Tag Archives: consumer protection

State AGs and FTC Combine Forces for Consumer Protection

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A dozen bipartisan State Attorneys General and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently instigated a medieval siege dubbed “Operation Game of Loans” against alleged student loan relief scams.  This coordinated nationwide enforcement effort targets companies charging upfront fees to consumers for promises  of relief from student loan debt – currently estimated to involve $95 million … Continue reading this entry

Private Arbitration Agreements which Prohibit Public Injunctive Relief Violate Public Policy and are Unenforceable Under California Law

In an April 5, 2017 unanimous opinion, the California Supreme Court (the “Court”) held that private arbitration agreements which prohibit public injunctive relief in any forum are contrary to California public policy and unenforceable under California law. Furthermore, the court held that the Federal Arbitration Act (“FAA”) did not preempt this rule of California law … Continue reading this entry

Old Consumer Protection Laws Don't Necessarily Fit Sharing Economy

Consumer
Within the sharing economy, consumers participate in an entirely new marketplace and are empowered as part of the historic shift of leverage from traditional businesses. It’s not just a different venue for delivering existing products and services. It’s a new commerce where consumers can obtain the experience and exactness of products and services they desire: … Continue reading this entry

Don't Forget Common Sense

Today, Foley & Lardner LLP issued a Legal News Alert for our clients regarding the recent decision of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court that ZIP Codes are “personal identification information” and therefore it is a violation of Massachusetts law for a merchant to ask for that information during a credit card transaction. See Tyler v. Michael’s Stores, … Continue reading this entry