Consumer Protection Archives

Loss and redemption in case of abusive debt collection

Frequent readers of our Philadelphia consumer protection law blog know that our focus is on ways in which city residents can be protected from fraud, scams and abuse. We read recently of an abusive debt collector who is being sought by a state's attorney general for using phantom debts to prey on victims.

Abusive debt collection can violate crime victims a second time

Identity theft is on the increase in Philadelphia and across the nation. We read recently of an ID theft victim who has not only had to spend much time and energy undoing the damage of the original crime, but is now also having to contend with an abusive debt collector.

Third time lucky? Capitol Hill bill targets senior-focused fraud

As you age, do you feel progressively more vulnerable regarding your potential for being ripped off in a consumer-related scam? That would be only natural, given the sheer proliferation of fraudulent schemes in recent years and the very evident efforts of bad-faith actors in targeting seniors as victims.

U.S. Supreme Court hears debt collection case

United States Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor recently said she had "a great deal of trouble" with a business model involving the purchase of consumer debt. Sotomayor and the rest of the court heard a case this week revolving around a firm that purchases consumer debt for pennies on the dollar and then tries to recover payments from people in bankruptcy -- even though it is barred by state laws from doing so.

Consumer Protection: Emergency Alert, Trump is Poised to Betray his Campaign Promises and Help Wall Street Defraud Average, Hard Working Americans

A wonderful public servant, Paul Bland, who has helped me help my clients countless times, has published a must read article warning of some very dangerous betrayals. Please read and tell all of your friends and co-workers. Please take action. Please click through and sign the petition. Please contact your senators and congresspeople.

Consumer protection and credit checks: Were your rights violated?

In recent years, background checks have become commonplace when individuals here in Pennsylvania and around the country are seeking employment. However, there is a line that employers are not supposed to cross. Consumer protection laws such as the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) set forth certain guidelines for employers when they check an applicant's credit report. 

Prosecutors strike deal in repossession that went horribly wrong

The story of a woman's death earlier this year was shocking. The 35-year-old was killed when a man trying to repossess her vehicle ran her off of the road. Her SUV slammed into a tree as she was being chased by the man who was driving a tow truck.

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