Category Archives: Consumer Law Scholarship

McDonald & Rojc Survey Auto Financing Legal Developments

Kevin M. McDonald of VW Credit, Inc. and Washington University School of Law and Kenneth Rojc of Nisen & Elliott, LLC have written Auto Finance Regulators Not Falling Asleep at the Wheel., 76 BUS. LAW. 705 (2021). Here is the abstract: This is the annual survey of major legal and regulatory developments affecting the automobile […]

CFP: Global Forum for Financial Consumers

We received the following call for papers: The 2021 Global Forum for Financial Consumers (GFFC) Organized by International Academy of Financial Consumers (IAFICO) Call for Papers (1st) August 6th ~ 7th, 2021Format: Online & onsite webinarOnsite venue: Seoul National Univ., Seoul, KoreaTheme: Financial Consumer ProtectionLinking Theories & Evidences to Policy Practices The 2021 Global Forum for Financial […]

Craig Cowie article takes CFPB to task for not bringing COVID enforcement cases

Craig Cowie of Montana has written Is the CFPB Still on the Beat? The CFPB'S (Non)Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic, 82 Mont. L. Rev. 41 (2021). Here's the conclusion: More than ten months into a historic pandemic that has wreaked economic devastation, the CFPB—the primary Federal consumer financial protection regulator that was created in response […]

Jackson & Mark paper asks whether the executive branch can forgive student loan debt without congressional action

Howell E. Jackson and Colin Mark, both of Harvard, have written May the Executive Branch Forgive Student Loan Debt Without Further Congressional Action? Here's the abstract: On April 1, 2021, the Biden Administration announced that Secretary of Education Michael Cardona will consider whether the President has legal authority to forgive up to $50,000 per debtor in […]

Eric Goldman: The Crisis of Online Contracts (as Told in 10 Memes)

Eric Goldman of Santa Clara has written (illustrated?) The Crisis of Online Contracts (as Told in 10 Memes). Here is the disappointingly memeless abstract: This essay explains the “crisis” of online contracts, the legal fiction that consumers have assented to online contract terms when we have ample empirical evidence that they didn’t really mean to […]

Cox & Engel paper critiques federal student loan program

Minnesota's Prentiss Cox and Suffolk's Kathleen C. Engel have written Student Loan Reform: Rights Under the Law, Incentives Under Contract, and Mission Failure Under ED, Harvard Journal on Legislation, Forthcoming. Here's the abstract:  The federal student loan program is a disaster. Over five million people are in default even though Congress provides all borrowers with the […]

CFPB’s Durbin & Romeo article on the economics of debt collection, taking into account consumers’ optimism about whether they will default

Erik Durbin and Charles J. Romeo, both of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, have written The Economics of Debt Collection, with Attention to the Issue of Salience of Collections at the Time Credit Is Granted, 16 Journal of Credit Risk (2020). Here is the abstract: This paper considers the role of policies that protect consumers from […]

My new article: Six Scandals: Why We Need Consumer Protection Laws Instead of Just Markets

by Jeff Sovern My new article is now up on SSRN: Six Scandals: Why We Need Consumer Protection Laws Instead of Just Markets. Here' is the abstract: Markets are powerful mechanisms for serving consumers. Some critics of regulation have suggested that markets also provide consumer protection: for example, Nobel Prize-winning economist Milton Friedman said “Consumers […]

Arbel & Becher paper: Contracts in the Age of Smart Readers

Yonathan A. Arbel of Alabama and Shmuel I. Becher of Victoria University of Wellington have written Contracts in the Age of Smart Readers. Here's the abstract: What does it mean to have machines that can read, explain, and evaluate contracts? Recent advances in machine learning have led to a fundamental breakthrough in machine language models, auguring […]

Becher, Feldman and Furth paper on the problem of salespeople’s oral promises that are disclaimed in the fine print

Shmuel I. Becher of Victoria University of Wellington, Yuval Feldman of Bar-Ilan University, and Meirav Furth of UCLA have written Seductive Oral Deals. Here's the abstract: Legal scholars have devoted considerable attention to contractual design that exploits consumers’ vulnerabilities (“the paper deal”). For example, scholars have cautioned against the inclusion of one-sided, exploitative, or unenforceable […]