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March 2018 Archives

Facebook sued for allowing discriminatory housing advertising

In October 2016, the nonprofit investigative journal ProPublica published a blockbuster exposé about housing advertisements on Facebook. Advertisers could tailor their ads to exclude people based on race, gender and other factors that are illegal under the Fair Housing Act, which prohibits discrimination in housing.

Report: Official misconduct occurred in most of 2017 exonerations

According to the National Registry of Exonerations, at least 139 people were exonerated in 2017. These innocent people spent an average of 10.6 years behind bars before their wrongful convictions were overturned. Why are there so many and what do we know about these wrongful convictions?

Stores keep track of your returns, database flags them for fraud

Consumers and consumer advocates have been stunned to learn of a database that tracks shoppers' returns and flags people as potential fraudsters. The Retail Equation's database, which is used by stores such as Best Buy, The Home Depot and Victoria's Secret, claims to predict who is making fraudulent or abusive returns. Unfortunately, there appears to be no mechanism for appeal.

Whistleblower: Walmart cut corners for market share and fired me

A former Walmart business development director has filed a federal lawsuit against the retail giant. He claims that Walmart betrayed founder Sam Walton's principles of honesty and integrity -- and may have violated the law -- by pushing for "meteoric growth" in their e-commerce business. When the executive pointed out the wrongdoing, he says, he was fired.

More trouble for Wells Fargo: Alleged brokerage consumer abuses

A Massachusetts regulator is investigating whether employees of Wells Fargo & Co.'s brokerage division violated securities regulations and abused consumers' trust. Federal investigators may also be pursuing the question.

What constitutes legal malpractice in Pennsylvania?

Broadly, legal malpractice occurs when your lawyer failed to perform in accordance with accepted legal standards and that failure caused you a financial loss. It's not legal malpractice simply to lose a case or even to make a major mistake. Not every bad outcome is the result of malpractice.

Whistleblower: Wells Fargo closes accounts of fraud victims

A former fraud investigator for Wells Fargo claims that the mega bank hasn't been living up to its legal responsibility to investigate signs of fraud on customers' accounts. Instead, it simply closes those accounts to avoid the time and expense of investigating. Wells Fargo is reviewing the allegations -- and a federal regulator is investigating.

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