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Center for Consumer Law
  Volume 144 Number 56

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The People’s Lawyer’s Tip of the Day

If you’ve been keeping up with the news, you might have heard about a global chip shortage. Why does that matter to your holiday shopping? Well, a lot of things you might buy for the holidays, like toys, have chips in them, so the shortage means prices are going up, and items that have chips can be harder to find. Click here for more.

Nissan recalls Pathfinder, Murano and INFINITI QX60 hybrids

Nissan North America is recalling 7,634 model year 2014-2015 Nissan Pathfinder Hybrids, model year 2015-2016 Murano Hybrids, and model year 2014-2017 INFINITI QX60 Hybrids.
The Hybrid Powertrain Control Module (HPCM) software may shut down the hybrid system and the engine under certain conditions, causing a loss of drive power.

A loss of drive power increases the risk of a crash. Click here for more.

Your Money

From computer chip shortages to backlogged ports, a number of factors might make it difficult to find some gift items on store shelves this year. And even if you can find the gift you want, expected shipping delays may make it hard to get it to the intended recipient in time. The answer may be to skip the presents you can wrap and give a virtual or digital gift instead. These go beyond mere gift cards and include presents that can be redeemed for subscription services, fitness programs, downloadable games and more. Here are nine of the best virtual and digital gifts to give this holiday season: Click here for more.

For the Lawyers

A "project" under Section 17.49(g) encompasses "planned undertaking[s]" between parties. In a very good discussion of the DTPA §17.49(g) exemption, the court concludes that because the consumer was contractually obligated to engage in "a series of transactions" and purchase Valvoline products from Valvoline that McCoy Inc. could then sell to the general public, “ the case is a prime "example of the type of case intended to be exempt under § 17.49(g)" McCoy v. Valvoline, LLC, 2021 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 202411 (N.D. Tex. 2021) Click here for more.

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