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17 Jun 2011, 11:42 am by Jeff Sovern
by Jeff Sovern I (and plenty of others) have written in the past about consumer disclosures that haven't worked.  [read post]
22 Oct 2011, 3:45 pm by Jeff Sovern
by Jeff Sovern I just finished listening to the audio version of Ron Suskind's Confidence Men: Wall Street, Washington, and the Education of a President. [read post]
20 Nov 2012, 10:30 am by Jeff Sovern
by Jeff Sovern For the credit reporting section of our casebook, I've been looking into studies of credit report errors.  The FTC is in the process of conducting a long-term study of that subject, and along the way has conducted some pilot studies.  One such pilot study subjected the credit reports of 128 people to in-depth review.  Though 88 reports did not contain errors, 40 consumers found alleged mistakes they wanted to dispute, of which 15 were… [read post]
8 Apr 2009, 10:24 am
by Jeff Sovern PC World reports here on a bill aimed at spam sent as text messages to cell phones. [read post]
23 Apr 2011, 8:34 am by Jeff Sovern
by Jeff Sovern When we talked in class this semester about how many credit card issuers send out "pre-screened" credit card applications, I mentioned how identity thieves famously "dumpster dive" for them after the consumer has thrown them away, fill them out, and send them in, using the identity thief's address.  [read post]
4 Dec 2013, 5:07 pm by Jeff Sovern
by Jeff Sovern Some of my students tell me they have received the following class action notice: IF YOU RECEIVED A CALL THROUGH THE USE OF AN AUTOMATIC TELEPHONE DIALING SYSTEM AND/OR A PRERECORDED VOICE FROM DISCOVER TO YOUR CELLULAR TELEPHONE BETWEEN NOVEMBER 30, 2007 AND SEPTEMBER 10, 2013, THIS NOTICE DESCRIBES YOUR RIGHTS IN CONNECTION WITH SETTLEMENT OF A LAWSUIT AND YOUR POTENTIAL RECOVERY. [read post]
14 Mar 2010, 10:12 am by Jeff Sovern
by Jeff Sovern A couple of reports on the Consumer Financial Protection Agency proposal that go against type: First. 19 current and former members of the Fed's Consumer Advisory Council, including our own Alan White, have joined in a letter supporting an independent CFPA and opposing housing it in any other federal agency, including the Fed. [read post]
26 Jan 2015, 6:20 pm by Jeff Sovern
by Jeff Sovern The Faculty Lounge Blog recently posted a census of law professors who post on Twitter. [read post]
4 Nov 2007, 2:31 pm
by Jeff Sovern For more on the Consumer Product Safety Commission travel issues that Brian blogged about here, an editorial in today's Times, Playing Games With Toy Safety rejects calls for the resignation of Nancy Nord, acting chair of the CPSC, seemingly because the Times fears that "another vacancy might mean that even less would get done. [read post]
31 Dec 2013, 5:41 pm by Jeff Sovern
by Jeff Sovern From time to time we blog about credit reporting issues. [read post]
30 Jun 2018, 7:21 am by Jeff Sovern
by Jeff Sovern When I surveyed consumer law professors about the content of their courses, I also asked them whether they read consumer contracts and mandated disclosures in their personal lives. [read post]
14 Nov 2016, 7:01 am by Brian Wolfman
Right after the election, Jeff Sovern wrote for this blog on the future (if any) of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau under a new President (and a Congress controlled by the President's party). [read post]
9 Aug 2016, 11:57 am by Jeff Sovern
by Jeff Sovern Consumers have no legal obligation to pay time-barred debts and suing on such a debt or threatening to sue on one violates the FDCPA. [read post]
12 May 2018, 12:39 pm by Jeff Sovern
by Jeff Sovern Acting CFPB Director Mick Mulvaney doubles as OMB director, meaning that he is doing two full-time jobs, and that therefore the CFPB does not have a full-time director. [read post]
12 Nov 2018, 11:12 am by Jeff Sovern
by Jeff Sovern Regular readers of the blog know that we often write about the ineffectiveness of disclosures, and plenty of others have the same complaint. [read post]
1 Oct 2014, 6:09 am by Jeff Sovern
by Jeff Sovern Last week, Brian posted a link to a NY Times story about the use of devices that auto lenders can activate to prevent a car from starting when a consumer has defaulted on a payment. [read post]
1 May 2018, 12:07 pm by Jeff Sovern
by Jeff Sovern On April 18, the Senate Commerce Committee held a hearing on Robocalls. [read post]