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States Should Reform “Structured Settlement Funding” Company Regulations Because The Industry Routinely Takes Advantage Of Injury Victims Through Unfair Financial Transactions, Hiding Unfairness Through Complexity

Late-night television viewers are no doubt familiar with commercials for a financial company where someone leans out a window and screams “It’s My Money, And I Need It Now!”  The announcer then helpfully advises the viewer that if the viewer is owed a future payment stream from an annuity or insurance company, the financial company […]

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Shocking Emails From Major Airbag Manufacturer Prove Its Engineers Manipulated Data And Test Results

A trove of e-mails from Takata, a major airbag manufacturer whose products have been blamed for many deaths, were recently unsealed from court order. Those emails clearly show that the airbag manufacturer engaged in data manipulation relating to the consistency and quality of its airbags and their inflators.  Many lawsuits against Takata claim that its […]

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U.S. Supreme Court Strikes Down Florida Death Penalty Law Because It Deprives Citizens Of Right To A Jury Trial

One of the most fundamental constitutional rights belonging to citizens of the United States is the right to a jury trial. Both the United States Constitution and the Missouri Constitution guarantee the right to a jury trial to every citizen, regardless of whether the trial is for a criminal charge or a civil case.  (A […]

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Missouri Law On Punitive Damages

In Missouri, there are two general types of damages which a person filing a lawsuit can seek.  The first is called “compensatory” damages.  Compensatory damages, as its name implies, are designed to compensate the person for their actual losses.  Examples of compensatory damages include the cost of repairing a vehicle involved in a crash.  In […]

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Fearing Regulation, Financial Industry Group Begins TV Campaign To Convince Public That Government Wants to Make Loans Illegal

I’ve written before about how big financial institutions are doing everything they can to attack the newly created government agency designed to protect consumers, called the “Consumer Financial Protection Bureau” or “CFPB.”  My earlier article can be read here.   In a nutshell, these financial institutions fear that the agency will actually be effective at protecting […]

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Congress Should Pass The Arbitration Fairness Act of 2015

I’m happy to report that the Springfield News-Leader has published an Op-Ed piece I wrote  explaining  why it’s unfair to permit forced arbitrations in employment situations.  That editorial can be found on the newspaper’s website here,  but  here’s the full text of what I wrote: Congress should pass The Arbitration Fairness Act of 2015 Robert […]

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U.S. Consumer Protection Agency May Make Unenforceable Financial Institution Contracts Which Prohibit Class Action Arbitrations

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is a federal agency designed to protect average citizens from unfair business practices by big financial powerhouses, such as banks, brokerages and credit card companies. The CFPB recently announced that it is considering a groundbreaking move: banning arbitration clauses prohibiting class actions, because they allow companies to avoid accountability to […]

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Binding Arbitrations Are Unfair, Because Arbitrators Make More Money By Ruling In Favor Of Companies So They Can Get Repeat Business

I’ve written before about how forced binding arbitrations are unfair and that contract provisions taking away citizens’ Constitutional right to jury trials should be outlawed.  See my prior blog articles here and here. In Part II of its lengthy piece exposing the injustice involved in forced arbitration clauses entitled “Beware The Fine Print,” the New […]

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Having Banned Lawsuits Through Binding Arbitration Clauses, Big Businesses Now Try To Also Ban Class Action Arbitrations

I’ve written before about “binding arbitration” provisions and how unfair they are because they deprive people of their day in court. (See my blog entry here entitled “Forced Arbitration Clauses Should Be Outlawed”). The New York Times today published a significant article highlighting a new, devious twist on the usual binding arbitration provisions, one now […]

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The Tremendous Difficulties Of Getting Treating Physicians To Testify And Why This Creates Huge Problems For Their Patients

Most people are surprised when I tell them about by one of the biggest and most common problems faced by my clients: their doctor’s absolute refusal to give any testimony whatsoever.  These are physicians who know firsthand that my client really was seriously injured, and know even better than I do how severely these injuries […]