June 27, 2007

Update: Consumer Protection Law Vindicated

Justice prevails!

You may recall that I wrote recently about Judge Roy L. Pearson - the guy who was suing a dry cleaner's for losing his pants for a couple days and was asking for 67 million dollars. Well, he lost. "Judge Bartnoff has spoken loudly in suggesting that, while consumers should be protected, abusive lawsuits like this will not be tolerated," said the lawyer for the owners of the dry cleaners.

Will this repair all the damage done by Mr. Pearson in terms of the public's confidence in our legal system? I doubt it. But it definitely makes me feel better, knowing that I can explain to people that the system, in the end, worked.

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June 16, 2007

Indiana Car Dealers Get A Pass

In the course of doing some research this week, I discovered that Indiana is one of only three states that does not require automobile dealer's to post a bond of some kind. See, look for yourself by clicking here.

Being in the minority isn't always a bad thing; sometimes Indiana is progressive. But I don't think that's what is going on here.

A bond, from my perspective, is a guarantee that my client who wins a lawsuit against the dealership will be able to collect at least some, if not all, of the judgment. Indiana consumers, unfortunately, have been left unprotected in this area. Unfortunately, I'm not sure why. Has it simply slipped through the cracks? Has the dealers' lobby been successful in stopping the legislation? I don't know.

It's the corner car lots, the ones that may not be able to pay your judgment, where having a bond could matter.

I think I'm going to try to find out why Indiana auto consumers are less protected than consumers in almost every other state.

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June 12, 2007

A Consumer Lawyer Is...

I have been really, really busy lately... and it's been a while since I wrote a blog entry. I have a couple topics that I hope to write on soon, but today I thought I'd put my 13 year-old son to work and perhaps obtain an amusing blog entry at the same time. His assignment? Answer the question: What does a consumer lawyer do?

Hello, I really have no clue what a consumer lawyer is even though I come to my dad's office sometimes and try to help. He told me to write down what a consumer lawyer was on a pad of paper and wouldn't give me any clues. I tried to get him to tell me what things were but he wouldn't say anything so I just went for it not knowing very much at all. Here it is.

A consumer lawyer is a lawyer that helps people if they were scammed buying or selling something. My dad helps people get the money that was cheated from them earlier. He helps to get scamming people in trouble like they should be. He sort of helps people with financial stuff, sometimes to get money for them that they should have. A consumer lawyer can sometimes be a big financial aid if you were scammed big money or you could save big money on something you didn't know you could. I pretty much don't know what a consumer lawyer is but I think I'm on the right track, maybe.

So there it is. I bet you had no idea I could do all that. Indiana Consumer Law Group/The Law Office of Robert E. Duff

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