The Missouri Merchandising Practices Act: Is it time for reform?

Don’t like the “slack-fill” in your potato chip bag? Well, luckily for you, under the current Missouri Merchandising Practices Act (MMPA), you can sue for that! Plaintiffs’ attorneys have been filing “slack-fill” lawsuits in Missouri for years. For example, in 2016 a case was brought against Hershey for slack fill in Reese’s Pieces and Whoppers…

Consumer Complaints in Missouri

Often people forget that they can file consumer complaints with the state.  For example, in Missouri, consumers should let the state Attorney General’s Office know about unscrupulous businesses and individuals. They rely on consumers to act as partners in rooting out fraud and helping  bring criminals and scammers to justice. As it says on https://ago.mo.gov/civil-division/consumer/consumer-complaints: “The Consumer…

Consumer Complaints

The Washington Post recently interviewed Professor Amy J. Schmitz on her research related to consumer protection, and means for obtaining remedies.  You can read the article in the Washington Post at https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/home/a-complaint-guide-for-unhappy-consumers/2018/06/18/39d7a536-6b5e-11e8-bea7-c8eb28bc52b1_story.html?utm_term=.555798b0c1f1.

Consumer Law Professors Join Forces to Protect the Complaints Database

Professor Amy J. Schmitz joined forces with other consumer law experts Prof. Pamela Foohey of Indiana University Maurer School of Law and Prof. Angela Littwin of University of Texas School of Law to serve as the primary drafters of a response to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB)’s request for information regarding the CFPB’s reporting…

New Changes to Protections for Borrowers of Private Student Loans

Section 601 of Public Law No. 115-174 amends the Truth in Lending Act by prohibiting a private student loan lender from declaring a default or accelerating a debt against a student loan borrower on the basis of the co-signer’s bankruptcy or death. A second provision releases the co-signer’s obligation upon the student’s death.  Nonetheless, these…

Calling for Consumer Protection

In a time when we need consumer protection, the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has unfortunately decided to pull back its activities and seek to promote a free market for financial services, according to a new article by Reuters today. The CFPB will release a new strategic plan this week that will detail changes…