Current Events in Consumer Law

Learn about the issues consumers face when dealing with vehicle repossession, unfair debt collection practices, credit reporting privacy and accuracy, and unwanted calls and texts to cell phones by telemarketers, collectors, and banks.                                                                                        

Parking lot Sep 14, 2016
A Michigan-based credit union who repossessed an Army private’s car while he was away at military training is now facing a federal lawsuit from the Department of Justice. DOJ officials filed the…
Man on phone Sep 14, 2016
In an ongoing attempt to "ride herd" on robo calls, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) last week implemented a cap on the number of unwanted debt collector robo calls that can be made to…
Man on phone Sep 14, 2016
July 22 — Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler is calling on phone companies to offer call-blocking services to subscribers who want to put a stop to automated robocalls, he said in…
Cars Sep 14, 2016
A consumer watchdog report reveals that 1 in 5 borrowers taking out a single-payment auto title loan have their vehicle seized for failing to repay debt. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (…
Credit Sep 14, 2016
My credit card companies recently sent me notices that my FICO score changed. At first, I was somewhat alarmed. Normally, I don’t pay too much attention to my credit score, which is measured by the…
Computer Sep 14, 2016
Since the enactment of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) in 1991, technological advances in the way people communicate have often outpaced the ability of the courts and the Federal…
Credit card Sep 14, 2016
Last month, Discover announced it would give consumers free access to their credit scores. No more need to sign up for an actual service from Discover, like a credit card, as in the past. A mere…
Money Sep 14, 2016
Kids these days: They just aren’t pulling out the plastic like they did in the past. Data from the Federal Reserve indicates that the percentage of Americans under 35 who hold credit card debt has…
Cell Phone Sep 14, 2016
Robocalls and telemarketing calls are currently the number one source of consumer complaints at the FCC. The Commission is committed to protecting consumers from unwanted calls and giving them more…
Bride and Groom Sep 14, 2016
Getting divorced can come with plenty of heartache, paperwork, and even financial burdens. But one of those struggles does not include a dip in your credit score just because you signed divorce…

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