Blog Archive 2014

Post date: January 2, 2014 - 3:19pm

(BOSTON) In light of the recent news about Target’s data security breach, the National Consumer Law Center, Consumer Action, and U.S. PIRG remind consumers that:

1. Your liability for fraudulent charges is limited under federal law.

Credit Cards: Under federal law, your...

Post date: September 26, 2014 - 2:51pm

Today the Department of Defense (DoD) issued a new proposed rule expanding important protections to servicemembers and their families from predatory lending. The new rule closes...

Post date: August 7, 2014 - 5:04pm

Instead of the famous catchphrase “You’ve got mail!,” last week AOL customers received a troubling message from the email service provider that essentially said:“You’ve got no rights!” That’s because AOL updated its terms of service adding a forced arbitration clause in effect granting itself license to break the law.

Post date: July 18, 2014 - 2:25pm

This statement was issued by National Association of Consumer Advocates, Americans for Financial Reform, Demos, National Fair Housing Alliance, National People’s Action, and National Consumer Law Center (on behalf of its low income clients):

"The Consumer Financial Protection...

Post date: May 19, 2014 - 6:15pm

They say you can't take it with you, but I think that they're wrong
'Cause all I know is I woke up this morning, and something big was gone
Gone into that dark ether where you're still young and hard and cold
Just like when they built you, brother, they broke the...

Post date: May 9, 2014 - 8:21pm

 “Cases That Would Have Been: Three Years After AT&T Mobility v. Concepcion, Claims of Corporate Wrongdoing Continue to Pile Up”

 In the wake of two U.S. Supreme Court rulings in the past three years, consumers, workers and others harmed...

Post date: April 1, 2014 - 1:37pm

Professor Imre Szalai of Loyola law school is a friendly, well spoken and thoughtful scholar. And, it turns out, having taken an extremely detailed look deep into the discussions and advocacy that led to the passage of a 1925 statute, he's uncovered a good deal of evidence that explodes the legitimacy of a series of US Supreme Court decisions. In recent decades, and in the most important cases by the usual 5-4 vote, the Supreme Court has taken this law, the Federal Arbitration Act, and expanded it.

Post date: March 19, 2014 - 1:33pm


Last month Dropbox, Inc. (an on-line service that stores and shares files) emailed its users updating them on some changes to its Terms of Service to include a forced arbitration clause.  Most Dropbox users probably didn’t think twice about this seemingly...

Post date: March 6, 2014 - 2:34pm

You may know the name Lilly Ledbetter.  In 1979, she was hired by Goodyear Tire. Upon her retirement twenty years later, Ms. Ledbetter filed a lawsuit against her former employer for paying her notably less than her male colleagues. The Supreme Court eventually denied her claim due to the...

Post date: February 6, 2014 - 5:15pm

Recent U.S. Supreme Court cases have broadly expanded the scope of the Federal Arbitration Act to allow corporations to insert forced arbitration clauses in one-sided, non-negotiable contracts and override both Congressional action and state laws intended to protect consumers. In 2011, the...