201703.09
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Consumer Protection Legislation: Consumer’s Immigration Status Can Not be Used as a Shield by Car Dealers for Dealer Fraud

A new California Assembly bill, AB1690, would add “consumer protection” to existing state law that makes a person’s immigration status “irrelevant to the issue of liability, and in proceedings or discovery” in labor, employment, civil rights and housing cases. A good article in the Daily Journal points out that this is really a clarification of…

201701.12
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Certified (CPO) safety battle is on! Help stop car dealer fraud and protest the FTC’s consent decree!

The Federal Trade Commission is now doubling down on their terrible position that dealers should be allowed to advertise that CPO (“Certified”) cars are “safe,” “have been repaired for safety issues,” and “have been subject to a rigorous inspection” WITHOUT actually getting safety recall repairs done, if they merely add a blanket disclaimer that the…

201610.25
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How Consumer-Advocate Ralph Nader Pre-Saged the 2016 Election, Notes from Renting “The Unreasonable Man” on Amazon

Ralph Nader was ahead of his time. Way ahead. He saw it coming: the growing discontent of what has come to be known as the “99 percent.”  Bernie Sanders and the Trump phenomena appear almost to arise from the silent ether, all until one hears (or remembers) the clarion call Ralph Nader trumpeted forever ago…

201609.14
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New Consumer Rights for 3 Million Servicemembers and Dependents

Starting October 3,  there will be new consumer rights for 3 Million Servicemembers & Dependents! The Talent-Nelson Military Lending Act (MLA), 10 U.S.C. § 987, enacted in 2006, imposes a 36% interest rate cap, bans mandatory arbitration, and imposes other restrictions on “consumer credit” extended to service members and their dependents. The MLA applies to…

201508.27
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License Plate Bill Needs Fixing

Great editorial! http://www.sfgate.com/opinion/editorials/article/License-plate-bill-needs-a-quick-fix-6458638.php License Plate Bill Needs a Quick Fix “California is the only state that allows newly sold vehicles to go up to 90 days without license plates. It’s not good for public safety to have cars leaving a hit-and-run accident and other crime scenes without ready means of firm identification. It also costs…

201506.26
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Regulators Find Binding Arbitration Clauses Hurt Consumers

Watchout for Arbitration Clauses Consumers!  The CFPB has found these clauses everywhere the consumer buys virtually any good or service with a contract.  The CFPB has found no evidence to support the business-lobby’s claim that arbitration keeps costs down.  Instead, the CFPB has found that they block consumers from effective means to fight rip-offs by,…

201506.19
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AutoDialing By Telemarketers: Consumers are Given Added Protection

The FCC voted on Thursday to expand the scope of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act  to crack down on robocalls from telemarketers. The agency has indicated that under the rule, companies are barred from telemarketing with “autodialers,” or any type of device with the potential to dial or sequence random numbers, must honor a customer’s…