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Threat Level

Threat Level

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

http://www.wired.com/threatlevel
  • Jul 29

    Personal Privacy Is Only One of the Costs of NSA Surveillance

    Personal Privacy Is Only One of the Costs of NSA Surveillance
    There is no doubt the integrity of our communications and the privacy of our online activities have been the biggest casualty of the NSA’s unfettered surveillance of our digital lives. But the ongoing revelations of government…
  • Jul 28

    Your iPhone Can Finally Make Free, Encrypted Call

    Your iPhone Can Finally Make Free, Encrypted Call
    If you’re making a phone call with your iPhone, you used to have two options: Accept the notion that any wiretapper, hacker or spook can listen in on your conversations, or pay for pricey voice encryption software. As of today…
  • Jul 25

    The App I Used to Break Into My Neighbor’s Home

    The App I Used to Break Into My Neighbor’s Home
    Leave your ring of cut-brass secrets unattended on your desk at work, at a bar table while you buy another round, or in a hotel room, and any stranger---or friend---can upload your keys to their online collection.
Rank this Week: 20

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: 76

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/
  • Jul 30

    Court of Appeals upholds USDA country-of-origin labeling for meat

    Court of Appeals upholds USDA country-of-origin labeling for meat
    In 2002 and again in 2008, Congress enacted legislation requiring country-of-origin labeling (COOL) on certain foods, including meats. The 2008 statute defines country of origin as meaning, at least, where the animal has been born, raised,…
  • Jul 30

    The "middle class" losing ground

    The "middle class" losing ground
    This article by Matt O'Brien is about the same study that Scott posted about yesterday. But it highlights a longer-term phenomenon -- that the middle class has lost ground, not only in the recent past (because of the massive recession...
  • Jul 28

    "The Typical Household, Now Worth a Third Less"

    "The Typical Household, Now Worth a Third Less"
    ...is the title of this NYT article, which puts stark numbers on the problem of income inequality in the U.S. over the last ten years. Not surprisingly, the housing crisis has played a central role.
Rank this Week: 123

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: 127

43(B)log

43(B)log

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

http://tushnet.blogspot.com/
  • Jul 29

    IP norms and a bit on IRB

    IP norms and a bit on IRB
    Via Jason Schultz in Jotwell, I learned of a great new paper by Julia Bauer et al. on community norms about copying and anticopying enforcement in the Threadless (crowdsourced T-shirt) community.  There are many interesting results,…
  • Jul 29

    Music you can't get in a library

    Music you can't get in a library
    Planning for musical obsolescence: How digital licensing is destroying our ability to preserve history. Excerpt:When one goes to the LA Philharmonic site about this recording of Symphonie Fantastique and tries to purchase it, one is directed…
  • Jul 28

    court says Lexmark doesn't change trademark harm standard

    court says Lexmark doesn't change trademark harm standard
    Reynolds Consumer Prods. Inc. v. Handi-Foil Corp., No. 1:13–CV–214, 2014 WL 3615853 (E.D. Va. July 18, 2014)A jury found Handi-Foil liable for willful infringement of Reynolds’ unregistered trade dress, but in favor of…
Rank this Week: 139

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/
  • Jul 23

    Investors Pursue UBS's Puerto Rico Brokerage Over Closed-End Bond Fund

    Investors Pursue UBS's Puerto Rico Brokerage Over Closed-End Bond Fund
    The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority is reporting that roughly 400 claims have already been filed against UBS Financial Services Inc. of Puerto Rico (UBS) and other brokerage firms over the fallout of municipal bonds and bond funds…
  • Jul 22

    Net Asset Value of Tony Thompson's Former Nontraded REIT Strategic Realty Trust Plunge

    Net Asset Value of Tony Thompson's Former Nontraded REIT Strategic Realty Trust Plunge
    Investors in Strategic Realty Trust Inc. have been notified that the NAV of the nontraded real estate investment trust has dropped almost 30% from $10/share to $7.11/share. The REIT, previously known as TNP Strategic Realty Trust Inc., has a…
  • Jul 17

    FINRA Wants To Delay Implementing Rule Impacting Nontraded REIT Customers' Statement

    FINRA Wants To Delay Implementing Rule Impacting Nontraded REIT Customers' Statement
    The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority wants the Securities and Exchange Commission to grant a delay in the implementation of proposed changes to rule 2340, which impacts customer account statements. The self-regulatory organization had…
Rank this Week: 197

New York City Debt Defense Blog

New York City Debt Defense Blog

By the Langel Firm.

http://www.thelangelfirm.com/Debt-Defense-Blog.aspx
  • Jul 29

    United Recovery Systems, LP Loses Motion to Dismiss for Failure to Prove "Permissible Purpose" to Access Consumer's Credit Report

    United Recovery Systems, LP Loses Motion to Dismiss for Failure to Prove "Permissible Purpose" to Access Consumer's Credit Report
    This case[1] highlights a debt collector's need to possess a "permissible purpose" before accessing and using a consumer's credit report for purposes of collecting a debt. A consumer representing himself sued United Recovery Systems, LP not…
  • Jun 10

    Court Refuses to Vacate Satisfied (paid) Judgment

    Court Refuses to Vacate Satisfied (paid) Judgment
    This situation is relatively common: A debtor (person who owes money) is surprised by a frozen bank account due to a judgment previously entered; Debtor enters into settlement agreement to cause quick release of bank account; Debtor then…
  • Apr 9

    What is a 1099-C?

    What is a 1099-C?
    "What is a 1099-C?" is the question taxpayers will be asking as these forms arrive in their mailboxes this year. If you received one of these forms, you may be confused. "Why did I get this? What does it mean?" You are probably starting to…
Rank this Week: 211

Mandelman Matters

Mandelman Matters

Covers the foreclosure crisis. By Martin Andelman.

http://mandelman.ml-implode.com
Rank this Week: 214

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/
  • Jul 29

    Forget Argentina: How Do You Collect from Russia?

    Forget Argentina: How Do You Collect from Russia?
    Never let it be said that the wheels of international justice spin quickly, but, with the pace of a Siberian jail sentence, the Permanent Court of Arbitration finally handed down its merits award in the Yukos litigation. (For those of...
  • Jul 29

    A Stay Would Not Affect the Plaintiffs... Except by Eviscerating the Injunction

    A Stay Would Not Affect the Plaintiffs... Except by Eviscerating the Injunction
    Unless the plaintiffs request a stay (and quick!), this will probably be the last request for Judge Griesa to stay the injunction before Argentina defaults officially fails to put money into the bank accounts of exchange bondholders. It is…
  • Jul 29

    Whose Fault Is the Argentina Debacle?

    Whose Fault Is the Argentina Debacle?
    I name names and point fingers in the Wall Street Journal. NML gets some blame for overplaying its hand, but the fault primarily lies with the federal courts for letting the case go forward. I understand the courts being angered...
Rank this Week: 267

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/
  • Jul 11

    A Check List of Steps to Prepare and File an Order to Show Cause to Vacate a Default Judgment

    A Check List of Steps to Prepare and File an Order to Show Cause to Vacate a Default Judgment
    By: Robert J. Nahoum   You have just discovered that a default judgment has been entered against you by a debt collector because you didn’t answer a debt collection lawsuit.  In order to reverse (or as the lawyers call it…
  • Jun 13

    Could Stronger State Debt Collection Laws be Coming to New York State?

    Could Stronger State Debt Collection Laws be Coming to New York State?
    By: Robert J. Nahoum On May 28, 2014, the New York State Assembly passed a series of bills aimed at debt collectors.  Included in the proposed laws is an enlargement of disclosure requirements to consumers, stronger court filings…
  • Jun 12

    A Check List for Answering a Debt Collection Lawsuit in New York Pro Se

    A Check List for Answering a Debt Collection Lawsuit in New York Pro Se
    By: Robert J. Nahoum You’ve come home to find legal papers taped to your door.  A closer look reveals that the legal papers are a debt collection summons and complaint – you are being sued you for an old debt.   A…
Rank this Week: 346

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: 445

Privacy and Security Law Blog

Privacy and Security Law Blog

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

http://www.privsecblog.com/
Rank this Week: 473

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…
  • Jul 30

    JPMorgan Expands Disclosures for Private-Banking Client

    JPMorgan Expands Disclosures for Private-Banking Client
    According to The Wall Street Journal, J.P. Morgan Chase (JPM) is now articulating more clearly the difference between outside products and its own offerings to private-banking clients, as well as letting them know how much of their monies…
  • Jul 29

    Lloyds Banking Group to Pay $370M Fine Over Libor Manipulation

    Lloyds Banking Group to Pay $370M Fine Over Libor Manipulation
    The Commodity Futures Trading Commission, the U.S. Department of Justice, and U.K.’s Financial Conduct Authority are ordering Lloyds Banking Group PLC (LLOY) to pay $370 million in fines for trying to rig benchmark interest rates,…
Rank this Week: 485

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/
  • Jul 4

    Video: Overview of 5 options when sued by a debt collector in Alabama

    Video: Overview of 5 options when sued by a debt collector in Alabama
    Discover the 5 options that you have when sued by a debt collector (such as Midland Funding, Portfolio Recovery, etc) in Alabama. Here are the five options: First, file bankruptcy. Second, fight the lawsuit on your own. Third, settle…
  • Jun 2

    My odd office experience with Bank of America's loss mitigation

    My odd office experience with Bank of America's loss mitigation
    As you probably know, my law firm represents many Alabama consumer who sue mortgage companies such as Bank of America. Well, today I received a letter from Bank of America. I opened it up and it was addressed to me and said that BoA…
  • May 31

    Decision on FDCPA: Offer of Judgment Held Not To Kick Case Out Of Federal Court

    Decision on FDCPA: Offer of Judgment Held Not To Kick Case Out Of Federal Court
    Debt collectors love to use "Offers of Judgment" to try to get rid of cases and the new strategy is to argue that "there's no way you can prove actual damages" or "you didn't properly plead actual damages" so your case gets thrown out after a…
Rank this Week: 494

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: 532

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: 576

Lemon Law Blawg

Lemon Law Blawg

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

http://ohiolemonlaw.blogspot.com/
  • Jul 7

    What happens when you buy a car and never get the title?

    What happens when you buy a car and never get the title?
    You never become the owner, that's what. But you may not be totally stuck because there are laws to protect innocent buyers against crooked and ripoff car dealers. Not only will you have lots of legal rights, but selling a car in Ohio…
  • Jun 24

    Is Your Car Manufacturer Driven to Safety or Merely Driving You Nuts?

    Is Your Car Manufacturer Driven to Safety or Merely Driving You Nuts?
    There seems to have been a lot of recalls lately, which has to make you wonder if the car manufacturers are being pushed to recall cars by a concern for safety or a real fear of federal investigations and a public relations disaster.One thing…
  • Jun 19

    Rip of the Week The Personal Assistant Ripoff

    Rip of the Week The Personal Assistant Ripoff
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Rank this Week: 601

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: 673

The Pop Tort

The Pop Tort

http://www.thepoptort.com/
  • 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…
  • Jul 22

    Insurance Capacity In the Midst of Calamity

    Insurance Capacity In the Midst of Calamity
    You may have heard about the unfortunate tweet(s) by actor Jason Biggs (and is subsequent apology), which makes reference to the recent troubles of Malaysia Airlines. Our blog today is also about these recent troubles, but on a topic no...
  • Jul 17

    GM’s Newest Fabulist

    GM’s Newest Fabulist
    I’d like to suggest a new candidate to lead the Richard Nixon School for Magical Thinking. He’s someone more appropriate for today’s world of corporate cover-ups and fairy-tales. His name is Michael Millikin, and you may…
Rank this Week: 688

Protect Your Rights

Protect Your Rights

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

http://www.maginnislaw.com
  • Jul 17

    EEOC Issues New Guidance on Pregnancy Discrimination — Wake County Employment Attorney

    EEOC Issues New Guidance on Pregnancy Discrimination — Wake County Employment Attorney
    Under the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (“PDA”), an employer cannot fire, refuse to hire, demote, or take any other adverse action against a woman if pregnancy, childbirth, or a related medical condition was a motivating factor in…
  • Jul 15

    Executive Exemption of the Fair Labor Standards Act and North Carolina Wage and Hour Act

    Executive Exemption of the Fair Labor Standards Act and North Carolina Wage and Hour Act
    The Fair Labor Standards Act and North Carolina’s Wage and Hour Act requires overtime to paid for any hours worked over 40 per week. There are, however, exemptions to these general rules. One of those exemptions are for Executive…
  • Jul 14

    Raleigh Electrocution Injury Attorney

    Raleigh Electrocution Injury Attorney
    Working with electricity is one of the most dangerous tasks a worker can perform.  Accidental electrical shocks can cause serious injuries and, in some cases, even death.  Whether you have been injured as a result of a workplace…
Rank this Week: 742

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: 750

San Jose Bankruptcy & Fair Debt…

San Jose Bankruptcy & Fair Debt Collection Practices Act Lawyer Blog

Covers California bankruptcy and Fair Dept Collection Practices Act issues. By Ronald Wilcox.

http://www.sanjosebankruptcyfdcpalawyer.com/
  • Jul 24

    Federal Trade Commission Obtains Largest Civil Penalty Ever

    Federal Trade Commission Obtains Largest Civil Penalty Ever
    Based in Texas, Expert Global Solutions and its subsidiaries-ALW Sourcing, LLC; NCO Financial Systems, Inc.; and Transworld Systems, Inc., (which also does business as North Shore Agency, Inc.), collectively are the largest debt collector in…
  • Jun 28

    Three out of Five Bankruptcy Filings Are Due To Medical Debt

    Three out of Five Bankruptcy Filings Are Due To Medical Debt
    When we think of people who file for bankruptcy, very often we tend to think of them as over spenders maxing out their credit cards and leading a carefree lifestyle; or perhaps we think of them as people who have lost their job and are now…
  • Jun 14

    Federal Trade Commission Halts Illegal Robocall

    Federal Trade Commission Halts Illegal Robocall
    The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) settled charges they brought against Skyy Consulting, Inc., a California company doing business as CallFire, located in Santa Monica, California. CallFire provided voice-over-internet, a practice also known…
Rank this Week: 789

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: 801

CFPB Monitor

CFPB Monitor

Covers the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. By Ballard Spahr.

http://www.cfpbmonitor.com
  • Jul 29

    Update on certiorari petition in Texas FHA case

    Update on certiorari petition in Texas FHA case
    Barbara S. MishkinAs we reported, the petition  for certiorari filed in May 2014 by the  Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs (Texas DHCA) in Inclusive Communities Project v. Texas Dep’t of Housing and Community…
  • Jul 28

    Director Cordray to testify at July 30 House hearing on alleged CFPB employee discrimination

    Director Cordray to testify at July 30 House hearing on alleged CFPB employee discrimination
    Barbara S. MishkinOn July 30, 2014, the House Financial Services Committee’s Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations will hold a hearing titled “Allegations of Discrimination and Retaliation and the CFPB Management…
  • Jul 28

    Federal district court grants CFPB petition to enforce CIDs issued to tribal lender

    Federal district court grants CFPB petition to enforce CIDs issued to tribal lender
    Jeremy T. RosenblumA California federal court recently issued an order granting the CFPB’s petition to enforce its civil investigative demands (CIDs) issued to three tribally-affiliated payday lenders.  However, the court also…
Rank this Week: 873

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 14

    Who's Who Legal Recognizes SHB

    Who's Who Legal Recognizes SHB
    Who’s Who Legal: The International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers has named Shook, Hardy & Bacon its 2014 Product Liability Defense Law Firm of the Year. The publication notes that "Shook Hardy & Bacon has a first-class…
  • Jul 11

    Component Parts Supplier Case to Watch

    Component Parts Supplier Case to Watch
    The California Supreme Court has agreed to review a lower appeals court's ruling on the application of the component parts doctrine in a metal worker's suit claiming lung  injury. See Ramos, et al. v. Brenntag Specialties Inc., et…
  • Jul 9

    Motion to Dismiss Granted in Juice Case

    Motion to Dismiss Granted in Juice Case
    A California federal court has rejected a proposed class action complaint arising from alleged misleading labeling and advertising of vegetable juice products as "raw" and "organic." See Alamilla, et al. v. The Hain Celestial Group Inc.,…
Rank this Week: 908

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: 912

Garmo & Kiste, PLC Law Blog

Garmo & Kiste, PLC Law Blog

Covers Michigan law topics.

http://www.garmokiste.com
  • Jul 18

    Michigan Fireworks Law

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

    Sued by Ally Financial, Inc.?

    Sued by Ally Financial, Inc.?
    Sued by Ally Financial, Inc.? Do you owe money for unpaid car, credit card, or various loans? Have you fallen behind on your payments? Many individuals find themselves in a difficult situation, unable to pay off their loans, due to unforeseen…
  • Jun 29

    Michigan Implied Consent Law

    Michigan Implied Consent Law
    Michigan Implied Consent Law: The Risk of Refusing Tests If you are a Michigan resident, you should be aware that the act of operating a vehicle enters you into an implicit agreement to submit to alcohol testing. MCL 257.625c dictates that…
Rank this Week: 983

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: 992

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: 995

COPYRIGHT LAW and COPYRIGHT…

COPYRIGHT LAW and COPYRIGHT INFORMATION

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

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

    Copyright Infringement Basics - A Copyright Lawyer's Perspective

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

    Google Images for Royalty Free Photos?

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

    How to Research the Copyright Status of a Book

    How to Research the Copyright Status of a Book
    By Steven ChabotteWhen seeking US published works in the public domain, there is a gray area from 1923 to 1963 where the book may or may not be in the public domain.
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Michigan Consumer Credit Lawyers…

Michigan Consumer Credit Lawyers Blog

Covers debt collection, credit reports, and foreclosure defense.

http://www.micreditlawyer.com/blog/
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Miami Foreclosure Lawyer Blog

Miami Foreclosure Lawyer Blog

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

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

    Report: Debt Collectors After 35 Percent of American

    Report: Debt Collectors After 35 Percent of American
    We all recognize that default on debts is a major problem for many Americans right now. These defaults are on everything from cell phone contracts to mortgages to student loans to hospital bills. These debts are more than a simple hit to a…
  • Jul 24

    Florida Foreclosure Abuse Victims to Receive $18M From Ocwen

    Florida Foreclosure Abuse Victims to Receive $18M From Ocwen
    Claims forms have been sent to some 26,000 Florida residents whose homes were foreclosed upon when Ocwen Financial Services engaged in what Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi characterized as "mortgage servicing misconduct and foreclosure…
  • Jul 20

    Analysis: Housing Market Back on Downward Slope

    Analysis: Housing Market Back on Downward Slope
    Inevitably, the housing market endures cycles of upswings and downturns. Generally, so long as those fluctuations remain within reasonable bounds, there is nothing amiss about it. What we saw beginning in 2008, however, was a frightening…
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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/
  • Jul 23

    NJ Court Holds No FDCPA Violation for Filing Suit on Time-Barred Debt

    NJ Court Holds No FDCPA Violation for Filing Suit on Time-Barred Debt
    The CFS Blog | Maurice & Needleman, P.C. - Providing the latest in FDCPA, TCPA, FCRA and other consumer financial services lawsFiling a lawsuit to collect a time-barred debt does not violate the Fair Debt Collection Practices…
  • Jul 17

    TCPA Victory May Expand Scope of Vicarious Liability Claim

    TCPA Victory May Expand Scope of Vicarious Liability Claim
    The CFS Blog | Maurice & Needleman, P.C. - Providing the latest in FDCPA, TCPA, FCRA and other consumer financial services laws Companies that hire vendors to place automated calls to cell phones may find themselves at…
  • Jul 14

    11th Circuit Holds Filing a Proof of Claim on Time-Barred Debt Violates FDCPA

    11th Circuit Holds Filing a Proof of Claim on Time-Barred Debt Violates FDCPA
    Addressing what it termed “a deluge [that] has swept through U.S. bankruptcy courts of late” the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in Crawford v. LVNV Funding, LLC  held that filing a proof of claim on time barred debt is conduct…
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Indiana Consumer Lawyer Blog

Indiana Consumer Lawyer Blog

Covers automobile fraud, credit reporting, identity theft and lemon law. By Robert Duff.

http://www.indianaconsumerlawyerblog.com/
  • Jul 19

    Uptime Systems Review

    Uptime Systems Review
    I am a consumer lawyer. I recently decided to move my practice to the cloud from my local server. Because I am an AbacusLaw user, there was one logical choice: Uptime Systems. Uptime Systems had a relationship with AbacusLaw and together…
  • Jul 10

    Sued in Marion County Small Claims Court?

    Sued in Marion County Small Claims Court?
    Center Township. Decatur Township. Franklin Township. Lawrence Township. Perry Township. Pike Township. Warren Township. Washington Township. Wayne Township. These are the small claims courts that together comprise the Marion County…
  • Jun 21

    Medical Debt Collection in Indiana

    Medical Debt Collection in Indiana
    Medical debt collection in Indiana is a unique kind of debt collection in several ways. One of the things I see in medical debt collection that I don't see in other types of collection cases is a hospital or surgery center collecting debts…
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New York Securities Lawyers Blog

New York Securities Lawyers Blog

Covers securities and investment fraud. By Malecki Law.

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

    Bitcoin Update: Alerts and Guidance Issued by the SEC, FINRA and IRS

    Bitcoin Update: Alerts and Guidance Issued by the SEC, FINRA and IRS
    It's Buyer Beware, according to guidance and alerts issued recently by the SEC, FINRA and IRS concerning risks inherent in Bitcoin. Bitcoin is described by all three offices as a decentralized, peer-to-peer virtual currency that can be used…
  • Apr 25

    Oil and Gas Limited Partnerships Can Be Extremely Risky Investment

    Oil and Gas Limited Partnerships Can Be Extremely Risky Investment
    Much has been made in the recent months about supposed growth in the oil and gas markets, including speculation, such as the recent article on www.forbes.com that increasing demand will be preceded by increased investment in infrastructure…
  • Apr 25

    Is Your Broker Charging You A Fair Commission?

    Is Your Broker Charging You A Fair Commission?
    Is your broker charging you a fair commission? Not surprisingly, many investors do not fully understand how much they are paying in fees and commissions to their broker-dealer, and disparities from firm to firm can be wide and difficult to…
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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/
  • Jul 16

    Cell Phone Calls that Drive you Nuts - the TCPA can help!

    Cell Phone Calls that Drive you Nuts - the TCPA can help!
    Have you ever provided your cell number to a company and it later started to call you incessantly to collect a debt of someone else. I've recently had that happen to me. My father was hospitalized with a stroke and I gave my cell phone…
  • Jul 13

    Have You Been Sued for a Deficiency Judgment in Florida?

    Have You Been Sued for a Deficiency Judgment in Florida?
    Mortgage companies in Florida must think money really does grow on trees as they are now suing for deficiency judgments on past foreclosures of homes. July 1, 2014 was the deadline in Florida for lenders to file deficiency lawsuits for…
  • May 22

    Medicare Liens and ObamaCare: Florida Homestead Protected

    Medicare Liens and ObamaCare: Florida Homestead Protected
    The Affordable Care Act has caused millions of people to sign up for Medicaid for the first time. Medicaid is a program of free health insurance provided to low to no income individuals. Although the care itself is free, there is a lien…
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Wall Street Investment Fraud…

Wall Street Investment Fraud Lawyer Blog

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

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

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

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

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

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

    FINRA IDENTIFIES AREAS OF CONCERN FOR INVESTORS

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

California Foreclosure Blog

Covers bankruptcy and foreclosure. By Jason S. Buckingham.

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

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

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

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

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

    Phoenix mini-bubble: (more) market manipulation

    Phoenix mini-bubble: (more) market manipulation
    AP put out a story yesterday about "bidding wars" that are affecting home values in the greater Phoenix area. The article states that in several markets throughout the country, prices on bank-owned homes are being inflated by a combination of…
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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/
  • Jul 19

    New Oregon and Washington Student Loan Law Site

    New Oregon and Washington Student Loan Law Site
    We recently launched a website for our Oregon and Washington Student Loan Law Practice. We are thrilled to be helping student loan borrowers in our community lessen their student loan burdens. As one of very few graduates in the Pacific…
  • Jun 30

    Getting Ready for an Oregon 341 Meeting of Creditor

    Getting Ready for an Oregon 341 Meeting of Creditor
    Here’s what you need to know Who must attend? The Trustee, you, and one of our attorneys. The Trustee is the person who runs the hearing and asks you questions. Who gets invited? All the creditors listed in your bankruptcy schedules get…
  • Jun 21

    Whether Your Bankruptcy was filed in…

    Whether Your Bankruptcy was filed in Portland or Eugene, there is no need to be nervous about your 341 hearing. In our next blog article, we will discuss exactly what you need to bring to the hearing and the kind of questions that you are…
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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/
  • Jul 23

    Division of Consumer Affairs and Home Contractor

    Division of Consumer Affairs and Home Contractor
    New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs Cites 68 Home Improvement Contractors for a Total of $1.3 Million in Penalties and Consumer Restitution Due to Alleged Violations of Consumer Protection Laws The Division of Consumer Affairs published…
  • Jul 18

    Subaru Owners Get Lemon Law Protection

    Subaru Owners Get Lemon Law Protection
    A Class action was filed against Subaru and there are extensive rights for Subaru owners. NJ Lemon Law rights A list of the procedures Lemon Law Help
  • Jul 18

    Subaru Lemon Law Class Action

    Subaru Lemon Law Class Action
    A class action has been file for Subaru Owners who have engine problems where oil is burned excessively. You can file your own lawsuit and have your own case against the manufacturer if you so desire. The case was filed in Federal Court in…
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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,…
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Nebraska Debt & Bankrtupcy Blog

Nebraska Debt & Bankrtupcy Blog

By Samuel J. Turco Jr.

http://www.nebraskadebtbankruptcyblog.com/
  • 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…
  • May 27

    70% of Debt Buyer Lawsuits Dismissed When Consumer Files Answer

    70% of Debt Buyer Lawsuits Dismissed When Consumer Files Answer
    A report issued by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) found that a debt buyer dismissed 70% of its lawsuits when the consumer filed a written answer to the lawsuit.  As part of a debt collector examination, Supervision…
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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…
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Mouse Print

Mouse Print

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

http://www.mouseprint.org
  • Jul 28

    New Program Trades Your Privacy for Reward

    New Program Trades Your Privacy for Reward
     With great fanfare, Verizon Wireless launched its new reward program last week called Verizon Smart Rewards. You collect points for signing up, for being a loyal customer, for amounts paid on your bill, for signing up for paperless…
  • Jul 21

    If You Can’t Trust Consumer Reports to Keep Your Info Private…

    If You Can’t Trust Consumer Reports to Keep Your Info Private…
      Consumer Reports offers a Car Pricing Service for $14 that provides car buyers with the invoice price of vehicles, as well as an even lower price — the Consumer Reports “bottom line” price — that subtracts out…
  • Jul 14

    Here We Downsize Again — Part 1

    Here We Downsize Again — Part 1
     Since last fall, manufacturers have been hard at work shrinking the products you buy everyday in an effort to make a price increase be less obvious. *MOUSE PRINT: Ball Park Franks recently decreased their package size by one ounce, so…
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