Andrew, Camille, and Kristi had a great time at the Legal Aid Justice Center’s dinner to support raising women out of poverty. What an amazing opportunity to hear about all the ways Legal Aid Justice Center is changing the Commonwealth for the better for those most in need! Partner Kristi Kelly was the MC of the event, and Kelly & Crandall was proud to sponsor the event.
Kelly & Crandall in partnership with the Virginia Poverty Law Center is excited to announce that over 800 low-income Virginians will have judgments vacated and dismissed from a settlement challenging the lending practices of a local lender. Kelly & Crandall waived our attorneys’ fees and costs in order to negotiate an assignment of all judgments to the Virginia Poverty Law Center.
Article Written by Jeremy Lazarus RichmondFreePress.com
“Hundreds of low-income Richmond area residents will benefit from the settlement of a lawsuit challenging the lending practices of Advance ‘Til Payday, a company that charges up to 960 percent interest on loans of $100 to $300.
The settlement will result in the dismissal of at least 50 garnishment actions and 800 judgments that Advance ‘Til Payday had obtained in court against borrowers who defaulted on the loans, according to Jay Speer of the Virginia Poverty Law Center, which brought the suit.
“That’s the most important result,” said Mr. Speer, who teamed with Kristi Kelly of the law firm of Kelly & Crandall of Fairfax.
“I think this is the first time that a company has agreed to turn over its judgments in a case like this,” he said.
He said the dismissal of the judgments could help improve the credit ratings of those involved.
U.S. SUPREME COURT AFFIRMS PRIVACY RIGHTS IN ‘SPOKEO’ DECISION
Written by Paul Bland
“Corporations took a shot at gutting America’s privacy laws, and they missed.
Every justice agreed – the decision is unanimous – that consumers can bring claims for statutory damages (where Congress says that if a corporation breaks some law, it must pay a fixed sum, even if the claims are hard to prove), even if the consumer has not lost money or suffered a personal injury.
Corporate advocates had asked the Supreme Court to gut the nation’s privacy laws. They argued even consumers alleging that false statements had been made about them did not have a right to bring a case in federal court unless they could show an economic harm. The Court refused to take that step, and rejected the conclusion that corporate defenders sought in this case.
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