Blog Archive 2013

Post date: June 21, 2013 - 4:42pm

Yesterday the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in American Express Co. v. Italian Colors Restaurant delivered a devastating blow to small businesses, consumers and employees. In a 5-3 opinion, the Supreme Court held that corporations can force arbitration on small businesses and individuals...

Post date: June 24, 2013 - 7:40pm

The Penguin was turned loose by Google. That's bad news for some lawyer websites - but also a golden opportunity for many others.

Post date: June 25, 2013 - 8:20pm

It is very possible that the used car dealer lied to you about your vehicle's history.  

Post date: July 9, 2013 - 5:17pm

In Gideon v. Wainwright, 372 U.S. 335 (1963), the Supreme Court held that criminal defendants have a right to counsel under the Sixth and Fourteenth Amendments. No such right exists for low income persons in civil proceedings (with few exceptions), therefore the goal of Civil Gideon must be met by state and federal funding of counsel for low income individuals.

Post date: July 11, 2013 - 5:34pm

Consumers across the country have fallen prey to credit repair who prepare and file lawsuits against debt collectors for allegedly accessing the consumer’s credit reports without a permissible purpose allowed by federal law.

In order to prevent being taken in by this scam,

Post date: July 18, 2013 - 6:51pm

The Chamber of Commerce, certain members of the U.S. Supreme Court and other ersatz "tort reformers" love to bash class actions and the lawyers who file them. But what do class action consumers say when they recover from one of the very few class cases to actually go to trial? Judging...

Post date: July 23, 2013 - 6:45pm

I predict that 2013 will be viewed by consumer advocates as a game-change year for consumers with large, unpaid personal debts and facing oppressive debt collection lawsuits and calls from debt collectors.  That’s because on July 10, 2013, the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau (...

Post date: August 1, 2013 - 3:04pm

Beginning next month, the city of Chicago will become the first municipality in the nation to offer a prepaid debit card account as part of its regional transit pass. The Chicago Transit Authority (“CTA”) entered into a contract with Cubic Transportation Systems, Inc., to offer...

Post date: August 8, 2013 - 2:26pm

The CFPB is examining consumer awareness of mandatory pre-dispute arbitration (“forced”) clauses. In June, they published a request for information...

Post date: September 10, 2013 - 3:37pm

Each year, over one million motor vehicles are repossessed from consumers who became delinquent in their payments to a lender who holds a purchase money security interest in the motor vehicle.

Section 9-503 of the Uniform Commercial Code authorizes secured lenders to seize possession of...