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I have longed argued that the problem with forced arbitration goes beyond whether it is “fair,” whether the consumer understands it, or whether it is cost efficient, here, here, and here. The real problem with forced arbitration is the affect... Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2014 at CL&P Blog
I have found the discussions of the arbitration study, ‘Whimsy Little Contracts' with Unexpected Consequences: An Empirical Analysis of Consumer Understanding of Arbitration Agreements,interesting, see, e.g., here, here and here.I wonder, however, whether everyone is missing a major point about... Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2014 at CL&P Blog
This video, "Lost in the Fine Print," speaks for itself. I highly recommend it. Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2014 at CL&P Blog
Jake Halpern has an interesting article in the N .Y. Times Sunday Review discussing the life of a debt collector, based on research for a book he is writing. It is an interesting look at the life of a debt... Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2014 at CL&P Blog
Think back to when you took the bar exam. Now try to think how you would feel if after you finished, you were unable to submit the exam. That is exactly what happened yesterday for exam takers in as many... Continue reading
Posted Jul 30, 2014 at CL&P Blog
For the past 16 years, the Center for Consumer Law at the University of Houston Law Center has been presenting “Teaching Consumer Law,” the only conference specifically designed for those who teach or would like to teach consumer law. I... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2014 at CL&P Blog
Registration is now open for the Teaching Consumer Law Conference, to be held in Santa Fe, New Mexico, May 30-31. Presented by the Center for Consumer Law at the University of Houston Law Center, this year's Conference features more than... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2014 at CL&P Blog
The Center for Consumer Law at the University of Houston Law Center, in cooperation with the University of New Mexico School of Law and the National Association of Consumer Advocates, is organizing its seventh semi-annual Teaching Consumer Law Conference. The... Continue reading
Posted Dec 3, 2013 at CL&P Blog
Sunday's New York Times has a nice article discussing a recent study prepared by Lee Epstein, who teaches law and political science at the University of Southern California; William M. Landes, an economist at the University of Chicago; and Judge... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2013 at CL&P Blog
A recent post from Brian Leiter's blong, "Law School Reports": So which areas of law deserve more attention in the legal academy? The results of our earlier poll, with over 200 votes cast: 1. Consumer Law (Condorcet winner: wins contests... Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2013 at CL&P Blog
If you didn't get to take all the courses you wanted while in law school, Harvard has a deal for you. Harvard Law School is now accepting applications for its first online course via edX—a new online education venture between... Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2013 at CL&P Blog
A recent post by Jeff Sovern discusses a Department of Justice Report indicating that identity theft is on the rise, and the amount of loss suffered as a result of identity theft is increasing. These are alarming statistics. But a... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2012 at CL&P Blog
The lawsuit brought by former law students against Thomas M. Cooley Law School has been dismissed. While this probably doesn’t come as a surprised to most, the court’s reasoning is interesting, and gives some hope to similar lawsuits in other... Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2012 at CL&P Blog
For several years now, I have been teaching American consumer law at various law schools around the world. One of the things I have noticed, and often comment on, is the difference between how private and public enforcement is used.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2012 at CL&P Blog
A Wall Street Journal article reports that at least ten law schools are reducing the size of this year’s incoming class. My guess is that the number is actually higher. The reasons given for the reductions are generally described as... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2012 at CL&P Blog
I recently received a complaint from a consumer about the Fraud Center. He told me that he had a problem with a company he was dealing with not performing as promised, so he reported it to PayPal and it reversed... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2012 at CL&P Blog
Deepak, You have done a great job and will be missed. As soon as you get settled I expect to see you guest blogging. Best of luck with the CFPB. Richard
Toggle Commented May 21, 2011 on Moving on to the CFPB at CL&P Blog
As the article notes, the Class Action Fairness Act requires higher scrutiny of coupon settlements. It also limits attorney's fees, based on the coupons redeemed: ‘‘(a) CONTINGENT FEES IN COUPON SETTLE5MENTS.—If a proposed settlement in a class action provides for a recovery of coupons to a class member, the portion of any attorney’s fee award to class counsel that is attributable to the award of the coupons shall be based on the value to class members of the coupons that are redeemed.
Toggle Commented May 1, 2011 on Coupon Settlements at CL&P Blog