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Firm’s collection letter violated Fair Debt Act

A North Attleborough law firm violated the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act when it sent a collection letter which included implied threats to sue that could have confused the debtor as to her statutory right to dispute the...more

In New Jersey, arbitration clauses in consumer contracts are unenforceable when the parties to the contracts do not explicitly...

The Supreme Court for the State of New Jersey held that the failure to include specific trial by jury waiver language in arbitration clauses renders them unenforceable in consumer contracts, notwithstanding the fact that said...more

The Easiest Arbitration Agreement To Avoid May Be The One Between Attorney And Client

The First and Ninth Circuits recently issued opinions concerning the validity of state laws requiring “informed consent” to, or “full disclosure” of, arbitration clauses in attorney retainer agreements. Although the First...more

Second Circuit Rules on False Name Exception Under FDCPA

In a split decision, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ruled that a creditor can be held liable for sending letters using a law firm’s letterhead when plaintiffs alleged that the substance of the...more

Dean: Law Schools Use Merit Scholarships To Boost Rankings  [Video]

Oct. 10 ( Bloomberg Law) -- Law schools need to find ways to cut the expense of merit scholarships, which they "use to buy students . . . with high LSATs" to improve the schools' US News rankings, Brooklyn Law School Dean and...more

Dean: Law Firms 'Support' NYLS's 2 Year Degree Program  [Video]

Sept. 19 (Bloomberg Law) -- Anthony Crowell, Dean and President of New York Law School, talks with Bloomberg Law's Lee Pacchia about the school's new 2 year law degree program and the prospects for a federal ranking system of...more

Morgan Drexen takes CFPB battle to its website

Visitors to Morgan Drexen’s website can now click through to a page that allows them to see information about Morgan Drexen’s lawsuit filed in Washington, D.C. against the CFPB, as well as other information intended to...more

UK Consumer Credit becomes regulated by the FCA and existing licences cancelled

UK consumer credit regulation is being taken over by the Financial Conduct Authority, promising more burdensome regulation and obliging all existing licence holders to re-apply for authorisation...more

Bar President: 3Ls Should Get Paid for Internships  [Video]

June 28 (Bloomberg Law) -- John Thies, outgoing president for the Illinois State Bar Association, talks with Bloomberg Law's Lee Pacchia about his organization's report on the impact of law school debt on the delivery of...more

NALP: 18-Year Low for Law Grad Employment  [Video]

June 20 (Bloomberg Law) -- James Leipold, Executive Director for the National Association for Law Placement, talks with Bloomberg Law's Lee Pacchia about his organization's annual report on the job market for law school...more

Bill on Bankruptcy: Trustees Sleep Easy after High Court Ruling  [Video]

May 15 (Bloomberg Law) -- Trustees of all types are sleeping easier, knowing that their liabilities for theft by a co-trustee is a debt that can be wiped out in bankruptcy as a result of a unanimous Supreme Court decision...more

Could This Law School Ranking Unseat US News?  [Video]

May 9 (Bloomberg Law) -- Elie Mystal, editor at Above the Law, tells Bloomberg Law's Lee Pacchia that his blog's new law school rankings sought to list the top 50 American law schools by relying on an "outcome based"...more

ROBO-LITIGATION Re: Attorney Misconduct at Foreclosure Mills

ROBO-LITIGATION Re: Attorney Misconduct at Foreclosure Mills The scale of attorney malfeasance in connection with the foreclosure crisis is enormous. Whether attorneys knowingly filed false documents or simply failed to...more

Law Firm with Inaccurate Billing Records Receives Nothing for Its Efforts

Woodland Hills Attorney Barry P. Goldberg warns his colleagues to have believable and accurate time records or risk receiving no compensation whatsoever from a reviewing court. Since the California Court of Appeal did not...more

Law Prof: I May File Law School Ethics Charges [Video]

Feb. 22 (Bloomberg Law) -- Ben Trachtenberg, an associate professor at University of Missouri School of Law who has written about law schools misrepresenting incoming student GPAs, LSAT scores and graduate employment data,...more

You are What You Sell

I. Who Are You? (And, do you really want to know?) II. You Are What You … (If I think about a pizza all day long do I become a pizza?) A. Reading B. Hearing C. Thinking D. Measuring (Or, Standardized test scores as a...more

Dean: There's No Oversupply of Lawyers [Video]

Jan. 4 (Bloomberg Law) -- The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects there will be 74,000 new lawyer jobs this decade, while American law schools will produce more than 400,000 graduates. Despite those numbers, "it's not...more

Weekly Brief: Will Congress Garnish Paychecks to Repay Student Loans? [Video]

Dec. 6 (Bloomberg Law) -- A proposal in Congress could mean big changes to the way debtors pay back student loans. Wisconsin Congressman Tom Petri wants companies to automatically deduct student loan repayments from...more

Sectional Forum's Body Corporate Trustees Pack - Nov 2012

Sectional Forum's Body Corporate Trustees Pack...more

Alan Levy Attorneys & Conveyancers Estate Agents Handbook - Code of Conduct - Nov 2012

An Estate Agents Guide to the Correct Code of Conduct regarding the following: General duty to protect the public’s interest; Mandates; Duty to disclose; Duty not to make misrepresentations of false statements or to...more

McEntee: Law Schools Should Cut Enrollment 50% [Video]

Nov. 9 (Bloomberg Law) -- Kyle McEntee from Law School Transparency talks to Bloomberg Law's Lee Pacchia about the state of legal education in America. McEntee also talks about the LST Score Reports, his organization's new...more

Want to hire a cheap lawyer, watch out! (Part 2)

If you are in decision making process of which attorney or law firm to hire, this post informs you of an important point that will help you make that decision. So before you engage that all important counsel, you should read...more

Opioid Painkiller Overdose Cause Thousands of Deaths Each Year

Patients who are prescribed opioid painkillers by their doctor - including drugs such as the fentanyl pain patch, hydrocodone, oxycodone, hydromorphone, methadone, and morphine - may be at risk of an overdose or other serious...more

What is limited assistance representation in Massachusetts and how can I benefit from it?

If you are involved in a court case in Massachusetts or expect to be and are interested in saving money on legal representation, you will want to read this post. Massachusetts has recently allowed limted assistance...more

Law Grads Now 'Indentured Servants' To US Government [Video]

June 13 (Bloomberg Law) -- Paul Campos, professor of law at University of Colorado at Boulder School of Law, talks with Bloomberg Law's Lee Pacchia about the rising unemployment and debt levels for recent law school...more

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