Everyone is a consumer and most businesses sell things to consumers. That makes consumer law and policy something that touches all of us in our personal lives and many of us in our working lives.
We're a group of law professors and lawyers who teach and practice consumer law. We have written and spoken about the legal and policy issues surrounding consumer protection in a variety of forums--including court filings, law reviews, professional conferences, and the general media. This blog provides yet another forum, but it is one with some unique benefits, including immediacy of communication and the possibility for dialogue with people around the world. We hope to make this blog of interest not only to people (academics, practicing lawyers, journalists, activists) who are interested primarily in consumer issues, but also to a broader audience, including consumers and the businesses and regulators that deal with them. In keeping with that aim, we've assembled a diverse group of contributors:
Dwight Olds Chair in Law and Director of the Consumer Law Center, University of Houston
Staff Attorney and Director of the Mandatory Arbitration Abuse Prevention Project, Trial Lawyers for Public Justice
Partner, Lundy Flitter Beldecos & Berger
Staff Attorney and director of the Consumer Justice Project, Public Citizen Litigation Group
Assistant Professor of Law, University of San Diego School of Law
Senior Lecturer, University of Nigeria
Assistant Professor of Law, University of Florida Levin College of Law
Executive Director and General Counsel, National Association of Consumer Advocates
Lecturer in Law, Brunel University School of Social Sciences and Law
Professor of Law, St. John's University School of Law
Director, Public Citizen Litigation Group, and Lecturer on Law, Harvard Law School
The content of postings will be left up to the individual contributors, but we expect the blog will include analysis of the latest judicial decisions, commentary on current research and scholarship in consumer law, and discussion of a wide range of topics, such as consumer class actions, mandatory binding arbitration, predatory lending, debt collection, identity theft, and the relative value of public versus private enforcement, to name just a few. We also hope to invite additional guest contributors and stimulate debate and discussion among readers.