October 2012 Archives

'Popcorn lung' couple files for Chapter 7 bankruptcy

Several years ago a jury awarded a couple a $20 million verdict following a sensational court case about the devastating medical effects that the husband experienced as a result of exposure to the toxic gas given off by heated butter flavored microwavable popcorn. Now, this same couple is filing for Chapter 7 bankruptcy. The story demonstrates to Mississippians that a financial windfall can actually lead to greater challenges down the road. Fortunately, bankruptcy can be an option.

Mississippi attorney general opposes payday lending bill

The attorney general of Mississippi, Jim Hood, opposes legislation before the United States Congress that concerns payday lending businesses. Although seemingly removed from the lives of many Mississippians and other Americans, the future of such legislation can have significant impact on the repossession of personal property and other financial challenges that individuals may face.

Judge grants Southaven mayor's injunction to stop garnishment

The Southaven mayor recently succeeded in his request for a preliminary injunction in a garnishment action brought by the city. The mayor's success reminds fellow Mississippians that the law can work to your benefit during trying financial times.

Discover ordered to return fees for pressuring credit cardholders

The new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation have brought their third public enforcement action to help repay hundreds of millions of dollars to credit cardholders, including those in Mississippi. The bureau brought the action against Discover Bank for misleading and pressuring credit card customers. Now, those in Mississippi and elsewhere will get some relief from their credit card debt. Consumers will also learn from this story that it is not always their own actions that lead to credit card troubles.

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