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Friday, April 27, 2012

- Arbitration Clauses Favor Companie...

- Arbitration Clauses Favor Companies Over Consumerslapinlawoffices.comBy: Jeffrey LapinApproximately http://ow.ly/1j9Rld

Teen fights cyberbullying by filing l...

Teen fights cyberbullying by filing libel lawsuit against alleged bullies, who w... http://ow.ly/1j9Rle

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaH...

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood requests federal law to ban talking on... http://ow.ly/1j9Rlf

Arbitration Clauses Favor Companies Over Consumers

By: Jeffrey LapinApproximately one year ago, the United States Supreme Court in ATT Mobility LLC v. Concepcion, ... http://bit.ly/Khmxh4

Teen sues classmates for libel over Facebook page - TODAY Tech - TODAY.com

Teen fights cyberbullying by filing libel lawsuit against alleged bullies, who were her classmates, when the school and police said they could not help. This is one of the first reported cases of using a libel suit to stop cyberbullying. If conduct does not occur during school hours there is little most schools can do to stop it. Federal and state laws need to catch up to technology and enact laws to help victims of cyberbullying.

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U.S. ban sought on cell phone use while driving | Reuters

SUMMARY: U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood requests federal law to ban talking on a cell phone or texting while driving any type of vehicle on any road in the country.

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Thursday, April 26, 2012

Appeals Court Judge William Cassel ap...

Appeals Court Judge William Cassel appointed to serve on the Nebraska Supreme Co... http://ow.ly/1j8ekr

- The 10 Big Reasons to Call Lapin L...

- The 10 Big Reasons to Call Lapin Law Officeslapinlawoffices.comBy: Jeffrey LapinIf you have been inj http://ow.ly/1j7DIS

The 10 Big Reasons to Call Lapin Law Offices

By: Jeffrey LapinIf you have been injured, abused or harassed here are 10 reasons why you should call Lapin Law ... http://bit.ly/JsHPc6

Be careful before uploading sensitive...

Be careful before uploading sensitive or private information to Google Drive. Go... http://ow.ly/1j7mZM

Read This Before You Move Your Business to Google Drive

SUMMARY AND COMMENT: Be careful before uploading sensitive or private information to Google Drive. Google's Terms of Service (TOS), which do have some other limitations, permits them worldwide license to: to use, host, store, reproduce, modify, create derivative works (such as those resulting from translations, adaptations or other changes we make so that your content works better with our Services), communicate, publish, publicly perform, publicly display and distribute such content. Google's TOS differ from Dropbox, which does not grant this license.

ADVICE: If you are going to use Google Drive for sensitive, private or confidential information make sure to encrypt it before uploading.

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Kaspersky claims Apple is '10 years behind Microsoft' on security | The Verge

COMMENT: Apple way behind Microsoft on security according to Kaspersky Lab's CEO. Is statement self-serving to sell more anti-virus software or accurate?

Recent Flashback Trojan shows OS X is now under attack. Apple may not be as vulnerable to attacks as Microsoft software due to built-in protections in OS X and the App Store but malware authors are creative and will exploit any opening. These attacks will become worse and more prevalent as Apple gains in market share.

Apple and other developers should be more proactive and start working on more anti-virus/ anti-malware solutions before this occurs so Kaspersky's prediction will not come true and OS X users will not be in the same position XP users were 10 years ago.

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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Outrageous and unlawful debt collecto...

Outrageous and unlawful debt collector allegedly working in ER and sometimes dem... http://ow.ly/1j5Ac4

11% of second hand hard drives contain personal information, study reveals | Naked Security

COMMENT: Reminder that you should completely wipe your hard drive before selling or junking it.

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Debt Collectors Take Places Alongside Hospital Staffs - NYTimes.com

COMMENT: Outrageous and unlawful debt collector allegedly working in ER and sometimes demanding patients pay up before they receive any further medical attention. This clearly violates a patient's rights in many different ways. If allegations are true, debt collector should be severely punished. The hospital should also be punished if they were aware of the alleged conduct and did not stop it from occurring. Worse if they participated.

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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

India is now king of the spammers ove...

India is now king of the spammers overtaking the crown (barely) from the Unite... http://ow.ly/1j2XAc

Efforts underway to improve 911 syste...

Efforts underway to improve 911 system (new system called Next Generation 911) t... http://ow.ly/1j2XAb

India becomes the king of the spammers, stealing America?s crown | Naked Security

SUMMARY AND COMMENT: India is now "king of the spammers" overtaking the crown (barely) from the United States.

It is important to note that vast majority of spam comes from home computers that have been compromised. Users should also be that aware that a lot of these spam messages contain malware or are phishing attempts to obtain your personal information (username, passwords, other information). All computers should have anti-virus and other security software installed and regularly updated. Also be careful opening any suspicious email. Remember if something seems too good to be true it probably is.

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Friday, April 20, 2012

Automakers need to remember the prima...

Automakers need to remember the primary purpose of a vehicle is transportation-...

Automakers: Your High-Tech Dashboards Are Frustrating (and Possibly Dangerous)

COMMENT: Automakers need to remember the primary purpose of a vehicle is transportation- entertainment and other things are secondary.

We have blogged about this very issue several times in the past. You can check out our blog posts on our webiste, www.lapinlawoffices.com:
DOT Proposes Guidelines For Automakers To Reduce Driver Distraction (http://ping.fm/S1WiV) and Distracted Driving: Risks Inside Your New Car or Truck (http://ping.fm/gZxcK).

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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Diminished motor skills: 'Silver tsunami' of elderly drivers prompts tough decisions | Fox News

COMMENT: Elderly drivers pose difficult decisions and issues. Have to focus on safety while avoiding ago discrimination and stereotyping. It would have to be a very difficult to have to take away the "freedom" a car provides from a loved one.

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Monday, April 16, 2012

Survey: Only 11% of drivers admitted ...

Survey: Only 11% of drivers admitted tailgating someone although 74% admit they... http://ow.ly/1iOYbX

Survey: Few drivers admit to being tailgaters

SUMMARY AND COMMENT: Survey: Only 11% of drivers admitted tailgating someone although 74% admit they have been tailgated. Who is doing all the tailgating then?

From: http://content.usatoday.com/communities/driveon/post/2012/04/survey-few-drivers-admit-to-being-tailgaters/1#.T4x98bNYs0k

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Court Halts Alleged Fake Debt Collector Calls from India, Grants FTC Request to Stop Defendants Who Posed as Law Enforcers

SUMMARY AND COMMENT: FTC files action to stop California man from operating a scheme where callers allegedly posed as law enforcement officers to collect on bogus debts. Have allegedly more than $5.2 million from consumers before the FTC stopped scheme.

For tips on protecting yourself from these phantom or fake debt collectors check out our recent blog post: Consumers: 11 Ways To Protect Yourself From Scams (http://ping.fm/ngCPf)

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New study indicates automakers need t...

New study indicates automakers need to rethink child-seat anchor systems (LATCH)... http://ow.ly/1iJ7Dz

New study indicates automakers need t...

New study indicates automakers need to rethink child-seat anchor systems (LATCH)... http://ow.ly/1iJ7DA

IIHS news release

SUMMARY AND COMMENT: New study indicates automakers need to rethink child-seat anchor systems (LATCH). Joint study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute found that only 21 of 98 vehicles tested were easy to use.

Improper installation of a car seat can lead to serious injury or death to a child in an accident.

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Wednesday, April 11, 2012

FCC, law enforcement and carriers agr...

FCC, law enforcement and carriers agree to minimize the usefulness of stolen pho... http://ow.ly/1iHU1E

Study results not very surprising as ...

Study results not very surprising as tax day is stressful and this mental stress... http://ow.ly/1iHU1G

The Consumer Financial Protection Bur...

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's (CFPB) proposed rules would give home... http://ow.ly/1iHU1F

FCC and Wireless Companies Create Stolen Smartphone Database - ABC News

SUMMARY: FCC, law enforcement and carriers agree to minimize the usefulness of stolen phones and will create a database of stolen phones.

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What the proposed mortgage servicing rules could mean for you > Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

SUMMARY: The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's (CFPB) proposed rules would give homeowners more ways to avoid foreclosure and get an accurate accounting of their monthly mortgage payment.

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More people die in fatal car crashes on Tax Day, study finds - HealthPop - CBS News

COMMENT: Study results not very surprising as tax day is stressful and this mental stress can lead to distracted driving.

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Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Smartphone thefts prompt joint effort by carriers, FCC ? USATODAY.com

COMMENT: With the way people use their smartphones today, a thief can access a lot of your personal and financial information if they get your phone. Make sure to protect yourself by password protecting your phone and have remote wipe capability.

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Monday, April 9, 2012

- Consumers: 11 Ways To Protect Your...

- Consumers: 11 Ways To Protect Yourself From Scamslapinlawoffices.comBy: Jeffrey LapinConsumers bewar http://ow.ly/1iGpyc

Consumers: 11 Ways To Protect Yourself From Scams

By: Jeffrey LapinConsumers beware: scammers are lurking everywhere trying to separate you from your money or to ... http://bit.ly/HuxYqi

Good article about your liability for...

Good article about your liability for fraudulent use of your debit and credit card. http://ow.ly/1iGerU

Thursday, April 5, 2012

- Consumers: Beware Of Scamslapinlaw...

- Consumers: Beware Of Scamslapinlawoffices.comBy: Jeffrey Lapin Consumers beware: scammers are workin http://ow.ly/1iANKE

Consumers: Beware Of Scams

By: Jeffrey LapinConsumers beware: scammers are working overtime to separate you from your money and identity. T ... http://bit.ly/HgoVYZ

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

- Did You Know There is No General D...

- Did You Know There is No General Duty to Help Others?lapinlawoffices.comBy: Jeffrey Lapin Generally, http://ow.ly/1ixz5L

Good, basic tips to protecting your o...

Good, basic tips to protecting your online privacy according to the FTC. http://ow.ly/1ixz5M

Good information about The Global Pay...

Good information about The Global Payment breach affecting Visa and MasterCard a... http://ow.ly/1ixz5N

Did You Know There is No General Duty to Help Others?

By: Jeffrey LapinGenerally, no person has a duty to help another in need. Supreme Court Associate Justice Antho ... http://bit.ly/HUPnTd