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Center for Consumer Law
  Volume 36 Number 1

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The People’s Lawyer’s Tip of the Day

In most cases, buying an extended warranty is a bad deal. Most stores try hard to sell you an extended warranty for almost anything and it is because of their profit not your needs. Before buying an extended warranty do some research. Most products do not break down during the extended warranty period, and most repairs cost less than the warranty.  Click here for more.


Don McGill Toyota of Houston To Give Restitution For Misleading Customers

According to consumer complaints, customers believed they were entering into vehicle purchase agreements with Don McGill Toyota. However, they were actually signing three-year lease agreements. As part of the settlement negotiated with the Texas Attorney General, Don McGill Toyota will implement a restitution fund of more than $78,000 for consumers harmed by this financial scheme. Click here for more.


Car Buyer Protection Comparison

In early 2009, Hyundai announced a buyer protection problem called "Hyundai Assurance." The plan offers to make car payments for those that lose their jobs. In an effort to generate business, Detroit carmakers are also offering to make car payments for customers who lose their jobs. There are, however, many key differences between the plans of Hyundai, Ford, and General Motors. Find out which plan is the best for you! Click here for more.


Internet Crime Up 33%

The Internet Crime Complaint Center received over 275,000 complaints last year, up from nearly 207,000 reported cybercrime complaints in 2007. Find out how to protect yourself! Click here for more.


Beware - Conficker Worm

This is no April Fool's Joke! There is a "worm" running wild on the internet called "Conficker." This worm could seriously compromise your computer and distribute your personal information across the web. Beware - if your computer has been infected, check your credit report and watch your accounts for unusual activity. The worm installs a "keystroke" recorder on the subject computer and transmits everything it records. If your computer is already infected, this site has a removal tool to fix the problem. If you are worried your computer, you can download free software to protect yourself from future damage.  Click here for more.


Your Money

Calculate your savings against the national average. Click here for more.


For the Lawyers

Class-action waiver can't be enforced in wage case. A California Court of Appeal has held that a class-action waiver in an employment agreement is unenforceable against a worker who claimed his employer violated state wage laws. Click here for more.

 

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