Posts By Christopher Dalbey

Research Agency Links Glyphosate in Roundup® Weedkiller to Cancer

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roundup

Last March, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), an agency of the World Health Organization (WHO), issued a new evaluation of glyphosate — the active chemical in Roundup® weedkiller — determining that glyphosate is ”probably carcinogenic to humans” and specifically linking exposure to glyphosate to non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL) and several other blood cancers.…

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FCC Bolsters Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) Strictures Against Robocalls and Spam Texts

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FCC Bolsters Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) Strictures Against Robocalls and Spam Texts

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) recently showed considerable mettle by standing firm in the face of a massive onslaught by a variety of business groups largely dedicated to weakening the valuable consumer protections provided by the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA). On July 10, 2015, the FCC released a long-awaited Declaratory Ruling and Order to…

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Auto Loans and Usury Laws: Protecting Consumers from Excessively High Interest Rates

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Usury Laws and Interest Rates on Car Loans

UPDATE 7-30-2015: Attorneys in W&L’s Environmental and Consumer Protection Unit filed a class action lawsuit against Chrysler Capital for violating New York’s usury statute. The suit alleges that the dealerships are acting as agents for purposes of originating auto loans, making Chrysler Capital the real party in interest in the original finance contract. Therefore, the…

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Robocalls and Spam Text Messages: Federal Law Protects You From Corporate Abuse and Invasions of Privacy

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Robocalling

Robocalling, spam text messages, and spam faxes are common advertising and debt collection practices. But these practices are highly annoying, invade our privacy, shift corporations’ cost of doing business onto the public, impose direct costs onto persons who are tricked into buying goods or services they do not want, and illegal. Spam wastes our time…

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Lenovo and Superfish: Dangerous Malware on Laptops

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Lenovo Superfish

Lenovo carelessly placed thousands, if not millions, of its customers at substantial risk of eavesdropping and identity theft when Lenovo installed Superfish’s VisualDiscovery malware on more than 45 models of Lenovo laptops sold since September 1, 2014. This malware allows Superfish to spy on its users while they browse the Internet; Superfish then sends targeted…

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