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 18, 2018
Wednesday, April 11, 2018
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
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.
Wednesday, March 28, 2018
Driverless car manufacturers have been promising their cars will be safer without a driver to commit human error. But an autonomous vehicle crash in Arizona last week killed a pedestrian and raised the question if self-driving cars are ready for the road.
Wednesday, March 21, 2018
When you buy a product – from a new car to a cup of coffee – you have certain expectations of how it should work. When it doesn’t, a defective product can sometimes cause serious injury to you or a loved one. Product defect cases can involve anything a consumer buys, but some kinds of lawsuits happen more often than others. Here are 6 common defective products to keep your eye out for.
Tuesday, March 13, 2018
How many fatal and serious injury accidents should it take to require federal regulation? Hundreds of people die every year when they are ejected from their sunroofs during roll-over accidents. But the popular feature isn’t regulated like windshields, or even side windows. Now one automaker has invented sunroof airbags and the NHTSA has begun to consider ways to solve this fatal problem.
Wednesday, March 7, 2018
Michigan has some of the toughest payday loan rules in the nation. Even if the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau backs off under new leadership, these rules make sure Michigan residents are protected from abusive lending practices and dangerous debt cycles.
Wednesday, February 28, 2018
Your time is sacred. If you are a busy business professional or a full-time parent, you don’t have time to answer pointless phone calls. Telemarketing is a highly regulated industry, but many telemarketers ignore the rules. Now some software developers have created smartphone apps that could help cut the calls.
Wednesday, February 21, 2018
2016 clocked in at the highest number of recalls in recent decades – both in number of recalls and number of vehicles affected. One report says it’s because auto manufacturers ignore quality and can’t put a number on the cost of non-compliance.
Wednesday, February 14, 2018
Online news sources like Newswire.com are turning to lemon law attorney Dani Liblang, of The Liblang Law Firm, PC, for help. She has provided a checklist of new car buying advice to help consumers make sure they don’t end up with a lemon.
Wednesday, February 7, 2018
What responsibility do you have to people who come to your home unannounced? If a garage sale follow-up visitor comes back after the sale is over, do you have to pay for injuries that happen on your property? A recent Michigan Court of Appeals premises liability lawsuit, Kelsey v Lint, considers what happens when someone comes to your door.
Wednesday, January 31, 2018
When the phone is ringing off the hook, at work and at home, it can be tempting to pay off debt collectors just to make it stop. But fighting back against debt collectors can be worth it when they violate federal law.
Wednesday, January 24, 2018
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is responsible for regulations connected to lending and the financial industry. Since 2012, the agency has been working to develop payday loan regulations that protect consumers from the abusive and manipulative tactics used by the industry. But in a recent statement, the new head of the CFPB said the agency plans to reevaluate those regulations, and make it easier for lenders to avoid them ever being enforced.
Wednesday, January 17, 2018
Used car buyers often see dealerships trying to tack on extended warranties at the end of the sale. Paying extra for a warranty on a used car can sometimes be a good idea, but only if you know what you’re getting. Spending too much on an extended warranty, especially if you are a subprime borrower, could cost you money in the long run.
Wednesday, January 10, 2018
When you walk onto a used car lot, the prices can vary widely based on make, model, age, and warranty. It may be tempting to save money by taking the car labelled “as is – no warranty”. But doing so could cost you far more down the road.
Wednesday, January 3, 2018
When you find your perfect new car, you probably aren’t thinking about heading to court any time soon. But if you don’t take the time to carefully read your purchase agreement you could not even have the chance. Find out the risks behind arbitration clauses and why you should add them to your new car buyer watch list.