Banking is Far From Over

    Report: "Too Big to Fail" Banking is Far From Over
    Following the 2008 collapse of the housing market and subsequent bank bailouts, federal regulators insisted the 11 largest U.S. and foreign banks draft so-called "living wills." These documents spelled out contingency plans in the event…
Rank this Week: 3964

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/
  • Aug 30

    Stop Continued Calls by Mortgage Company

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

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

    Palm Beach County Circuit Judge Race - I urge you to tell everyone you know down there to vote for Jessica Ticktin
    Our firm doesn't practice much in South Florida because it's a little too far from our base in Tampa. But word has gotten around hundreds of miles away that the incumbent Judge Lewis leaves a lot to be desired in a Judge and it is…
  • Aug 15

    Senior Citizen Social Security Being Garnished for Old Student Loans?

    Senior Citizen Social Security Being Garnished for Old Student Loans?
    I'm looking for someone fitting this description to help to publicize this problem - CNN Money is interested in doing a story - Please contact me if you know someone who would be willing to share their story and be interviewed. Plus I may be…
Rank this Week: 4634

Nebraska Debt & Bankrtupcy Blog

Nebraska Debt & Bankrtupcy Blog

By Samuel J. Turco Jr.

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

    Welcome to the Bankruptcy Electric Chair

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

    CFPB Sues Junk Debt Collection Lawsuit Mill

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

    Supreme Court Ruling: Inherited IRA Accounts Not Protected

    Supreme Court Ruling: Inherited IRA Accounts Not Protected
    The United States Supreme Court has ruled that inherited Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs) are not protected under federal exemption laws.   Clark  v. Ramekers, 573 U.S. ____ (2014).  Even though inherited IRAs are…
Rank this Week: 2337

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/
  • Aug 29

    Payroll Withholding Tax Basics for Both Employers and Employee

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

    New Jersey's Use Tax

    New Jersey's Use Tax
    New Jersey's Sales and Use Tax Act is most often cited to refer to sales taxes while the use tax http://www.state.nj.us/treasury/taxation/pdf/pubs/sales/anj7.pdf tends to be less well known. When goods or services are purchased outside of…
  • Jun 13

    New Jersey Property Tax Sale Certificates and Foreclosure

    New Jersey Property Tax Sale Certificates and Foreclosure
    In New Jersey, every municipality is required by law to hold sales of unpaid property taxes at least once each year. The municipalities sell the tax liens to obtain the tax revenue which they should have been paid by the property owner. The…
Rank this Week: 3745

CFPB Monitor

CFPB Monitor

Covers the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. By Ballard Spahr.

http://www.cfpbmonitor.com
  • Aug 29

    HMDA proposed rule published in Federal Register

    HMDA proposed rule published in Federal Register
    Jared Kelly The proposed rule amending the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act and its implementing regulation, Regulation C, was published in the Federal Register today. As such, the official comment deadline will be October 29, 2014. We previously…
  • Aug 28

    CFPB announces higher education memorandum of understanding

    CFPB announces higher education memorandum of understanding
    John L. Culhane, Jr. The CFPB announced that it has entered into a “Joint Higher Education Memorandum of Understanding” with the Departments of Veterans Affairs (VA), Defense (DOD), and Education (ED) as part of a joint effort by…
  • Aug 28

    CFPB announces September 18 auto finance field hearing

    CFPB announces September 18 auto finance field hearing
    Peter N. Cubita The CFPB has announced that it will be holding a field hearing on auto finance on September 18 in Indianapolis.  The announcement indicates that the hearing will feature remarks from Director Richard Cordray, as well as…
Rank this Week: 3722

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/
  • Aug 29

    Five U.S. Antitrust Law Tips for Foreign Companie

    Five U.S. Antitrust Law Tips for Foreign Companie
    Just because your company isn’t based in the United States doesn’t mean it can ignore US antitrust law. In this interconnected world, there is a good chance that if you produce something, the United States is a market that matters…
  • Aug 20

    Why Does Antitrust Law Matter to You?

    Why Does Antitrust Law Matter to You?
    Antitrust matters to me. It is a big part of how I make my living—as an antitrust attorney. That is why the blog is called (unimaginatively) The Antitrust Attorney Blog. You might be an antitrust lawyer too. And if so, I guess the above…
  • Aug 15

    Does a Refusal to Deal With a Competitor Create Antitrust Liability?

    Does a Refusal to Deal With a Competitor Create Antitrust Liability?
    Yes, in certain narrow circumstances, refusing to do business with a competitor violates Section 2 of the Sherman Act, which regulates monopolies, attempts at monopoly, and exclusionary conduct. This probably seems odd—don’t…
Rank this Week: 2282

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: 1778

Impact Litigation Journal

Impact Litigation Journal

Provides commentary and analysis about legal issues relating to class actions and other representative litigation in the areas of consumer and employment law. By Initiative Legal Group APC.

http://www.impactlitigation.com/
Rank this Week: 3134

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: 2184

The Consumer Financial Services…

The Consumer Financial Services Blog

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

http://consumerfsblog.com/
  • Aug 25

    How AG’s Got the Business Records Exception Wrong

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

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

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

    A Culture of Unaccountability

    A Culture of Unaccountability
    The CFS Blog | Maurice & Needleman, P.C. - Providing the latest in FDCPA, TCPA, FCRA and other consumer financial services lawsThe recent report issued by the Urban Institute and the Consumer Credit Research Institute…
Rank this Week: 3891