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The Pop Tort

The Pop Tort

http://www.thepoptort.com/
  • Apr 18

    The PopTort Finds Leaked Memo to General Mills!

    The PopTort Finds Leaked Memo to General Mills!
    Someone just leaked this confidential memo to us. What do you make of this? CONFIDENTIAL MEMO To: The General Mills Board of Directors From: The General Mills Legal Department Re: Our new “Get Out of Jail Free” Card Date: April...
  • Apr 16

    Unpaid Interns: More Legal Rights Than Employees These Days?

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

    Recalled Cars - A New World Record?

    Recalled Cars - A New World Record?
    If you’ve seen The Today Show lately, you know they’ve been spending the week trying to break Guinness World Records. Like yesterday, someone beat the “most shaved heads in an hour” record. Today, it was the…
Rank this Week: 2081

Protect Your Rights

Protect Your Rights

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

http://www.maginnislaw.com
  • Apr 13

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

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

    Compensation for Travel Time — North Carolina Employee Wages Attorney

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

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

    Employers and Independent Contractors under the Fair Labor Standards Act — Wake County FLSA Attorney
    The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) comprises four major requirements: a minimum wage, an overtime standard, restrictions on child labor, and equal pay. These requirements apply to all “covered employees” under the Act. Many…
Rank this Week: 1812

Nebraska Debt & Bankrtupcy Blog

Nebraska Debt & Bankrtupcy Blog

By Samuel J. Turco Jr.

http://www.nebraskadebtbankruptcyblog.com/
  • Mar 27

    American Bankruptcy Institute Seminar on Student Loan

    American Bankruptcy Institute Seminar on Student Loan
    I will be attending the American Bankruptcy Institute's Student Loan Debt Crisis Symposium being held in in Washington DC on May 30.  The timing of this event could not be better.  The student loan problem keeps getting worse and it…
  • Jan 24

    Court Denies CitiBank Interest When Contract Lost

    Court Denies CitiBank Interest When Contract Lost
    What happens when a bank cannot produce a copy of their credit card agreement during a lawsuit for an unpaid account balance?  Well, that was exactly the situation when CitiBank sued Teresa Cooper in the Superior Court of Vermont, and…
  • Jan 23

    Junk Debt Buyer Accused of Manufacturing Evidence

    Junk Debt Buyer Accused of Manufacturing Evidence
    Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson has filed a lawsuit against a junk-debt buyer, Bradstreet & Associates, accusing that firm of charging an inflated interest of 22% on debts for overdrawn bank accounts that may only charge 6%…
Rank this Week: 2083

Texas Debt Suit Defense 101

Texas Debt Suit Defense 101

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

http://debt-suit-litigation-in-texas.blogspot.com
Rank this Week: 1915

FDCPA - Fair Debt Collection…

FDCPA - Fair Debt Collection Practices Act

Covers the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, state consumer collection laws, and the debt collection industry. By Donald E. Petersen.

http://www.fdcpa.me/
  • Sep 21

    Consumers Can Stop Robo-Calls To Their Cell Phone

    Consumers Can Stop Robo-Calls To Their Cell Phone
    The United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit (the “Circuit Court”) recently decided Gager v. Dell Financial Services, LLC, addressing whether cell phone subscribers can withdraw their “express consent” for…
  • Sep 11

    [NOT-MY-DEBT] GC Services Repeatedly Calls Me Asking For My Mother, Daughter Allege

    [NOT-MY-DEBT] GC Services Repeatedly Calls Me Asking For My Mother, Daughter Allege
    GC Services was sued by a daughter who alleges that GC Services violated the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (“FDCPA”) by placing calls to her on a daily basis for nearly three months. According to the Fair Debt lawsuit, GC…
  • May 28

    Consumers Should Not Discuss Their Debts On The Internet

    Consumers Should Not Discuss Their Debts On The Internet
    An Arkansas consumer (the “Plaintiff”) recently defeated the Defendant’s Motion to Dismiss his FDCPA lawsuit and to enter a “Civility Order” prohibiting the Plaintiff from making further comments on two internet…
Rank this Week: 2042

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: 1920

Personal Finance & Consumer…

Personal Finance & Consumer Rights Blog

Covers consumer rights. By Sonya Smith-Valentine.

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

    Debt Collectors Need to Play by the Rule

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

    Bogus Text Messages Offering Prize

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

    But I Never Ordered Anything…

    But I Never Ordered Anything…
    What if a company called you, demanding you pay for a product they said you ordered? What if they threatened you if you didn’t pay? And what if you never actually ordered that product, never even saw it, and never promised to pay for…
Rank this Week: 1880

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: 2021

The Monk Law Firm

The Monk Law Firm

Covers personal injury and consumer law information.

http://blog.themonklawfirm.com/
  • Jan 8

    State Bar Releases Updated "How to Sue in Justice Court" Handbook

    State Bar Releases Updated "How to Sue in Justice Court" Handbook
    The State Bar of Texas, as part of their public outreach mission, maintains guides for non-lawyers. One such guide is their "How to Sue in Justice Court" handbook. It was recently updated to account for changes that went into effect on August…
  • Dec 31

    Happy New Year

    Happy New Year
    We wish you all a Happy New Year. Spend as much time as you can with the ones you love.
  • Dec 19

    Beware of Loan Modification

    Beware of Loan Modification
    The Texas Bar publishes a pamphlet intended to make consumers aware of potential pitfalls when considering loan modifications. Consider reading it before you go down the road of applying for one yourself. As always, if the pamphlet raises any…
Rank this Week: 2107

Class Action Attorneys Blog

Class Action Attorneys Blog

Covers employment law and consumer class-action cases. By Pogust Braslow Millrood.

http://www.classactionattorneysblog.com/
  • Oct 18

    Getting Paid for Security Screenings?

    Getting Paid for Security Screenings?
    Earlier this year, the Ninth Circuit heard the case of Busk, et al. v. Integrity Staffing Solutions, Inc.. The claims were brought by former employees who were subjected to security screenings by the company to curb employee theft of retail…
  • Feb 14

    Triumph

    Triumph
    On February 7, 2013, Carnival’s Triumph left the port of Galveston in what was anticipated to be a relaxing four-day cruise to the Caribbean. However, this winter getaway quickly turned into a living nightmare for Triumph’s 3,142…
  • Jan 17

    Fisher-Price Rock ‘N Play Infant Sleeper Recall to Inspect – Not Reimburse

    Fisher-Price Rock ‘N Play Infant Sleeper Recall to Inspect – Not Reimburse
    On January, 8, 2013, The Consumer Product Safety Commission in association with Fisher-Price announced a voluntary recall of the Rock ‘N Play Infant Sleeper due to the risk of mold developing between the removable seat cushion and hard…
Rank this Week: 2358

David F. Sugarman

David F. Sugarman

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Oregon Qarmat Ali vets’ case against KBR headed to trial

    Oregon Qarmat Ali vets’ case against KBR headed to trial
    Today, Judge Papak issued another summary judgment opinion denying KBR’s motions for summary judgment on fraud and negligence. Here is a PDF copy: 512 – opinion & order – fraud and neglig It’s a long opinion, but it provides a really…
Rank this Week: 2177

Fraud, Phishing and Financial…

Fraud, Phishing and Financial Misdeeds

Covers identity theft.

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

    Identity Thieves Target Uncle Sam

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

    Phony Collectors Want Your Credit/Debit Card Information

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

    Will 2010 be a Banner Year for Identity Thieves?

    Will 2010 be a Banner Year for Identity Thieves?
    For the past six months or so, this blog was put on hold. I could come up with a lot of excuses why it was put on hold -- such as increased workload and job responsibilities -- but I probably just needed a break from writing.Now that I am…
Rank this Week: 2267

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: 2337

Law for Real People

Law for Real People

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

http://www.johngearlaw.com/law-for-real-people-blog.html
Rank this Week: 2892

The Antitrust Attorney Blog

The Antitrust Attorney Blog

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

http://www.theantitrustattorney.com/
Rank this Week: 2572

Tampa Bankruptcy Lawyer Blog

Tampa Bankruptcy Lawyer Blog

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

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

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

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

    BP Settlement Intended to Simplify Proof is Under Attack

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

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

    BP Wins Appeal to Modify (Reduce) Economic Loss Claims.
    Just as our Tampa Bay, Florida BP oil spill claims are heading toward the finish line, the rules are changing. We believe the new narrower guidelines will likely have a larger impact on our Florida based claims due to the increased distance…
Rank this Week: 2886

Consumer Advocate Legal Update

Consumer Advocate Legal Update

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

http://www.consumeradvocatelegalupdate.com/
  • Apr 14

    GM Recalls Recalled Cars for New Defect

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

    T-Mobile Settles Robocall Class Action Suit

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

    Hotel Fees at the Center of Recent Class Action Investigation

    Hotel Fees at the Center of Recent Class Action Investigation
    A recent  investigation has been launched to explore the possibility of a class action lawsuit against hotel chains who engage in deceitful practices regarding hotel fees. Specifically, there have been numerous complaints over the…
Rank this Week: 2750

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/
  • Mar 9

    Mortgage and Debt Forgiveness in Oregon and the IRS

    Mortgage and Debt Forgiveness in Oregon and the IRS
    If you lost your Oregon home in a foreclosure or gave it up in a short sale prior to 2014, there were no tax repercussions to the forgiveness of debt. Unfortunately, the exception in the tax laws that made this so has now expired. If you lost…
  • Feb 15

    Who’s Going to Find Out About My Oregon Bankruptcy Filing?

    Who’s Going to Find Out About My Oregon Bankruptcy Filing?
    Many prospective bankruptcy filers in Oregon are understandably concerned about the privacy of their filing. At least once or twice a year someone chooses to come in for a consultation with our firm because we have offices in four different…
  • Feb 13

    Joint Bankruptcy Filing in Oregon

    Joint Bankruptcy Filing in Oregon
    Do I file jointly with my spouse or can I just file alone? Every prospective bankruptcy filer in the state of Oregon asks this question. Many Portland and Salem filers just don’t want their spouses involved, particularly if the would be…
Rank this Week: 2723

Stock Market Loss

Stock Market Loss

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

http://www.stockmarketloss.com/news/
  • Feb 27

    What Happens in an Arbitration Proceeding?

    What Happens in an Arbitration Proceeding?
    This article was originally posted on Stock Market LossArbitrations are conducted under the auspices of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA). The case is commenced with the filing of a Statement of Claim, which is a complaint…
  • Feb 14

    FINRA Seeks to Prohibit Brokerage Firms From Buying Customer Cooperation in Expungement Proceeding

    FINRA Seeks to Prohibit Brokerage Firms From Buying Customer Cooperation in Expungement Proceeding
    This article was originally posted on Stock Market LossClaimants lawyers have long complained that brokerage firms should not be permitted to insist, as a condition of settling a dispute, that the customer must cooperate in having the…
  • Jan 9

    New FINRA Team Will Track Patterns of Sales Abuse and “Broker Migration”

    New FINRA Team Will Track Patterns of Sales Abuse and “Broker Migration”
    This article was originally posted on Stock Market LossThe Financial Industry Regulatory Authority intends to field an enforcement team tasked with focusing on brokers whose records show patterns of complaints or sales abuses. The team will…
Rank this Week: 2565

Florida Bankruptcy Lawyer Blog

Florida Bankruptcy Lawyer Blog

Covers bankruptcy and foreclosure law. By Parker DuFresne.

http://www.florida-bankruptcylawyerblog.com/
Rank this Week: 2733

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/
  • Dec 18

    Indiana Consumer Sues American Financial Credit Services, Inc. and Bleecker, Brodey & Andrew

    Indiana Consumer Sues American Financial Credit Services, Inc. and Bleecker, Brodey & Andrew
    PRESS RELEASE Indiana Consumer Law Group/The Law Office of Robert E. Duff announces the filing of a lawsuit against debt collector American Financial Credit Services, Inc. and the law firm of Bleecker, Brodey & Andrews. The lawsuit,…
  • Dec 5

    Indiana Consumer Sues Portfolio Recovery Associates and Morgan & Pottinger

    Indiana Consumer Sues Portfolio Recovery Associates and Morgan & Pottinger
    PRESS RELEASE Indiana Consumer Law Group/The Law Office of Robert E. Duff announces the filing of a lawsuit against debt collector Portfolio Recovery Associates, LLC and the law firm of Morgan & Pottinger, P.S.C. The lawsuit, which has…
  • Oct 5

    Seventh Circuit Rules Calling Son About Mother's Debt Not Unfair

    Seventh Circuit Rules Calling Son About Mother's Debt Not Unfair
    The United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit recently affirmed the dismissal of a pro se plaintiff's complaint in the case of Todd v. Collecto, Inc., 2013 WL 5452071. Michael Todd alleged that Collecto had violated the FDCPA by…
Rank this Week: 2574

Alaska Backwoods Lawyer

Alaska Backwoods Lawyer

Covers the practice of consumer rights law from the Alaska wilderness. By Paul H. Bratton.

http://backwoodslawyer.blogspot.com/
  • Apr 12

    Rep. Gara Introduces Bill to Protect Salmon Streams and Water Sources from Toxic Pesticide

    Rep. Gara Introduces Bill to Protect Salmon Streams and Water Sources from Toxic Pesticide
    Juneau, AK - This week, Representative Les Gara introduced legislation (HB 201) which, if passed, would protect salmon streams and drinking water sources from toxic pesticides by establishing buffer zones. HB 201 would establish important…
  • Oct 2

    9th Circuit Panel Halts PortMac Rail Extension

    9th Circuit Panel Halts PortMac Rail Extension
    Anchorage, AK- Alaska families and salmon fisheries won a major court victory this week when the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that all construction related to the controversial Port MacKenzie rail project is to be halted pending full…
  • Jul 24

    Alaska Agency to Block Public Review of Public Pesticide Project

    Alaska Agency to Block Public Review of Public Pesticide Project
    Go to Commentary to see the Alaska Dispatch op-ed on the Parnell administration's latest move to facilitate more herbicides in our salmon streams and families bodies.
Rank this Week: 2796

Denver Bankruptcy Lawyer Blog

Denver Bankruptcy Lawyer Blog

Covers bankruptcy, foreclosure and debt collection. By the Law Office of Clark Daniel Dray.

http://www.debtfreecolorado.com/denver-bankruptcy-lawyer-blog/
  • Mar 29

    Bankruptcy 341 Meeting of Creditors – What will the Trustee Ask?

    Bankruptcy 341 Meeting of Creditors – What will the Trustee Ask?
    Attorney Charles E. Longtine posted a useful article on the Colorado Consumer Bankruptcy Association’s blog about commonly asked questions at the 341 Meeting of Creditors. The first few questions he lists are: Have you previously filed…
  • Mar 29

    Bankruptcy 341 Meeting of Creditors – What will the Trustee Ask?

    Bankruptcy 341 Meeting of Creditors – What will the Trustee Ask?
    Attorney Charles E. Longtine posted a useful article on the Colorado Consumer Bankruptcy Association’s blog about commonly asked questions at the 341 Meeting of Creditors. The first few questions he lists are: Have you previously filed…
  • Sep 25

    Divorce, Debt, and Bankruptcy – Why Your Divorce Isn’t As Effective At Protecting You From Debt As You Think

    Divorce, Debt, and Bankruptcy – Why Your Divorce Isn’t As Effective At Protecting You From Debt As You Think
    Contrary to popular belief, the financial bonds formed during a marriage can’t be broken just by filing for divorce. Three common misconceptions about divorce and debt are set out and corrected below to help you learn how to avoid letting…
Rank this Week: 2814

Credit Report Matters Blog

Credit Report Matters Blog

Covers legal rights to accurate credit reports, disputing inaccurate credit reports and legal remedies. By Gordon Leech.

http://creditreportmatters.info
  • May 7

    Errors in Credit Reports due to Mixing and Matching a Relative's Data Most Prevalent

    Errors in Credit Reports due to Mixing and Matching a Relative's Data Most Prevalent
    The Columbus Dispatch reports, following an extensive investigation into consumer complaints at the FTC over a 2.5 year period, that almost 3/4th of the complaints involved consumer reporting agencies mixing someone’s relative’s credit…
  • May 7

    Mixed Files Found to be Big Problem in Credit Reporting

    Mixed Files Found to be Big Problem in Credit Reporting
    The 4-part investigative article published by The Columbus Post reports that one of the biggest problems found in consumer complaints to the FTC is with mixed files, where someone else’s information is appearing in your reports. Of the…
  • May 7

    Good News Article on Problems with Credit Reporting Error

    Good News Article on Problems with Credit Reporting Error
    The Columbus Dispatch has just published a great 4-part article investigating consumer complaints on credit reporting errors and its impacts. Here is a link: TheColumbusDispatchOnCreditRpt
Rank this Week: 2707

California Lemon Law News

California Lemon Law News

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

http://www.lemonlaw-attorneys.com
Rank this Week: 2702

shlep: the Self-Help Law ExPress

shlep: the Self-Help Law ExPress

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

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

    Help for pro se users in Clark County, Indiana

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

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

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

    Indianapolis law library closes but self-help center remains open

    Indianapolis law library closes but self-help center remains open
    Librarian Zoya Golban turned off the lights and locked the doors Wednesday at the Marion County Law Library for the last time. The cozy repository for legal materials and publicly accessible computers on the third floor of the City-County…
Rank this Week: 2450

The Section 15(b) Report

The Section 15(b) Report

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

http://cpscmonitor.com
  • Apr 17

    Small Businesses Join U.S. Chamber in Defending Buckyballs Co-Founder

    Small Businesses Join U.S. Chamber in Defending Buckyballs Co-Founder
    Image: The “Save Our Balls” campaign of the now defunct Maxfield & Oberton Holdings, LLC The National Federation of Independent Business has come to the defense of an entrepreneur in his lawsuit against the CPSC, which…
  • Apr 17

    Media Clips: Company Doe Ruling

    Media Clips: Company Doe Ruling
    Here are some excerpts of media coverage of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit’s ruling in Company Doe v. Public Citizen and its implications for manufacturers and sellers of consumer products: 4th Circ. Unseals Challenge…
  • Apr 16

    Fourth Circuit Orders Unsealing of Company Doe Case

    Fourth Circuit Orders Unsealing of Company Doe Case
    The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit issued a ruling today that will make it unlikely that companies will find that it is in their best interests to challenge in court the CPSC’s intent to publish inaccurate…
Rank this Week: 3233

Slough Law PLC News & Articles

Slough Law PLC News & Articles

Covers bankruptcy and consumer law. By Slough Law.

http://www.northernmichiganbankruptcy.com/blog
Rank this Week: 3112

California Consumer Finance…

California Consumer Finance Litigation

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

http://www.consumerfinancelitigation.com/
Rank this Week: 3038

Texas Lemon Law Blog

Texas Lemon Law Blog

Covers auto loans, car rankings, car manufacturers, consumer warranties, and lemons laws. By Kevin Le.

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

    Motorhome and RV Texas Lemon Law

    Motorhome and RV Texas Lemon Law
    Often times, potential clients would call my office asking if the Texas Lemon Law applies to motorhomes or recreational vehicles. Under the Texas Lemon Law, the term "vehicle" includes: "Cars, trucks, motorcycles, motor homes and all terrain…
  • Jan 1

    What is the Texas Lemon Law 30 Day Test?

    What is the Texas Lemon Law 30 Day Test?
    Many clients call my law office asking about the 30 day Texas Lemon Law test. Little do they know that when the law was drafted, it was heavily lobbied by car manufacturers and dealers to work against many consumers. Here's why: Imagine a…
  • Sep 19

    The first thing you should do if you own a lemon car.

    The first thing you should do if you own a lemon car.
    Lemon law litigation may be complex and there are many important things you should do to preserve a strong case against the car manufacturer. The first thing you should do is to obtain, gather, and compile all paperwork relating to your…
Rank this Week: 2960

Wexler Wallace Law Firm Blog

Wexler Wallace Law Firm Blog

Covers legal cases and news.

http://blog.wexlerwallace.com/
  • Mar 7

    Another One Bites the Dust: Dropbox Adds Arbitration Clause

    Another One Bites the Dust: Dropbox Adds Arbitration Clause
    It is difficult to be a consumer these days without being subjected to arbitration agreements. Most banks, cell phone companies, cable providers and major corporations include an arbitration agreement in their terms of service. Dropbox is one…
  • Mar 3

    The Comcast-Time Warner Cable Merger: A Cause for Concern

    The Comcast-Time Warner Cable Merger: A Cause for Concern
    On February 13, Comcast Corporation announced its agreement to acquire Time Warner Cable in a $45.2 billion stock-for-stock transaction.  The merger of the nation’s two largest cable companies and the first and third largest…
  • Feb 3

    Important Considerations For Student Loan Co-Signer

    Important Considerations For Student Loan Co-Signer
    American consumers owe more than $150 billion in outstanding private student loan debt.  For some fortunate enough to have a family member with a solid credit history to co-sign on those loans, they may be able to save a bit
Rank this Week: 3090

California Lemon Law Lawyer Blog

California Lemon Law Lawyer Blog

Covers California lemon law. By Mark F. Anderson.

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

    Hyundai Drops Forced Arbitration Post-Publicity

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

    Hyundai Imposes Forced Arbitration on Lemon Car Owner

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

    Some Accident Reports Available Online from Crashdoc

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

Friedman Iverson Consumer Law Blog

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

http://www.friedmaniverson.com/consumer/blog/
  • Dec 1

    We’re looking for an administrative staff member

    We’re looking for an administrative staff member
    Friedman Iverson, an innovative and creative law firm in Northeast Minneapolis, is growing, and we’re looking for an administrative team member to help keep the office running smoothly day-to-day. This position is perfect for a…
  • Oct 17

    I forgot to add a creditor to my bankruptcy

    I forgot to add a creditor to my bankruptcy
    As hard as we try to find all of your creditors before a bankruptcy, every once in a while one slips through the cracks. What happens when a creditor gets left out? 1. First of all, don’t get any ideas. All creditors are…
  • Sep 30

    How to deal with an odometer rollback

    How to deal with an odometer rollback
    Shady car dealers love to find a way to make an extra buck on a used car. One way they do this is by rolling back the odometer. WIth digital odometer displays, it is often very easy for a car dealer to roll back an odometer. We sue car…
Rank this Week: 3289

Fort Lauderdale Bankruptcy Lawyer…

Fort Lauderdale Bankruptcy Lawyer Blog

Covers Florida bankruptcy and mortgage foreclosure. By Orfelia M. Mayor, P.A.

http://www.fortlauderdalebankruptcylawyerblog.com/
  • May 28

    Don't Let Creditors Take Advantage of YOU!

    Don't Let Creditors Take Advantage of YOU!
    Creditors love it when people file bankruptcy without an attorney. I was in court the other day and the Judge was holding hearings on "reaffirmation agreements." Reaffirmation agreements are post-filing agreements where you basically incur…
  • May 24

    Yes You Can Buy A Home Quicker With A Bankruptcy!

    Yes You Can Buy A Home Quicker With A Bankruptcy!
    FHA home loans were designed to help Americans fulfill their dream of home ownership and are therefore the easiest type of real estate mortgage loan to qualify for. They require a minimum down payment (3%) and is the most flexible type of…
  • Nov 22

    What is a Chapter 13 Bankruptcy Plan?

    What is a Chapter 13 Bankruptcy Plan?
    Your Chapter 13 bankruptcy plan is what tells the court and your creditors how you intend to repay your debts. The plan must be confirmed (approved) by the judge.
Rank this Week: 3247

Maryland Foreclosure Lawyer Blog

Maryland Foreclosure Lawyer Blog

By Solomon, Bascietto & Mfume LLC.

http://www.marylandforeclosurelawyerblog.com/
  • Mar 30

    The Maryland Court's Failure to Enforce the Intent of Mediation

    The Maryland Court's Failure to Enforce the Intent of Mediation
    My last post, The High Cost of Mediation and Failure of the Maryland Courts, presented a hypothetical couple who were facing foreclosure. They were waiting for mediation and also hoping to get a modification to save their home. They had…
  • Mar 13

    The High Cost of Mediation and Failure of the Maryland Court

    The High Cost of Mediation and Failure of the Maryland Court
    Maryland adopted a law requiring all parties to a foreclosure to attend mediation if requested. "The goal of the law is to help homeowners get relief through a loan modification if they qualify or to find an alternative to foreclosure." See…
  • Feb 15

    Beware of Servicers Offering Homeowners Mortgage Modification

    Beware of Servicers Offering Homeowners Mortgage Modification
    I recently received a permanent modification offer from Chase on behalf of one of my clients. I was quite happy for the client until I read the actual modification offer. The client had his interest rate reduced to 2% for the first five…
Rank this Week: 3631

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: 3036

Kueser Law Firm Blog

Kueser Law Firm Blog

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

http://blog.jmkesquire.com
Rank this Week: 3510

Background Matters Blog

Background Matters Blog

Covers background investigations and reports in consumer and employment matters. By Gordon Leech.

http://backgroundmatters.info
  • Oct 21

    Employer Use of Credit Reports in Hiring Under Review by State

    Employer Use of Credit Reports in Hiring Under Review by State
    The Wall Street Journal reports today, October 21, 2010, that the use of credit reports or credit histories of job applicants, "a common practice among employers– is coming under fire." Employer Credit Checks on Job Seekers Draw Scrutiny,…
  • Sep 1

    Questions to Ask When An Employer Fires or Terminates an Employee or Rejects an Applicant based on a Background Check

    Questions to Ask When An Employer Fires or Terminates an Employee or Rejects an Applicant based on a Background Check
    Here is what I typically look for in Background Investigation – Employment cases where an employer terminates an employee or refuses to consider or hire an applicant for employment based on a background check or credit report. The Fair…
  • May 3

    Gordon Leech quoted in Associated Press Article on Background Check

    Gordon Leech quoted in Associated Press Article on Background Check
    On April 30, 2010, Associated Press Reporter Todd Richmond interviewed Gordon Leech regarding a story he was investigating on Background Reports sold by Wisconsin’s Criminal Information Bureau. In the story he wrote, he quoted Attorney…
Rank this Week: 3627

Integra Law Group Attorneys Blog

Integra Law Group Attorneys Blog

Covers debt relief, bankruptcy, estate planning and elder law in Idaho.

http://www.integralawblog.com
  • Jun 16

    Credit Card Companies Cut Deal

    Credit Card Companies Cut Deal
    Credit card companies are increasingly doing something they have historically refused to do -  cutting deals on delinquent accounts for substantially less than the amount owed, according to a recent article in the New York Times. …
  • Jun 5

    Medical Bills A Factor in 62% of Bankruptcie

    Medical Bills A Factor in 62% of Bankruptcie
    According to a recent study by Harvard Medical School, 62% of all personal bankruptcies filed in 2007 were related to a significant extent to medical bills.  Further, the really shocking statistic is that of those bankruptcies where medical…
  • May 6

    Court Halts Foreclosure Sale

    Court Halts Foreclosure Sale
    A court in South California has issued an order halting certain home foreclosure sales.  The injunction – which I believe to be the first of its kind for a broad class of borrowers — prevents stops foreclosure sales on properties…
Rank this Week: 3473

Norris Law Firm Blog

Norris Law Firm Blog

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

http://www.lemonlawnc.com/blog/
  • Apr 18

    General Mills Arbitration – Can Buying a Product Force You to Give Up Your Legal Rights?

    General Mills Arbitration – Can Buying a Product Force You to Give Up Your Legal Rights?
    So now @General Mills is forcing you to arbitrate disputes simply by engaging with them in an online forum, or even using a coupon to purchase one of its products!  Could you imagine that using a coupon for .25c off a box of cereal meant…
  • Apr 11

    GM Ignition Recalls – Unmerchantable Vehicles?

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

    YoYo Jury Verdict Upheld By NC Court of Appeal

    YoYo Jury Verdict Upheld By NC Court of Appeal
    NC Court of Appeals Upholds Jury Verdict for Dealership in a YoYo Sales In March, the North Carolina Court of Appeals issued an opinion affirming a jury verdict on an auto fraud case involving yoyo sales.   In Patterson v.…
Rank this Week: 4273

California Credit Law Blog

California Credit Law Blog

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

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

    The Truth About 10 Common Credit Report Myth

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

    Parents Should Check their Children’s Credit Report

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

    MyFico Is the Best Site for Credit Score

    MyFico Is the Best Site for Credit Score
    FICO is the company that first created credit scores over 20 years ago. The FICO score is the one used by 90 of the top 100 financial institutions. Other credit scores such as Vantage, which is available from the credit bureaus not only are…
Rank this Week: 4768

New York & New Jersey Consumer Law…

New York & New Jersey Consumer Law Blog

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Illegal Apartments & Contractual Consideration: Is a Tenant Entitled to Refund of Rent Paid?
    New Jersey landlord-tenant relationships are controlled by applicable statutes (the Anti-Eviction Act, NJSA 2A:18-61.1 et. seq., or NJSA 2A:18-53) and the terms of the lease. Lease terms are interpreted by typical contractual principles. The…
Rank this Week: 4365

California Consumer Protection Law…

California Consumer Protection Law Blog

Covers California consumer protection issues, including debt collection and repossession. By the Law Offices of Brandon A. Block.

http://www.bblocklaw.com/blog/
  • Jan 30

    California’s New Fair Debt Buying Practices Act

    California’s New Fair Debt Buying Practices Act
    California’s Fair Debt Buying Practices Act is now effective, as of January 1, 2014. It applies to any consumer debt sold or resold on or after January 1, 2014. The Fair Debt Buying Practices Act restricts the written statements debt…
  • Feb 1

    California State Senate Passes Fair Debt Buyer Practices Act

    California State Senate Passes Fair Debt Buyer Practices Act
    The California State Senate has passed the Fair Debt Buyers Practices Act, which will require purchasers of consumer debt (“debt buyers”) to provide documentary evidence to consumers in order to ensure that their collection efforts are…
  • Nov 11

    Denial of The Right to Reinstate

    Denial of The Right to Reinstate
    An earlier post details the two rights a California consumer generally has to get his or her car back following repossession or voluntary surrender of a car. To recap, the first right is to “reinstate” the car loan by paying all amounts…
Rank this Week: 4121

Maryland Lawyer Blog

Maryland Lawyer Blog

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

http://www.ostendorflaw.com/blog/
  • Jan 22

    Modification of Child Custody and Visitation in Maryland

    Modification of Child Custody and Visitation in Maryland
    Once the court makes a child custody and visitation determination, the arrangement is very difficult to modify. Under Maryland law, a parent who wishes to modify a court order regarding custody and visitation must meet the heavy burden of…
  • Jul 18

    Housing Finance Reform: Government Reinventing the Wheel Rather Than Sticking With What Worked

    Housing Finance Reform: Government Reinventing the Wheel Rather Than Sticking With What Worked
    Housing finance reform has been at the center of debates on how to ensure a stable economy since the Great Depression. Recently, in light of the 2007 economic crisis, lawmakers introduced a new bill in the Senate to address reforms. The bill…
  • Feb 5

    Step out of financial mess by taking effective step

    Step out of financial mess by taking effective step
    The New Year is a great time to start afresh economically if you have been through any financial struggle in the previous year. The most common unlucky financial phases are bankruptcy, divorce or foreclosure. Big personal debts can also be a…
Rank this Week: 4441

Long Island Consumer Lawyer

Long Island Consumer Lawyer

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

http://longislandconsumerlawyer.com/blog/
  • Dec 29

    The WORST Thing You Can Possibly Do Is Ignore Notice of a Lawsuit

    The WORST Thing You Can Possibly Do Is Ignore Notice of a Lawsuit
      You come home from work, and find a summons and complaint taped to your door or in your mailbox. You glance at it and see a lot of intimidating language; someone is demanding money that you do not have. You throw the papers in a pile,…
  • Dec 29

    Sued for a Debt in Nassau County or Suffolk County? Here Are Some Must-Have Resource

    Sued for a Debt in Nassau County or Suffolk County? Here Are Some Must-Have Resource
    Nassau County Residents If you reside in Nassau County, and the debt you allegedly owe is $15,000 or less, your creditor will likely file a lawsuit in the Nassau County District Court, located at 99 Main Street in Hempstead, New York. Records…
  • Dec 28

    How Do I Know if a Judgment Has Been Entered Against Me?

    How Do I Know if a Judgment Has Been Entered Against Me?
    A monetary judgment issued by a court is an official decision that the defendant (you, the judgment debtor) owes an amount of money to the plaintiff (the judgment creditor: typically a credit card bank, lender, or collection agency). Once a…
Rank this Week: 3784