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Guest post by Neil Sobol: As part of an article in which I advocate for the incorporation of consumer law issues in first-year law classes, I requested my research assistant, Spencer Lockwood, to update the consumer law offerings chart reported... Continue reading
Posted 4 hours ago at CL&P Blog
by Jeff Sovern Not only does McConnell's coronavirus bill make it much harder for consumers to sue businesses that carelessly infect them with the virus, it also makes it much easier for businesses to sue consumers suffering from COVID. Suppose... Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2020 at CL&P Blog
In solidarity with the protests that have initiated a national conversation on institutional racism, the St. John’s Law School Student Chapter of the National Association of Consumer Advocates is hosting a two-part online discussion on discrimination in the context of... Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2020 at CL&P Blog
by Jeff Sovern I served on a faculty committee this summer that prepared a report with tips for online teaching. The report, which may be useful to law professors, is available here. Here's the abstract: This is a collection of... Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2020 at CL&P Blog
by Jeff Sovern The argument that businesses should not be liable to consumers whom they carelessly infect with the coronavirus is based on the claim that if Congress does not outlaw such cases, we will see a tidal wave of... Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2020 at CL&P Blog
by Jeff Sovern Politico has a summary of the McConnell bill here. It immunizes schools, colleges, charities, and businesses that follow public health guidelines from liability for negligently infecting consumers with the virus. But many public health guidelines are written... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2020 at CL&P Blog
Shmuel I. Becher of Victoria University of Wellington and Sarah Dadush of Rutgers have written Relationship as Product: Transacting in the Age of Loneliness. Here's the abstract: Behavioral economists and social psychologists distinguish between two main types of relationships. One... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2020 at CL&P Blog
Vivien Chen of the Monash University - Department of Business Law & Taxation has written Online Payday Lenders: Trusted Friends or Debt Traps? 43 University of New South Wales Law Journal (Advance 2020). Here's the abstract: The recent Senate inquiry... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2020 at CL&P Blog
by Jeff Sovern Businesses are lobbying to overturn laws that impose liability for negligently infecting customers with the coronavirus, claiming that they fear frivolous law suits and that they will observe heath guidelines to prevent the spread of the virus.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2020 at CL&P Blog
by Jeff Sovern This article in the Houston Chronicle says that Texas health laws don't require restaurants to tell diners whether employees have COVID, though some restaurants have voluntarily disclosed that employees have been infected. Health laws around the nation... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2020 at CL&P Blog
We've received the following Call for Papers: Call for Papers Junior Consumer Law Scholars WIP session AALS Section on Commercial & Consumer Law January 5-9, 2021, AALS Annual Meeting The AALS Section on Commercial & Consumer Law is pleased to... Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2020 at CL&P Blog
by Jeff Sovern Ralph was one of the original co-authors of the consumer law casebook I am now privileged to co-author. I met him when we were working on the third edition. He was a genial and gentle man, and... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2020 at CL&P Blog
Here's the press release (I'm afraid the formatting wasn't carried forward): Consumer Advocates Sue CFPB For Granting Financial Services Industry Illegal Influence Over Consumer Protection Policy Director Kraninger Unlawfully Formed the “Federal Consumer Financial Law Taskforce,” Stacked Group with Industry... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2020 at CL&P Blog
by Jeff Sovern Here. Excerpt: As colleges and universities attempt to persuade students that taking classes on campus is not risky, they are lobbying legislators to pass laws insulating schools from liability if people on campus become infected with COVID-19... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2020 at CL&P Blog
We're received the following call for abstracts: The Berkeley Center for Consumer Law and Economic Justice and conference co-organizers Kathleen Engel, Ted Mermin, Rory Van Loo, and Lauren Willis are pleased to announce the third annual Consumer Law Scholars Conference... Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2020 at CL&P Blog
by Jeff Sovern As we previously noted, the CFPB's Conservative/Industry Taskforce created to make "recommendations for ways to improve and strengthen consumer financial laws and regulations" issued a request for information. Comments are due Monday, June 1. As far as... Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2020 at CL&P Blog
Pamela Foohey of Indiana Maurer, Dalié Jiménez of Irvine, and Christopher K. Odinet of Iowa have written The Debt Collection Pandemic, California Law Review Online (2020 Forthcoming). Here is the abstract: As of May 2020, the United States' reaction to... Continue reading
Posted May 23, 2020 at CL&P Blog
Here, by Shahar Ziv, taking a deep dive into Norm Silber's and my proposal. Excerpt: Sadly, the coronavirus pandemic isn’t the first catastrophe to fuel consumer credit challenges. In a paper, Thriving on Adversity: Disclosing Corporate Mistreatment of Consumers Caught... Continue reading
Posted May 20, 2020 at CL&P Blog
by Jeff Sovern Regular blog readers know that from time to time, we report on the number of law schools offering consumer law courses course. Well, sadly, a new entrant on the law school front, Yada Yada Law School, is... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2020 at CL&P Blog
by Jeff Sovern The video and prepared testimony is here. If you have time to read only one, I recommend David Vladeck's excellent statement. Though Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has described this terrible proposal as a "red line" for... Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2020 at CL&P Blog
Guest Post from Edward Balleisen: Readers of this blog may be interested in a new website, American Predatory Lending (APL), which explores the state-level dynamics of mortgage lending in the run-up to 2008, with an initial focus on North Carolina.... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2020 at CL&P Blog
Da Lin and Daniel Schwarcz have written an op-ed, States Must Act To Cut Auto Insurance Rates During COVID-19 for Law360 (free access during the pandemic). They explain "Auto insurers are experiencing a massive windfall as a result of the... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2020 at CL&P Blog
Pamela Foohey of Indiana University Maurer School of Law, Dalié Jiménez of California, Irvine and Christopher K. Odinet of Oklahoma have written The Folly of Credit As Pandemic Relief 68 UCLA L. Rev. Disc. __ (2020 Forthcoming). Here's the abstract:... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2020 at CL&P Blog
Shmuel I. Becher of New Zeeland's Victoria University of Wellington has written The Puzzle of Effective Consumer Protection Legislation: Challenges, Key Lessons and Design Principles, in The Law and Economics of Regulation, Mathis & Torr eds (forthcoming Springer, 2021). Here... Continue reading
Posted May 2, 2020 at CL&P Blog