From:                              The Northwest Consumer Law Center <sheila@nwclc.org>

Sent:                               Wednesday, July 01, 2015 11:31 AM

To:                                   Noah Samuels-NWCLC

Subject:                          Pumping up Consumer Advocacy!

 

We thought you might like to know about some things happening in the consumer world. Click on the bold, blue text to read more on each topic. Score O

 

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We thought you might like to know about some things happening in the consumer world. Click on the bold, blue text to read more on each topic.

 

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Score One for
Auto Consumers!

It's not often we have good news to report: about a month ago the Federal Trade Commission banned forced arbitration from auto warranties. This means that you're no longer forced to bring your dispute to an arbitrator that is hired by the warranty provider and that will, not surprisingly, rule against you 95% of the time.

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Pumping Up Consumer Advocacy

Even more good news: the Washington State Office of the Attorney General has given us a grant of $1 million to expand our consumer advocacy! These funds came from the AGO's settlement with Standard & Poor’s Financial Services LLC. Attorney General Bob Ferguson stopped by our office last week to celebrate the grant, and we took some pictures.

 

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The Student Loan Anchor, Cont'd

We brought up the issue of student loan debt on the shoulders of elderly borrowers in our recent print newsletter. To delve more deeply into the issue, check out this blog article by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. If you're struggling with your own student loan anchor, help might be available - start here.

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Did You Fall for These False Ads?

It is said that "nobody ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American public," but humor website cracked.com compiled a hilarious list of companies who got busted pretty hard for doing just that. We turned their list into a gallery on our website.

 

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The Legal Aid Disconnect

This New York Times Op-Ed eloquently points out the sad irony that millions of people need lawyers but can't get one, while thousands of lawyers want to help people but can't get a job doing so.

You can help close this "justice gap" by supporting legal representation for Washington consumers. To donate, click on the Justice Mobile to the right.

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