This is a webcast of the live San Francisco session.
Why you should attend
Volunteer lawyers are needed to help the many low income clients facing a wide assortment of consumer law matters who are unrepresented. Attend this program to learn the basics of consumer law so that you can competently represent a client in need and learn new advocacy skills.
What you will learn
- Overview of consumer law
- FDCPA/Consumer collection defense
- Auto fraud
- Fair Credit Reporting Act
Who should attend
Attorneys who want to volunteer to help low income clients with consumer related issues and legal services advocates who want to enhance their skills in consumer litigation matters would benefit from attending this program.
PLI Group Discounts
Groups of 4-14 from the same organization, all registering at the same time, for a PLI program scheduled for presentation at the same site, are entitled to receive a group discount. For further discount information, please contact email@example.com or call (800) 260-4PLI.
PLI Can Arrange Group Viewing to Your Firm
Contact the Groupcasts Department via email at firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
All cancellations received 3 business days prior to the program will be refunded 100%. If you do not cancel within the allotted time period, payment is due in full. You may substitute another individual to attend the program at any time.
All times are P.D.T.
July 26, 2013, 9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. (P.D.T.)
9:00 Program Overview and Introductions
Synopsis of the applicable consumer protection statues in assisting financially distressed individuals and families.
Robert W. Murphy
9:15 Overview of State and Federal Restraints on Debt Collection
Speaker will provide a comprehensive review of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) and state statutory authority, including:
- Scope of the FDCPA - what is a “consumer debt” and who is a “debt collector” under the FDCPA
- Mandated consumer disclosures under the FDCPA
- Prohibited practices under the FDCPA
- Investigating and preparing an FDCPA case
- Remedies under the FDCPA, including class action claims
Brian L. Bromberg
10:15 Introduction to Fair Credit Reporting Act
The presentation will provide an overview of the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), including:
- Scope of the FCRA - what is a “consumer report” and what is a “consumer reporting agency”
- Common FCRA disputes, including inaccuracy and impermissible access claims
- How to dispute inaccurate and obsolete credit information through the “re-investigation” process
- Investigating and preparing a FCRA claim
- Remedies under the FCRA for willful and negligent violations
11:15 Networking Break
11:30 A Primer on Automobile Fraud
The topic will cover the basic concepts of the representation of consumers who may have been the victim of automobile dealership fraud/misconduct, including:
- Review of dealer terminology and practices
- Common auto dealer sales and financing scams
- Use of Truth-in-Lending Act and state consumer finance laws to address dealer misconduct
- Overview of federal and state odometer acts
- Litigating wrongful repossessions
Robert W. Murphy
PLI makes every effort to accredit its Live Webcasts. Please check the CLE Calculator above for CLE information specific to your state.
PLI's Live Webcasts
are approved for MCLE credit (unless otherwise noted in the product description
) in the following states/territories: Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho*, Illinois, Indiana1
, Iowa*, Kansas*, Kentucky*, Louisiana, Maine*, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Dakota, New Hampshire*, New Jersey, New Mexico, Nevada, New York2
, Oklahoma, Oregon*, Pennsylvania4
, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia5
, Virgin Islands, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming*.*PLI will apply for credit upon request.
Arizona: The State Bar of Arizona does not approve or accredit CLE activities for the Mandatory Continuing Legal Education requirement.
Arkansas and Oklahoma: Audio-only live webcasts are not approved for credit.
1Indiana: Considered a distance education course. There is a 6 credit limit per year.Running time and CLE credit hours are not necessarily the same. Please be aware that many states do not permit credit for luncheon and keynote speakers.
2New York: Newly admitted attorneys may not take non-transitional course formats such as on-demand audio or video programs or live webcasts for CLE credit. Newly admitted attorneys not practicing law in the United States, however, may earn 12 transitional credits in non-traditional formats.
3Ohio: To confirm that the live webcast has been approved, please refer to the list of Ohio’s Approved Self Study Activities at http://www.sconet.state.oh.us. Online programs are considered self-study. Ohio attorneys have a 6 credit self-study limit per biennial compliance period. The Ohio CLE Board states that attorneys must have a 100% success rate in clicking on timestamps to receive ANY CLE credit for an online program.
4 Pennsylvania: A live webcast may be viewed individually or in a group setting. Credit may be granted to an attorney who views a live webcast individually. There is a 4.0 credit limit per year for this type of viewing. A live webcast viewed in a group setting receives live participatory credit if the program is open to the public and advertised at least 30 days prior to the program. Live webcasts viewed in a group setting that do not advertise at least 30 days prior the program will be considered "in-house", and therefore denied credit.
5Virginia: All distance learning courses are to be done in an educational setting, free from distractions.
Note that some states limit the number of credit hours attorneys may claim for online CLE activities, and state rules vary with regard to whether online CLE activities qualify for participatory or self-study credits. For more information, refer to your state CLE website or call Customer Service at (800) 260-4PLI (4754) or email: email@example.com.
If you have already received credit for attending some or the entire program, please be aware that state administrators do not permit you to accrue additional credit for repeat viewing even if an additional credit certificate is subsequently issued.