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The Department of Justice's Consumer Protection Branch is looking to hire lawyers to enforce the Nation's consumer laws. And because enforcement of those laws is a frequent topic of this blog, it seemed sensible to post the announcements here. The... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at CL&P Blog
Three years ago, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau started its amicus program in which it looks for opportunities to file amicus briefs (and files them) in cases presenting important issues within the agency's many areas of operation. Reproduced below in... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at CL&P Blog
Ready for this year's holiday gift-buying binge? Before you set out to shop for kids, read U.S. PIRG's 29th annual edition of Trouble in Toyland. Go here for the excutive summary. The report surveys the dangers to kids posed by... Continue reading
Posted Dec 11, 2014 at CL&P Blog
That is the name of this article by law professor Mark Totten. Here is the abstract: No one played a more vital role responding to the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression than a small band of state attorneys... Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2014 at CL&P Blog
The Affordable Care Act has taken some hits in the courts (but so far has survived the biggest attacks), and it is not terribly popular. But is it working as it was intended? Yes, according to this piece by Sarah... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2014 at CL&P Blog
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recently told Takata Corp. to expand its regional defective-airbag recall (in states that have high "absolute" humidity) to vehicles in the entire country. Takata just said no. Most recalls are voluntary -- that is,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 3, 2014 at CL&P Blog
The Arizona attorney general sued GM today saying just that. Read about the suit here. An excerpt: Arizona's attorney general has sued General Motors Co. for failing to recall millions of cars and trucks with safety defects the auto giant... Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2014 at CL&P Blog
The AP reports that The federal government is demanding that the auto industry recall millions of additional cars equipped with faulty air bags that can injure -- and even kill -- a driver. The action Tuesday by the National Highway... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2014 at CL&P Blog
That's the topic of Consumer Financing Pre-Dispute Mandatory Arbitration: Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Developments by law professor Louis Del Duca. Here is the abstract: Judicial precedent with regards to mandatory pre-dispute arbitration agreements has given such clauses substantial protection,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2014 at CL&P Blog
Please read this Deal Book article by Jessica Silver-Greenberg. Here's a bit of it: In the netherworld of consumer debt, there are zombies: bills that cannot be killed even by declaring personal bankruptcy. Tens of thousands of Americans who went... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2014 at CL&P Blog
Law professor Linda Mullenix has written this short essay on the Supreme Court's aborted effort to decide whether the American Pipe tolling rule applies to certain securities class actions. Here is the abstract: This article analyzes and comments on the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2014 at CL&P Blog
As reported earlier on this blog by Steve Gardner, the National Association of Consumer Advocates (NACA) has published the third edition of its Standards and Guidelines for Litigating and Settling Class Actions. Take a look at Steve's excellent post, which... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2014 at CL&P Blog
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau today issued a report entitled A snapshot of debt collection complaints submitted by older consumers. Among the report's findings are . . . · Collectors hounding older Americans about medical debt: Older Americans describe being... Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2014 at CL&P Blog
The Supreme Court held oral argument yesterday in Jesinoski v. Countrywide Home Loan, a case potentially important to consumers and their advocates. The question presented is Does a borrower exercise his right to rescind a transaction in satisfaction of the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2014 at CL&P Blog
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Posted Nov 3, 2014 at CL&P Blog
In light of our post earlier today, I'm reminding our readers that Jesinoski v. Countrywide Home Loan is scheduled for oral argument in the Supreme Court next Tuesday, November 4. Here's the question presented: Does a borrower exercise his right... Continue reading
Posted Oct 29, 2014 at CL&P Blog
The Truth in Lending Act gives consumers the right to rescind many (but not all) consumer-credit transactions under specified circumstances. The courts have disagreed over how a consumer must notify the lender that she is exercising her recission right. That's... Continue reading
Posted Oct 29, 2014 at CL&P Blog
Following up on our recent post about whether state law permits brand-name drug manufacturers to be held liable for injuries caused by mislabeled generic drugs, take a look at Who (If Anyone) Should Be Liable for Injuries from Generic Drugs?... Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2014 at CL&P Blog
Back in January 2013, we told you about the ruling of the Alabama Supreme Court in Wyeth v. Weeks. Weeks held that, under Alabama state law, a patient harmed by a generic drug may recover from the brand-name drug manufacturer... Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2014 at CL&P Blog
Law professor Imre Szalai has written More than Class Action Killers: The Impact of Concepcion and American Express on Employment Arbitration. Here is the abstract: This Article highlights how two recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions, AT&T Mobility LLC v. Concepcion... Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2014 at CL&P Blog
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has issued this final rule concerning the requirement that financial institutions provide an annual disclosure of their privacy policies to their customers. In some situations, financial institutions will be able to post the information online... Continue reading
Posted Oct 20, 2014 at CL&P Blog
The legalization of marijunana creates economic winners and losers. One loser is the private prison industry, which is lobbying against legalization, as explained in this article by Kendall Bentsen. Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2014 at CL&P Blog
Law professor Martin Redish and law student Jullie Karaba think so, as they explain in One Size Doesn't Fit All: Multidistrict Litigation, Due Process, and the Dangers of Procedural Collectivism. Here is the abstract: Panel of federal judges regularly transfers... Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2014 at CL&P Blog