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Adam J. Levitin of Georgetown has written Pandora's Digital Box: Digital Wallets and the Honor All Wallets Rules. Here's the abstract: Digital wallets are poised to transform the world of retailing. These digital wallets, such as ApplePay and Android Pay,... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at CL&P Blog
David L. Noll of Rutgers has written Regulating Arbitration, California Law Review, Forthcoming. Here's the abstract: Arbitration is everywhere, as are calls to regulate its use in consumer and employment contracts. But when should Congress and federal administrative agencies do... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at CL&P Blog
Here. Op-ed by Faith Boninger, Research Associate in Education Policy, University of Colorado, and Alex Molnar, Research Professor, University of Colorado. Excerpt: In the U.S. and around the world, millions of digital data points are collected daily from children by... Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2016 at CL&P Blog
by Jeff Sovern Here (behind paywall). Excerpt: In 2013, a loan officer at BancorpSouth Bank's Madison, Ala., branch received visits from two people with similar profiles within 10 days of each other, both saying they were first-time home buyers --... Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2016 at CL&P Blog
Here. Excerpt: Thousands of angry consumers and business representatives have flooded the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau with comments on its May proposal to block companies from forcing customers to take disputes to arbitration instead of joining group lawsuits. Sentiment in... Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2016 at CL&P Blog
by Jeff Sovern Here, titled The Risks of Unfettered Capitalism. The first and last paragraphs read: Capitalism may be the best economic system ever devised, but one of its drawbacks is that it provides financial incentives to harm and even... Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2016 at CL&P Blog
by Jeff Sovern As reported by the Times last week, patients who are held at a hospital for "observation," even if that observation lasts days, but not formally admitted, and later released to a nursing home, won't have their stay... Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2016 at CL&P Blog
by Jeff Sovern Recently I saw an off-Broadway play by Norman Shabel, A Class Act. Shabel is a longtime practicing lawyer and the play is about negotiations to settle a toxic waste class action case (not a consumer case). Nevertheless,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2016 at CL&P Blog
He writes that "Both books examine the intersection of competition, privacy and consumer protection law." One is Big Data and Competition Policy, written with Allen Grunes. Here's a description from Amazon's web site: Big Data and Big Analytics are a... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2016 at CL&P Blog
by Jeff Sovern Here, an op-ed by people from Ohio State, Catherine Montalto, Associate Professor of Consumer Sciences, and Anne McDaniel , Senior Associate Director there. Excerpt: [D]ata from our study showed over half of student loan users tried to... Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2016 at CL&P Blog
Here. Excerpt from the Issue Brief: Although opponents of financial reform often claim that it has harmed community banks, a closer and more comprehensive review of the economic evidence shows that community banks remain healthy. Critics typically point to declining... Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2016 at CL&P Blog
We received the following announcement: Consumer Protection and Economic Development July 16th to July 19th, 2017; Porto Alegre (UFRGS), Brazil The Conference celebrating the 25th year of IACL will begin an Opening Session with its Founders, on the Sunday of... Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2016 at CL&P Blog
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. But are consumers ever better off, aside from feeling better for meeting their... Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2016 at CL&P Blog
Here. Excerpt: While ACA maintains that its 3,500 members have "long been committed to making debt collection a more consumer-friendly experience," its idea of friendly stretches credulity. While the consumer bureau has proposed that collectors limit phone attempts to reach... Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2016 at CL&P Blog
Here (free access). Excerpt: Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump called for a temporary suspension of all new federal regulations during a speech Tuesday, but even if he wins the White House, stalling or rolling back financial rules may prove to... Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2016 at CL&P Blog
We received the following call for papers: The Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System is hosting a research and policy conference on Financial Innovation: Online Lending to Households and Small Businesses, to be held in Washington, DC on... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2016 at CL&P Blog
Richard Warner of Chicago-Kent and Robert H. Sloan of the University of Illinois at Chicago's Computer Science Department have written Defending Our Data: The Need for Information We Do Not Have. Here's the abstract: Data breaches occur at the rate... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2016 at CL&P Blog
Max N. Helveston of DePaul has written Consumer Protection in the Age of Big Data, 93 Washington University Law Review (2016). Here is the abstract: The Big Data revolution is upon us. Technological advances in the degree to which third... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2016 at CL&P Blog
Max N. Helveston of DePaul has written Regulating Digital Markets, NYU Journal of Law & Business, Forthcoming. Here is the abstract: It has become popular for scholars and non-academic commentators to claim that technological advances have reshaped consumer markets and... Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2016 at CL&P Blog
We have received the following Call for Papers: The AALS Section on Defamation and Privacy is pleased to announce a Call for Papers from which one presenter will be selected for the Section’s program at the 2017 AALS Annual Meeting... Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2016 at CL&P Blog
Imre S. Szalai of Loyola of New Orleans has written Exploring the Federal Arbitration Act Through the Lens of History, Journal of Dispute Resolution, Vol. 2016, No. 1 (2016). Here's the abstract: My initial interest in the history of the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2016 at CL&P Blog
We received the following announcement: The Section on Financial Institutions and Consumer Financial Protection is pleased to announce a Call for Papers from which up to two presenters will be selected for our program to be held during the AALS... Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2016 at CL&P Blog
We received the following announcement: ALBANY LAW SCHOOL invites applications for an entry-level tenure-track position to teach a range of commercial, consumer and business law courses. We are especially interested in candidates with experience and expertise in the following subject... Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2016 at CL&P Blog