Common Law - The FindLaw Consumer Protection Blog

Common Law - The FindLaw Consumer Protection Law Blog


Just seventeen months after Blue Bell Creameries was forced to recall all of its ice cream products due to listeria contamination concerns, there's more trouble brewing for one of the nation's best selling ice cream brands. Blue Bell is recalling products from its Alabama factory containing chocolate chip cookie dough after learning they potentially contain listeria monocytogenes.

It's the latest blow to a company that was already reeling from recalls and a deadly listeria outbreak last year. So what does the latest recall entail, and mean?

Parents' number one concern is their children's safety. And no parent would buy a product that would endanger their baby's life. But sometimes you don't know a baby product is dangerous until the worst happens.

So here are five of the most dangerous baby products, so you know and can keep your children safe and sound.

Wells Fargo Sets Record for Largest Fine Received From CFPB

The investigation into Wells Fargo's fraudulent sales tactics has finally reached a conclusion with the bank paying a fine of $185 million. Included in that fine is a record setting $100 million penalty issued by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) against Wells Fargo.

In addition to the fines, Wells Fargo must pay back all fees charged to customers as a result of the fraudulent sales, an estimated additional $5 million. As a result of Thursday's settlement, Wells Fargo stock has started to drop as Wall Street analysts predict that customers will start leaving the bank due to the severe breach of trust.

Ford Motor Co. and Mazda Motor Corp. announced massive recalls affecting almost 5 million vehicles this week. The recalls were due to separate issues with door latches and hatches on ten different models of vehicles built over the last three years.

Here's what you need to know about the affected vehicles and how to comply with the recall.

At a time when parents and players are more concerned than ever about concussions and head injuries in football, one manufacturer is recalling thousands of football helmets due to their propensity to crack, posing a greater risk of head injuries to football players. Xenith is recalling almost 6,000 of its helmets after learning that a certain additive wasn't included in the paint mixture for the helmets, causing them to be more brittle.

Xenith sells youth and supplies some high school football teams, so here's what you need to know about the recall.

Most people regard used car salesmen with the same determined skepticism as a three-card Monte dealer on the street -- sure that there is some sleight of hand occurring to pull as much money out of their pocket as possible. And perhaps with good reason: John Oliver just exposed the seedy side of auto lending and the predatory tactics used car dealerships will use to screw over car buyers.

Well, add one more scam to the list. Road & Track magazine refers to it as the "spot delivery" scam or "yo-yo sale" and it is costing unsuspecting car buyers thousands of dollars.

As soon as the first cases of the Zika virus began appearing in the U.S., people have been clamoring for a cure or at least a preventative. Since then, almost 2,000 cases of Zika have been reported in America (479 of them pregnant women) and some less scrupulous companies have stepped in with supposedly "Zika-preventive" products.

Many, if not all, of these products fail to live up to the billing, however, and the New York Attorney General has issued cease and desist letters to companies, demanding they stop advertising ineffective products as preventing or protecting against Zika transmission.

If a Car Warranty Company Won't Pay a Claim, Can I Sue?

Your car is covered by a warranty and that has always been a solace to you. But now that you actually have made needed repairs and submitted your claim, the company is refusing to reimburse you. You can sue, but there are also some steps you should take first -- doing these could inspire the warranty company to pay up. If not, document all you have done and then file a lawsuit.

Can I Return an Adopted Dog to a Shelter?

Adopting a dog is a big responsibility and one not to be undertaken lightly. You have to walk Fido, feed and love the creature, as well as make sure the dog visits the veterinarian as needed.

But what happens if you adopt a dog and discover that this is not what you thought you wanted, or if you're suddenly offered a new job that will keep you on the road all the time? Can you return a pet dog to a shelter?

SEC Warns Investors of Impersonators Offering Fake Relief

Last month, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued a frightening warning to investors who've been the targets of fraud. There are impersonators targeting these victims again, offering fake legal services and other fraudulent relief.

The SEC warns that not all correspondence appearing to come from the agency is real. Whether or not you have been the victim of an investment fraud in the past, be very careful when considering mail supposedly originating from the government. Let's consider what the SEC knows and how you can spot a fake.