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26 Aug 2008, 4:17 pm
by Deepak Gupta Although the issue hasn't come up in the presidential campaign, those looking for clues about the presidential candidates' views on the ongoing debate over binding mandatory arbitration will want take note of a new piece of proposed legislation sponsored by Senator Barack Obama. [read post]
29 Jul 2008, 8:43 am
"The court's ruling will compel debt collectors to police themselves more effectively," said Deepak Gupta, an attorney for Public Citizen who argued the case. [read post]
Because NCS submitted only a conclusory declaration stating that it maintained procedures, we hold that it failed to establish a bona fide error defense under the FDCPA.Public Citizen's Deepak Gupta represented Richard Reichert in this appellate victory for consumers in the 9th circuit states. [read post]
8 Jul 2008, 12:35 pm
by Deepak Gupta Michigan Supreme Court Holds Foreclosure Unconstitutional: I've written here before about the issue of foreclosure notice procedures -- whether homeowners are getting constitutionally sufficient notice of tax or mortgage foreclosures. [read post]
30 Jun 2008, 3:17 pm
by Deepak Gupta On Friday, New Mexico's highest court unanimously handed consumers an important victory, holding that, "in the context of small consumer claims that would be prohibitively costly to bring on an individual basis, contractual prohibitions on class relief are contrary to New Mexico's fundamental public policy of encouraging the resolution of small consumer claims and are therefore unenforceable in this state. [read post]
27 May 2008, 12:12 pm
by Deepak Gupta   A cutting-edge issue in the world of consumer law--and one that this blog has discussed many times before (see, e.g., here, here, and here)--is the extent to which corporations can enforce class-action bans placed in consumer adhesion contracts. [read post]
30 Apr 2008, 11:28 am
by Deepak Gupta Did you know that a smoked turkey sandwich (930 calories) at Chili's has more calories than a sirloin steak (540 calories)? [read post]
31 Mar 2008, 11:08 am
"It's absolutely a trend," said Deepak Gupta, staff lawyer for Ralph Nader's public citizen Litigation Group. [read post]
11 Feb 2008, 12:00 am
Public Citizen Litigation Group's Deepak Gupta, who argued the plaintiff's case, said the opinion is important in an age of increased privatization of governmental functions. [read post]
7 Feb 2008, 8:54 pm
" To summarize the problem, Deepak Gupta states it well: I've blogged here before about so-called check diversion companies -- private debt collectors that use their contracts with prosecutors to gin out collection demands, on official prosecutor stationary, threatening consumers who have written bad checks with criminal prosecution or jail unless they pay exorbitant collection fees. [read post]
7 Feb 2008, 10:36 am
by Deepak Gupta 1992, Congress required the federal government to set up a comprehensive national database covering the title-, theft-, and damage- history of used cars, based on data from insurance companies, junk and salvage yards, and all 50 states. [read post]
21 Dec 2007, 1:21 pm
by Deepak Gupta We've posted recently about the horrifying story of Jamie Leigh Jones, a 20-year old Haliburton/KBR employee who was gang-raped by her co-workers in Iraq and is now being denied her constitutional right to seek justice in court because of a mandatory binding arbitration clause in her employment contract. [read post]
21 Dec 2007, 12:34 pm
by Deepak Gupta Last month, I mentioned a case in which Public Citizen, together with Baltimore-based Civil Justice Inc., is challenging the constitutionality of mortgage foreclosure notice procedures in Maryland. [read post]
28 Nov 2007, 10:40 am
by Stephen Gardner As foretold by Deepak Gupta's 11/27 post, here is a brief response to the November 26 New York Times article that discussed charitable payments of leftover class action settlement funds (known in the class action biz as "cy pres," mostly because Law French always sounds fancier than English). [read post]
27 Nov 2007, 11:43 am
by Deepak Gupta Another Class Action Ban Bites the Dust: Yesterday, a Florida appeals court struck down a class action ban in an auto lease agreement. [read post]
23 Nov 2007, 11:00 pm
At the always informative Consumer Law and Policy Blog, Deepak Gupta has an excellent article discussing some recent pieces of journalism discussing foreclosures and sub prime lending. [read post]
19 Nov 2007, 8:25 am
by Deepak Gupta BBC News has been running a compelling series of articles on the subprime mortgage foreclosure crisis, including a particularly interesting article focusing on how the crisis is playing out in Cleveland, Ohio, which the BBC calls "the sub-prime capital of the United States. [read post]
15 Nov 2007, 1:33 pm
by Deepak Gupta   A coalition of twenty national and local consumer and anti-poverty groups -- including Consumer Action, National Association for Consumer Advocates, National Consumer Law Center, Public Citizen, and U.S. [read post]
13 Nov 2007, 12:21 pm
by Deepak Gupta As law professor and guest-blogger Alan White explained in a post here last week, Barney Frank's new predatory lending bill -- H.R. 3915, known as the "Mortgage Reform and Anti-Predatory Lending Act of 2007" -- is not nearly as pro-consumer as its title suggests. [read post]