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Consumer Protection Course / Seminar (2 / 3)

CONSUMER PROTECTION LAW COURSE/SEMINAR, FALL 2014

Students can take this as a course (2 credits) or seminar (3 credits).

Consumer Protection laws deal with legislatively defined unfair and deceptive trade practices which harm consumers, and which infringe on the business of honest merchants. This course studies the harms caused to consumers and the economy by unscrupulous business practices.

The course involves considerable exposure to techniques of statutory interpretation in construing such laws as the Truth-in-Lending Act, the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, the Consumer Protection Act, Consumer Warranty Law and other issues such as usury and fraud. The course also addresses the question of whether any of these laws matter if consumers cannot understand them, and the legal system does not enforce them.

Using a mixture of statutes, case law, policy statements and real live litigation files, specific industries and problems addressed may include: the Consumer Financial Protection Agency; automobile sales, financing and repossession; foreclosure fraud; subprime lending; forced arbitration; federal preemption of state consumer protection laws; attorney fee shifting in consumer cases; different theories and measures of damages in consumer protection cases.

In years past we have taken one field trip during the semester.

Students signed up for the fall semester, 2014 General Practice Clinic: Consumer Protection are required to take this course unless excused by Professor Millemann. Students signed up for the spring semester, 2015 General Practice Clinic: Consumer Protection may also take this course in fall, 2014 to satisfy their requirement.

Note: The name of this course soon will be changed to Consumer Financial Protection Law.

Current & Previous Instructors:
Peter Holland;

536B (CRN: 97086)       Credits: 3 cr sem
    Holland.
    Fall, 2014 (Day).
    Wed: 9:50-11:50  
    Room 309.
    5 enrolled. Limit: 28 combined.
    Booklist (Updated 8/29/2014).    
536B (CRN: 97126)       Credits: 2 cr crse
    Holland.
    Fall, 2014 (Day).
    Wed: 9:50-11:50  
    Room 309.
    12 enrolled. Limit: 28 combined.
    Booklist (Updated 8/29/2014).    


Key to Codes in Course Descriptions
P: Prerequisite
C: Prerequisite or Concurrent Requirement
R: Recommended Prior or Concurrent Course

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