Discovery

Navigating Consumer Protection Issues in Auto Buying

Have you ever had a client who was taken for a ride and lost significant money when buying a new or used car?  In this webinar, staff from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) will discuss some of the current consumer protection issues around one of the most expensive consumer purchases.  Presenters will describe various deceptive and unfair acts and practices consumers may face when reviewing auto advertising, considering after-market or add-on products such as extended warranties or service contracts, and financing their vehicles.

Defending NCSLT Lawsuits

Lawsuits brought by a National Collegiate Student Loan Trusts (NCSLT) have proliferated in the last three years. Consumer attorneys can raise multiple defenses to these lawsuits. This webinar will cover what these defenses are and how to plead them, while also discussing some of the litigation strategies that have been used to have the cases dismissed.

Gathering, Preserving, and Leveraging Evidence in FDCPA and TCPA Cases

Evidence handling is crucial to efficiently and effectively winning your FDCPA/TCPA cases. You can win these cases if you approach evidence gathering and preservation early—long before a case is ever filed—and then leverage it to overwhelm a short-sighted defendant. Every practitioner interested in improving his/her evidence-handling strategies ought to attend this important webinar.

Litigating Individual and Class Actions under the TCPA: From Advertisement to Settlement

Successfully prosecuting a TCPA action involves more than simply alleging that the defendant placed an unwanted call to your client’s cell phone using an auto dialer. It begins with effective identification of your target client base. Are you marketing your services efficiently, i.e., reaching the right client? Next, are you effectively vetting potential clients and claims? Does your pre-suit investigation reveal that you have a winnable case against a solvent defendant? Careful attention to every detail is especially important in today’s uncertain legal environment.

Exposing a Deadly Cover-up: The GM Ignition Switch Defect and How GM Almost Got Away with It

If you are interested in improving your pre-trial investigation and trial skills who better to learn from than Lance Cooper, a master practitioner, who uncovered one of the largest automotive defect scandal in history. By the conclusion of the webinar, you will be able to make your cases stronger by deploying some of the tactics and strategies Mr. Cooper used, such as analyzing discovery, exploring key documents and videos of crucial depositions, making the best use of case turning points, and bringing in expert witnesses to strengthen the case. 

Basics of UCC Provisions

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John Roddy's practice is devoted to representing consumers in class actions challenging unfair and deceptive business practices, and serving as relators' counsel in qui tam "whistleblower" actions. For his successful representation of consumers victimized by predatory business practices, John has been recognized as a Massachusetts Super Lawyer. For the past fourteen years he has co-chaired the Practising Law Institute's Annual Institute on Consumer Financial Services Litigation, held in New York and Chicago.

Successful Credit Repair Organization Act Claims for Punitive Damages, Attorneys’ Fees, and More

In an era of tightened credit markets, more consumers are falling prey to scams promising improved credit. Millions of dollars are lost annually by consumers trying to achieve a higher credit rating. The Credit Repair Organizations Act (CROA) governs the conduct of those (including lawyers) that provide certain services— including mere promises of such services. With its fee-shifting provisions, CROA can successfully be used by consumer advocates to pursue fraudulent claims. 

Toolkit for Arbitrating Consumer Claims, the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

According to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, “Tens of millions of consumers use financial products or services like credit cards and student loans that include pre-dispute arbitration clauses in their agreements.” This means that as consumer rights litigators, we often find that our clients are prevented from having their day in court due to the existence of a binding arbitration clause. Countless webinars and seminars focus on tips for avoiding or challenging arbitration agreements.

Litigating Identity Theft Cases under the FCRA and State Law Claims

Identity theft cases under the FCRA go well beyond the reporting and disputing process. Lawyers must dig into the actual theft and strategically conduct discovery to obtain all the good, the bad, and the ugly facts to prepare for trial. This webinar will discuss what discovery tools were used in the Kim v. BMWFS trial won by Robert Brennan and Stephanie Tatar.  They will also discuss what discovery was purposely NOT conducted in order to obtain the best result at trial.

Debt Defense 101 Trial Preparation

This webinar will discuss how to defend a consumer debt collection case at trial. It will first very briefly review the information, documents, and testimony you should optimally obtain in discovery for a typical collection defense case. It will then give an introductory-level overview of motions in limine, trial supoenas, evidence format and presentation, stipulations, opening statement and closing argument, cross examination of the plaintiff’s witnesses, and directed verdict motions/renewed motions.

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