Consumer Advocacy

    • A Pennsylvania tenant’s right to recover a security deposit.

      Under Pennsylvania’s Landlord and Tenant Act of 1951, 68 P.S. ‘250.101, et. Seq., a landlord may require a security deposit to be held for tenant caused damages and possible past due rent. See 68 P.S. §250.511 and §250.512. A security deposit is not the same as rent. It is money that actually belongs to the tenant, but is held by the landlord for tenant-caused damages and sometimes past-due rent.

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    • Pennsylvania consumers protections under the Fair Credit Extension Uniformity Act

      In previous blogs, I have discussed the protections provided consumers under the Federal Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (“FDCPA”). The FDCPA is a powerful deterrence to unscrupulous debt collectors and unlawful debt collection practices. The FDCPA is a comprehensive and reticulated statutory scheme, involving clear definitions, precise requirements, and particularized remedies.

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  • When the Lights Go Out – Black Sky Power Outage Mass Event – Preparedness

    …, national and global scale hazards to lifeline infrastructures. If you or your business have legal questions or concerns regarding disaster preparedness, computer law, privacy, or cybersecurity law matters, contact attorney Jeffrey A. Franklin at Prince Law Offices. Learn more about preparedness at EARTH EX 2017. Tell us how you are preparing in the comments. …

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  • Stick with Security – Part 1

    … FEASIBLE, OFFER CONSUMERS MORE SECURE CHOICES. Think through your data collection practices both in the day-to-day operation of your business and in the products, services, apps, etc., you offer consumers. Design your products to collect sensitive information only if it’s necessary for functionality and clearly explain your practices to consumers up…

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  • FTC Cybersecurity Roundtables with Small Businesses

    … The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is hosting small business owners in a series of public roundtables across the United States to discuss the most pressing challenges small businesses face in protecting the security of their computers and networks. The Engage, Connect, and Protect Initiative: Small Business and Data Security Roundtables are part…

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  • Is the USPTO really contacting your company? Maybe not.

    … If your business has taken steps to protect your intellectual property with patents or trademarks, you’ve probably had correspondence or communications with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). But some businesses report receiving letters or emails that look to be from the USPTO, but really aren’t. Prince Law Offices, P.C., the Federal…

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  • PUC Announces Appointments to Consumer Advisory Council

    … to the public. Members serve without compensation. Prince Law Offices, P.C. thanks each member for your service. To learn how Prince Law Offices, P.C. can assist you or your business with energy, real estate, or PUC matters including representation in rate cases, contact attorney Jeffrey A. Franklin at Prince Law Offices, P.C. …

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  • Someone Stole your Phone?

    … Identity theft can happen to anyone. Last week the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) published an article based on a true story from one if its fraud investigators who had her phone stolen. She provided tips you can take to protect your digital identity: Smart Phone: Lock your phone. Use at least a 6-digit passcode on your device, or use…

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  • Is it Time to Appeal Your Property Assessment?

    … Your home or business property tax bill may have arrived recently and like many of us, you wonder if you are paying more than your fair share. How do you tell? What can you do? What is an assessment? In Pennsylvania, real estate assessment is the value the county assigns to your property. The assessment is used to determine how much you pay…

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  • PUC to Investigate Rate Increase Request by PA-American Water Co.

    … The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) recently voted to suspend and investigate a rate increase request by Pennsylvania- American Water Company (PAWC). The Commission voted 5-0 to investigate the request for an annual revenue increase of approximately $107.9 million, or 16.4 percent. The request is suspended for up to seven months…

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  • Your Turn to Help Reduce Regulation and Control Regulatory Costs

    … On May 30, 2017, the Department of Energy (“DOE”) published a request for information (“RFI”) soliciting guidance on regulations that should be modified or repealed to reduce burdens and costs. This is part of a government-wide initiative to overhaul the federal government’s regulatory regime, set in motion with an executive order signed…

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  • Is Computer Tech Support Really Calling to Help You?

    … support scammers’ modus operandi is to run ads that resemble pop-up security alerts from Microsoft, Apple, or other companies. Consumers are warned that their computers are infected with viruses or are under hack attack. Some pop-ups even feature a countdown clock, supposedly showing the time remaining before the hard drive will be fried – unless…

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