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Why Suing Your Bank Could Help Others Avoid Being Ripped Off

The Huffington Post | Shahien Nasiripour | Posted 05.06.2016 | Business

A new proposal by the nation's chief consumer watchdog could help government regulators and prosecutors stop big banks' dubious practices more quickly...

The CFPB Just Took a Huge Bite Out of Predatory Lending

Paul Bland | Posted 05.05.2016 | Politics
Paul Bland

Banks and payday lenders have had a good deal going for a while: They could break the law, trick their customers in illegal ways, and not have to face any consumer lawsuits.

The U.S. Chamber's Defective Litigation Machine

Joanne Doroshow | Posted 04.08.2016 | Business
Joanne Doroshow

In 1998, I founded the first consumer organization in the nation with an exclusive mission to halt and reverse the momentum for so-called "tort reform...

Supreme Court Hands A Major Victory To Workers Who Were Stiffed On Overtime Pay

The Huffington Post | Cristian Farias | Posted 03.22.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled in favor of thousands of meatpacking workers at a Tyson Foods plant in Iowa who banded together and s...

Antonin Scalia's Death Just Cost This Company $835 Million

The Huffington Post | Cristian Farias | Posted 02.27.2016 | Politics

Dow Chemical Co., one of America's largest chemical manufacturers, agreed on Friday to settle a price-fixing lawsuit for $835 million in the wake of J...

Guitar Center Tells Employees To Sign Arbitration Agreements Or Lose Their Jobs

The Huffington Post | Dave Jamieson | Posted 01.15.2016 | Business

Employees of the music equipment retailer Guitar Center have been told they must sign mandatory arbitration agreements or they will lose their jobs. T...

Has Any Consumer Ever Read a Service or Installment Contract?

Judge H. Lee Sarokin | Posted 12.17.2015 | Business
Judge H. Lee Sarokin

As it stands now, the small guy with the small claim loses to the big guy without ever having the chance to prove his claim, because to do so would cost more in time and expense than the claim itself.

Supreme Court May Give A Break To Thousands Of Workers Shorted On Pay

The Huffington Post | Cristian Farias | Posted 11.10.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Workers who sue collectively over unpaid overtime may just get a big break from the U.S. Supreme Court. The justices heard arguments Tue...

"The Good Wife" And The Bad College

David Halperin | Posted 11.03.2015 | College
David Halperin

Unlike many of the industries that force their customers and workers into arbitration, the for-profit college industry is fueled almost entirely by taxpayer money -- some $30 billion per year, for many companies amounting to around 90 percent of their revenue.

Supreme Court Approves Use of Faux Arbitration to Eliminate Consumer Rights

Katherine V.W. Stone | Posted 08.20.2013 | Business
Katherine V.W. Stone

Today the Supreme Court put another nail in the coffin of the withering body of consumer rights. In the American Express v. Italian Colors case, the Court furthered its trend that permits corporations to use arbitration to prevent consumers from challenging their unlawful conduct.

How About 'Mr. Victim?'

Brandon L. Garrett | Posted 09.18.2012 | Business
Brandon L. Garrett

Hundreds of trillions of dollars in trades rely on those rates -- so do student loans, mortgages and credit cards. Who is following the money?

Don't Go Away Mad, Just Go Away: The Supreme Court Closes Up Shop

David Coleman | Posted 09.05.2011 | Politics
David Coleman

Closing down for the summer is not the Roberts Court's only disappearing act. During this past term, a disturbing trend emerged of withdrawing the courts from their historic and institutional role in providing justice for ordinary Americans.

Supreme Court Rules That Small Claims Cannot Be Pursued Against Big Corporations

Judge H. Lee Sarokin | Posted 07.15.2011 | Business
Judge H. Lee Sarokin

With AT&T Mobility vs. Concepcion, the Supreme Court has permitted alleged corporate fraud to go unheard and unpunished and, in turn, has silenced the voice of the consumer in the process.