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Bill would reverse federal guidance on discriminatory car lending

When you buy a car, there is typically no set price. The final price and terms be negotiated with the dealer, often with little information on the part of the consumer. As a result, it can be easy for unscrupulous dealers to take advantage of people -- and studies have shown that the people being taken advantage of are African-Americans and Hispanics.

BigLaw attorney disbarred for collecting outside client fees

Can an attorney be disbarred for handling outside cases when employed by a law firm? It depends on what their employment contract with the law firm says, according to the Washington Supreme Court and that state bar's Office of Disciplinary Counsel. And, if that employment contract prohibits the lawyer from handling outside cases, accepting fees for those cases constitutes theft.

CFPB may issue record fine against Wells Fargo over sales abuses

In the first penalty issued under the Trump administration, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is seeking a record penalty against Wells Fargo & Co. The fine, which could exceed hundreds of millions of dollars, is in regard to abuses in Wells Fargo's auto insurance and mortgage lending areas.

Is your product's warranty void if you try to fix it yourself?

We've all seen the tags and stickers manufacturers put on products that say, "void if removed." Or, the warning may indicate that the warranty is no good if you try to repair the product yourself, or if you use parts from another manufacturer. Warranties can be limited in many ways, but those limitations are illegal -- and now the Federal Trade Commission is stepping in.

Barclays settles US mortgage fraud complaint for $2 billion

The British bank Barclays is just the latest big bank to settle mortgage fraud allegations with the U.S. government over its role in the subprime mortgage and subsequent foreclosure crisis. It has recently agreed to pay $2 billion in civil penalties in order to settle a 2016 federal lawsuit alleging that Barclays:

Is my warranty void if someone other than dealer repairs my car?

It's a great feeling when your car is under warranty. A warranty is a manufacturer's promise to stand behind its product -- or as much of it is covered by the warranty. Vehicle warranties are often limited to the power train or limited in other ways.

Lawsuit: 6 hotel chains conspired to eliminate competing web ads

A proposed federal class action claims that six top hotel chains are entering into an illegal anti-competitive agreement. In 2015, the lawsuit says, Hilton, Hyatt, Marriott Wyndham, InterContinental and Choice Hotels agreed not to compete with each other in online keyword-based advertising. The scheme was deceptive and created an unlawful restraint on trade, the suit claims.

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