Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Amusement Park Ride Accidents Raise Doubts on Carnival Safety



Two amusement park ride accidents within two days have left four children seriously injured. The closeness of the two crashes leave some doubting carnival safety, and others calling for tighter regulation of amusement park companies.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

What You Need to Know about the New Payday Loan Rules



On June 2, 2016, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau issued proposed rules to regulate the payday loan industry. These rules close the traps that many low-income residents find themselves in when money runs short. Here’s what you need to know about the new payday loan rules, and why they are necessary.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Squirrel Cooking Fire Not Covered by Michigan Consumer Protection Act



The Michigan Consumer Protection Act is a broad statute designed to shield consumers from a lot of wrongful conduct by the companies they work with. But even the MCPA can be stretched too thin. For example, a recent court case held that the consumer protection law did not protect a renter from paying for damages caused by a squirrel cooking fire.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Poor Michigan Residents Pay More for Auto Insurance


It’s no secret that Michigan has some of the highest rates in the country for auto insurance. But how much a particular person pays has to do with far more than his or her driving record. Now advocates are calling for reforms to keep poor Michigan residents from paying more for their auto insurance than their wealthy counterparts.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Magazine Publisher Rodale Settles Michigan Privacy Lawsuit


When you subscribe to a magazine, you do so because you enjoy the content or want to receive information on a given topic. You wouldn't expect that you are putting your name out there to third-party advertisers. But if you get magazines from Rodale Inc., your privacy may have been compromised.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Fatal Crash with Tesla Autopilot Draws National Scrutiny



The push to get autonomous vehicles like the Tesla Model S on the road, is that they are safer because they remove the chance for human error. But a recent fatal crash involving Tesla’s autopilot technology has drawn the attention of federal regulators, and could slow down the march toward driverless vehicles.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Update: MI Supreme Court Says No to Pandora Privacy


Is it a violation of Michigan consumer protection laws for a music sharing app like Pandora to share your music preferences without your knowledge? The Supreme Court says no. Its decision raises the question of who the company's customers really are.