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12 Dec 2007, 12:58 pm
by Jeff Sovern As a teacher of consumer law, and the co-author of a consumer law casebook, I've been trying to figure out what to do about course coverage of the subprime mortgage meltdown. [read post]
5 Dec 2011, 12:57 pm by Jeff Sovern
by Jeff Sovern Ed Mierzwinski and NASDAQ/Dow Jones Newswires have reported that opponents of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau have attached riders to appropriations bills to subject CFPB funding to the congressional appropriations process rather than the current system under which the Bureau gets funding outside that process, as is true of other bank regulators like the OCC.  [read post]
11 Apr 2009, 2:56 pm
by Jeff Sovern Consumer protection has been much in the news these days, but based on a quick look, there don't seem to be a lot of columnists who specialize in consumer protection. [read post]
31 May 2012, 2:11 pm by Jeff Sovern
by Jeff Sovern According to Governor Romney's economic adviser Columbia Business School Dean Glenn Hubbard, Romney will soon propose "a new system of consumer financial regulation that either moves the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau outside of the Federal Reserve or breaks up the new agency and places the powers within existing financial regulators."  [read post]
13 May 2009, 2:16 pm
by Jeff Sovern The American Banker ran a piece I wrote in their Viewpoints section today titled "Borrowers Must Understand Their Obligations" (the American Banker's content is available only to subscribers but they offer a free two-week trial subscription if you want to read the piece). [read post]
25 May 2011, 12:21 pm by Jeff Sovern
by Jeff Sovern Here are two accounts of yesterday's testimony by Elizabeth Warren before a House oversight committee: one by the Times and the other in the Huffington Post.  [read post]
13 Mar 2011, 4:00 pm by Jeff Sovern
by Jeff Sovern    The letters arrive every January and February with "Important Tax Information Enclosed" written on the envelopes.  [read post]
24 Mar 2007, 5:35 pm
by Jeff Sovern The New York Times has had several interesting articles on consumer law issues today and yesterday. [read post]
26 Aug 2008, 8:45 pm
by Jeff Sovern I am pleased to announce that the 2008 supplement to our casebook is now finished. [read post]
16 Dec 2007, 6:18 pm
by Jeff Sovern    I've been listening to an audio version of Yale law professor Ian Ayres's terrific new book, Super Crunchers, during my commute. [read post]
16 Feb 2007, 1:06 pm
by Jeff Sovern A couple of weeks ago, Chris Peterson blogged about  a credit union president's warning that the new statute regulating loans to service members and their dependents "might well be called the death to lending to service members act. [read post]
9 Feb 2010, 3:28 pm by Jeff Sovern
by Jeff Sovern I am convinced that one reason the CFPA has run into trouble in the Senate is that it's an issue that can't easily be boiled down to a soundbite, and hence generates little passion.  [read post]
27 Apr 2010, 2:04 pm by Jeff Sovern
by Jeff Sovern In ranking law schools, US News takes into account the percentage of students who are employed at graduation and nine months after graduation.  [read post]
9 Mar 2012, 11:20 am by Jeff Sovern
by Jeff Sovern I've been meaning to blog about an interesting article in The Sunday Times Magazine of a couple of weeks ago with the above-captioned headline.  [read post]
1 Nov 2007, 12:34 pm
by Jeff Sovern The 2003 FACTA Act directed federal regulators to issue identity theft guidelines on "red flags" and address discrepancies (identity thieves often use an address other than the consumer's because having credit cards, for example, sent to the consumer-victim will usually do the thief little good). [read post]
18 Jun 2012, 12:20 pm by Jeff Sovern
by Jeff Sovern A recent report by the Pew Charitable Trust, Still Risky: An Update on the Safety and Transparency of Checking Accounts, found that the median length of bank checking account disclosures among the banks included within the study ran 69 pages.  The response by Consumer Bankers Association president Richard Hunt in this MSNBC report: "We don't like it. [read post]
10 Mar 2007, 8:07 am
by Jeff Sovern I have previously blogged here and here about how credit bureaus lack sufficient incentives to prevent identity theft. [read post]
3 Oct 2011, 2:32 pm by Jeff Sovern
by Jeff Sovern For those who haven't read enough about the Bank of America's monthly debit card fee (coverage here and here, for example), PBS broadcast a debate between the Los Angeles Times columnist David Lazarus and Consumer Bankers Association president Richard Hunt.  [read post]
16 Feb 2009, 7:12 am
by Jeff Sovern Fair Isaac has reported that Experian has terminated their agreement under which FICO credit scores based on Experian's credit data can be made available to consumers, though consumers can still obtain their FICO scores based on TransUnion and Equifax data. [read post]