Cases and Materials on Consumer Law (5th Ed.) retains its comprehensive coverage and has been completely updated to reflect new developments in the dynamic field of consumer law, including:

  • Internet marketing, ad substantiation, celebrity and other testimonials, and new developments in online consumer contracts
  • Consumer credit regulation, including new Supreme Court cases dealing with credit reporting and debt collection, as well as the latest developments with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
  • Consumer privacy, including the new California Consumer Privacy Act, the Internet of Things, biometrics, online marketing, cybersecurity and new developments concerning the Telephone Consumer Protection Act
  • Developing and emerging payment systems – e.g., credit, debit, and prepaid cards, as well as mobile payments, digital wallets, and cryptocurrency
  • Remedies – latest U.S. Supreme Court and regulatory developments on consumer arbitration and class actions
  • Predatory lending (“capstone” chapter), the legal fallout from the subprime mortgage foreclosure crisis and beyond
  • Student loan disclosures, collections and servicing; and deceptive school admissions marketing to prospective students

This text contains a balance of cases, problems that reflect modern situations, and notes with discussion questions and references to the latest consumer protection scholarship. An updated teacher's manual and a new statutory supplement, entitled Selected Consumer Statutes 2019, are available also.

Imprint: West Academic Publishing
Series: American Casebook Series
Publication Date: 01/13/2020

Dee Pridgen, University of Wyoming College of Law

Jeff Sovern, St. John's University School of Law

Christopher L. Peterson, University of Utah College of Law


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Highlights/New Developments Covered in Consumer Law, 5th Ed., by Pridgen, Sovern and Peterson

  • MacDonald v. Thomas M. Cooley Law School (6th Cir. 2013) (application of common law fraud to law school employment statistics)
  • Coverage of FTC enforcement of Restore Online Shoppers Confidence Act (ROSCA)
  • FTC v. Worldwide Wyndham (3d Cir. 2015) (cybersecurity and FTC unfairness)
  • Nicosia v. Amazon.Com, (2d Cir. 2016) (consumer assent to online contract)
  • Krieger v. Bank of America (3d Cir. 2018) (consumer liability for unauthorized use of credit card)
  • CFPB regulations (proposed and final) on prepaid cards, payday loans and debt collection
  • Sorchaga v. Ride Auto (S. Ct. Minn. 2018) (enforcing “as is” disclaimer in consumer cases under the UCC)
  • Maronda Homes v. Lakewood Reserve HOA (S. Ct. Fla. 2013) (implied warranty of habitability)
  • Applebaum v. Nissan Motors Acceptance Corp. (3d Cir. 2000) (usage of terms in disclosures that consumers can’t understand)
  • Credit invisibility
  • Spokeo, Inc. v. Robins (US 2016) (standing issues that recur throughout the book)
  • California Consumer Privacy Act
  • ACA International v. FCC ((D.C. Dir. 2018) (robocalls)
  • Mount v. Pulsepoint, Inc. (SDNY 2016) (use of cookies to track consumer web use)
  • Internet of Things
  • Biometrics
  • Henson v. Santander Consumer USA, Inc. (US 2017) (definition of debt collector)
  • Samuels v. Midland Funding (SD Ala. 2013) (debt collection litigation based on inadequate documentation of the claim)
  • CFPB enforcement of student loan servicing and debt collection, including CFPB v. Navient Corp. (M.D. Pa. 2017)
  • New Mexico v. B&B Investment Group (S. Ct. N. Mex. 2014) (unconscionability doctrine and predatory lending)
  • Campbell-Ewald Co. v. Gomez (US 2016) (consumer class action issue)
  • Fresno County Employees’ Retirement Ass’n v. Isaacson/Weaver Family Trust (2d Cir. 2019) (attorney fee award)
  • Up-to-date legal status of mandatory arbitration of consumer claims
  • Current developments in credit scoring as used in consumer credit reports
  • Texas Dept. of Housing & Community Affairs v. Inclusive Communities Project, Inc., (US 2015) (disparate–impact theory of liability for discrimination)

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