Hall of Shame: Experian

June 20, 2014

As someone who has experienced a (relatively minor) case of identity theft, I can personally attest to how frustrating and time consuming it can be to correct blatant misinformation with the various consumer credit reporting companies.  Proving that I was

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Hall of Shame: Online Tribal Payday Lenders

May 01, 2014

Payday lenders have never enjoyed a favorable public opinion. These companies are generally seen as manipulative at best and predatory at worst by taking advantage of persons in need of quick and easy financial assistance. In a move that is

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JP Morgan Chase Expected to Pay Record Settlement

October 24, 2013

The story of banking giant JPMorgan Chase’s $13 billion settlement has been in heavy rotation on network and cable news outlets this week, as it should be. This settlement is the largest ever between a single company and the U.S.

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Hall of Shame: Johnson & Johnson’s License Suspended

May 21, 2013

Pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson is currently under fire as the subject of thousands of lawsuits involving defective products, including both their metal-on-metal hip implant systems and vaginal mesh.  But it seems that is not their only problem.  The Maharashtra

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Hall of Shame: Chinese Chicken Jerky Dog Treats and the FDA

January 31, 2013

For years, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) has been investigating a possible contamination in chicken jerky dog treats. The investigation began in 2007 (on the heels of the massive recall of melamine-tainted pet food in the U.S. and

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Hall of Shame: PayPal’s New User Agreement

November 01, 2012

Changes have come to PayPal’s user agreement, and of course, the changes are not for the benefit PayPal’s customers. The company recently added a section to its user agreement which takes away a user’s right to sue in court. PayPal

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Criminalizing Whistleblowing: Big Ag Wins at Consumers’ Expense

April 13, 2012

On March 2, 2012, Iowa’s Governor Branstad signed House File 589 into law, creating a new crime of “agricultural production facility fraud.”  Utah passed a similar “agricultural operations interference” law on March 20, 2012.  While their names make it sound

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Unhappily Musing on the “News”

January 19, 2012

It always amazes me how editors of newspapers can mold public opinion merely by the wording of headline and the placement of a story. The New York Times today gave me another reminder of this insidious practice and ability. If

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Aqua Dots Revisited

November 02, 2011

A few months ago, I wrote a short blog post to discuss my disagreement with a Northern District of Illinois decision that denied class certification in a case involving the sale of defective toy beads to children.  When ingested, these

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Your Seventh Amendment Rights Are Under Attack: What Are You Going to do About it?

October 12, 2011

The Seventh Amendment provides that, in suits at common law, “the right of trial by jury shall be preserved.”  And yet, we live in a world where we are bound – whether we know we are or not — to

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