Read Consumer Protection updates, news, and legal commentary from leading lawyers and law firms:
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Instapundit: America's IP Laws Need to be "Pruned Back"
Bill on Bankruptcy: Trustees Sleep Easy after High Court Ruling
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Bill on Bankruptcy: Kodak Plan Bumps the Debt, Craters Stock
Tips for Mobile App Privacy Compliance
Bill on Bankruptcy: Easterbrook Turns the Tide on Student Loans
Bill on Bankruptcy: Stockton May Win the Battle, Lose the War
Buchheit: Cyprus Could Need a Second Bailout
Bill on Bankruptcy: Sigmund Freud, Marx Brothers, Bernie Madoff
Craft Beer Boom in Michigan
Law Prof: I May File Law School Ethics Charges
Monster Energy Drink Accused of Teen Death
A New World for Mortgage Banking – What You Need to Know About the CFPB’s Final Mortgage Servicing Rules
Beware of Notarios
What’s Next from the CFPB
Weekly Brief: Lawyers Laid Off After Foreclosure Settlement
Dean: There's No Oversupply of Lawyers
Jennifer Abril on The Story of Fragrances
This past Thursday, the CFPB announced that it filed a complaint against a Florida debt-relief company that misled consumers across the country. Following an investigation into American Debt Settlement Solutions, Inc. (ADSS)...more
After filing for Chapter 7 bankruptcy, a consumer discovered that her credit report listed delinquent payments to a bank even though she had been current with her payments up to the date she filed. After disputing the report...more
On March 22, 2013, the Maryland Court of Appeals clarified the meaning of an "endorsement in blank" on mortgage notes, saying that physical transfer without additional endorsement stamps gives the loan servicer standing to...more
Recently, Senior Partner David L. Gibbs of The Gibbs Law Firm, APC was asked by LexisNexis | Martindale-Hubbell to discuss Legal Question & Answer Forums. The interview addresses the benefits of such forums for both consumers...more
On December 10, 2012, Sen. Bob Casey (D-PA) announced his joint sponsorship of Senate Bill 3636, known as the "Gift Card Consumer Protection Act of 2012," which was originally introduced and referred to the Senate Committee...more
The amount of student loan debt in the United States is close to $1 trillion. Student debt has passed up credit-card debt to become the second-largest category of consumer debt in the country. Only mortgage debt is...more
A recent decision by the Second Circuit underscores the importance to debt collectors of accurately describing the options available to a student loan borrower in bankruptcy, even a borrower who previously filed but did not...more
When dealing with a debt collection lawsuit most people would love to be represented by a lawyer. The problem is that many times the amount you are being sued for is relatively small and/or the attorney you want to hire is...more
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has issued a report highlighting significant consumer protection issues in the private student lending industry and making recommendations to ensure transparency.
Changes may be on the horizon allowing debtors to "cram down" or "strip" second mortgages in Chapter 7 Bankruptcy....more
It is no secret that the student loan crisis is a runaway freight train and it is ready to crash. Approximately 37 million Americans are straddled with student loan debt. A closer look at the statistics gives us a more...more
The Ontario Divisional Court recently overturned a decision of the Ontario Licensing and Appeals Tribunal that had required the Travel Industry Council of Ontario (“TICO”) to compensate a loyalty program provider for the cost...more
If you are defending against foreclosure in Massachusetts and wonder what you can do, or if you want to inquire on the "note & mortgage defense" to foreclosure,or you desire to save your home and want learn more about how to...more
I received a discharge of debts in a Chapter 7 bankruptcy and now I can't keep making payments on the car. If they repossess the car, can they also sue me?
The answer to that question is a strong "it depends". If you...more
Florida has historically been one of the top states for timeshare ownership. But the state's attorney general says her office is swamped with complaints about timeshare resale fraud. Since 2009, the AG's office has fielded...more
If you are being sued by Midland Funding, LLC here in Arizona you are not alone. Recently I have seen an increase in the number of clients coming in with lawsuits by Midland Funding and other debt buyers. What is a debt...more
Real Estate Investors are frequently criticized by Agents and Brokers because investors seemingly make huge profits in one day by purchasing a house for a low price and selling it for much more money. Investors flip houses on...more
Today in the Arizona Republic there is an interesting article by Catherine Reagor on the rental market in the Phoenix area. As more and more homes fall into foreclosure, or their owners simply decide that it doesn’t make...more
When times are good your credit union can be your best friend. When times are bad, your credit union may be your most aggressive enemy. Credit unions are different than banks in many ways, and when it comes to bankruptcy...more
Business owners who are behind on paying their payroll taxes may find themselves in a big mess. The IRS requires employers to withhold money from their employees’ paychecks that those employees owe or will owe the government...more
My latest masterpiece! :) This action arises out of the wrongful foreclosure of a residential property in Los Angeles County, California. As alleged, the securitized trust did not have standing to foreclose on the property...more
First the robo-signing controversy. Then the U.S. Bank v. Ibanez ruling. Now the next bombshell ruling in the foreclosure mess has just come down fr0m a New York federal bankruptcy judge.
The case is In Re Agard (click...more
This article discusses the ability of a nonresident of the State of Florida to claim a tenancy by the entireties (TBE) exemption for property located in Florida and owned jointly by the nonresident and the nonresident's...more
Today in the Wall Street Journal there is an article on new regulations that are being imposed on debt collectors in New Mexico. The new law requires that debt collectors notify the consumer if the statute of limitations has...more
For those out there that earn a living on commission, bankruptcy poses special problems and risks. In this article I discuss some of the issues that arise when Realtors, car salesmen, and insurance agents file for...more
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