CarMax -- the largest retailer of used cars in the nation -- continues to sell unsafe recalled vehicles, deceptively advertised as having passed a rigorous "125+ point inspection" and qualifying to be sold as "CarMax Quality Certified" vehicles, without bothering to get the lethal safety defects repaired first.
Bad brakes? So what.
Loss of steering? Oh, well.
Catching on fire? Big deal.
Exposing their customers and all who share the roads to being maimed and killed? Not something they care about.
We worked with ABC's 20/20 on their excellent undercover investigative report, which they courageously went ahead and broadcast, despite enormous pressure from CarMax. While the network didn't post the report on their website, they did provide CARS with a DVD. We've posted an excerpt on our YouTube channel and have been promoting it. It has now received over 475,000 views.
If you agree these incredibly reckless practices should be exposed, and the public should be warned -- and CarMax should be pressured to stop engaging in these illegal practices -- please share the link around:
Great story in "The Hill" about the one weird trick that corporate criminals like Wells use to cover their tracks . . . a very common trick consumers must know how to spot!
Wells Fargo's scandalous practice of secretly opening more than 2 million sham deposit and credit card accounts dragged on for at least five years.
The Los Angeles Times also has an excellent piece
"Even in fraud cases, Wells Fargo customers are locked into arbitration"
on the absurdity of forcing crime victims into arbitration with the wrongdoer, updated because of the latest revelations about the huge scale of Wells Fargo's racket.
For more information, contact Amanda Werner,
BALDLY ADMITTED: Why businesses want consumers and employees forced into arbitration (Answer: Because it's a stacked deck against consumers and employees, and businesses know it.)
In this this recent Orange County Register article about California’s equal pay rules, one local [employer-side] labor lawyer explains that he advises his clients to make their employees sign arbitration agreements, thereby preventing them from being able to sue if/when they have a legal dispute over their wages.
Fighting Financial Fraud
2:30 p.m. Tuesday, September 6
Salem Public Library,
Anderson Room B
Salem Public Library welcomes Ellen Klem, who will discuss steps we all can and should take to protect ourselves from becoming targets of consumer fraud.
Although aimed at a general audience, this presentation may be of particular interest to older adults, Oregonians whose first language is not English, and students who have incurred significant education related debt.
Ellen Klem is the Director of Consumer Education and Outreach for the Oregon Department of Justice. Her mission is simple-prevent financial harm to Oregonians.
This event is just one of a series of programs associated with a traveling exhibit, Thinking Money, that will be on display at Salem Public Library throughout September. Thinking Money is designed to teach tweens, teens and the adults in their lives about financial topics like saving, spending, and avoiding fraud. Thinking Money was created by the American Library Association (ALA) in partnership with the FINRA Investor Education Foundation.
Mark Your Calendar for Year-End Shopping -- Weekend BEFORE Thanksgiving is when the best gifts are found at Empty Bowls! (Nov. 19/20)
Don't Pay a "Relief" Company to do what the feds will do for you for free
New data show student loan borrowers who pay for help shell out more than $600 on average for federal services they can get for free.
Student Debt Crisis and NerdWallet has released a new report,
Student Loan Relief Companies Cash in on Confusion
to highlight the predatory practices of debt relief companies. (Click the title above to read the full report.)
NerdWallet analyzed 6,363 survey responses from an email survey, with 6,230 of the respondents getting from an email from Student Debt Crisis, and 133 received the email through Higher Ed, Not Debt.
Homecare Choice Program lets you find options for home health care and other services to let you remain at home, such as personal care, household tasks, companionship, pet care, transportation and medication assistance.
The website asks a series of questions to help you figure out what services you need, and then it offers you prescreened (background check) and qualified caregivers from the Commission’s Registry Services.
And the site helps you with the paperwork you need to be a household employer of a homecare worker. For those who qualify, the state pays for the workers’ compensation coverage. The website explains how you can get a help to learn how to complete employer tax forms, pay the caregiver, withhold and report payroll taxes, and issue W-2 statements. (This service costs about $22 an hour for people who do not qualify for Medicaid).
Access www.HomecareChoiceOregon.com, call 1.844.494.4227
or send an email to email@example.com.
If you or a loved one is considering a nursing home, get their admission contract NOW, BEFORE you need it, and then read it closely so you can fix it before signing it
Advocate for nursing home quality offers tips on how to choose a facility
Aging Edge: Once you decide the place you want, is there anything important to consider during the admissions process?
Menio: One thing people should be aware of is admissions contracts almost universally have an arbitration agreement in them [in which people give up their right to sue the facility] and we tell people they should be concerned about that. If there was bad care, and you thought it was egregious, you wouldn’t be able to go to an attorney to file something. I crossed it out on the admissions form when I placed my mother, which you can do, but I think most people sign and they’re not even aware of it. It’s part of this big, long contract given to people who are under a lot of stress when coming in, and they just want to get it over with.
John Gear is a Salem attorney in solo practice