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May 9, 2014 - 8:21pm | Filed under: Forced Arbitration

 “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...

April 1, 2014 - 1:37pm | Filed under: Forced Arbitration

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.

March 19, 2014 - 1:33pm | Filed under: Forced Arbitration

 

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...

March 6, 2014 - 2:34pm | Filed under: Forced Arbitration

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...

February 6, 2014 - 5:15pm | Filed under: Forced Arbitration

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...

January 17, 2014 - 9:54pm | Filed under: Credit Reporting | Tagged with: Identity Theft

Recent news about the theft of credit and debit card information from customers of Target raises the specter of identity theft.  The sad truth is that anyone may become a victim of identity theft.  And the consequences can be devastating, both emotionally and financially.  However, there is a strong federal law protecting victims of identity theft – the Fair Credit Reporting Act (“FCRA”).  The FCRA can help victims mitigate or eliminate the consequences of identity theft and get their lives back on track.

January 2, 2014 - 3:19pm | Filed under: Other Areas of Interest | Tagged with: Data Breach

(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...

November 20, 2013 - 5:22pm | Filed under: Other Areas of Interest

“An extraordinary accounting of an issue campaign spearheaded by the policy vision of Elizabeth Warren, the organizing skills of Heather Booth and the legislative talents of Barney Frank – and powered by the people.  [This book is] essential reading for anyone who wants to learn...

November 19, 2013 - 5:51pm | Filed under: Credit Reporting | Tagged with: Debt Collection

Most people have rented a place to live.  The relationship with the landlord or management company typically extends beyond one month, sometimes for many years or decades.  With good credit, it’s usually easy to enter into a residential rental or lease agreement, with both...

November 6, 2013 - 8:31pm | Filed under: Debt Collection

A pair of bills amending the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act have hit the House Financial Services Committee, chaired by Rep. Jeb Hensarling of Texas. The first, introduced by Rep. Ed. Perlmutter (D-CO7), attempts...

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