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Threat Level

Threat Level

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

http://www.wired.com/threatlevel
  • Nov 25

    Hacker Lexicon: What Is End-to-End Encryption?

    Hacker Lexicon: What Is End-to-End Encryption?
    Plenty of companies brag that their communications app is encrypted. But that marketing claim demands a followup question: who has the key? The post Hacker Lexicon: What Is End-to-End Encryption? appeared first on WIRED.
  • Nov 25

    How the World’s First Computer Was Rescued From the Scrap Heap

    How the World’s First Computer Was Rescued From the Scrap Heap
    How the world's first real computer, the ENIAC, was restored by an unlikely group of conservationists—all thanks to Ross Perot. The post How the World’s First Computer Was Rescued From the Scrap Heap appeared first on WIRED.
  • Nov 24

    Researchers Uncover Government Spy Tool Used to Hack Telecoms and Belgian Cryptographer

    Researchers Uncover Government Spy Tool Used to Hack Telecoms and Belgian Cryptographer
    Piecing together new information from various researchers, it's clear the 'Regin" malware is one of the most sophisticated nation-state spy tools ever found. The post Researchers Uncover Government Spy Tool Used to Hack Telecoms and Belgian…
Rank this Week: 37

Consumer Law & Policy Blog

Consumer Law & Policy Blog

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

http://pubcit.typepad.com/clpblog/
Rank this Week: 93

Helping Florida Consumers

Helping Florida Consumers

Covers Florida consumer law. By Taras Rudnitsky.

http://www.helpingfloridaconsumers.com/
  • Nov 23

    DriveTime Buy-Here-Pay-Here Dealership Chain Fined $8 Million

    DriveTime Buy-Here-Pay-Here Dealership Chain Fined $8 Million
    Just a few days ago, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced that it was fining DriveTime $8 million dollars for engaging in numerous illegal tactics.  DriveTime problems discovered by the federal agency were…
  • Nov 23

    Above and Beyond

    Above and Beyond
    Client: CH Type of Case: Defended Against Cavalry SPV I LLC Debt Collection Lawsuit Client Review: Five star rating all the way. From the first phone call to Rudnitski Law Firm to the last email, I felt completely at ease. My case was brought…
  • Nov 12

    There is Light at the End of the Tunnel

    There is Light at the End of the Tunnel
    Client:  Stanley Type of Case:  CACH LLC Debt Collection Defense / Credit Card Lawsuit Defense Client Review: I recommend Taras Rudnitsky.  Having Taras and Tina of the Rudnitsky Law firm representing me was one of the best…
Rank this Week: 99

43(B)log

43(B)log

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

http://tushnet.blogspot.com/
  • Nov 21

    Transformative work of the day: Barbie the Computer Engineer

    Transformative work of the day: Barbie the Computer Engineer
    Organization for Transformative Works volunteer Casey Fiesler explains in Slate.http://tushnet.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/default?alt=r
  • Nov 21

    Reading list: Orly Lobel on employment law as IP law

    Reading list: Orly Lobel on employment law as IP law
    Orly Lobel, The New Cognitive Property: Human Capital Law and the Reach of Intellectual Property.  Abstract:Contemporary law has become grounded in the conviction that not only the outputs of innovation – artistic expressions,…
  • Nov 21

    Lamborghini going to pot?

    Lamborghini going to pot?
    If "anything can signify anything," is this equation of a pot with a Lamborghini nominative fair use?  (It's just an object. It doesn't mean what you think.)Anything can signify anything billboard, Washington DCPhoto by Zach…
Rank this Week: 105

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/
  • Nov 24

    FINRA Orders Houston-Based USCA Capital Advisors LLC to Pay $3.8M to 19 ExxonMobil Retiree

    FINRA Orders Houston-Based USCA Capital Advisors LLC to Pay $3.8M to 19 ExxonMobil Retiree
    A Financial Industry Regulatory Authority arbitration panel said that USCA Capital Advisors LLC must pay over $3.8 million to 19 ExxonMobil retirees whose investments were mismanaged the Houston-based wealth management firm. The…
  • Nov 20

    RBS Must Pay $88M to UK Regulator

    RBS Must Pay $88M to UK Regulator
    Royal Bank of Scotland Group Plc (RBS) will pay an $88 million fine to Britain’s Financial Conduct Authority and the Bank of England’s Prudential Regulation Authority for the 2012 computer system failure that left millions of…
  • Nov 18

    Puerto Rico’s Prepa Sees 219% Rise in Overdue Accounts With At Least $1.75 Billion Owed

    Puerto Rico’s Prepa Sees 219% Rise in Overdue Accounts With At Least $1.75 Billion Owed
    Puerto Rico’s Electrical Power Authority, also known as PREPA, is experiencing a surge in overdue accounts. According to a report from an FTI Consulting subsidiary, since 2012, the U.S. territory’s electrical authority has seen a…
Rank this Week: 188

Mandelman Matters

Mandelman Matters

Covers the foreclosure crisis. By Martin Andelman.

http://mandelman.ml-implode.com
Rank this Week: 223

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/
  • Nov 21

    Some Bibles Are More Exemptable Than Other

    Some Bibles Are More Exemptable Than Other
    I wonder how many Bankruptcy professors have posed a hypothetical about the exemption of a rare Bible worth lots of money? Well, a federal District Court in Illinois had to answer the question for real. The Illinois person property…
  • Nov 20

    Rent Control in New York and Bankruptcy

    Rent Control in New York and Bankruptcy
    Following up on my prior post, the New York Court of Appeals has ruled that a rent stabilized appartment is a public benefit, rather than an asset.
  • Nov 20

    Detroit's Bankruptcy: The Conversation

    Detroit's Bankruptcy: The Conversation
    Readers who have not otherwise received notice in the twittersphere may be interested in this commentary at The Conversation.
Rank this Week: 254

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/
Rank this Week: 388

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: 384

The Pop Tort

The Pop Tort

http://www.thepoptort.com/
  • Nov 20

    Babies Beware

    Babies Beware
    Congratulations are in order for Rep. Tammy Duckworth D-Ill., and her husband, Bryan Bowlsbey on the birth of their baby girl this week, Abigail O'kalani Bowlsbey! As a member of Congress, Rep. Duckworth may have more information available to…
  • Nov 19

    Generic Gall

    Generic Gall
    Ranbaxy is a huge generic-drug maker – the sixth largest in the country, with more than $1 billion in U.S. sales. But as the Center for Justice & Democracy noted in its report, “America’s Unaccountable Generic Drug…
  • Nov 14

    Mine Crime

    Mine Crime
    “Too Big to Jail” is a book about the rarity of corporate criminal prosecutions. CEO indictments almost never happen. But with every rule there are exceptions, and a big one just happed in West Virginia. Writes the Charleston…
Rank this Week: 414

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/
  • Sep 29

    Can a Debt Collector Restrain My Entire Bank Account? What Assets Are Exempt from a Bank Restraint?

    Can a Debt Collector Restrain My Entire Bank Account? What Assets Are Exempt from a Bank Restraint?
    By Robert J. Nahoum THE PROBLEM: You have just been notified by your bank that your account has been frozen by a debt collector who was awarded a judgment against you in a lawsuit on an old debt.  You just got paid and you need that…
  • Sep 24

    What’s The Difference Between A Loan Servicer And A Debt Collector?

    What’s The Difference Between A Loan Servicer And A Debt Collector?
    By: Robert J. Nahoum Federal debt collection laws known as the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA for short) regulates the collection of consumer debts by third party debt collectors.  The FDCPA precludes debt collectors from…
  • Sep 22

    What To Do When a Debt Collector Freezes a Joint Bank Account In New York

    What To Do When a Debt Collector Freezes a Joint Bank Account In New York
    By: Robert J. Nahoum THE PROBLEM: In New York, the quickest way for a debt collector to collect on a judgment is with a frozen or “restrained” bank account.  Often, a consumer doesn’t even know he or she has been sued…
Rank this Week: 550

Wall Street Investment Fraud…

Wall Street Investment Fraud Lawyer Blog

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

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

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

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

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

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

    FINRA IDENTIFIES AREAS OF CONCERN FOR INVESTORS

    FINRA IDENTIFIES AREAS OF CONCERN FOR INVESTORS
    Each year, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) publishes a letter to the financial services industry identifying its regulatory and examination priorities. FINRA is the industry's "self-regulatory organization," which is…
Rank this Week: 585

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/
  • Nov 25

    Encryption and Securing BYO Devices at the Heart of Massachusetts AG $100,000 Settlement

    Encryption and Securing BYO Devices at the Heart of Massachusetts AG $100,000 Settlement
    The Massachusetts Attorney General announced Friday that her office had reached a settlement with Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) surrounding a 2012 data breach in which a physician’s unencrypted personal laptop containing…
  • Nov 24

    Preparing for HIPAA Compliance Audit

    Preparing for HIPAA Compliance Audit
    The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office for Civil Rights (OCR), the office responsible for administering and enforcing the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA), will continue to audit…
  • Nov 17

    Advisory Alert: California’s “Online Eraser” Law for Minors to Take Effect Jan. 1, 2015

    Advisory Alert: California’s “Online Eraser” Law for Minors to Take Effect Jan. 1, 2015
    On Jan. 1, 2015, California’s “Online Eraser” law will take effect, requiring websites and other online service operators to delete on demand any content posted by minors.  The law also prohibits such operators from…
Rank this Week: 672

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/
  • Nov 21

    Seventh Circuit Denies Petition in Proof of Claim Case

    Seventh Circuit Denies Petition in Proof of Claim Case
    Like the 80 inches of snow that pummeled Buffalo this week, the crusade against time-barred debt continues to hammer the collection industry.  Today the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit denied a petition for leave…
  • Nov 17

    Crawford, Progeny – More than Proofs of Claim on Time-Barred Debt

    Crawford, Progeny – More than Proofs of Claim on Time-Barred Debt
    It has been several months since the Eleventh Circuit handed down its decision holding that filing a proof of claim on “time-barred” debt violates the FDCPA. The request for rehearing, which I reported about this past…
  • Nov 13

    FTC Lists Steps Debt Brokers Should Follow to Keep Data Secure

    FTC Lists Steps Debt Brokers Should Follow to Keep Data Secure
    The Consumer Financial Services Blog - Providing the latest in FDCPA, TCPA, FCRA and other consumer financial services lawsThe Federal Trade Commission has posted seven steps debt brokers should follow to keep data secure on the Bureau of…
Rank this Week: 794

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: 759

New York City Debt Defense Blog

New York City Debt Defense Blog

By the Langel Firm.

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

    New York Alert: Active Tax-Debt Settlement Scam

    New York Alert: Active Tax-Debt Settlement Scam
    Friends, Be aware of an active tax-debt settlement scam targeting middle-class New York. The scammers pawn themselves off as tax-settlement professionals alerting you to— and offering to settle—outstanding tax liens. There is no…
  • Nov 6

    What is a "Notice to Judgment Debtor or Obligor"?

    What is a "Notice to Judgment Debtor or Obligor"?
    If you've received a letter with language similar or identical to the below, you are being put on notice that your money is at risk of being seized by a judgment creditor. To satisfy due process standards, New York law (CPLR § 5222)…
  • Oct 31

    Do City Debt Regulations apply to Lawyers? Issue Heats up in New York

    Do City Debt Regulations apply to Lawyers? Issue Heats up in New York
    Debt collection attorneys push forward in their attempt to exclude attorneys from the reach of Local Law 15, a New York City regulation that governs debt collection activities (i.e. debt validation, licensure and calling). The city law is…
Rank this Week: 1008

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: 954

COPYRIGHT LAW and COPYRIGHT…

COPYRIGHT LAW and COPYRIGHT INFORMATION

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

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

    Copyright Infringement Basics - A Copyright Lawyer's Perspective

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

    Google Images for Royalty Free Photos?

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

    How to Research the Copyright Status of a Book

    How to Research the Copyright Status of a Book
    By Steven ChabotteWhen seeking US published works in the public domain, there is a gray area from 1923 to 1963 where the book may or may not be in the public domain.
Rank this Week: 912

Mouse Print

Mouse Print

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

http://www.mouseprint.org
  • Nov 24

    How Many One-A-Day Vitamins is Right to Take?

    How Many One-A-Day Vitamins is Right to Take?
     I know, what a dumb question. That’s like asking how many musketeers were in the three musketeers. JCD, a regular Mouse Print* reader, brought up the issue in the context of One-A-Day vitamins. One would expect that you take one…
  • Nov 17

    Holy Ship, Toys-R-Us Changed the Delivery Address of my Order

    Holy Ship, Toys-R-Us Changed the Delivery Address of my Order
      As we all begin our holiday shopping online, this word of caution: scrutinize everything on the screen, fine print or not, before finalizing your order. If not, you may be in store for an unexpected surprise. Last week, MrConsumer…
  • Nov 10

    We’ll Beat Anyone’s Price by 15% or It’s Free*

    We’ll Beat Anyone’s Price by 15% or It’s Free*
     Some claims in advertising seem very enticing until you begin to think about them. A classic example is the price guarantee promoted by National Floors Direct: Click picture above to watch commercial The claim “we’ll beat…
Rank this Week: 1239

Miami Foreclosure Lawyer Blog

Miami Foreclosure Lawyer Blog

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

http://www.miamiforeclosurelawyerblog.com/
  • Nov 24

    OCC: Banks Need Better Risk Culture

    OCC: Banks Need Better Risk Culture
    Thomas J. Curry, now the Comptroller of the Currency in the U.S., recently penned an opinion piece on how public trust in banking, vital to a healthy economy, has largely been lost in recent years and how banks must rethink their corporate…
  • Nov 22

    Bank of America Mortgage Meltdown Liability Stands at $91 Billion

    Bank of America Mortgage Meltdown Liability Stands at $91 Billion
    It's been six years since the housing crisis and subsequent Great Recession reared their ugly heads, ultimately revealing extensive banking and mortgage servicing abuses that led us down that path in the first place. In that time, one of the…
  • Nov 18

    Report: Banks Don't Suffer in Settlements Meant to Punish

    Report: Banks Don't Suffer in Settlements Meant to Punish
    Although virtually no one involved in the Wall Street wrongdoing that led our nation toward a Great Recession has ever set foot inside a jail cell, there are those who point instead to the numerous, multi-billion settlement offers government…
Rank this Week: 1241

Lemon Law Blawg

Lemon Law Blawg

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

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

    A Job Well Done

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

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

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

    Giving Back Is Important to Them, and to You

    Giving Back Is Important to Them, and to You
    2,000 Empty Bins Being Passed Out to VolunteersThis year, just as our entire staff has for the last three years, our office is joining with Fairhaven Church in its annual Christmas Gift campaign.This will be the fourth year that the local…
Rank this Week: 1132

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/
  • Nov 18

    9th Cir. Reverses Order Compelling Arbitration in TCPA Suit Against Siriu

    9th Cir. Reverses Order Compelling Arbitration in TCPA Suit Against Siriu
    Last week, the Ninth Circuit reversed a California federal court’s decision compelling individual arbitration of a putative class action alleging Sirius XM Radio violated the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) by making…
  • Nov 13

    Godfrey v. Oakland Port Services: CA Ct. of App. Affirms Judgment for Driver Cla

    Godfrey v. Oakland Port Services: CA Ct. of App. Affirms Judgment for Driver Cla
    Last month, the California Court of Appeal affirmed the certification order by the Alameda County Superior Court which certified a class of drivers who alleged wage-and-hour violations against their employer, Oakland Port Services Corp, d/b/a…
  • Nov 4

    Employee Class Certified in Tian v. Ma Laboratorie

    Employee Class Certified in Tian v. Ma Laboratorie
    The trial judge in the Santa Clara Superior court, Judge Peter H. Kirwan, certified a class of employees who alleged that Ma Laboratories Inc. failed to pay for all “hours worked” pursuant to 8 Cal. Code Regs., § 11070(2)(G).…
Rank this Week: 1322

Mass Tort Defense

Mass Tort Defense

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

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

    New Drug Law in Canada

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

    Mouthwash Class Action Washed Out

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

    Federal Court Decertifies "Natural" Damages Class Action- Naturally

    Federal Court Decertifies "Natural" Damages Class Action- Naturally
    A federal court last week ordered decertification of a damages class action challenging “all natural” fruit labels, due to deficiencies with the the plaintiffs' damages model. See Brazil v. Dole Packaged Foods, LLC,  No.…
Rank this Week: 1163

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: 1311

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: 1269

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: 1278

California Bankruptcy Lawyer

California Bankruptcy Lawyer

Covers bankruptcy, consumer debt and finance law with a focus on California law. By Scott Sagaria.

http://www.californiabankruptcylawyerblog.com/
  • Aug 10

    What is Obama Home Foreclosure Program?

    What is Obama Home Foreclosure Program?
    President Obama's home foreclosure program, Making Home Affordable, is a program that provides a number of government-subsidized options for homeowners who are struggling. The goal is for these homeowners to avoid home foreclosure, which…
  • Jul 26

    How Does Home Foreclosure Affect Home Vacancy?

    How Does Home Foreclosure Affect Home Vacancy?
    Home Foreclosures and It's Affects on Home Vacancies Home foreclosure rates have a direct affect on nearby property values through the supply effect. Residents currently living near vacant properties have a sense of mistrust and fear, from…
  • Jul 11

    What Is The Process of Home Foreclosure In Sacramento?

    What Is The Process of Home Foreclosure In Sacramento?
    The process of home foreclosure in Sacramento and eviction pre-foreclosure and the formal legal foreclosure process. Completion of all of these steps, which will probably take a few months or so, will lead to the eviction of the previous…
Rank this Week: 1242

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/
  • Nov 20

    Antitrust Injury and the Classic Antitrust Case of Brunswick Corp v. Pueblo Bowl-O-Mat

    Antitrust Injury and the Classic Antitrust Case of Brunswick Corp v. Pueblo Bowl-O-Mat
    Antitrust injury is one of the most commonly fought battles in antitrust litigation. It is also one of the least understood antitrust concepts. No matter what your antitrust theory, it is almost certain that you must satisfy antitrust-injury…
  • Nov 15

    Entrenching a Monopolist: the FCC, Net Neutrality, and the Cable-Company Merger

    Entrenching a Monopolist: the FCC, Net Neutrality, and the Cable-Company Merger
    An article in the Wall Street Journal caught my eye: “FCC Questions AT&T Over Investment Pause: Company Freezes Plans to Build Ultrafast Internet Service.” The reason for the pause is the FCC’s flirtation with the idea…
  • Nov 13

    The Antitrust Danger of Trade Associations with Power

    The Antitrust Danger of Trade Associations with Power
    The trade association necessitates a delicate balancing act between anticompetitive conduct condemned by the antitrust laws and pro-competitive information-sharing and best practices that ultimately help consumers. Trade associations should…
Rank this Week: 1540

Wexler Wallace Law Firm Blog

Wexler Wallace Law Firm Blog

Covers legal cases and news.

http://blog.wexlerwallace.com/
  • Nov 11

    Simplifying with Cutti and Rule 701

    Simplifying with Cutti and Rule 701
    Last month, the Supreme Court decided not to review a decision involving lay witness opinion testimony. The case – Cuti v. United States, 720 F.3d 453 (2nd Cir. 2013) – may be valuable for anyone who is involved in complex
  • Nov 4

    Getting Outside of the Office: Support the Children’s Research Fund Junior Board at Cocktails for a Cause

    Getting Outside of the Office: Support the Children’s Research Fund Junior Board at Cocktails for a Cause
    In addition to my passion for helping injured plaintiffs through my role as an associate attorney with Wexler Wallace’s mass torts practice, I am passionate about helping to improve the quality of health care delivered to pediatric…
  • Oct 29

    Arbitration Clauses: Coming soon to a Online Customer Service Agreement near You

    Arbitration Clauses: Coming soon to a Online Customer Service Agreement near You
    Earlier this year, I wrote about the online storage company Dropbox adding an arbitration clause to its customer service agreement. It seems Dropbox is in very good company on the Internet these days. According to New York Times blog…
Rank this Week: 1475

Garmo & Kiste, PLC Law Blog

Garmo & Kiste, PLC Law Blog

Covers Michigan law topics.

http://www.garmokiste.com
  • Nov 6

    Detroit Metro Airport (DTW) misdemeanor criminal charge

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

    East Lansing Michigan’s Open Container Law

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

    Tailgating Crimes Michigan

    Tailgating Crimes Michigan
    Charged with Tailgating Crimes Michigan? Fall is here, football season is in full swing, and the tradition of tailgating has resumed.  With both the NFL and NCAA playing there are plenty of opportunities for fans across Michigan to…
Rank this Week: 1655

Bailey Class Action Daily

Bailey Class Action Daily

Covers class action issues, both in California and Nationwide. By Matt C. Bailey.

http://www.baileydaily.com/
Rank this Week: 1583

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: 1356

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: 1547

The Dunning Letter

The Dunning Letter

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

http://thedunningletter.blogspot.com/
Rank this Week: 1417

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: 1699

CFPB Monitor

CFPB Monitor

Covers the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. By Ballard Spahr.

http://www.cfpbmonitor.com
  • Nov 24

    Supreme Court to hear oral argument on Jan. 21st in FHA disparate impact case

    Supreme Court to hear oral argument on Jan. 21st in FHA disparate impact case
    Peter N. Cubita The U.S. Supreme Court has set January 21, 2015 as the date for oral argument in Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs v. The Inclusive Communities Project, Inc., which is the case presenting the issue whether…
  • Nov 24

    CFPB’s first criminal referral ends in 9-year sentence

    CFPB’s first criminal referral ends in 9-year sentence
    Barbara S. Mishkin The CFPB’s first publicly announced criminal referral has resulted in a nine-year sentence for the principal of a debt settlement company, who pled guilty to several of the charges.  The referral, which was made…
  • Nov 24

    CFPB praises change in military discretionary allotment system

    CFPB praises change in military discretionary allotment system
    Barbara S. Mishkin CFPB Assistant Director for Servicemember Affairs Holly Petraeus has issued a statement applauding changes to the military discretionary allotment system announced last week by the Department of Defense (DoD). The…
Rank this Week: 2190

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/
  • Nov 23

    TCPA Decision: What is the Purpose of Damages Per Call/Text/Fax?

    TCPA Decision: What is the Purpose of Damages Per Call/Text/Fax?
    Often defendants who are sued under the TCPA (Telephone Consumer Protection Act) argue that the damages are unfair and they represent a "windfall" to the plaintiff who "wasn't really hurt." While it has no basis in law, the emotional and…
  • Nov 21

    TCPA Decision: Wife Gave Cell Phone Number To ER -- Consent For Calls?

    TCPA Decision: Wife Gave Cell Phone Number To ER -- Consent For Calls?
    A big issue in the TCPA is whether consent, and the proper type of consent, was given that would allow a company to auto dial a consumer's cell phone without being subject to damages of $500-1500 per call. Helping us as lawyers fill in the…
  • Nov 19

    TCPA Decision: Can You Revoke Consent For Calls To Your Cell Phone?

    TCPA Decision: Can You Revoke Consent For Calls To Your Cell Phone?
    The TCPA is a hot legal issue as it can result in tens of thousands and even hundreds of thousands of dollars in damages for individual plaintiffs all related to computerized calls to cell phones. A big issue has been "Can you revoke consent…
Rank this Week: 1912

Tampa Bankruptcy Lawyer Blog

Tampa Bankruptcy Lawyer Blog

Covers chapter 7 and chapter 13 bankruptcy, as well as foreclosure defense. By Christie D. Arkovich, P.A.

http://www.tampabankruptcylawyerblog.com/
  • Nov 22

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

    Debtors' Ability to Strip Second Mortgages: the Door May Be Slammed Shut Soon so File Now!
    As a Florida consumer bankruptcy attorney, we have been able to remove and strip off second mortgages due to the 11th Circuit's decision in McNeal a couple years back. It is the only Circuit in the country that allows for a second mortgage…
  • Sep 14

    Watch out for Scam Bill Collectors Calling after a Bankruptcy is Filed

    Watch out for Scam Bill Collectors Calling after a Bankruptcy is Filed
    I don't know if this is occurring to our Florida bankruptcy clients, but I imagine it is. The ABI I have a warning for you about scam bill collectors. Criminal gangs are posing as law enforcement officials. They are calling people and…
  • Aug 30

    Stop Continued Calls by Mortgage Company

    Stop Continued Calls by Mortgage Company
    Many of our Tampa Bay, Florida clients facing foreclosure want to speak with their mortgage company and reach some kind of agreement for a loan mod, deed in lieu, cash for keys or short sale. Many do not. They've been there and done that…
Rank this Week: 2616

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
  • Nov 21

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

    Check your VIN for recalls -- especially before buying a used car!
    Owners (and especially dealers) may not always know their recalled vehicle still needs to be repaired. NHTSA's new search tool lets you enter a Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) to quickly learn if a specific vehicle has not been repaired…
  • Nov 19

    Want tax savings that pay back the investment many times over, for decades?

    Want tax savings that pay back the investment many times over, for decades?
    One of the smartest things we could do to cut government spending is STOP CHILDREN FROM BEING EXPOSED TO LEAD. One of the worst things about a problem is when people wrongly think it has been solved. Like lead exposure. Most people forgot…
  • Nov 18

    If you ever buy gas with debit cards in Oregon, check this out!

    If you ever buy gas with debit cards in Oregon, check this out!
    The claim process in the BP/ARCO class action over illegal debit card charges has opened! Here's the website: https://www.debitcardclassaction.com// If you are in the class (see below), you are entitled to $200, less whatever fees and…
Rank this Week: 2333

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/
  • Nov 19

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

    C.A.R.S. Targets CarMax for Sell of Unsafe Vehicle
    Consumers for Auto Reliability and Safety, known by the acronym C.A.R.S., has launched a campaign against the automotive megadealer CarMax, alleging that its used car lots engage in a widespread practice of reselling unsafe cars, some with…
  • Nov 13

    Kemnitzer, Barron & Krieg Named "Ambassors of Justice"

    Kemnitzer, Barron & Krieg Named "Ambassors of Justice"
    California Rural Legal Assistance has honored attorneys Bryan Kemnitzer, Nancy Barron, and Bill Krieg of the law firm Kemnitzer, Barron & Krieg with its 2014 Ambassadors of Justice Award. The award was presented to the consumer law firm…
  • Nov 11

    Forced Arbitration Dubbed the New "Yellow-Dog Contract"

    Forced Arbitration Dubbed the New "Yellow-Dog Contract"
    The term "forced arbitration" refers to the small print in a standard form contract that strips consumers and employees of their right to sue in court. In an excellent Salon.com piece, authors David Seligman and Nick Clark argue that…
Rank this Week: 1906

Consumer Advocate Legal Update

Consumer Advocate Legal Update

Discusses consumer law, class action lawsuits, advertising law, business law, copyright, and other topics. By Khorrami, LLP.

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

    Class Action Lawsuit against Gap and Banana Republic for Misleading Sales Tactic

    Class Action Lawsuit against Gap and Banana Republic for Misleading Sales Tactic
    Have you ever planned to make a purchase of an item solely because you thought it was on sale, only to find out at the cash register that the item is being sold at full-price? If so, you are not alone. Consumers in California have banned…
  • Nov 17

    Tylenol Liver Failure Lawsuit

    Tylenol Liver Failure Lawsuit
    Tylenol, the #1 doctor recommended brand of pain relief and a name trusted by Americans for years to treat aches and reduce fevers, has been linked to liver failure. A Tylenol liver failure lawsuit has been filed against Johnson &…
  • Nov 3

    Police Department Settles Lawsuit for 2.5 Million after Man Dies in Police Custody

    Police Department Settles Lawsuit for 2.5 Million after Man Dies in Police Custody
    A Long Island police department has agreed to pay a $2.5 million settlement to the family of a sickly bipolar man who died in custody after police denied him access to his medication.   Widow Danielle McDonnell and the…
Rank this Week: 2397

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: 2360

Florida Bankruptcy Lawyer Blog

Florida Bankruptcy Lawyer Blog

Covers bankruptcy and foreclosure law. By Parker DuFresne.

http://www.florida-bankruptcylawyerblog.com/
  • Nov 17

    Dyck O'Neal Pursues Borrowers with Tainted Foreclosure

    Dyck O'Neal Pursues Borrowers with Tainted Foreclosure
    Our own Chip Parker is discussed in an article written by The New York Times about the unlawful debt collection practices by mortgage finance giants like Fannie Mae. "It's bad enough that Fannie Mae and their collectors are pursuing…
  • Nov 4

    Have You Had Problems With Your Mortgage Loan Since the Servicing Was Transferred from Bank of America to Carrington Mortgage Services?

    Have You Had Problems With Your Mortgage Loan Since the Servicing Was Transferred from Bank of America to Carrington Mortgage Services?
    The servicing of thousands of mortgage loans recently transferred from Bank of America, National Association to Carrington Mortgage Services, LLC. The accounts transferred were part of a Taylor, Bean & Whitaker junk loan portfolio that…
  • Oct 22

    POST FORECLOSURE HELL

    POST FORECLOSURE HELL
    "Post Foreclosure Hell" describes the latest gift to Americans from the banks, FANNIE MAE and FREDDIE MAC. After the massive bail-outs by the American taxpayer, the banks, FANNIE and FREDDIE are now using "deficiency judgments" to collect on…
Rank this Week: 1974

Nebraska Debt & Bankrtupcy Blog

Nebraska Debt & Bankrtupcy Blog

By Samuel J. Turco Jr.

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

    10 Reasons Her Student Loans Will Not Be Discharged

    10 Reasons Her Student Loans Will Not Be Discharged
    The 8th Circuit Bankruptcy Appellate Panel denied Kathryn Nielen's application to discharge her student loans, and the result, although discouraging in many respects, is not all that surprising. (Nielsen vs. ACS Inc, No. 13-6034, 8th BAP…
  • Oct 21

    How to Vacate a Default Judgment

    How to Vacate a Default Judgment
    I recently met a client who first learned that she had been sued when she received a post card in the mail from the court indicating that a default judgment had been entered against her.  Frequently I meet clients who first learn of a…
  • Oct 4

    Homeowners May Sue Banks for Denial of Loan Modification

    Homeowners May Sue Banks for Denial of Loan Modification
      The 8th Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that a homeowner has a private right of action to sue their mortgage lender when the bank fails to properly process the application.  Topchain v JPMorgan Chase, No. 13-2128 (8th Cir.…
Rank this Week: 1982

New York Securities Lawyers Blog

New York Securities Lawyers Blog

Covers securities and investment fraud. By Malecki Law.

http://www.newyorksecuritieslawyersblog.com/
Rank this Week: 2452