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Does The IRS Owe You Interest?

POSTED: William PinilisJune 15, 2016 at 12:00 PM / Consumer Rights

Most Americans live in fear of missing the April 15th filing deadline because the IRS imposes consequences on taxpayers such as late-filing penalties, late-payment penalties, and interest on overdue tax bills. But what happens when the IRS misses a deadline for paying your return?

Fighting Medical Billing Errors

Medical billing errors are far more common than you think.  Some studies suggest that four out of five medical bills contain errors, while another estimates that $68 billion in healthcare spending is erroneously charged.

Know Your Rights When Fighting a Billing Error

POSTED: William PinilisMay 27, 2016 at 12:00 PM / Consumer Rights, Debt Collectors, Debt Collection

It is important for you to know your consumer rights, especially if you need to dispute a charge on a bill. There are plenty of dubious bill collectors out there who don’t care if you have a billing error on your account; they just want your money.

Telemarketer in Trouble for 1.3 Million Illegal Robocalls

POSTED: William PinilisMarch 17, 2016 at 11:29 AM / Consumer Rights, Legal

The Department of Justice has filed suit against a telemarketer that hounded consumers about solar panels. His companies made about 1.3 million robocalls to people trying to pressure them into buying solar panels even though they were on the Do Not Call list.

Will the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Put an End to Forced Arbitration?

POSTED: William PinilisMarch 2, 2016 at 11:48 AM / Consumer Rights, Forced Arbitration

Change is in the air. If you have a credit card, then you've been forced to give up your constitutional right to sue the card issuer. Maybe, just maybe, that is about to change.

How to Fight Zombie Debt

POSTED: William PinilisFebruary 29, 2016 at 10:00 AM / Fraud, Consumer Rights

Consumers should be wary when zombie debt pops up because there's a good chance it could turn out to be a scam. Zombie debt is old debt that has been purchased by debt collectors hoping to intimidate consumers into paying the debt. If you're contacted by a collection agency about an old debt, don't give in...

Are You Signing Away Your Parent’s Right To Sue Their Nursing Home?

POSTED: William PinilisFebruary 25, 2016 at 12:04 PM / Consumer Rights, Consumer News, Forced Arbitration, Legal

When elderly parents are no longer able to make medical decisions for themselves, their children are frequently named medical proxies. But does this authority over a parent’s medical care carry over to signing legally binding contracts? And are you signing away your parent’s right to sue their nursing home?

BMW Class Action Suit Nears Completion

POSTED: William PinilisJanuary 11, 2016 at 11:40 AM / Consumer Rights, Class Action, Consumer News

The class action complaint against BMW of North America, LLC that arose from alleged defects in the MINI Cooper is coming to an end. The class action suit was brought from Plaintiffs Joshua Skeen and Laurie Freeman, represented by Jeffrey Alan Koncius, Kiesel Larson LLP & William J. Pinilis, Pinilis Halpern.

Judge Blesses BMW's Mini Cooper Class Settlement

POSTED: William PinilisJanuary 7, 2016 at 1:30 PM / Consumer Rights, Class Action, Consumer News

According to Senior U.S. District Judge William H. Walls’ opinion filed on Wednesday in New Jersey federal court, BMW of North America LLC could end up paying more than $30 million to settle a proposed consumer class action over allegedly defective engines in Mini Coopers.

Consumer Protection Unit Promises Tougher Criminal Enforcement

POSTED: William PinilisDecember 21, 2015 at 9:30 AM / Consumer Rights, Consumer News, Consumer Protection

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