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Examining FMLA Entitlements

Posted by Manfred P. MueckeFeb 18, 20210 Comments

Outside of perhaps a pregnancy, you cannot anticipate experiencing health issues that require you to involve yourself in extensive recuperative therapy (either your own or that of a family member). If and when such a need arises, your immediate fear will likely be what the impact might be on your...

Do You Have a Case for Employee Misclassification?

Posted by Manfred P. MueckeFeb 08, 20210 Comments

Sometimes, an employer may misclassify all workers as a way to save money. When you work as an independent contractor, your employer does not have to provide you with benefits nor pay employment taxes on your earnings. It can be a huge draw to employers to try to work the system by misclassifying...

Do You Know How Much Your Credit Costs?

Posted by Manfred P. MueckeFeb 02, 20210 Comments

Not only is using a credit card an easy way to purchase groceries, goods, and other essential items, but it also may be an effective strategy for building a strong credit score. Still, reaching for your credit card to make payments or peer-to-peer transfers through Venmo, PayPal or other apps may...

A Closer Look at Ponzi Schemes

Posted by Manfred P. MueckeJan 07, 20210 Comments

Many times, a scam can seem legitimate because it has some aspects that are quite believable. Ponzi schemes are one such scam that can easily trick people into thinking it is something real and has the potential to be lucrative.  The FBI explains that the promises of riches someone makes as part ...

Did Your Chevy Bolt Battery Catch Fire?

Posted by Manfred P. MueckeDec 07, 20200 Comments

In November, General Motors recalled nearly 70,000 Chevrolet Bolt vehicles after reports of the electric car's battery catching fire. Now a class-action lawsuit filed in the Northern District of Illinois blames GM for negligence and fraud, alleging that the manufacturer knowingly distributed cars...

How Is a “Class” Defined?

Posted by Manfred P. MueckeDec 02, 20200 Comments

Like many people in California, you may hear news of a class action lawsuit occurring and simply define it as a lawsuit filed on behalf of a group of people (as opposed to an individual plaintiff). While that assumption may be true in a general sense, there are specific criteria a group must meet...

In what ways can a product be defective?

Posted by Manfred P. MueckeNov 17, 20200 Comments

In California, you buy products expecting that they are safe for consumer use. In most cases, this holds true. But in some, you might end up picking a defective product that can do you serious harm.  It is important to understand the ways in which a product can have defects. This allows you to de...

Debt Collection Fraud: What Do You Need to Know?

Posted by Manfred P. MueckeNov 04, 20200 Comments

If you received a phone call or letter in the mail telling you that you owe an outstanding debt, you may hurry to resolve it so that this so-called debt does not ruin your credit. Do not be too hasty. Debt collection fraud is increasingly common. According to Investopedia, debt collection fraud e...

2 Common Types of Investment Fraud

Posted by Manfred P. MueckeNov 02, 20200 Comments

If you are like most Americans, you have invested money at some point over the years. Unfortunately, that can make you vulnerable. According to a 2016 study, 10% of U.S. investors experience investment fraud. But what is it? In short, investment fraud involves deception: someone gives false infor...

What Types of Defects Can a Product Have?

Posted by Manfred P. MueckeOct 21, 20200 Comments

California residents like you expect that when you buy items, they are safe for use. After all, consumer products go through rigorous testing before mass production and sale to the public.  Unfortunately, mistakes do happen, though. It is possible to get a defective product. These products, when ...

What Are Your Rights as an Insured in California?

Posted by Manfred P. MueckeSep 07, 20200 Comments

Driving on California roads, highways and freeways is a risky endeavor. Despite your attention and care, there is a high probability of being involved in a crash. If you do sustain injuries or property damage in a car accident, it is important that you understand your rights and responsibilities ...

What Are the Benefits of a Class Action Lawsuit?

Posted by Manfred P. MueckeSep 05, 20200 Comments

Class action lawsuits allow individuals to come together as a group to file a lawsuit against the same company they were similarly harmed by. For example, if you were the victim of defective products, employment discrimination, breach of contract, or false advertising, you can join other people s...

4 Common Warning Signs of Investor Fraud

Posted by Manfred P. MueckeSep 02, 20200 Comments

Investment fraud occurs when you participate in an investment someone else falsifies. In many cases of investment fraud, the investor targets a specific group, such as a certain ethnic or religious group, to build trust and momentum for the scheme.  Since 2014, the U.S. Sentencing Commission stat...

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