Category Archives: Consumer Law Scholarship

Save the Date & Call for Abstracts: Consumer Law Scholars Conference 2024

We received the following announcement: Save the Date: CLSC 2024 We are pleased to announce the sixth annual Consumer Law Scholars Conference (CLSC), which will be held February 29-March 1, 2024, at Berkeley Law. Save the date! The purpose of the CLSC is to support in-progress scholarship, foster a community of consumer law scholars, and build connections […]

Rory Van Loo calls for more attention to consumer law

Rory Van Loo of BU has written The Public Stakes of Consumer Law: The Environment, the Economy, Health, Disinformation, and Beyond, 107 Minn. L. Rev. 2039 (2023). Here’s the abstract: Consumer law has a conflicted and narrow identity. It is most immediately a form of business law, governing market transactions between people and companies. Accordingly, […]

Study finds consumers are less likely to bring arbitration claims than sue in court

Farshad Ghodoosi of California State, Northridge, David Nazarian College of Business & Economics, Department of Business Law and Monica M. Sharif of California State, Los Angeles have written Arbitration Effect, 60 Am. Bus. L.J. 235 (2023) (behind paywall but also available on Westlaw). Here’s the abstract: Arbitration is changing the United States justice system. Critics argue […]

“How Jury Grievance Reports Whitewash Corporate Misconduct”

The Center for Justice and Democracy has issued a report titled “Nuclear Fizzle: How Jury Grievance Reports Whitewash Corporate Misconduct and Dehumanize Victims.” Here is the brief summary: “Corporate lobby groups are issuing reports criticizing juries when their large corporate members lose cases (which we call “jury grievance reports”). Their focus is on what they […]

Myriam Gilles article calls for private claim to enforce FTC Act

Myriam E. Gilles of Cardozo has written The Private Attorney General in a Time of Hyper-Polarized Politics, 65 Ariz. L. Rev. 337 (2023). Here’s the abstract: With the enactment of the Federal Trade Commission Act (“FTC Act”) in 1914 and the Wheeler–Lea Act in 1938, Congress sought to establish a brawny federal consumer protection regime to […]

Mark Budnitz article: New Developments in Payment Systems and Services Affecting Low-Income Consumers

Mark E. Budnitz of Georgia State has written New Developments in Payment Systems and Services Affecting Low-Income Consumers: Challenges and Opportunities, Georgetown Journal on Poverty Law and Policy (2023). Here’s the abstract: The consumer financial services industry has taken advantage of digital technology to transform the way it provides services to consumers using payment systems. After […]

Benjamin Cavataro paper argues that guns should be regulated by the CPSC

Benjamin L. Cavataro of Villanova has written Regulating Guns as Products, forthcoming in 92 George Washington Law Review (2024). Here’s the abstract: Toy guns are subject to federal product safety regulation. Real guns are not. If a defect in an air rifle causes it to discharge without warning, the manufacturer would be required to promptly […]

What to do about privacy policies? Chris Bradley has an answer

Christopher G. Bradley of Kentucky has written Privacy Policy Indeterminacy. Here’s the abstract: Despite being subjected to decades of sharp criticism, privacy policies published by companies remain a linchpin of privacy regulation. Representations in these policies provide the main measure against which consumer privacy can be judged. Policies are rarely read by consumers and are […]

David Horton article: Forced Robot Arbitration

David Horton of California, Davis has written Forced Robot Arbitration, forthcoming in 109 Cornell Law Review (2023). Here’s the abstract: Recently, advances in artificial intelligence (AI) have sparked interest in a topic that sounds like science fiction: robot judges. Researchers have harnessed AI to build programs that can predict the outcome of legal disputes. Some […]