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News Release
1/13/2016
Posted by Harvey Rosenfield
Santa Monica, CA -- Three of the nation’s top consumer advocates today asked the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to adopt as standard equipment three new advanced safety technologies that could prevent thousands of deaths and injuries, and billions in property damage, from rear-end crashes. The formal petition by...
News Story
1/8/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Channel surfing is gong to get more expensive for Dan Sauer, a subscriber to Time Warner Cable. "I'm not happy with it because there's not too many other options you can go with," he said. The rate increase is spread across line items on your bill. Time Warner says it's because of its continued investment in performance and...
News Story
12/18/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
The U.S. Supreme Court made clear this week that, regardless of what the Constitution says about a consumer's right to sue, businesses are absolutely entitled to block people from banding together and taking a dispute to court. It was the court's latest ruling in favor of arbitration, rather than class-action lawsuits, as a preferred...
News Story
12/15/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) - On Monday, a majority of the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that a California court must enforce DirecTV's arbitration agreement with customers in the state who claim they were illegally charged cancellation fees. The nation's highest court, in a 6-3 ruling, sided with the satellite cable provider, which is now...
News Story
12/15/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
The Supreme Court's ruling for DirecTV on binding arbitration language in customers' service agreements has little applicability in the real world, "but the consequences are profound" since it marks a landmark reversal of a state court decision on arbitration, on the grounds a state court misapplied state contract law, said...
News Story
12/14/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
California consumers who are angry about being hit with unexpected fees can be forced to air their complaints individually before an arbitrator rather than in a class-action lawsuit, under a decision handed down Monday by the U.S. Supreme Court. The justices by a 6-3 vote overturned a state ruling and threw out a class-action lawsuit against...
News Release
12/14/2015
Posted by Harvey Rosenfield
Santa Monica, CA -- In the latest of a series of decisions closing the courthouse doors on consumers, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled this morning, 6 to 3, that DIRECTV customers in California who were illegally charged “cancellation fees” of up to $480 – often taken directly out of a consumer’s bank account or charged to a...
News Story
12/14/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court ruled Monday that satellite provider DirecTV can avoid a class action lawsuit in California over early termination fees and force customers into private arbitration hearings instead. In a 6-3 opinion, the justices said that DirecTV's contracts can specifically prohibit customers from banding together to sue...
News Story
12/14/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
The Supreme Court said Monday that a class-action suit against satellite TV provider ­DirecTV over early-termination fees cannot go forward, because such complaints must be settled by private arbitration hearings. The court ruled 6 to 3 that its previous decisions on the subject mean that California consumers may not rely on a state law that...
Video
12/9/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Jamie Court warns consumers to beware of cheap knock-off versions of the hoverboards that are a hot item this holiday season, but have been exploding and catching fire.