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Lauren Saunders of the National Consumer Law Center has written "Practice Implications of Fifth Circuit Ruling That CFPB Funding Unconstitutional." Read it here. Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2022 at Consumer Law & Policy Blog
Read the opinion. The court summarized its ruling this way: Community Financial Services Association of America and Consumer Service Alliance of Texas challenge the validity of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s 2017 Payday Lending Rule. The Plaintiffs contend ... that... Continue reading
Posted Oct 19, 2022 at Consumer Law & Policy Blog
In his essay The Search for Strategies to Reduce Medical Error, law prof Robert Rabin reviews Closing Death’s Door: Legal Innovations to End the Epidemic of Healthcare Harm, by Michael J. Saks and Stephan Landsman, which considers the policy strategies... Continue reading
Posted Aug 25, 2022 at Consumer Law & Policy Blog
Job is for the Boston or D.C. Office. Here's the announcement: Director of Litigation opportunity at the National Consumer Law Center The National Consumer Law Center, the country’s preeminent advocate for low-income consumers, proudly traces its roots to the 1960s... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2022 at Consumer Law & Policy Blog
In response to the Supreme Court's recent ruling in West Virginia v. EPA, the National Consumer Law Center has written Impact of Supreme Court’s “Major Question Doctrine” on Consumer Litigation. Read it here.: Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2022 at Consumer Law & Policy Blog
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, more than 3100 people were killed in 2020 alone because drivers were distracted. A significant percentage of the problem is caused by cell-phone use while driving. We all see people texting while... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2022 at Consumer Law & Policy Blog
A consumer plaintiff notched a rare Supreme Court win in a Federal Arbitration Act decision this morning, Morgan v. Sundance Inc. The first three paragraphs of Justice Kagan's unanimous opinion sum things up nicely: When a party who has agreed... Continue reading
Posted May 23, 2022 at Consumer Law & Policy Blog
Join the Washington D.C. ACS Lawyer Chapter for a discussion on the Supreme Court's decision in AMG Capital v. FTC. The panel discussion -- a Zoom webinar -- is on Thursday, May 26, 2022 from 12:30PM - 1:30PM ET. Register... Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2022 at Consumer Law & Policy Blog
"The American retirement system is built for the rich -- Lawmakers proclaim they want to help the middle class save. But that’s not who benefits most from IRAs and 401(k) plans." Read this Washington Post essay on that topic by... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2022 at Consumer Law & Policy Blog
Over at Credit Slips, law prof Adam Levitin has posted The Miscalculations Underlying Miller & Zywicki's Payday Loan Paper. The beginning of Levitin's post will give you a sense of it: Earlier this month Professors Todd Zywicki and Thomas Miller,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2022 at Consumer Law & Policy Blog
The National Consumer Law Center is hiring for a "Public Interest Consumer Attorney to Lead NCLC’s Student Loan Project." So, if you want to work for this great organization on that project, learn more here. Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2022 at Consumer Law & Policy Blog
Read Board Diversity Matters: An Empirical Assessment of Community Lending at Federal Reserve by profs Brian Feinstein, Peter Conti-Brown, and Kaleb Nygaard. Here is the abstract: This working paper shows that the increased presence of minority directors on the twelve... Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2022 at Consumer Law & Policy Blog
Here's the first paragraph of yesterday's decision in Ngo v. BMW North America In 2012, Kim Ngo bought a new BMW 535i sedan from Peter Pan Motors, Inc, a car dealership. Because the dealership financed Ngo’s purchase, they entered into... Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2022 at Consumer Law & Policy Blog
Law prof Elizabeth Earle Beske has written "Charting a Course Past Spokeo and TransUnion." Here's the abstract: The Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision in TransUnion LLC v. Ramirez has dramatically upended standing doctrine, apparently out of concern that any other move... Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2021 at Consumer Law & Policy Blog
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has ordered Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google, PayPal, and Square to turn over information on their payment system plans. The orders look like this. The agency's press release begins this way: Today, the Consumer Financial Protection... Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2021 at Consumer Law & Policy Blog
The great consumer-justice lawyers at the National Consumer Law Center are hiring a lawyer to work on predatory lending and banking issues. The job announcement is here. Continue reading
Posted Oct 18, 2021 at Consumer Law & Policy Blog
Here's how the Eighth Circuit, in its brand-new decision, McCoy v. Walmart, described the merits of the consumer class action before it: "Debbie McCoy purchased Walmart gift cards as Christmas presents. The cards turned out to be worthless, however, because... Continue reading
Posted Sep 20, 2021 at Consumer Law & Policy Blog
The Ninth Circuit issued a decision today in Chamber of Commerce v. Bonta. The Ninth Circuit write summaries of its opinions for public consumption. As the Ninth Circuit puts it, a summary "constitutes no part of the opinion of the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2021 at Consumer Law & Policy Blog
Following up on Jeff's post from yesterday about my colleague Alvaro Bedoya's nomination to the FTC, for more information go here and here. Continue reading
Posted Sep 14, 2021 at Consumer Law & Policy Blog
Law prof Betsy Grey Against Immunizing Nursing Homes about when nursing homes should be liable for covid-related tort claims. Here's the abstract: Nursing homes and other long-term care facilities account for approximately one third of the over 500,000 Covid-19 deaths... Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2021 at Consumer Law & Policy Blog
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has created this web page describing a variety of programs and strategies for financial protection during the pandemic. Continue reading
Posted Jul 30, 2021 at Consumer Law & Policy Blog
Jordan Elias as written 'More Than Tangential': When Does the Public Have a Right to Access Judicial Records? Here is the abstract: Public accountability requires open proceedings and access to documents filed with the courts. The strong policy favoring access... Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2021 at Consumer Law & Policy Blog