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Civil Justice Submits Comments to the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency Regarding the Proposed Regulations to Implement the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act

By Civil Justice on Tuesday, June 28, 2011
   On June 27, 2011, Civil Justice submitted to the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) its comments regarding the OCC’s proposed regulatory amendments in response to the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act.  The Act was created to address serious problems with how consumers are protected from fraudulent or otherwise unethical behavior on the part of lenders, including mortgage companies.  Chief among these problems is the OCC’s 2004 regulation implementing the National Bank Act, which prevented a great number of state laws that protected consumers from abusive lending practices from being enforced against national banks.  This preemption of state law enabled national banks to engage in predatory and reckless lending practices and played a direct and significant role in causing the current financial crisis.      Unfortunately, the proposed regulations do not solve this problem, but rather amount to more of the same.  For example, while the Act specifically restricts the OCC’s... Read More » Comments (0)

"Hot Coffee" Premiers on HBO, June 27, 9pm

By Civil Justice on Tuesday, June 7, 2011

HBO will be airing an important documentary film about tort reform and its threat to the civil justice system called “Hot Coffee” on Monday, June 27, 2011 at 9pm.  The documentary follows four people, including the infamous McDonald’s Hot coffee lawsuit plaintiff Stella Liebeck, whose lives have been affected by their inability to access the courts, and how caps on damages hurt them.  The film also examines the role of corporations and a complicit media in promoting tort reform.  “Hot Coffee” was a selection of the 2011 Sundance Film Festival.  Watch a trailer of the documentary here, and for a review of the movie, click here.

Civil Justice Holds First Training for Creditor Abuse Prevention Project

By Civil Justice on Tuesday, May 31, 2011
On Friday, May 20, 2011, Civil Justice held the first attorney training in its new Creditor Abuse Prevention Project (CAPP). Over 30 attorneys attended the full-day training to learn more about bringing creditor abuse claims in Chapter 13 bankruptcy cases.  Attorneys were given the option of taking the training for free if they agreed to take pro bono cases as part of CAPP. The morning session of the training focused on three main areas of creditor abuse in bankruptcy. Laura Margulies, of Laura Margulies & Associates (http://www.law-margulies.com), explained the process for filing proofs of claim in bankruptcy and identified common problems that arise in the claims filed by creditors. She also presented sample objections based on common creditor abuses. Professor Peter Holland of the University of Maryland School of Law Consumer Protection Clinic (http://www.law.umaryland.edu), briefly discussed common debt collection violations... Read More » Comments (0)
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