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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 3 days ago 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 6 days ago 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 6 days ago 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
Law prof Michael Graetz has written The 2017 Tax Cuts: How Polarized Politics Produced Precarious Policy. Here's the abstract: In this lecture, Michael Graetz contends that the new tax law is unstable. This is hardly surprising because it was rushed... Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2018 at CL&P Blog
Law profs Kenneth Abraham and Robert Rabin have written Automated Vehicles and Manufacturer Responsibility for Accidents: A New Legal Regime for a New Era. Here is the abstract: The United States is on the verge of a new era in... Continue reading
Posted Apr 23, 2018 at CL&P Blog
AP reporter Ken Sweet explains that Big Banks Saved $3.6B in Taxes Last Quarter Under New (Tax) Law. An excerpt: The nation's six big Wall Street banks posted record, or near record, profits in the first quarter, and they can... Continue reading
Posted Apr 20, 2018 at CL&P Blog
Following up on Jeff's post yesterday, read Nikitra Bailey's piece in the American Banker entitled Scrapping CFPR auto lending rule would only lead to more discrimination. Here's an excerpt: A group of senators is working to make it easier for... Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2018 at CL&P Blog
Some of the people who read this blog -- both lawyers and injured patients -- must respond to preemption defenses in their medical-product litigation. You may want to read Catherine Sharkey's Field Preemption: Opening the 'Gates of Escape' from Tort... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2018 at CL&P Blog
Law prof Benjamin Zipursky has written The Monsanto Lecture: Online Defamation, Legal Concepts, and the Good Samaritan. Here's the abstract: Federal and state courts around the country – aided by academics on almost all sides – have completely misread the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2018 at CL&P Blog
Law prof Jim Hawkins has written Protecting Consumers as Sellers. Here's the abstract (with a few words added at the end by me): When the majority of modern contract and consumer protection laws were written in the 1950s, 60s, and... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2018 at CL&P Blog
Read this NY Times op-ed by Georgetown Law's John Brooks entitled Don’t Let the G.O.P. Dismantle Obama’s Student Loan Reforms. Here's an excerpt (but read the whole thing): One of the most important — but least known — achievements of... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2018 at CL&P Blog
We've blogged many times on the idea of taxing sugary drinks to stem the obesity/diabetes epidemic. Go, for instance, here and here. Critics claimed that these so-called soda taxes would do little to improve health while hurting grocers, particularly small... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2018 at CL&P Blog
In a detailed and informative post entitled Judge Declares Some PACER Fees Illegal but Does Not Go Far Enough, open-courts activist Steve Schultze says explains that Five years ago, in a post called “Making Excuses for Fees on Electronic Public... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2018 at CL&P Blog