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LRIS Panel Attorney Focuses on Consumer Protection

 

By Emmy Pasternak, Community Outreach and Case Development Coordinator, LRIS

 

For over forty years LRIS panel attorney Mark Anderson has been a champion for consumers. A case that LRIS referred to him in the early 1980s sparked his interest in Lemon Law. At that time there were few attorneys in California who handled these cases. According to Anderson, “the law provides adequate remedies for defects in new cars and used cars sold with the balance of a new car warranty. The sale of older and previously-wrecked used cars, especially by corner lot dealers, continues to be a problem.”
In addition to Lemon Law related cases, many cases that Anderson handles fall under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). With his help, an LRIS client recently won damages and had the credit reporting agencies clear her report of a student loan that had been illegally taken out in her name.

Mark AndersonThroughout his career, Anderson has seen an evolution in consumer protection laws but sees a continued need for those laws to be enforced and for consumers to be adequately represented both in government and in the court room. He is hopeful that the Obama administration and the new Federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau will benefit the consumer by championing consumer interests rather than those of big business. In the past, federal law has pre-empted state consumer protection laws and curbed class action suits to the detriment of the consumer.

Consumer cases are difficult to prove and can be costly to litigate but Anderson feels good about the results he obtains for his clients and lucky that he can make a living doing what he is passionate about.

If you are an attorney seeking new opportunities to meet with prospective clients, please contact us at www.sfbar.org/LRIS. for membership information or call our Membership Coordinator at 415-782-9000 x8750. If you cannot assist an inquirer who contacts your law firm, consider LRIS as the trusted source for referrals to attorneys with verified experience. The number to call is 415-989-1616 or email inquiries can be submitted at www.sfbar.org/LRIS.

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