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Why Arbitration Should Remain an Option for Consumers

A mandatory arbitration clause prevents a legal conflict from going to a judicial court. This means that the parties involved must resolve the matter through arbitration. In arbitration, neutral arbiters review the evidence, and then decide on the outcome and the amount of money to be paid, if any. Any payout in arbitration is known as an arbitration award. Businesses usually have the option of taking legal action together as a unified force, whereas individual consumers are often denied the same right when they believe that a company has wronged them. Most consumer advocates believe that arbitration is not enough, and that class action should remain an option because it protects consumers in many ways. Group lawsuits offer the following » Read More

Massive WWE Data Breach Leaks Fans’ Personal Information

A massive data breach at the World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. (WWE) recently leaked millions of fans’ personal information. Over three million users whose personal information like home and e-mail addresses, birthdates, as well as customers’ children’s personal information, turned up on an easily accessible website, and may be affected by the WWE data breach. Apparently, the WWE data breach may have occurred due to a misconfiguration of their database system or leakage through another web host’s infrastructure that WWE was using. Fortunately, no credit card or password information was contained on the database that was leaked. A leading cyber security firm is working with the WWE to investigate the cause of the data breach. Although the internet makes communication and » Read More

New Jersey Product Liability Lawyers Report on LuLaRoe Lawsuit

“They don’t make ‘em like they used to.” We have all heard or uttered those words at one time or another while lamenting the lack of quality in some of the products we purchase today. Though when is a lack of quality bad enough to warrant a lawsuit? Anytime you pay for a product that does not live up to its promises because the quality is poor, it poses safety concerns, or for any other reason that makes the purchase not worth the investment, you deserve remuneration. A current case in point involves LuLaRoe, a multi-level marketer to millennials. The company sells their signature brightly-colored leggings and other apparel at sales parties hosted by fashion consultants. According to a recent » Read More

New Jersey Product Liability Lawyers: Defective Food Product

Food products are recalled every day for a variety of reasons. For example, the company that produced such a product may have failed to list allergens, or there may be other labeling issues. One thing is certain, unexpected food issues are a serious safety concern. If you have had a problem with a food product, how do you know whether that problem warrants legal action? Foreign Items in Food One issue that is universally understood is that no food product should contain foreign material that does not belong there. For example, there should not be a piece of metal in a cupcake, and if such a material is found, the producer is strictly liable for any harm caused by consuming » Read More

New Jersey Consumer Fraud Lawyers Notice Increase in “Imposter Scams”

Consumer fraud is rampant, and most people are careful to take measures to protect themselves. But as people become more savvy about this kind of crime, those who commit these acts find new and creative ways to take advantage of victims. “Imposter scams” are on the rise. If you have ever received a call from someone pretending to be a friend or a relative in dire need of money fast, then you may have been an intended victim of an imposter scam. There are many types of fraud that can affect consumers. In 2016 alone there were more than three million complaints filed to the Consumer Sentinel Network (CSN), an online database for consumer complaints used by law enforcement agencies. » Read More

Horizon Fined Over $1 Million for Failing to Protect Customer Information

On Friday, the New Jersey State Attorney General’s office announced that Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield would be fined over $1 million for failing to protect customers’ personal information. In 2013, two company laptops were stolen from their company headquarters in Newark, New Jersey. Customer information contained on the laptops included names, addresses, birthdates, insurance identification numbers, some Social Security numbers, and limited medical information, which apparently was not encrypted. The state Division of Consumer Affairs discovered the lack of encryption for the personal information. It was also found that the employees whose laptops were stolen should never have had access to the confidential customer information in the first place. Now Horizon must pay over $1 million in penalties for » Read More

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