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Mar
14

Pennsylvania Consumer Protection Lawyers: Bank’s Advisors Prey on Elderly

WCB Blog

How your bank’s “financial advisors” and “financial consultants” prey on the elderly Did you ever get a call from someone at your bank, identifying himself as “your financial advisor” or “consultant” and offering to help you “invest” money which is sitting in your bank account?   BEWARE! An elderly man I know recently received such a call.

Mar
10

WCB Files Brief for Public Health Groups Supporting Philadelphia Soda Tax

Consumer Protection Blog

Williams Cuker Berezofsky has filed a brief for the American Heart Association and 14 other public health groups urging the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania to uphold the validity of the City of Philadelphia’s recently-enacted tax on sugar-sweetened beverages, popularly known as the “soda tax.” In the case of Williams et al. v. City of Philadelphia

Mar
06

Philadelphia Litigation Lawyers Discuss Nursing Home Arbitration Contracts

WCB Blog

The Devil is in the Details When it comes to avoiding an arbitration clause in a nursing home agreement we all know the devil is in the details.  Who signed the agreement, who is bound by the agreement, and the exact language of the agreement are all looked at microscopically to determine whether an arbitration

Feb
28

Pennsylvania Consumer Protection Lawyers: The Student Loan Servicing House of Cards

WCB Blog

Today, the amount of outstanding student loan debt is estimated to be over $1.4 trillion, more than credit card and auto loan debt.  That debt was incurred by over 44 million people, of whom slightly more than 1 in 10 will default. Like many other consumer financial products, student loans are not as simple as

Feb
23

Philadelphia Commercial Attorneys: Recent Changes To Mortgage Relief Options

Consumer Protection Blog

For a number of years now, homeowners in default on their mortgage obligations had two “lifelines” available through the federal government, the Home Affordable Modification Program, otherwise known as a HAMP modification, and the Home Affordable Refinance Program, otherwise known as a HARP loan. As many know, the HAMP modification program expired on December 30,

Feb
07

Pennsylvania Environmental Lawyers: Protect Your Home From Oil Tank Overfill

WCB Blog

With temperatures plummeting outdoors, thousands of Pennsylvanians are staying cozy indoors with oil heat. In fact, over ten percent of all homes and business are heated with oil. It is important to note, however, that oil heat poses hidden hazards that many home and business owners will fail to consider until it is too late.

Jan
16

Will Donald Trump Protect Working Class Consumers or Throw Them Under the Bus?

Consumer Protection Blog

  In the fall of 2008, the American housing market collapsed, millions of working people lost their homes, and millions more lost their jobs as the entire United States economy went into a freefall.  This collapse was precipitated by years of unrestrained predatory lending in which Wall Street financers pocketed enormous short-term profits off pushing

Jan
05

Philadelphia Consumer Protection Lawyers: Protecting Consumers From Deceptive Credit Scores

WCB Blog

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) announced on Tuesday, January 3, 2017, that it has fined Equifax, Inc. and Transunion for deceiving consumers about the usefulness and cost of the credit scores they that sell to consumers. In addition to a combined monetary fine of $5.5 million and approximately $17.6 million in restitution to consumers,

Dec
12

Philadelphia Consumer Protection Lawyers: Wells Fargo Plays Get Out of Jail Free Card

Consumer Protection Blog

For years, Wells Fargo Bank was secretly issuing credit cards and opening deposit accounts for millions of customers who never asked for these services, all so Wells Fargo employees could meet aggressive sales targets.  This is a form of fraud and identity theft that likely violated customers’ rights under the Fair Credit Reporting Act and

Nov
30

Philadelphia Consumer Protection Lawyers: City’s Flawed Testing Methods May Conceal Lead

Consumer Protection Blog

Does Philly Water Make the Grade? A little over two years after dangerous levels of lead were confirmed in Flint’s water supply, the City is still recovering.  The EPA reported earlier this summer that Flint water is safe to drink – but only with a filter.  The City is also left with severe damage to

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