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Center for Consumer Law
  Volume 35 Number 8

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The People’s Lawyer’s Tip of the Day

If you have reason to believe your personal information has been compromised and you may become a victim of identity theft, put in a fraud alert with the credit bureau. Federal law requires that the credit bureau keep this alert on your file for 90 days. Click here to find out how to learn more about preventing identity theft. Click here for more.

Peanut Butter Crackers Still Unsafe

The salmonella outbreak continues. People are still getting sick from eating recalled products containing peanut butter. Although quite some time has passed since the outbreak first made news, many tainted products still remain on the shelves at grocery stores. Specifically, those consumers eating Austin or Keebler peanut butter crackers produce about half of the new cases of confirmed salmonella infections. Next time you go shopping, make sure you know which peanut butter products are safe, and which ones are not. Click here for more.

Facts About Refund Anticipation Loan

In 2008, taxpayers who applied for a refund anticipation loan spent as much as 25 percent of their refunds on fees. Consumer groups estimate interest rates for refund anticipation loans range between 50% and 500%. Before you consider a refund anticipation loan, know the facts. Click here for more.

Get Your Money Back From Madoff

According to the Securities Investor Protection Corporation ("SIPC"), small-scale investors in Bernard Madoff's Ponzi scheme will likely be able to get their money back. For losses less than a half-million dollars, the SIPC may be able to make you whole. Find out how to get your money back! Click here for more.

Your Money

What is the true cost of paying the minimum on your credit card bill?  Click here for more.

For the Lawyers

Policy covers homeowner who acted in self-defense. The Connecticut Supreme Court has held that an insurance company is required to provide liability coverage for a homeowner who injured another while acting in self-defense. Click here for more.


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