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September 1, 2021

The Center successfully petitioned the First District Court of Appeal to publish Duncan v. Kihagi, a decision affirming a multimillion-dollar judgment in favor of a family of residential tenants against their former landlords for wrongful eviction and harassment.

Cover of Center's 2021 annual report, featuring image of South Addition of Berkeley Law.   See highlights from the past in year in the Center's

August 17, 2021

Cover of Published Justice Project 2020-2021 ReportLed by staff attorney Eliza Duggan and supported by Justice Catalyst, the Center — joined by a raft of notable nonprofit organizations — is working to guide the development of consumer law in California through its

July 21, 2021

The Center applauds the U.S. House of Representatives’ passage of H.R. 2668, the Consumer Protection and Recovery Act, which cleared the body by a vote of 221-205 yesterday and now moves to the Senate.  The bipartisan legislation would restore the Federal Trade Commission's core regulatory function — getting money back to consumers from whom it was unlawfully taken — which the Supreme Court severely hindered this past spring in its decision in AMG Capital Management v.

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.