Articles Tagged with Small Claims Court

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If you haven’t seen these 2 articles in your news feeds then you’re not doing your consumer law education reading:

New York Times articles, by Jessica Silver-Greenberg and Michael Corkery, November 2015:

Beware the Fine Print, Part I: Arbitration Everywhere, Stacking the Deck of Justice

Beware the Fine Print, Part 2: In Arbitration, a ‘Privatization of the Justice System

When you read these articles, and their critics and supporters, you would also be hard pressed not to think:

I need better civics lessons or maybe even a law school education to understand and discuss these issues intelligently, let alone be a smart consumer!

Binding arbitration, Shifting burdens of proof, Consumer responsibility, Consumer protection, Judicial fairness, Collusion, Competition & monopoly, Constitutional rights, Jury trials, Swindles and scams, Contract law, Oh-My: All Lead to this Timeless Warning: Buyer Beware

So, get smart:  a few among many consumer education research resources:

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB):

1) Resources for Libraries, Parents, and others

2) “CFPB Study Finds That Arbitration Agreements Limit Relief for Consumers,” March 2015

From SCOTUSblog: an article and links to recent U.S. Supreme Court (SCOTUS) cases on arbitration agreements:
“Opinion analysis: A class action waiver in an arbitration agreement will be strictly enforced under the Federal Arbitration Act,” by David Garcia and Leo Caseria Guest, June 21st, 2013

Be a smart consumer:
1) Oregon: Department of Justice, Oregon Law Help
2) U.S.: Federal Trade Commission

And always, stop and look both ways before signing or buying.

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There is a new Multnomah County Circuit Court, Family Court FAQ guide on “How to Serve (Deliver) Legal Papers in Oregon.” (We thank Judge McKnight and her family law team* for this guide! They say “[i]t was developed for family law cases but we included Plaintiff/Defendant terms so that usage could be general.“)

Link from Multnomah County Circuit Court, Family Court website, if that direct PDF link is not working. Today the FAQ number is 23, but that could change as new tips and answers to questions are added.

You will need to refer to the Oregon Rules of Civil Procedure, which are referenced in this guide. You can find the ORCP at the OJD Court Rules website or link directly to them at the Legislature’s ORCP website. (For the most recent proposed and adopted ORCP rules, visit the Council on Court Procedures website.)

*The booklet was written by the Self-Representation Subcommittee of the State Family Law Advisory Committee for the Oregon Judicial Department in June 2015.

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Program: Everything You Need to Know About Clackamas County Small Claims Court, Resolution Services and Justice Court

When: Thursday, June 12, 2014 – 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Where: Oregon City Public Library

This program is FREE and open to all members of the public, in addition to attorneys and other legal professionals.

Esteemed speakers:

  • The Honorable Karen Brisbin, Clackamas County Justice Court
  • Janay Haas, Attorney: Author of “Using Small Claims Court in Oregon
  • Erin Ruff, Attorney: Mediation Coordinator, Clackamas County Resolution Services

Sponsored byOregon City Public Library and Clackamas County Law Library. Light refreshments will be provided.

And read the Clackamas Review article about the program.