Featured Database: Consumer Law Manuals

Interested in consumer law?  Check out this comprehensive treatise set published by the National Consumer Law Center.  The print manuals, which are revised or supplemented annually, provide detailed analyses of federal laws, cases, regulations, and agency interpretations and letters.  Appendices include summaries of state laws, UCC provisions, relevant federal statutes and regulations, pleadings, and practice aids.  The Pleadings volume is an index to all the pleadings included in all the substantive volumes.  (Search each title separately in the library catalog: the treatises are catalogued and shelved separately.)

The companion web resource comprises individual sites for each manual and a comprehensive site that allows searching across the entire series.  The companion sites include the appendices from the print volumes plus additional materials, such as IRS forms, client handouts, and calculator software.  Search aids include keyword searches, expanding tables of contents, and, for some titles, a specialized pleadings finder.  The websites do not include the full text of the treatise chapters.  However, a keyword search at the NCLC will lead to the volumes and page numbers in the appropriate print manual.  This is a useful tool to check, for example, whether a case or statute discussed in your principal area of interest also appears in other contexts.

The NCLC Consumer Law Manuals and companion websites combine to deliver a complete, robust source for both research and practice materials.  The eighteen manuals cover the following topics:

  • Consumer Bankruptcy Law and Practice
  • Fair Debt Collection
  • Foreclosures
  • Repossessions
  • Student Loan Law
  • Access to Utility Service
  • Truth in Lending
  • Fair Credit Reporting
  • The Cost of Credit
  • Consumer Banking and Payments Law
  • Credit Discrimination
  • Collection Actions
  • Consumer Class Actions
  • Consumer Arbitration Agreements
  • Unfair and Deceptive Acts and Practices
  • Automobile Fraud
  • Consumer Warranty Law
  • Consumer Law Pleadings


New and Notable: The Night Circus

1-ba07b7651dNotable: Erin Morgenstern, The Night Circus  (Doubleday 2011) PS3613.O74875N54  2010

“Debut author Morgenstern doesn’t miss a beat in this smashing tale of greed, fate, and love set in a turn of the 20th-century circus. Celia is a five-year-old with untrained psychokinetic powers when she is unceremoniously dumped on her unsuspecting father, Hector Bowen, better known as Le Cirque des Reves’ Prospero the Entertainer. Hector immediately hatches a sinister scheme for Celia: pit her against a rival’s young magician in an epic battle of magic that will, by design, result in the death of one of the players, though neither Celia nor her adversary, Marco, is informed of the inevitable outcome. What neither Hector nor his rival count on is that Celia and Marco will eventually fall in love. Their mentors—Marco’s mentor, Alexander, plucked him from the London streets due to his psychic abilities—attempt to intervene with little success as Celia and Marco barrel toward an unexpected and oddly fitting conclusion. Supporting characters—such as Bailey, a farm boy who befriends a set of twins born into the circus who will drastically influence his future; Isobel, a circus employee and onetime girlfriend of Marco’s; and theatrical producer Chandresh Christophe Lefèvre—are perfectly realized and live easily in a giant, magical story destined for bestsellerdom. This is an electric debut on par with Special Topics in Calamity Physics” From Publisher’s Weekly