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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...

November 4, 2013 - 4:10pm | Filed under: Forced Arbitration
Corporate America doesn’t want to be accountable if they do anything to hurt you. 
 
So how weird is this?  The Daily Grill, a very fancy and pricey steak house, encourages people to buy gift cards and make reservations on line.  (O.k.,...
October 4, 2013 - 12:48pm | Filed under: Small Dollar Loans

Director Richard Cordray of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau gave remarks and hosted a field hearing in Chicago on Wednesday to release a report...

September 27, 2013 - 2:51pm | Filed under: Other Areas of Interest

National Association of Consumer Advocates’ Lobby Day 2013

November 6, 2013
9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. ET

We’re kicking off this year’s Consumer Rights Litigation Conference in Washington, D.C. by joining National Association of Consumer Advocates (NACA) members...

September 18, 2013 - 3:01pm | Filed under: Credit Reporting

Who can forget the discolored and damaged looking teeth of Austin Powers (played by Mike Myers) in the series of comedic movies: “International Man of Mystery,” “The Spy Who Shagged Me,” and “Goldmember”?  It was part of the self-deprecating humor that...

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