Center Updates


April 27, 2021

On April 27, Executive Director Ted Mermin testified in the U.S. House Subcommittee on Consumer Protection and Commerce on the "Consumer Protection and Recovery Act".  The proposed legislation would restore core regulatory powers to the FTC that were removed by the Supreme Court's recent decision in AMG Capital Mgmt v.

April 22, 2021

On Tuesday, 138 scholars from 43 states and the District of Columbia — including the Center’s Executive Director Ted Mermin — sent a letter to Congress urging it to use the Congressional Review Act (CRA) to overturn the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency’s (OCC’s) final rule on National Banks and Federal Savings Associations as Lenders, known as also the “true lender” rule.

April 8, 2021

The Center successfully sought publication of the opinion in Peviani v. Arbors at California Oak, a decision from the Fourth Appellate District, Division Two, allowing a group of tenants to bring a class action lawsuit for breaches of the implied warranty of habitability, false advertising, and other claims. 

March 31, 2021

On Friday, March 26, 2021, the Center for Consumer Law & Economic Justice, Berkeley Law’s Consumer Advocacy and Protection Society (CAPS), and the National Association of Consumer Advocates (NACA) hosted the first-ever Consumer Law Students Summit.

March 25, 2021

All around the country, Americans are receiving a new round of American Rescue Plan payments in their bank accounts — only, in many states, to have the payments seized by debt collectors. Fortunately, Californians do not have to worry.

March 23, 2021

On March 10, 2021, the Center joined an amicus brief in the Supreme Court of the United States in TransUnion v. Ramirez in support of class action plaintiffs who sued TransUnion because their credit reports were cross-referenced with a terrorist list based only on their names. The Housing Clinic of Jerome N.

March 9, 2021

On March 4-5, the Center welcomed over one hundred consumer law experts and enthusiasts from across the country and the world to the third annual (and hopefully only totally virtual) convening of the Consumer Law Scholars Conference.

February 19, 2021

The Center, along with Berkeley Law professor Claudia Polsky, filed an amicus brief in National Wheat Growers Association v. Becerra, a case challenging California’s Prop 65 warning requirement on products containing glyphosate. Glyphosate is the main ingredient in Monsanto’s weed-killer, Roundup, and has been identified by the International Agency for Research on Cancer as a probable carcinogen.

February 18, 2021

Yesterday U.S. Representative Katie Porter (D, CA) "stopped by" for a virtual conversation on consumer protection. The event was co-sponsored by the Center, Berkeley's Consumer Advocacy & Protection Society, the Civil Justice Research Initiative, and Berkeley Law's chapter of the American Constitution Society.  Take a look below!

February 11, 2021

The Center successfully sought publication of Maldonado v. Fast Auto Loans, a decision holding that a lender charging unconscionable interest rates could not force arbitration of a class action seeking an injunction providing broad-based protection against future harm to consumers.

February 9, 2021

Ted Mermin Named Center’s Executive Director

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February 2, 2021

The Center successfully sought publication of Cabatit v. Sunnova Energy Corp., a decision from the Third Appellate District holding that the arbitration clause in a door-to-door solar panel contract was unconscionable and therefore unenforceable. 

January 15, 2021

Just before the holiday season last year, the Center filed an amicus brief on behalf of Professor Adam J. Levitin of Georgetown Law in People of the State of California, et al. v. The OCC to support a challenge to the OCC’s “valid-when-made” rule.

December 14, 2020

On Friday, the Center filed an amicus brief in the California Supreme Court in Serova v. Sony, a case that threatens to undermine the state’s deceptive advertising laws. Increasingly, commercial defendants in false advertising cases have been filing anti-SLAPP motions, claiming that their free speech rights are being threatened.

December 8, 2020

On December 7, 2020, the Center joined a coalition of consumer advocates in an amicus brief filed in support of the Federal Trade Commission in FTC v.

December 7, 2020

The week after Thanksgiving, a remarkable group of advocates from across the country came together for the first-ever Economic Justice Policy Advocates Conference. The Center hosted the virtual conference along with the National Consumer Law Center, Maryland Consumer Rights Coalition, National Association of Consumer Advocates, Texas Appleseed, and Center for Responsible Lending. 


November 3, 2020

The Second District Court of Appeal granted the Center’s request to publish Swain v. LaserAway Medical Group, a decision holding that LaserAway’s arbitration contract was unconscionable and therefore unenforceable. The Center was joined on its amicus letter by the Katharine & George Alexander Community Law Center at Santa Clara Law, National Consumer Law Center, Public Law Center, and Public Counsel.

October 30, 2020

It has been a year of upheaval and insecurity, of racial injustice and financial crisis. We have believed from the Center’s founding that economic injustice underlies many of the most urgent problems faced by this nation. And we have worked steadily ever since to address those problems, in partnership with students and faculty, with allied organizations, and with the Center’s broad and growing community of supporters.

We are proud to tell you what we have been up to, and grateful that you have been there with us every step of the way.

September 22, 2020

On September 15, 2020, the California Court of Appeal (Fourth District, Division 3) granted the Center’s request to publish Mejia v. DACM, a decision holding that the arbitration clause in a consumer credit contract was unenforceable.