Jeff Sovern

Professor of Law

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Consumer Law: Cases and Materials (5th ed. 2020) (with Dee Pridgen & Christopher L. Peterson).

Selected Consumer Statutes (2019 ed.) (with Dee Dee Pridgen & Christopher L. Peterson).


Six Scandals: Why We Need Consumer Protection Laws Instead of Just Markets, 11 Michigan Business & Entrepreneurial Law Review 1 (2021). Read Full Text

Validation and Verification Vignettes: More Results from an Empirical Study of Consumer Understanding of Debt Collection Validation Notices, 71 Rutgers University Law Review 189 (2018) (with Kate E. Walton & Nathan Frishberg).

Free-Market Failure: The Wells Fargo Arbitration Clause Example, 70 Rutgers University Law Review 417 (2018).

Are Validation Notices Valid?: An Empirical Evaluation of Consumer Understanding of Debt Collection Validation Notices, 70 SMU Law Review 63 (2017) (with Kate E. Walton).

Whimsy Little Contracts with Unexpected Consequences: An Empirical Analysis of Consumer Understanding of Arbitration Agreements, 75 Maryland Law Review 1 (2015) (with Elayne E. Greenberg, Paul F. Kirgis & Yuxiang Liu).

Can Cost-Benefeit Analysis Help Consumer Protection Laws? Or at Least Benefit Analysis?, 4 UC Rivine Law Review 1241 (2014).

Written Notice of Cooling-off Periods: A Forty-Year Natural Experiment in Illusory Consumer Protection and the Relative Effectiveness of Oral and Written Disclosures, 75 University of Pittspurgh Law Review 333 (2014).

Student Laptop Use During Class for Non-Class Purposes: Temptation v. Incentives, 51 University of Louisville Law Review 483 (2013).

Preventing Future Economic Crises Through Consumer Protection Law or How the Truth in Lending Act Failed the Subprime Borrowers, 71 Ohio State Law Journal 761 (2010).

The Coase Theorem and the Power to Increase Transaction Costs, 40 McGeorge Law Review 935 (2009).

Toward a New Model of Consumer Protection: The Problem of Inflated Transaction Costs, 47 William & Mary Law Review 1635 (2006).

The Jewel of Their Souls: Preventing Identity Theft Through Loss Allocation Rules, 64 University of Pittsburgh Law Review 343 (2003).

Protecting Privacy with Deceptive Trade Practices Legislation, 69 Fordham Law Review 1305 (2001).

Opting in, Opting out, or No Options at All: The Fight for Control of Personal Information 74 Washington Law Review 1033 (1999).

Good Will Adjustment Games: An Economic and Legal Analysis of Secret Warranty Registration, 60 Missouri Law Review 323 (1995).

Toward a Theory of Warranties in Sales of New Homes: Housing the Implied Warranty Afdvocates, Law and Economics Mavens, and Consumer Psychologists Under One Roof, 1993 Wisconsin Law Review 13.

Private Actions Under Deceptive Trade Practices Act: Reconsidering the FTC Act as Rule Model, 52 Ohio State Law Journal 437 (1991).

Paradigm and Paradox in New York Consumer Credit Law: After Holder in Due Course, 6 Annual Review of Banking 119 (1987).

Enjoining Payment on a Letter of Credit in Bankruptcy: A Tempest in a Twist Cap, Business Lawyers, November 1982, at 21 (with Helen Davis Chaitman).

Allied Structural Steel v. Spannaus: Added Obligations, the Contract Claus, and Due Process, 16 Columbia Journal of Law & Social Problems 119 (1980).