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Center for Consumer Law
  Volume 40 Number 1

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The People’s Lawyer’s Tip of the Day

As a general rule an employer may not require an employee to take a lie detector test. The employee may be required to submit to a test, however, if the employer is investigating a theft and has a reasonable suspicion that the employee may have been involved.  Click here for more.

Honda Recalls Nearly 440,000 Cars

Japanese automaker Honda has issued an immediate recall for 440,000 vehicles resulting from airbag failure. If you own a 2001 or 2002 Accord, 2001 Civic, or 2002/2003 model Acura TL, your vehicle may be subject to a recall due to a defect in the driver's side airbag.  Click here for more.

Guaranty Bank on Verge of Failure

Texas-based Guaranty Bank is on the verge of collapse. According to numerous reports, Guaranty will likely soon be seized by the federal government. In a year that already has 64 bank failures, a Guaranty failure would be the biggest bank failure of the year. A Guaranty failure will likely be very costly for the FDIC, which is already reporting its lowest account balance in decades. Are you a member of Guaranty Bank? Click here for more.

Dealers Warned Off Cash for Clunkers

When a dealer accepts a vehicle as part of the "Cash for Clunkers" program, they must mark the vehicle as permanently inoperable in exchange for a federal check. However, the National Automobile Dealers Association ("NADA") has advised its members to proceed with caution. Worried that some dealers may not get reimbursed for their "clunkers," NADA wants to know the fate of the program before supporting future purchases. Why are they so worried? Click here for more.

Your Money

What will it take to meet your savings goal? Click here for more.

For the Lawyers

Supreme Court makes age bias cases tough for plaintiffs. In what some say is a surprise ruling, the U.S. Supreme Court has made "mixed-motive" claims under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act a much tougher task for plaintiffs. The Court held that plaintiffs cannot bring mixed-motive disparate-treatment claims under the ADEA. Instead, plaintiffs must prove that age is the but-for cause of an adverse employment decision in order to get relief. Click here for more.


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