Category Archives: Consumer Litigation

NACA essay argues that consumer statutory damages set decades ago should be increased because of inflation

Here. Excerpt: Since the 70’s, the FCRA has allowed consumers with credit reporting claims to recover up to $1,000 per statutory violation of the law, while the FDCPA allows statutory damages up to $1000 per case even when multiple violations of the law are present. It is decades-past time for an update. An annual inflation […]

Harvard Law Review to publish Wilf-Townsend article: Assembly-Line Plaintiffs

Daniel Wilf-Townsend of Chicago has written Assembly-Line Plaintiffs, Forthcoming in the Harvard Law Review. Here is the abstract: Around the country, state courts are being flooded with the claims of massive repeat filers. These large corporate plaintiffs leverage economies of scale to bring tremendous quantities of low-value claims against largely unrepresented individual defendants. Using recently developed […]

Finance Professor McNulty paper on consumer protection settlements

James E. McNulty a finance professor at Florida Atlantic University has written Consumer Protection Settlements: Theory and Policy. Here's the abstract: Lawsuits have a deterrent effect, but this is mitigated if settlements are routine. Regulators and judges should consider that a firm contemplating predatory activity directed at financially unsophisticated individuals might have built an estimate of […]

Zimmerman article on appeals courts hearing class actions

Adam S. Zimmerman of Loyola of Los Angeles has written The Class Appeal, 89 University of Chicago Law Review (Forthcoming 2022). Here's the abstract: For a wide variety of claims against the government, the federal courthouse doors are closed to all but those brought by powerful, organized interests. This is because hundreds of laws—colloquially known […]

CJ&D Report on lawsuits that save lives

Here's the press release: STUDY SHOWS HOW LAWSUITS SAVE LIVES AND CAN MITIGATE OUR NATION’S MOST SERIOUS CRISES NEW YORK — The Center for Justice & Democracy at New York Law School (CJ&D) released today Lifesavers 2021: CJ&D’s Guide to Lawsuits that Protect Us All. The study describes over 125 lawsuits that have led to major safety […]

Update on the claims process in the Equifax data breach litigation

Yesterday, Tara Siegel Bernard of the New York Times published a story providing an update on the claims process in the Equifax data breach litigation. The deadline to file initial claims was January 22, 2020. She reports that as of December 1, 2019, “just more than 10 percent of the consumers affected had filed for […]

Seventh Circuit: Student Loan Borrowers Can Sue Servicers Under State Consumer Protection Laws

Yesterday, a unanimous panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit issued an opinion in Nelson v. Great Lakes Educational Loan Services, Inc. in which it concluded that the federal Higher Education Act (HEA) does not preempt state law claims against student loan servicers. The case involves a student loan borrower who brought a […]

“Dormant: The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s Law Enforcement Program in Decline”

That’s the title of a new report from Chris Peterson at the Consumer Federation of America. According to the executive summary: This study analyzes whether the CFPB, under the Trump Administration, is delivering on its statutory law enforcement objectives and stated commitments to take aggressive action in the area of consumer law enforcement, particularly where […]

Important Decision from the Illinois Supreme Court Protecting Consumer Privacy

Can a consumer sue if a company took that consumer’s biometric information without first getting the consumer’s informed consent? Yes, said the Illinois Supreme Court in a January 25, 2019 unanimous opinion in Rosenbach v. Six Flags Entertainment Corporation. This decision is a clear win for consumer privacy. (Disclosure: I served as co-counsel on an […]

Tinder’s Diabolical RETROACTIVE Arbitration Clause

by Jeff Sovern One of my students told me about Tinder's new retroactive arbitration clause which, of course, includes a class action waiver. As with many such contracts, consumers accept it by using the service, regardless of whether they have read it or not–and we know few consumers actually read such things.  The arbitration clause, […]