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Center for Consumer Law
  Volume 55 Number 1

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The People’s Lawyer’s Tip of the Day

Take advantage of the law and get a free copy of your credit report. There are three credit bureaus. Get a free report from one of them every four months. This way you can keep current. Click here for more.

Southwest & AirTran Expect to Merge

Southwest Airlines may soon increase its airfare prices. Southwest plans to purchase AirTran, one of its closest low-fare competitors. Southwest has agreed in principle to purchase AirTran for $1.4 billion in cash and stock. Although Southwest is promising a "celebration" sale, analysts at AirlineForecasts LLC suspect the company will gradually increase prices over time. Will Southwest continue to be a leader for the low-fare airlines? Click here for more.

Playing the Airfare Game for the Holidays

Are you planning to travel for the holidays? Not sure when to purchase your tickets? Earlier this year, travel experts insisted airfare prices would decline throughout fall. In a bit of backtracking, experts are now suggesting that you buy now. In fact, holiday fares are likely to be higher this year than they were last year. Ultimately, airfare may continue to decline if the economy continues to sink and consumers are unwilling to pay high travel costs. Let the price be your guide. If you see a good deal now, take it! If it looks like you're getting a bad deal, look elsewhere or wait a week.  Click here for more.

Employees Afraid to Take Leave

Have you been out sick? Have you missed work because of a surgery? Pregnancy? Workers nationwide are feeling the pressure to return to work early in order to protect their employment. As the economy continues to struggle, employers need to get the most out of each employee. On the other side, employees need to stay healthy in order to effectively contribute to the workplace. National labor law allows workers to take leave for their own medical needs, but it is typically unpaid. Can you lose your job for taking sick leave? Click here for more.

Your Money

How much money can you save if your bring your lunch to work or school? Click here for more.

For the Lawyers

Credit card customers may maintain class action under FACTA. The Ninth Circuit held that card customers may be entitled to class certification on a claim that a theater chain violated federal law by wrongfully printing a portion of their account numbers on receipts. Click here for more.


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