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Foreclosed Families Get only $1,000 for Bank Mortgage Abuses

Ten major banks last week agreed to pay out $8.5 billion to settle allegations that they engaged in abusive foreclosure practices in 2009 and 2010. Of the settlement money, $3.3 billion will go to homeowners whose homes actually went into foreclosure. The remaining $5.2 billion will be used for loan modifications and other relief. Some 3.8 million homeowners were eligible for the review, meaning that the $3.3 billion in settlement money comes to less than $1,000 per family, although some …

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Online Education Casts a Wide Net

At one time, students who wanted to attend a good college or university would need good grades, strong test scores and a lot of money. As a result, many worthy individuals missed out on continuing their educations. Today, thanks to video streaming, videoconferencing and the ability to share and edit documents online, anyone with an Internet connection can continue his or her educations online. Courses can be taken anywhere and on your own schedule. Some require tuition (though less than …

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Compounding Pharmacy Implicated in Deaths

A compounding pharmacy in Massachusetts has been linked to the outbreak of a rare form of fungal meningitis caused by contamination of steroid injections commonly used for back and neck pain. Meningitis is a swelling of the protective membranes of the brain and spinal cord. Problems with the injections arose when the contaminated steroid was injected near the spine. Steroid injections in knees or hips are highly unlikely to cause meningitis. The compounding pharmacy shipped 17,676 potentially tainted vials to …

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Prisoners Sue Beer Companies, Blaming Crimes on Alcoholism

A new lawsuit takes aim at beer and wine companies for not warning consumers that they could become alcoholics. Frivolous lawsuit? Or new trend that will let consumers collect millions from liquor companies? The lawsuit seeks $1 billion from Miller Brewing, Anheuser-Busch, Coors and other major beer and wine makers for not adding warning labels on their bottles to tell people that alcohol is habit forming and addictive. But here’s the kicker: the lawsuit was brought by five inmates in …

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Posted 1 year ago in Consumer Law Your Personal Rights by Aaron Kase  
Top Consumer Legal Stories of 2012

With 2012 in the books, it’s time to look back at the landslide of legislation, lawsuits and judicial decisions that have had far-reaching effects on Americans’ access to health care, marriage, voting, Second, Fourth and Seventh Amendment rights and more. Lawyers.com takes a peek at the top consumer legal stories of the year:   Obamacare survives legal challenges: The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, is set to change the face of health care as we know it, …

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