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Law: QuickStart Guide

This guide is intended to serve as a starting point for finding legal information and is intended for public library users and librarians.

A-Z Consumer Topics

Middlesex Sheriff Subpoena Scam.  This was posted October 24, 2019.  Use the search bar to find other scams.


Equifax Breach

In September of 2017, Equifax announced it experienced a data breach, which impacted the personal information of approximately 147 million people. A federal court is considering a proposed class action settlement submitted on July 22, 2019, that, if approved by the Court, would resolve lawsuits brought by consumers after the data breach. Equifax denies any wrongdoing, and no judgment or finding of wrongdoing has been made.

Rights and Options. 

Check Your Eligibility for a Claim.  Search your name.


Complaints and Consumer Help

If you feel you have been wrongly treated, here are state and federal resources on filing complaints.  Local police departments also deal with complaints and have forms.  Do your homework first!  Read through a topic!

The Official Website of the Office of Consumer Affairs & Business Regulation (OCABR)

Consumer Law Center

Citizens Guide to State Services

Easy Legal Websites

Follow this PowerPoint presentation for quick access to consumer protection information.

Federal Reserve System

Consumer Information


Fuel Economy - the official government source for fuel economy information

Insurance Guides for Consumers

Downloadable PDF guides for buying insurance: auto, earthquake, home, life insurance, cancer, medigap, longterm care, annuities.

Home Renovations

The risk: A contractor gets injured while working on your property.

Reduce your risk: Make sure anyone working in your home is licensed and has both liability insurance and workers’ compensation covering themselves and their employees. Make sure that any subcontractors hired also have adequate insurance.  --from Consumer Reports Online.

Licensed Professionals & Companies

Massachusetts Attorney General's Office

Link to Consumer Resources, Public Safety, Doing Business in Massachusetts, Government Resources and Bureaus handling Victim Services, Medicaid Fraud, Cyber Crime and more.

Recalls & Consumer Information


Shopping Online

Sampling of Books for Consumers

Petition the White House

Browse for a petition, start a petition, take action and build support to get enough signatures.