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SAVE THE DATE! Teaching Consumer Law Conference With a Full Day Devoted to Clinical Education May 19, 20 & 21, 2022 Santa Fe, New Mexico Presented by the Center for Consumer Law, University of Houston, and the Center for Consumer... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2021 at CL&P Blog
I would argue that an employer not requiring an employee to wear a mask is gross negligence and generally cannot be waived.
For the past twenty years, the Center for Consumer Law has held its “Teaching Consumer Law” Conference. The next meeting will be May, 2021, and I think those of us who are teaching, interested in teaching, or just curious about... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2020 at CL&P Blog
It is with deep regret and disappointment we must inform you that due to events beyond our control, the May 29-30, 2020 Teaching Consumer Law Conference has been cancelled. It has been rescheduled for May 21-22, 2021. We strongly believe... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2020 at CL&P Blog
Save the Date Call for Papers and Speakers Teaching Consumer Law Conference – Santa Fe, New Mexico, 29 & 30 May 2020 Teaching Consumer Law: Back to Basics? The Center for Consumer Law at the University of Houston Law Center,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2019 at CL&P Blog
Register Now for the tenth biennial Teaching Consumer Law Conference "Teaching Consumer Law--Where We've Been--Where We're Going." It will be held in Santa Fe, New Mexico, May 18-19th. The Conference is designed for those teaching consumer law, those interested in... Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2018 at CL&P Blog
"Teaching Consumer Law--Where We've Been--Where We're Going" will be held in Santa Fe, New Mexico, May 18-19th. The Conference is designed for those teaching consumer law, those interested in teaching consumer law full-time or as an adjunct, and anyone interested... Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2018 at CL&P Blog
The Conference is for anyone teaching or interested in teaching consumer Law. More than thirty professors and attorneys will be presenting. For more information or to register, click here. Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2018 at CL&P Blog
Teaching Consumer Law Conference – Santa Fe, New Mexico, 18 & 19 May 2018 The Center for Consumer Law at the University of Houston Law Center, in cooperation with the University of New Mexico School of Law, is organizing its... Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2017 at CL&P Blog
Worried you may be affected by Equifax's massive data breach? The credit bureau has set up a site,, that allows you to check whether your personal information was exposed and sign up for credit monitoring. But regulators and lawyers... Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2017 at CL&P Blog
The U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear three cases related to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) decision in D.R. Horton in which the NLRB held that companies that require employees to sign class action waivers violate their rights to... Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2017 at CL&P Blog
In Mashiri v. Epstein Grinnell & Howell, the Ninth Circuit reversed the district court’s dismissal for failure to state a cause of action under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA). On appeal, Defendants argued for the first time they... Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2017 at CL&P Blog
The IRS has finalized a proposed rule issued in 2014 removing the three-year nonpayment testing period from the list of “events” for determining when debt had been discharged for purposes of issuing a Form 1099-C, Cancellation of Debt, to taxpayers.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2016 at CL&P Blog
The Uniform Law Commission has proposed its "Wage Garnishment Act." The Commission notes: Currently, every state has a different wage garnishment law and process. This means that employers who do business across multiple states must know and abide by a... Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2016 at CL&P Blog
The Third Circuit recently held that title insurers did not waive their ability to compel individual arbitration when attempting to do so earlier would have been futile under then-existing law. In Chassen, et al. v. Fidelity National Financial, Inc., et... Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2016 at CL&P Blog
The Department of Health and Human Services final rule overhauling skilled nursing facility prohibits all arbitration agreements at the time of admission. According to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, such pre-dispute agreements are "fundamentally unfair" because "it is... Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2016 at CL&P Blog
The Restoring Statutory Rights Act of 2016, sponsored by Democratic Senator Patrick Leahy, was sent to congressional committee on February 4, 2016 for consideration. The proposed legislation declares that the FAA “did not, and should not have been interpreted to,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2016 at CL&P Blog
In a recent post, Jeff Sovern noted that, “About two-thirds of US law schools offer neither a doctrinal course nor a clinic on consumer law, despite the significance of the subject.” In many cases, this is because there are fewer... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2016 at CL&P Blog
On May 20-21, the Center for Consumer Law at the University of Houston Law Center will present its bi-annual conference for consumer law professors, adjunct professors, and those interested in teaching consumer law. The conference is especially valuable to anyone... Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2016 at CL&P Blog
Gary Neustadter, of Santa Clara University School of Law, recently published an interesting empirical look at how similar legal proceedings are dealt with at the trial court level. “Randomly Distributed Trial Court Justice: A Case Study and Siren from the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2016 at CL&P Blog
As law school enrollment and job placement decreased, law schools considered many options to improve either or both. One proposal was a “two-year” law school, endorsed by President Obama. It was viewed as a quicker and cheaper alternative, and several... Continue reading
Posted Dec 26, 2015 at CL&P Blog the title of a New York Times article discussing how debt collectors use the courts to sue, but bar a subsequent suit by the debtor (or alleged debtor) based on an arbitration clause in the debtor’s original contract with... Continue reading
Posted Dec 22, 2015 at CL&P Blog
A federal district judge in Virginia on Wednesday rejected the Washington Redskins’ challenge to the cancellation of the football team’s trademarks as disparaging to Native Americans. Judge Gerald Bruce Lee upheld a previous finding by a patent and trademark administrative... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2015 at CL&P Blog
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