And don’t forget about the federal Consumer Financial Protection Board (at least for the next few days) and your state’s consumer law resources at the Department of Justice or maybe other departments. Your own state’s legal services organizations and your own school’s legal services office may also have free information and legal assistance for you.
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:
On October 16th, Amazon filed a a follow-up to its King County Case No. 15-2-08579-4 SEA (filed April 8, 2015): King County Superior Court, 15-2-25395-6 SEA, for:
Breach of contract, unjust enrichment, and other causes of action.
BBC News story: Amazon targets 1,114 ‘fake reviewers’ in Seattle lawsuit
Attorneys and other consumer law professionals: See the notice at the Oregon DOJ / AJ homepage.
“Are you interested in volunteering for DOJ? The Attorney General’s Consumer Hotline is staffed by a team of dedicated volunteers who personally field more than 30,000 calls a year. If you live in the Salem area and are interested in helping fellow Oregonians recover money from companies that break the law, please drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.”
Use these search words to find other product and service price trackers: Online Price Trackers
It’s nice when other people and bots do the drudge work for us. But make sure you’re not being sold a different bill of goods under the guise of “we save you time and money.”
We often hear about the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA) in the arena of civil court cases such as divorce, evictions, foreclosures, and default judgments. However, the SCRA offers other consumer protections to deployed and disabled veterans. The Oregon Department of Justice’s Veteran Resources website offers information on consumer protections offered by the SCRA in Oregon including:
- reinstatement of existing insurance policies after returning from active duty
- reduced interest rates on existing financial obligations
An awful lot of people have a hard time saying “no, thank you.”
Unless you have a burning desire to be scammed, I recommend you practice, practice, practice.
If you want another really good reason for saying, “no, thank you,” here’s a story for you, from the 11/6/12, Law for Real People Blog:Every Season is “Attempt to Scam the Elderly Season”
They have old and new Charitable Giving websites, so make sure you browse them all – and don’t forget their Charities Registry.
Many of us love “agony aunt” and other Q&A columns where we get to read about other people’s problems and the relationship, ethics, financial, and business advice the Agony Aunt/Uncle dishes out.
Many of them are also quite good, in a daily horoscope sort of way, where the advice is drafted to provide maximum encouragement and minimum (actionable) harm, with a strong dose of common sense.
However, if you plan to take the “advice” and act on it, please, please be a smart consumer and consult a lawyer (or other appropriate professional) when the answer seems too good (too easy, too glib) to be true, and especially if it could affect your health, finances, family, etc.