Aspen Publishing

Modern Consumer Law

Katherine Porter


  • ISBN: 9781454825036

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    Modern Consumer Law is a lively, concise, problem-focused text on contemporary consumer law. It is the only text on the market conceptualized after Dodd-Frank and its creation of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. The book takes a functional approach to consumer law, looking at types of transactions such as mortgages as well as kinds of laws such as disclosure rules.  It examines core theoretical questions in an accessible way, revealing consumer law as a series of statutes built on the common law foundations of contract and tort. Organized into 28 class-sized assignments, the book is easy to adapt to a teacher’s preferences in terms of focus and class credits. The problems provide students with the opportunity to apply statutes to realistic situations and ask them to consider the perspectives of consumers, businesses, and lawmakers. Katherine Porter is a national expert in consumer law and a co-author of Wolter Kluwer’s The Law of Debtors and Creditors.

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    Page Count 648
    Published 05/27/2016
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    Summary of Contents


    CHAPTER 1   Overview of Consumer Law
        Assignment 1: What is Consumer Law? 
        Assignment 2: Who is a Consumer? 
        Assignment 3: Who Makes Consumer Law? 

    CHAPTER 2   Consumer Meets Business: Getting into the Deal
        Assignment 4: Solicitations
        Assignment 5: Advertising
        Assignment 6: Consumer Privacy and Identity Theft
        Assignment 7: Credit Reporting      
        Assignment 8: Credit Discrimination

    CHAPTER 3   Doing the Deal: Terms and Financing
        Assignment 9: Unfair or Deceptive Acts or Practices
        Assignment 10: Warranties 
        Assignment 11: Usury
        Assignment 12: Credit Cost Disclosures
        Assignment 13: Home Purchases
        Assignment 14: Home Mortgages
        Assignment 15: Credit Cards
        Assignment 16: Automobile Transactions
        Assignment 17: Payday Loans
        Assignment 18: Student Loans
        Assignment 19: Internet Transactions
        Assignment 20: Banking and Payments

    CHAPTER 4   The Deal Goes Awry: Enforcement
        Assignment 21: Creditor Remedies 
        Assignment 22: Debtor Rights
        Assignment 23: Debt Collection Abuses
        Assignment 24: Public Enforcement
        Assignment 25: Private Enforcement
        Assignment 26: Alternate Dispute Resolution

    CHAPTER 5       Consumer Law Policymaking
        Assignment 27: Understanding Consumer Behavior
        Assignment 28: Perspectives on Consumer Law
        Assignment 29: The Future of Consumer Law

  • Author Information

    Katherine Porter

    Professor Katherine Porter has been recognized for both her academic and service work, including selection as one of the Top 100 Lawyers in California in 2012 and receipt of the Champion of Consumer Rights Award from the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys. In 2012, Professor Porter was appointed by California Attorney General Kamala Harris to be the state's independent monitor of banks in a nationwide $25 billion mortgage settlement. She has been a principal investigator in several original empirical projects on consumer bankruptcy and has testified before Congress on consumer credit issues. Professor Porter is a co-author of The Law of Debtors and Creditors (Wolters Kluwer 2014) and the editor of Broke: How Debt Bankrupts the Middle Class (Stanford Press 2012). She previously was on the faculty at the University of Iowa College of Law and has been a visiting professor at Harvard Law School and UC Berkeley Law.

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