For Immediate Release
Contact: James Kearney, Development
July 18, 2012
Funds to Establish Consumer Protection
A donation resulting from a consumer class
action has helped create an innovative
Consumer Protection Attorney post.
Consumer attorney Cary L. Flitter,
center, of the Narberth, PA law firm Flitter
Lorenz, P.C. presents a check for $185,321,
to MidPenn Legal Services Executive Director
Rhodia D. Thomas, on left.
The funds are part of a
settlement valued at over $10 million
from a successful challenge to an auto
lender’s repossession practices.
Attorney Thomas expressed her
gratitude to Attorney Flitter, “This is a
significant win for local low-income
consumers. Establishing this new post will
help a lot of poor families with serious
consumer problems. This economy is tough on
everyone but the families at the bottom are
suffering the most.”
MidPenn Legal Services, which provides free
legal aid to the poor in civil matters, will
use the donation to establish a Consumer
Protection Attorney position, to be filled
by Attorney Nancy L. Datres, on right, of
the Harrisburg MidPenn office.
Attorney Flitter said, “It is great
to see consumers get increased access to
Mr. Flitter was in Harrisburg on July
17 to help train MidPenn attorneys in
spotting consumer issues.
MidPenn Legal Services is the “legal
emergency room for the poor,” a legal safety
net for very low-income families in Central
MidPenn provides help in civil law
matters including: domestic violence,
custody, housing, health care, consumer,
elder law and public benefits.
Last year MidPenn handled nearly
15,000 cases in 18 counties in Central
Pennsylvania at an average cost of less than
$600 per case.