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The Military Lending Act (MLA) is aimed at protecting service members from predatory loans and unfair financial products and services. (For instance, the MLA prohibits the use of arbitration agreements in most consumer credit contracts entered into by service members... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at CL&P Blog
Remember last May's decision in Epic Systems v. Lewis? There, the Supreme Court held that the Federal Arbitration Act demands enforcement of arbitration clauses against workers, including class-action and collective-action waivers contained in arbitration clauses, notwithstanding the Act's savings clause... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at CL&P Blog
Law prof Eric Goldman has written An Introduction to the California Consumer Privacy Act. Here's the abstract: After a mere week of deliberations, the California legislature passed the Consumer Privacy Act (CPA), a sweeping, lengthy (10,000 words!), insanely complicated, and... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at CL&P Blog
In a piece for the Washington Post wntitled In expensive cities, rents fall for the rich — but rise for the poor, Jeff Stein writes: U.S. cities struggling with soaring housing costs have found some success in lowering rents this... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2018 at CL&P Blog
I thought our readers might be interested in this article by Peter Holley, which does a short survey of the state of the self-driving truck industry. While explaining that Uber is getting out of the self-driving business for now, the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2018 at CL&P Blog
As most of you likely know, Trump's Treasury Department has floated the idea of indexing capital gains to inflation, thereby reducing the tax due from owners of stocks and other investments when they sell those investments at a gain. (The... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2018 at CL&P Blog
That's the name of this LA Times article by David Lazurus, which explains that Americans of all political stripes support a strong Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. A survey conducted for Americans for Financial Reform and the Center for Responsible Lending... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2018 at CL&P Blog
The class counsel in the NFL football class-action concussion settlement has submitted a status report (with accompanying expert analysis) indicating that, so far, the settlement is providing more benefits to more ex-NFL players (and their families) than had been anticipated... Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2018 at CL&P Blog
That's explained by columnist Michael Hiltzik in Trump's own figures show that Obamacare is working well for the vast majority of enrollees: President Trump brags that he has “gutted” the Affordable Care Act, but statistics released this week by his... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2018 at CL&P Blog
Our readers are likely aware of the recent controversy about plastic straws. They are bad for the environment (go, for instance, here and here). Seattle recently banned their use (along with the use of plastic utensils) at bars and restaurants.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2018 at CL&P Blog
This article by Michele Lerner discusses the significant impact of a low credit score on the cost of credit (with a focus on home-mortgage credit). So, consumers should remove harmful (and false) information from their credit reports, which are shockingly... Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2018 at CL&P Blog
You know that New York has sued Trump's Foundation, and Trump and his kids individually, alleging that the Foundation was little more than a checkbook for payments to not-for-profits from Mr. Trump or the Trump Organization. This resulted in multiple... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2018 at CL&P Blog
Following up on Jeff's post from yesterday, Ben White and Katy O'Donnell at Politico write that Mulvaney OMB associate said to be likely pick to head consumer bureau. Here is an excerpt: President Donald Trump is likely to pick Kathy... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2018 at CL&P Blog
The CFPB has dropped its RESPA enforcement action against PHH -- the case in which the en banc D.C. Circuit upheld the constitutionality of the CFPB's structure. Read about it here. Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2018 at CL&P Blog
Susan Grant at the Consumer Federation of America has written A Credit Reporting Agency You Probably Never Heard Of. Here's a key excerpt: If you have placed freezes on your credit files at Experian, Equifax and TransUnion, no one can... Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2018 at CL&P Blog
That's the name of this article by Devin Leonard and Elizabeth Dexheimer. A key passage sets out what Mulvaney has done already and his vision for the agency: Six months into his tenure, Mulvaney is doing everything he can to... Continue reading
Posted May 25, 2018 at CL&P Blog
Ben White at Politico has written this piece on surging gas prices and whether the cost to consumers is gobbling up gains, if any, to the middle class from the tax cut. Here's an excerpt: President Donald Trump is hoping... Continue reading
Posted May 25, 2018 at CL&P Blog
This NY Times article by Stacy Cowley and Emily Flitter explains that A federal regulator on Wednesday encouraged banks to offer small, short-term loans to people in need of emergency cash, the Trump administration’s latest relaxation of banking regulations and... Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2018 at CL&P Blog
Read Steven Lane's piece in The Hill entitled Trump signs repeal of auto-loan policy that targeted racial bias. Acting CFPB director Mick Mulvaney is pleased. In a press release issued today, Mulvaney "thanks the President and the Congress" for nixing... Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2018 at CL&P Blog
Following up on yesterday's post on whether Congress will demand disclosure of plaintiffs'-side outside litigation funding in class actions and MDLs, Amanda Bronstad has this piece collecting various opinions from litigators, experts, and the like on the topic more generally. Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2018 at CL&P Blog
Many of our readers are consumer class-action litigators or interested in litigation more generally. So I thought it was worth mentioning Senator Chuck Grassley's legislation, introduced last week, that would require disclosure of outside litigation funding in multi-district litigation and... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2018 at CL&P Blog
The Sixth Circuit today decided Health One Medical Center v. Mohawk, a mighty strange case under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (the federal anti-junk-fax statute). The first paragraph of Judge Kethledge's opinion sums it up: Some questions seem to arise... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2018 at CL&P Blog
That's the topic of Consumer Remedies for Civil Rights by law prof Kate Elengold. Here's the abstract: This article considers whether the consumer protection doctrine offers a more promising avenue to remedying certain forms of discrimination than the anti-discrimination doctrine.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2018 at CL&P Blog
The Supreme Court today granted cert in Frank v. Gaos, No. 17-961, concerning the validity of a cy pres award in a consumer class action against Google. The cert petition, response, reply, and amicus briefs are here. The question presented... Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2018 at CL&P Blog
Lawrence Gostin has written Tackling Obesity and Disease: The Culprit Is Sugar; the Response Is Legal Regulation, which discusses a series of regulatory reforms aimed at reducing sugar consumption. Why? Nearly 40% of the American public is obese, and more... Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2018 at CL&P Blog