Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Opioid Crisis Results in Nationwide Settlement Efforts, But Will It Work?



The Department of Justice, 41 state attorneys general and hundreds of cities and municipalities have come together in one nationwide mass tort against the opioid crisis and the pharmaceutical industry. Now all those lawsuits are coming together in a nationwide settlement effort, but it may be hard to get everyone to see eye to eye on this important public health issue.

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Report Shows Racial Discrimination in Auto Financing at Car Dealerships


When you go to buy a car, you expect your auto financing to depend on your income, your credit, and other money-related issues. But what about your race? A study released earlier this year shows that color directly affects how much you will pay for a car if you get your financing from car dealerships.

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Bar Patron Beaten to Death Isn’t Restaurant Owner’s Responsibility, Court Says



When a restaurant owner is held responsible for a bar patron’s injury or death, it’s usually because the bar served him or her too much alcohol. But what happened in Mueller v Brannigan Brothers Restaurants & Taverns, LLC, is more like something out of a movie. This published Michigan Court of Appeals decision asked whether the restaurant could be held responsible when its employees (or former employees) chased down a bar patron and beat him to death. The question was closer than you might think.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Consumer Lawyer Dani K. Liblang Named to 2018 “Leaders in the Law”



On April 5, 2018, some of the top lawyers from across the state came together to celebrate Michigan Lawyers Weekly’s “Leaders in the Law”. Consumer lawyer Dani K. Liblang of the Liblang Law Firm, PC, in Birmingham, Michigan, was one of only 30 lawyers and judges honored for their work in the field.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

How to Make Your Facebook Profile Less Vulnerable to Identity Theft



Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg appeared before Congress on April 10 and 11, 2018, to answer questions about the app’s privacy and security settings. The testimony suggests the company’s policies may be changing, but is there anything you can do to make your Facebook profile less vulnerable to identity theft?

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

2018 Ford Escape Fails Passenger Safety Tests


When you buy a brand new car, you expect the vehicle to be safe. But the latest round of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety tests revealed flaws in the system, especially when it comes to passenger safety. The 2018 Ford Escape did especially badly – receiving the lowest “poor” rating on one of the IIHS’s newest tests.

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

FDCPA Cases Must Show Harm, Sixth Circuit Says


The Fair Debt Collections Practices Act (FDCPA) shields consumers from abusive, coercive, and deceptive efforts to collect debts. FDCPA violations can result in money damages. But a recent Sixth Circuit Court says before consumers can sue they must first show they suffered harm.