Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Selling Your Car on Craigslist? Don’t Fall for This Scam

Craigslist is notorious for the scammers who use it. Whether it’s a person selling an item for far more than it is worth, or shady financial assistance, it seems like there is always a new Craigslist scheme. But it’s not just buyers who should beware of anyone making promises online. The latest Craigslist scam targets vehicle sellers, and could leave them holding a loan, but no car.

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.