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Consumer Fraud Archives

Store credit policy crosses the threshold into deception

Have you returned a product back to the store – only to find you can only receive store credit? This can be frustrating, especially if you don’t want to continue shopping there, but there’s nothing you can do to change the policy.

The aftermath of identity theft

The Equifax breach earlier this year—which enabled hackers to steal the personal information (Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses etc.) of nearly half the American population—is a large-scale example of identity theft. The personal impacts on you if you suffer this kind of violation can be even more devastating than you might suspect.

Contracts with Banks and Mandatory Arbitration Clauses

When a consumer feels their bank has treated them unfairly or has not acted right towards them, what avenues they have for pursuing remedies depends on a variety of things. This includes what clauses the contract they have with the bank contains.

Youth Football Lawsuit Against Pop Warner Continues

California U.S. District Court Judge Philip S. Gutierrez dismissed part of the second amended complaint in a suit against Pop Warner Little Scholars Inc. ("Pop Warner"), which accuses the organization of lacking safety protocol to protect players from head injuries. Pop Warner is not in the clear, however, as Judge Gutierrez allowed claims of fraud and negligence alleging the company misrepresented its safety practices.

Court Allows Defective Brake Class Action Against Hyundai to Continue

On Friday, September 29, 2017, U.S. District Judge Thomas P. Griesa of the Southern District of New York allowed a proposed class action over an alleged brake defect in certain Hyundai Sonata sedans against Hyundai Motor America ("Defendant") to move forward. The Court found that although some of the drivers' claims should be thrown out, others deserve to proceed.

Please dim those lights: national bank under a withering glare

When asked to name a financial institution that has had a flatly awful past year from a publicity and consumer trust standpoint, it wouldn't be too surprising to see a poll of respondents come up with Wells Fargo, would it?

What's the number one consumer complaint in the U.S.?

While most of us would like to imagine that the goods or services we purchase will be hassle-free, we know from firsthand experience that this is not always the reality. Indeed, products don't always function as advertised, service agreements aren't always honored and items received aren't always the items ordered.

New rule announced in response to consumer fraud, but will it last?

Class-action lawsuits have "been turned upside down" by the arrival of a long-awaited federal bill that many proponents hope will give little-guy plaintiffs more power and meaningful victories against large and obviously better-heeled business interests.