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Consumer Protection Litigation

NOTE: This course description is new for the 2017-2018 academic year. You may read the prior course description immediately below the new one.  

2017-2018

Course Overview:

Consumer protection focuses on litigation of student loans, false advertising, corporate fraud, overcharges, identify theft, credit reports, data breaches, home mortgages, medical bills, spam texts, robo-calls, housing discrimination, retaliation, and eviction defense.

Class themes include class actions, attorney fee recovery, settlement negotiations, and litigation tactics.

Guest speakers include Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum, Oregon District Court Judge Michael Simon, and prominent consumer law attorneys from the plaintiffs and defense bar.

To view the class syllabus, visit underdoglawyer.com/consumer

Location and Office Hours:

Consumer protection is a 13-week, 2-credit course held at Lewis & Clark Law School, room 6, January 11 to April 12, 2018. Students are encouraged to contact the professor at fuller@lclark.edu or 503-201-4570 with any questions, or to schedule an office appointment. Links to all required reading materials are found at underdoglawyer.com/consumer.

Grading:

Grades are based on a maximum of 100 points possible. Grades are assigned as follows:

Criteria / Max. Points

Attendance / 20 points

Participation / 20 points

Assignments / 20 points

Final Exam / 40 points

Adjunct Professor Michael Fuller. US Bancorp Tower, 31st Floor. 503-201-4570. fuller@lclark.edu

The course is designed to provide a solid basis in consumer law as a “stand-alone” course, or for those students interested in exploring consumer law issues in greater depth, as a complement to the Consumer Financial Law and Regulation class.

This class is offered every other year, alternating with Consumer Financial Law and Regulation.

NOTE: This course description applies to the 2015-2016 academic year. You may read the prior course description immediately below the new one. 

2015-2016

Course Overview:

Weekly litigation topics include car dealers and repair shops, class actions, unfair debt collection, false credit reporting, mortgage servicing, home foreclosure, bank accounts and credit cards, unwanted calls and texts, unfair trade practices, and attorney fee shifting.

Students will learn how to analyze the most common legal issues arising under state and federal consumer protection laws. The class syllabus contains links to all required readings, including all state and federal consumer protection statutes, court rules, case opinions, and articles.

Course Objectives:

Students will learn how to help individuals file lawsuits under the four most common consumer protection statutes: the Fair Credit Reporting Act, the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, the Unfair Trade Practices Act, and the Telephone Consumer Protection Act.

Students will also learn how to defend the interests of banks, credit unions, and local businesses against consumer lawsuits.

Location and Office Hours:

Consumer Law is a 13-week, 2-credit course held at Lewis & Clark Law School, January 14 to April 14, 2016. Students are encouraged to contact the professor directly with any questions, or to schedule an office appointment.

Grading:

Grades are based on a maximum of 100 points possible. The attached grading procedures explain the class requirements in further detail. Grades are assigned as follows:

Criteria: Attendance (25 Max. Points), Assignments (35 Max. Points), and Final Exam (40 Points)

Adjunct Professor Michael Fuller . US Bancorp Tower, 31st Fl. . 503-201-4570 . fuller@lclark.edu

NOTE: The below course description applies to the 2014-2015 academic year.

2014-2015

An examination of the myriad of state and federal consumer protection laws and regulations, and their applicability in common consumer transactions. Subjects include Family Expense Statute, Holder in Due Course, Unlawful Trade Practices Act, Fair Credit Reporting Act, Truth in Lending Act, Equal Credit Opportunity Act,  Electronic Fund Transfer Act, Magnuson Moss Warranty Act, Consumer Warranty Act,  UCC Articles 2, Oregon “lemon law,” odometer laws, Oregon Home Solicitation Sales Act, FTC Rule on Door to Door Sales, Truth in Lending rescission rights for real property, repossession and UCC Article 9, Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, Unlawful Debt Collection Practices Act, attorney fees in consumer litigation, garnishment and attachment, exemptions, and bankruptcy overview.

Grade is based solely on an open book final examination, although regular class attendance is a required part of the learning process.