Month: June 2010

1st Chinese Drywall Trial Results in $2.4M Award

The first product liability jury trial in the Chinese Drywall litigation yields a giant victory for home owners. A Miami, Florida jury returned a $2.4 million dollar verdict for the plaintiffs whose home was ruined by the foul-smelling drywall. We first reported this problem in our previous post entitled: "Defective Chinese Drywall…

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Many Judges Likely to Preside Over BP Oil Spill Cases Have Interest in Oil Industry

A recent article by the AP notes that over half the Federal Judges in the southern states of Alabama, Florida, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Texas have links to the oil and gas related industries. The article "Many Federal Judges Have Oil Links" raises serious questions about whether a Judge who has…

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Settlement Reached in Huntsville Personal Injury Lawsuit Against Alabama A&M Professor

Huntsville Alabama personal Injury attorney Morris Lilienthal represented our 7 year old client and his mother in this personal injury lawsuit. We first discussed this case in a previous blog post "Huntsville Personal Injury Lawsuit Filed Against Alabama A&M Professor." This lawsuit arose out of an incident where it was alleged that Joseph…

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Consumer Rights Under the FDCPA

The Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) is a federal law that protects consumers from harassment and abuse from debt collection agencies. The FDCPA requires debt collectors to validate debts and provides consumers with statutory damages and attorneys' fees for violations. Examples of violations of the FDCPA include:

  1. Calling the consumer at work after the debt-collector has been told that it's inconvenient or that the consumer's employer prohibits personal calls.
  2. Telling others such as family members, co-workers, and neighbors that the consumer owes money.
  3. Continuing to contact the consumer when the debt-collector knows that an attorney represents the consumer.
  4. Calling repeatedly, or calling consumers before 8 a.m. or after 9 p.m.
  5. Asking neighbors to deliver phone messages to the consumer.
  6. Falsely implying that a debt collector is an attorney.

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How to Obtain Your Free Credit Report

As Alabama Consumer Rights Attorneys, we know how important it is for consumers to check their credit report and verify everything on it. In today's computer age when people are routinely paying bills and making purchases etc... on the internet your identity is more likely to be stolen now more than ever. Set forth below is how any consumer can obtain a yearly free copy of their credit report. Be careful; however, there are many companies out there that say they can get you your free credit report, but what they don't tell you is you have to sign up for a monthly service. The Fair Credit Reporting Act ("FCRA") is a federal law that provides consumers with rights and remedies. It is important to consumers for credit reporting agencies ("CRAs") to maintain accurate and complete consumer credit records. Consumers have the right to know what is in their file. Consumers are entitled to one free credit report from each of the three nationwide CRAs (Equifax, Experian and Trans Union) once in a 12 month time period. The CRA must provide the consumer with their credit report within fifteen days of receiving the request.

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