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As many of our readers know, as required by the Dodd-Frank financial reform legislation, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is conducting a study of arbitration as a dispute-resolution mechanism for matters with the Bureau's regulatory reach. After the study, the... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at CL&P Blog
Though the definition varies (go here), a patent troll generally is thought of as a person or entity that buys patents and then enforces the patents through litigation against accused infringers to collect licensing fees. The troll has no intent... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at CL&P Blog
Law professors Anthony Casey and Eric Posner attempt to answer that question in A Framework for Bailout Regulation. Here is the abstract: During the height of the financial crisis in 2008 and 2009, the government bailed out numerous corporations, including... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at CL&P Blog
That's the title of this article by law professor Einer Elhauge. Here's his to-the-point abstract: The recent US Supreme Court decision in American Express v. Italian Colors Restaurant threatens to gut private antitrust enforcement in the United States by replacing... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2015 at CL&P Blog
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Last year, 16 car manufacturers responded to questions from Senator Edward Markey (D-Mass.), pictured to the right, concerning whether their vehicles are vulnerable to hackers and how the companies collect and protect driver information. Senator Markey's office has now reviewed... Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2015 at CL&P Blog
To quote the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's press release: [T]he Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the U.S. Department of Education announced more than $480 million in forgiveness for borrowers who took out Corinthian College’s high-cost private student loans. ECMC Group,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2015 at CL&P Blog
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has this on-line interactive tool for estimating what a consumer should pay for a home mortgage. Plug in loan type, amount, length, down payment, FICO credit score, location, etc., and the tool spits out the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2015 at CL&P Blog
That's the title of this article by Anahad O'Connor. Here's an excerpt: Companies are increasingly adding vitamins and minerals to juices, sports drinks and bottled water, responding to a growing consumer demand for these products. Even though the amounts of... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2015 at CL&P Blog
King v. Burwell is the case currently before the Supreme Court that asks whether the Affordable Care Act (ACA) authorizes health-care insurance subsidies for all otherwise qualified people nationwide or only for people who live in states that run their... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2015 at CL&P Blog
President Obama has proposed increasing taxes on high-income people as part of the package of tax code changes rolled out in his State of the Union address. Which efforts to obtain more revenue from wealthy and/or high-income people are practical... Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2015 at CL&P Blog
That's the question posed by law professor and writer Garrett Epps in this article about Wednesday's Supreme Court oral argument (and the issues raised by it) in Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs v. The Inclusive Communities Project, Inc.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 23, 2015 at CL&P Blog
Check out Meredith v. CVS Health, a lawsuit just filed in California state court. The suit alleges that CVS promotes a nutritional supplement to help treat or prevent macular degeneration based on a National Institutes for Health study, even though... Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2015 at CL&P Blog
In Safe Banking, law professor Adam Levitin talks about this: Banking is based on two fundamentally irreconcilable functions: safekeeping of deposits and relending of deposits. Safekeeping is meant to be a risk-free function, but using deposits to fund loans inevitably... Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2015 at CL&P Blog
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Here's what the Food and Drug Administration just said about so-called dietary supplements and foods claimed to promote weight loss: If you find yourself making this common New Year’s resolution, know this: many so-called “miracle” weight loss supplements and foods... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2015 at CL&P Blog
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 Dec 19, 2014 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 Dec 17, 2014 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