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Government Recognizes Small Claims = No Lawyer

As part of its report over the increase in Small Claims jurisdiction from $7500 to $10000 dollars, the Los Angeles Consumer Affairs Department recognized that “Legal representation by an attorney can be difficult to find for minor disputes involving less than $25,000 in damages. ”  This is one reason why class actions and consumer protection…

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New GAP Insurance Law in Effect

AB 125 – Chapter 24 – Ins. Code §§1758.96 & 1758.992 Effective on May 10, 2011 (Urgency Bill) Summary: Clarifies that insurance deductibles may be covered by GAP insurance, expands the types of vehicles that can be covered by GAP insurance, and clarifies the role of “waiver” clauses. Background: When a car is totaled in…

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California “Clean Car” Debate

California’s goal of 1.4 million zero-emission or plug-in vehicles on the road by 2025 is being debated at California’s Air Quality Board.  Manufacturers including Ford Motor Company, Chrysler Group LLC, General Motors Co., and Nissan Motor Co, Ltd., in brief statements say they generally support the goal.  Consumers Union, the policy and advocacy division of…

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Toyota Prius Lemon and Acceleration: Government Covering Up?

An auto safety firm has sued the federal government to get records of its investigation into the unintended acceleration of a Prius last year.  A  freedom-of-information lawsuit by the firm, Safety Research and Strategies, claims that NHTSA (Nation Highway Traffic Safety Administration)was withholding documents and videos that may depict an acceleration incident caused by electronic systems in…

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GPS On Your Car Is A Privacy Invasion

The US Supreme Court ruled today that the government cannot install GPS on a car without a warrant.  Car dealerships have been known to install tracking devices on cars that consumers don’t know about.  This is likely now a violation of the consumers right to privacy.  If you have experienced a dealership installing GPS or…