FCC Vote Reverses Network Neutrality Protections

FCC Vote Reverses Network Neutrality Protections

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has voted to repeal the net neutrality regulations that prohibited broadband providers from blocking websites or charging for higher-quality services and content. This action reverses 2015’s Open Internet Order set during the Obama administration. [Read more…]

AAJ Report: Worst Corporate Conduct of 2017

AAJ Report: Worst Corporate Conduct of 2017

The American Association for Justice (AAJ) has published “Worst Corporate Conduct of 2017,” a report detailing “this year’s worst corporate offenders, the aggressive corporate culture plaguing in the United States, and the need for a strong civil justice system to ensure consumers and workers can hold corporations accountable and deter corporate misconduct.” [Read more…]

Fiat Chrysler Hoping for Approval on Vehicle Diesel Emissions Fix

Fiat Chrysler Hoping for Approval on Vehicle Diesel Emissions Fix

A lawyer for automobile manufacturer Fiat Chrysler announced that the company hopes to reach an agreement to fix its diesel vehicles that contributed to pollution in violation of the Clean Air Act by the spring of 2018. At least 104,000 diesel vehicles were allegedly programmed with undisclosed software that allowed for illegal emissions of air polluting chemicals. [Read more…]

Consumers Still Struggling to Freeze Credit After Equifax Breach

Consumers Still Struggling to Freeze Credit After Equifax Breach

The Equifax hack isn’t over — consumers face “significant risks” ahead

It’s been almost two months since Equifax revealed its colossal July 2017 data breach, but consumers are “still struggling” to successfully freeze their credit reports as credit bureau websites continue to fail. Even worse, some of those sites push consumers toward look-alike products or have even rerouted visitors to downloads of malicious software. And as the AP points out, this is just the tip of the iceberg on “the gauntlet” many consumers will have to run to secure and safeguard their financial records and future personal data security. [Read more…]

Senate Denies Consumers the Right to Sue Banks and Other Companies

Senate Denies Consumers the Right to Sue Banks and Other Companies

The U.S. Senate has voted to repeal a rule banning banks and credit card companies from forcing defrauded consumers into non-trial private arbitration. As reported on Yahoo! Finance, “The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, which was built out of the financial crisis, created the rule after five years of studying forced arbitration clauses, the fine print inserted by companies to insulate them from lawsuits, instead sending them to arbitration.” [Read more…]

Law360 Op-Ed Piece: Equifax Breach Reminds Us Why We Need The 7th Amendment

Law360 Op-Ed Piece: Equifax Breach Reminds Us Why We Need The 7th Amendment

Law360 has published an op-ed by law professor Jean Sternlight entitled “Equifax Breach Reminds Us Why We Need The 7th Amendment.” The piece takes a close and strong critical look at forced arbitration in the U.S., grounding the battle over forced arbitration’s destructive effects in the 7th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and the right of all citizens to a jury trial in civil cases. [Read more…]

Mark Chalos Talks to News3 Memphis on the Massive Equifax Hack & How Consumers Can Protect Their Information

Mark Chalos Talks to News3 Memphis on the Massive Equifax Hack & How Consumers Can Protect Their Information

With 143 million Americans affected by the massive Equifax data breach and a greater than 50-50 chance that any given individual’s personal information has been stolen by hackers, Lieff Cabraser attorney Mark Chalos has some advice for consumers across America. “They never came to us and said is it okay if we keep your Social Security number and take your home address and work address and other important information and store it somewhere. They never asked us to do that, they just did it and apparently they were careless with it.” Chalos is emphatic: “It is absolutely time that the American consumer asks the legislators why are you letting these companies do this?” [Read more…]

Equifax Data Breach Disaster: Security Freezes and Other Actions Consumers Can Take

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Amid widespread reports of Equifax’s staggeringly huge data breach announced late last week, wherein the detailed personal financial information for over 143 million Americans was stolen from Equifax, data safety and privacy advocates recommend that placing a security freeze on your credit reporting file is the single best action you can take to try to minimize the serious damage that the Equifax data breach may cause. [Read more…]

Wells Fargo Scandal Drives California to Block Mandatory Arbitration Clauses in Banking Contracts

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In direct response to Wells Fargo’s vast false accounts fraud scheme affecting millions of bank customers, the California legislature has passed a bill “aimed at stopping banks from using arbitration clauses to shield themselves from lawsuits over sham accounts,” as reported by the Los Angeles Times. The California Assembly passed Senate Bill 33 earlier this week, and the California Senate quickly approved. The Bill’s fate now rests with Governor Brown. [Read more…]