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Volkswagen America CEO Departs Amid Emissions Scandal

Law360, New York (March 9, 2016, 8:12 PM ET) -- Volkswagen AG's top U.S. executive, Michael Horn, embroiled for the past five months in a massive controversy over the company’s alleged cheating of emissions standards through software installed in its [...]

Head of VW’s U.S. Unit Is Out, Dealers Are Alarmed

Originally published via New York Times The head of Volkswagen’s American operations, a central figure in the carmaker’s effort to repair relations with dealers and customers after an emissions scandal, unexpectedly stepped down on Wednesday. The sudden departure of the [...]

Robo-calling solar sales co. sued by U.S., risks $21B fine

Originally published by USATODAY The federal government is asking a judge to order a California man and his solar-panel telemarketing companies to pay a possible $20.8 billion fine for making 1 million robo-calls to Americans who had specifically asked not [...]

Woman Who Got 153 Robocalls Awarded Nearly $230,000

NEW YORK (AP) — A federal judge has awarded a Texas woman nearly $230,000, saying a cable company harassed her with 153 robocalls even after she complained about them. Judge Alvin Hellerstein in Manhattan federal court ordered Time Warner Cable [...]

JPMorgan To Pay Over $125 Million To Settle U.S. Credit Card Debt Probes

JPMorgan Chase & Co (JPM.N) has agreed to pay at least $125 million to settle probes by U.S. state and federal authorities that the bank sought to improperly collect and sell consumer credit card debt, according to people familiar with [...]

Debt Collectors On The Phone

Things a Debt Collector may do and when they go too far Generally, a debt collector is permitted to try to contact you unless you tell them in writing to stop. A Debt Collector may call your home phone, your [...]

Where Did My Money Go?

Surprise Levies and Garnishments It can be quite a shock to look at your bank account and see that funds are missing or frozen, or find out from your employer that someone is legally taking money out of your paycheck. [...]

Made in the USA

Do you ever buy products because they say they were “Made in the USA”? Many consumers prefer to support the domestic economy by buying American made products instead of imports and trust the “Made in the USA” labels to tell […]

California Spill Fouled Beaches And Gutted Tourism, Suit Says

Law360, New York (June 12, 2015, 7:22 PM ET) -- Plains All American Pipeline LP was hit Thursday with another proposed class action over the ruptured Santa Barbara pipeline, this time by a clothing store that says the oil spill [...]

Arbitration – The Enemy of Consumers, and the Best Friend of Unscrupulous Companies.

You may have unwittingly given up your rights to sue your credit card or bank. Stop doing business with companies that have forced arbitration in their contracts with you. It is their way of cheating you. http://time.com/money/3737274/cfpb-mandatory-arbitration-banks-credit-cards/ Many consumer contracts, […]

Consumer Rights Workshop: How Credit Works – June 9th, 10 AM

Presented by Jessica Dorman, Esq. - Consumer Protection Attorney at Hyde & Swigart This workshop will guide attendees in understanding how credit works and how you can protect yourself from credit scams. The presenter will explain and provide tips on [...]

So Tell Us Really – What’s In Your Wallet? – Probably Not What You Think.

At Hyde & Swigart, we work hard to defend consumers who are being abused by debt collectors, or sued for their credit card debt. Because of that, we find it annoying when credit card companies like Capital One use actors […]

San Diego Collection Lawsuits Still High

The number of debt collection lawsuits filed against San Diego consumers is still high.  Hyde & Swigart estimate over 300 new filings per week against consumers alleged to reside in San Diego County.  With a conservative estimate of a 95% [...]

More Complaints Being Lobbed At Aggressive Debt Collectors

The Federal Trade Commission reports that the number of complaints about debt collectors rose from 104,766 a year in 2008 to 140,036 in 2010, says Tom Pahl, assistant director of the FTC’s division of financial practices. The agency has stepped up enforcement, taking […]

House Proposal Would Flood Consumers with Nuisance and Debt Collection Phone Calls

(Washington, DC) Under the guise of modernization and providing consumers with more “information” the ACA, International – an association of debt collectors – has obtained Congressional support for a dangerous proposal that would allow debt collectors to flood cell phones […]

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