Counsel for the Deceived

Counsel for the Deceived

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Protect the consumer. Stop the schemes and ripoffs. Make the law work for the little guy. All easier said than done.... Memoirs and case studies on fraud and consumer protection from a lawyer who helped start New York City's first consumer watchdog agency. Schrag came into office expecting to initiate a new system, which would at last defend the powerless consumer. Instead, he discovered how both petty criminals and big corporations are able to use the law, the courts, and the general feeling favoring the status quo to delay and blunt any attacks made upon them. The book tells the fascinating and amusing story of how Schrag's young lawyers and investigators became disillusioned by observing the gap between the promise of the legal system and its actual performance -- and how, in reaction, they invented unprecedented methods of consumer protection, some of which cause Schrag himself to question their ethical propriety. Enjoyable as the stories are, their purpose is to raise serious and basic questions about our legal process and its ability to secure consumer justice, or even qlaw and order.q This book is a unique demonstration of a rare ability to report true crime as it occurs in everyday life. It is a witty and perceptive analysis of the actual working of our government and our courts.For example, doorto door selling, furniture retailing in lowincome areas, and automobile and appliance repair are among ... The Department recently found thatit had obtained sixtynine convictions in three years against a Staten Island parkinganbsp;...

Title:Counsel for the Deceived
Author:Philip G. Schrag
Publisher:Quid Pro Books - 2011-10-15


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