Strategy: Structuring and Plotting the Case

Discovering Evidence in Credit Reporting Cases

Discovery in FCRA litigation is complex and compounded by defense counsel that feign ignorance and systematically work to maintain a veil of secrecy over their clients’ credit reporting activities. This seminar is intended to lift that veil by discussing common defense tactics aimed at frustrating your ability to conduct discovery as well as providing an overview of evidence essential to building your case. 

What You Will Learn

•  How to identify the evidence you need to win your case.

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.

Using Experts in Auto Fraud Cases

Many consumer cases are expert driven, and the court will benefit from the industry experience that a well-qualified expert can bring. Attorneys who are just developing their practice, who are not overly familiar with the auto industry, or who have had unfavorable experiences with experts from either side would benefit from the discussion. By attending, you will gain a more complete understanding of how to effectively find and utilize the skills of an auto fraud expert.

Residential Mortgage Servicing Update

The rules of the road for residential mortgage servicing have changed significantly over the past several years and they’re about to shift again as we approach the expiration of the Treasury Department’s Making Home Affordable (MHA) loan modification and other loss mitigation programs.  

This intermediate-level presentation is geared to consumer attorneys with some experience representing homeowners and borrowers but will also provide a basic overview suited to attorneys interested in adding residential mortgage servicing cases to their practices. 

Litigating Non-Judicial Foreclosure Cases

Foreclosures arise for many reasons. Sometimes loan modification agreements are broken, other times servicers are not reviewing people properly or using dual tracking within a case. In more than half of the country, lenders do not have to go to court in order to foreclose on a home. Since homeowners cannot defend themselves against this foreclosure, they need to file a lawsuit to temporarily stop the foreclosure.

Credit Insurance in Automobile Sales and Other Installment Transactions

Credit insurance is often included in automobile sales, finance company loans, and other installment transactions. These high-profit products are routinely included regardless of whether the customer wants or needs them. If your practice includes litigating new or used automobile sales or other installment purchases, you will learn the implications of finding common types of credit insurance, including credit life, credit disability, and GAP coverage. Topics to be covered include underwriting issues, premium limits, premium rebates, and filing claims.

FCRA Class Action Litigation: Overview and Recent Developments

The Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) represents a growing trend in consumer class action litigation. The law’s strict requirements, the availability of statutory damages for willful violations, and the ability to certify nationwide classes all present consumer lawyers with valuable opportunities to pursue relief on a class-wide basis in appropriate cases. With the Supreme Court’s recent decision in Spokeo, Inc. v.

Used Car Cases Can Be More Profitable Than You Think

The used automobile sales industry is well known for its consumer protection abuses. However, because used car consumer cases often do not involve financially stable dealerships or claims against manufacturers, many consumer attorneys shy away from them. If you pick the right cases, you can build a viable auto fraud practice dealing with used car cases. This introductory presentation is geared to consumer attorneys who have incorporated or are considering incorporating used auto claims into their practice. 

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