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Using litigation to change the culture of bullying

By Adrian Alvarez, Goldberg-Robb Attorney Like so many other gay people, I was bullied in school. Although I didn’t come out until college, people perceived my sexual orientation: I was routinely called “faggot,” punched in the locker room, and generally ostracized. I was even bullied…

SCOTUS denies payday lender’s request for review

By Amy Radon, Staff Attorney This week, the U.S. Supreme Court denied a payday lender’s petition for certiorari in the case of Cash Advance Network v. Felts. The lender, Cash Advance Network, Inc., had petitioned the Court to overturn a decision by the New Mexico…

Decision in Marx v. General Revenue Corp.

By Leah Nicholls, Kazan-Budd Attorney After Olivea Marx defaulted on student loans, her lender hired a debt collection company called General Revenue to collect on the loan. Marx alleges that she was lied to, harassed and threatened by the company. She sued, saying General Revenue’s…

Recap of yesterday’s argument in McBurney v. Young

By Leah Nicholls, Kazan-Budd Attorney Yesterday morning, I attended oral argument at the Supreme Court in McBurney v. Young. The case is about whether Virginia can permit only state citizens to access state records under Virginia’s freedom of information law. Under the law, out-of-staters are…

What does ‘consent’ even mean anymore?

By Paul Bland, Senior Attorney So HERE is an outrage. The case — Spring Lake v. Holloway — was decided early this month by a Florida District Court of Appeal. It involves a 92-year-old woman with a fourth grade education and memory problems. When she was admitted to…

A consumer reporter who really gets it

By Paul Bland, Senior Attorney This weekend we wrapped up our fall board meetings in Cleveland, the home city of board president Jack Landskroner. While in Cleveland, Jack and I spent some very worthwhile time talking arbitration and consumers’ rights issues with Sheryl Harris, a…

Positive ruling late last week from New Mexico Supreme Court

By Amy Radon, Goldberg Attorney By now you’ve probably seen the decision that was handed down last week in the Felts case. The New Mexico Supreme Court ruled that two Internet payday lenders can’t force our client into arbitration. Andrea Felts, a high school administrator,…