FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION OBTAINS MAJOR SETTLEMENT

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MAJOR SETTLEMENT AGAINST DEBT COLLECTOR FOR BOGUS MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION COLLECTION       On May 15, 2012, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) announced the settlement of an enforcement proceeding against Luebke, Baker & Associates, Inc., Kevin Luebke and other Defendants (“Luebke Collection Agency”) under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (“FDCPA”). According to the FTC, the Luebke… Read More »

APPELLATE VICTORY FOR CONSUMERS

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ABUSED BY AUTOMATED PHONE CALLS? During the past decade, many businesses — most notably debt collectors — have been using automated telephone systems to communicate with consumers. As a result of increased abuses of consumers, Congress passed the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”), 47 U.S.C. §227, to curtail the use of automated dialers and prerecorded… Read More »

Attorney Murphy Speaks at Virginia Trial Lawyers Conference

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     On March 30, 2012, Attorney Murphy was the luncheon speaker for the Consumer Lawyer Section at the Virgina Trial  Lawyers Annual Convention at the Greenbrier Resort in White Sulphur Springs, West Virgina.  The topic of the presentation was “Emerging Class Action Trends.”  Consumer Fraud Attorney Murphy offered his insight into recent case law developments in class action practice under… Read More »