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by Jeff Sovern It may seem bizarre, but it appears that recommendations that contain information that goes beyond the transactions or experiences of the person writing the letter are subject to the Fair Credit Reporting Act. For example, if a... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at CL&P Blog
by Jeff Sovern On Saturday, I blogged about the College Board's adversity score. Today, in response to my inquiry, I received an email from the College Board which contained the following: We have received questions about whether students and schools... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at CL&P Blog
by Jeff Sovern The Wall Street Journal has reported that the College Board, providers of the SAT tests, will give colleges an adversity score for each applicant who takes the SAT to aid college in admissions decisions. As the Journal... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at CL&P Blog
by Jeff Sovern That's the title of my latest essay for The Conversation, about how preemption of state privacy laws could harm consumers. Here's an excerpt: [R]ather than circumventing state laws, a federal privacy law should work in partnership with... Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2019 at CL&P Blog
Tim Lytton at Georgia State has written Outbreak: Foodborne Illness and the Struggle for Food Safety. Here's the blurb: Foodborne illness is a big problem. Wash those chicken breasts, and you’re likely to spread Salmonella to your countertops, kitchen towels,... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2019 at CL&P Blog
by Jeff Sovern Until 2015, when consumers submitted disputes to credit bureaus, the credit bureaus submitted the dispute to the creditor which had furnished the information, and if the creditor verified that the information was correct, the credit bureau reportedly... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2019 at CL&P Blog
by Jeff Sovern I wanted to know if the law reviews in elite schools that teach consumer law have published more consumer law articles in the last five years than law reviews in elite schools that don’t offer the course.... Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2019 at CL&P Blog
Christopher K. Odinet of Oklahoma has written The New Data of Student Debt, 92 Southern California Law Review (Forthcoming). Here is the abstract: Silicon Valley is increasingly setting its sights on student lending. Financial technology (fintech) firms such as SoFi,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2019 at CL&P Blog
Anya Prince of Iowa and Daniel Schwarcz of Minnesota have written Proxy Discrimination in the Age of Artificial Intelligence and Big Data, Iowa Law Review, Forthcoming. Here's the abstract: Big data and Artificial Intelligence (“AI”) are revolutionizing the ways in... Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2019 at CL&P Blog
Matthew A. Bruckner of Howard, Brook Gotberg of Missouri, Dalié Jiménez of Irvine and Harvard's Center on the Legal Profession, and Chrystin D. Ondersma of Rutgers have written No-Contest Discharge for Uncollectable Student Loans, forthcoming in the University of Colorado... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2019 at CL&P Blog
by Jeff Sovern This transcript of the young Kathleen Kraninger has recently been unearthed: Adult: Did you eat the chocolate chip cookies? Kraninger: I will stipulate that there were chocolate chip cookies and that they are no longer here. Adult:... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2019 at CL&P Blog
Imre S. Szalai of Loyola of New Orleans has written The Prevalence of Consumer Arbitration Agreements by America’s Top Companies, 52 U.C. Davis L. Rev. Online 233 (2019). Here is the abstract: This article present the results of a study... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2019 at CL&P Blog
Joel R. Reidenberg of Fordham, together with four co-authors, has written Trustworthy Privacy Indicators: Grades, Labels, Certifications and Dashboards, 96 Washington University Law Review (2019). Here's the abstract: Despite numerous groups’ efforts to score, grade, label, and rate the privacy... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2019 at CL&P Blog
Here are Sara's revised statistics, and the listings appear after the jump: 110 classes total (53.92%) 32 clinics total (15.69%) 89 only offer a class (43.63%) 11 only offer a clinic (5.39%) 21 offer both (10.29%) 121 offer either (59.31%)... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2019 at CL&P Blog
Myriam E. Gilles of Cardozo and Gary B. Friedman of the Friedman Law Group have written The New Qui Tam: A Model for the Enforcement of Group Rights in a Hostile Era. Here is the abstract: The present Administration has... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2019 at CL&P Blog
by Jeff Sovern For a variety of reasons, what elite law schools do has an effect on legal education disproportionate to the numbers of such schools. For one reason, most law professors attended an elite law school, and their vision... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2019 at CL&P Blog
by Jeff Sovern Sara has updated the list once more in light of comments. It appears below the fold. We are still accepting comments, so if you have not yet registered yours, please send it in. As for the statistics,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2019 at CL&P Blog
The London School of Economics is offering an intensive course this summer in European Consumer Law. More information here. Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2019 at CL&P Blog
by Jeff Sovern Now that we've heard from some readers about other schools teaching consumer law, a more complete list appears after the jump (if you know of still more schools, please let me know). The totals are even more... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2019 at CL&P Blog
by Jeff Sovern Five years ago, I posted a list of law schools teaching consumer law, as compiled by my then-research assistant Preston Postlethwaite. I've received requests to update the list, and so I asked another research assistant, Sara Krastins,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2019 at CL&P Blog
Earlier this week, we posted a link to a John Oliver segment on robocalls. Eric J. Troutman fact checks Oliver here. Excerpt: Assertion 5: Robocall Volume Exploded After A Court Decision Overturned the FCC’s Rules Expanding the TCPA TCPAworld. com... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2019 at CL&P Blog
In The Conversation. Excerpt: Compared with 1962, when President Kennedy put consumer concerns on the national agenda, ordinary Americans now have far more robust rights to safety, to information, to choice and to a fair hearing. But consumer rights do... Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2019 at CL&P Blog
Christopher G. Bradley of Kentucky has written The Consumer Protection Ecosystem: Law, Norms, and Technology. Here is the abstract: Consumer law provokes fierce policy debate on issues from identity theft to online privacy, from arbitration clauses and class action lawsuits... Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2019 at CL&P Blog
Posted Mar 11, 2019 at CL&P Blog