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Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Consumer Protection in the States: A 50-State Evaluation of Unfair and Deceptive Practices Laws

The National Consumer Law Center has issued a review of the Unfair and Deceptive Practices Laws of the 50 states and the District of Columbia. Regulations differ drastically, state-to-state. “In many states, they write, “the deficiencies are glaring. Legislation or court decisions in dozens of states have narrowed the scope of UDAP laws or granted sweeping exemptions to entire industries.”

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Thursday, March 8, 2018

Consumers Should Have More Control Over Credit Reports. We Agree.

Last month, Senator Jack Reed (D) of Rhode Island proposed legislation which would give consumers discretion over who sees their all-important credit information. The Control Your Personal Credit Information Act would require credit bureaus to request permission from consumers in order to share their highly personal credit-information with third-parties. Senator Reed states: “under existing law, the current consumer reporting system is backwards.  Consumer reporting agencies collect so much information on us, often without our consent, so at the very least, they should ask us for our permission before they share or sell our information.”

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Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Welcome to National Consumer Protection Week 2018

As part of its 20th annual Consumer Protection Week, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is arming consumers with the tools and education necessary to combat identity theft, scammers, and the like. The FTC has released this blog as a reference to access the varied tools.
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Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Equifax Says It Will Hand Over New York Data Breach Info

A spokeswoman for Atlanta-based credit reporting agency Equifax said the company would comply with a demand by Secretary of State Rossana Rosado for information on a July data breach that was made public in September.

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Tuesday, December 26, 2017

TzedekDC (tzedekdc.org) is a new Jewish lawyers group dedicated to providing pro bono debt representation for the poor.

Whereas these disputes were once a matter of debtor vs. creditor, in recent decades the game has changed. Large companies write off their bad debt and sell the paper to third parties for pennies on the dollar. These big debt buyers then hire phalanxes of lawyers to sue thousands of people.
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Thursday, December 14, 2017

Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals: FCRA bars background check liability waiver

In Syed, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals held that a background check disclosure which included a liability waiver violated the FCRA. This case was significant because the Ninth Circuit is the first federal appeals court to definitively state that the FCRA “unambiguously bars the inclusion of a liability waiver.” The court also notably held that the employer willfully violated the FCRA by including the liability waiver in the disclosure, finding that no reasonable interpretation of the statute would allow any language besides a disclosure and authorization.

Our firm represents job applicants subject to background checks.  The Fair Credit Reporting Act governs all consumer reports including employment and housing background reports.
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Monday, November 20, 2017

Trump likely to tap budget director Mulvaney as interim CFPB chief

Fox guarding the hen house.  Mulvaney was one of the agency's most vocal critics during his time in the House and voted in favor to kill the agency.


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Friday, November 17, 2017

Richard Cordray to step down as head of Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

A one-two punch. First the Congressional override of the CFPB's rule limiting mandatory arbitration clauses in certain consumer financial agreements. And now the loss of Cordray who has been an important advocate for consumer financial rights.


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Monday, October 16, 2017

Top-Ranking for the Law Office of Adam G. Singer

 Local business-review website ThreeBestRated.com has named the Law Office of Adam G. Singer as one of the three best consumer protection attorneys in Manhattan. This rating was based upon a variety of factors including: “everything from checking reputation, history, complaints, local reviews, nearness, satisfaction, trust and cost to the general excellence.”

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Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Elizabeth Warren to Wells Fargo CEO: 'You should be fired'

It was déjà vu for Wells Fargo, this week, as senators expressed outrage at the bank’s culture of shady practices. Last year, senators berated (former-CEO) John Stumpf over the millions of fake accounts created in customers’ names. Stumpf’s replacement, Tim Sloan, took the brunt of congressional ire on Tuesday, with Senator Brian Schatz of Hawaii going as far as to call for the revocation of Wells Fargo’s charter. Wells Fargo is currently under investigation by the US Dep’t of Justice, Securities and Exchange Commission, and the US Dep’t of Labor.

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