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Center for Consumer Law
  Volume 44 Number 2

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The People’s Lawyer’s Tip of the Day

New credit card laws that take effect next month will limit what credit card companies may charge and when they may raise rates. Many companies are raising interest rates now to avoid this law. Read everything you receive from your credit card company carefully, and shop around for a better rate if your rate is increased. Click here for more.

Evaluating Computer Optimization Services

Have you recently purchased a computer? Were you urged to purchase a "computer optimization" along with it? The Consumerist has published the findings of an investigation in to the "optimization" services. The report found that the services did not result in "faster" computers as promised. In some instances the computers were actually slower. Despite the high pressure sales often associated with the "optimization," you can actually do it all on your own. Find out how! Click here for more.

Victims of Suntasia Telemarketing Scam

The FTC has announced that victims of a fraudulent telemarketing scheme operated by Suntasia Marketing will start receiving checks totaling $14.1 million. Between 1999 and 2007, Suntasia deceptively marketed a series of membership clubs to consumers nationwide. Were you a victim of the Suntasia fraud? Click here for more.

$154 Billion Jobs Creation Stimulus

When the congress returns to work in a couple weeks, the "Jobs for Main Street" bill will be a top priority. The bill is set to spend $154 billion to create new construction jobs and prevent teacher layoffs. Find out all the details on the new stimulus plan. Click here for more.

Your Money

What is your return on a whole life insurance policy? Click here for more.

For the Lawyers

Electronically displayed e-mail confirmations are not protected by the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act. The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois held email-confirmations are neither “electronically printed” nor provided “at the point of the sale or transaction” and therefore are not subject to the FACTA. Click here for more.


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