Blog Archive 2012

Post date: January 11, 2012 - 2:07pm

It’s a new year and a new era for consumer protection.  Last week, President Obama appointed former Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray as the director of the newly created Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB).  This recess appointment not only gives the CFPB all its...

Post date: May 4, 2012 - 6:29pm

The debt collection sector has a long history of abusive and deceptive practices against consumers, but harassing hospital patients waiting in an emergency room or recovering from surgery - this is a new low even for the most abusive debt collectors. The Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson...

Post date: May 11, 2012 - 4:51pm

This week I caught up with an old friend – a German native who was visiting Washington, D.C. from Berlin; he inquired into the latest updates with U.S. Financial Regulatory Reform.  After I described the year of “...

Post date: May 18, 2012 - 6:35pm

As part of the recent $25 billion settlement with 49 State Attorneys General, the Department of Justice and HUD, the 5 major servicers agreed to pay the states $2.5 billion, which could be used to...

Post date: June 15, 2012 - 5:52pm

Recently, the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution conducted a hearing on “Class Actions Seven Years After the Class Action Fairness Act.”   At the hearing there...

Post date: July 13, 2012 - 3:36pm

For years, the National Association of Consumer Advocates (NACA) has been sounding the alarm to alert consumers, consumer advocates and public officials to the dangers of pre-dispute binding mandatory arbitration clauses, also known as forced arbitration clauses.  These clauses are buried...

Post date: July 20, 2012 - 6:16pm

July 21st marks the two-year anniversary of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010 (Dodd-Frank) and one year since the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) opened its doors as an independent consumer agency.  Despite the GOP’s efforts in the U.S....

Post date: August 1, 2012 - 2:44pm

All Defendants are required to agree to all of the following before a defense vehicle inspection will be scheduled. 

Post date: August 14, 2012 - 2:54pm

As you probably are already aware, NACA's Annual Meeting is just around the corner.  It will take place during NCLC's Consumer Rights Litigation Conference October 25th through October 28th in Seattle, Washington.
We are looking for NACA members to donate items for our Silent...

Post date: September 21, 2012 - 6:54pm

We all know that if your judge understands the merits of your case, it not only makes the legal process easier for you and your client, but it can be a tremendous boost to more quickly getting a fair settlement too. Here's part one of the discussion. When it comes to getting a trial judge to say and do the things that help you press opposing counsel to settle with you though, the judge may not start out believing in the merits of your side of the case and he/she may never get there without your help. The time for you to start that process is not when you are first standing in front of the judge.

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