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Allison Zieve
Allison Zieve is the director of Public Citizen Litigation Group and Public Citizen's Supreme Court Assistance Project.
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BBC News reports: HSBC has reached a $470m [] settlement with the US government and states related to dubious mortgage lending and foreclosure practices that contributed to the financial crisis. The agreement includes a $100m fine and $370m in consumer... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at CL&P Blog
Senator Patrick Leahy (VT) and Senator Al Franken (MN) introduced a bill Thursday that would strictly limit the companies' ability to impose arbitration clauses on consumers and workers. The Restoring Statutory Rights Act would prevent civil rights cases, employment disputes... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at CL&P Blog
The Washington Post reports today that the food industry is pressuring Congress to block vermont' GMO-labeling law before it goes into effect in July. "The food industry wants Congress to pre-empt Vermont’s law and bar mandatory labeling of genetically modified... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at CL&P Blog
The Washington Post reports on two new airbag recalls: Automakers to recall 5M vehicles for another air bag problem Another problem has developed with automotive air bags, this one resulting in recalls of up to 5 million vehicles worldwide. Continental... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at CL&P Blog
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau announced today: [CFPB] is taking steps to improve checking account access amidst Bureau concerns that consumers are being sidelined by the lack of account options and by inaccurate information used to screen potential customers. Today... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at CL&P Blog
According to the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, Morgan Stanley has agreed to pay $62.95 million to resolve claims over the sale of toxic mortgage-backed securities to three banks that later failed. The FDIC is acting as the receiver for the... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at CL&P Blog
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has released its latest monthly consumer complaint snapshot, highlighting consumer complaints about financial services such as debt settlement, check cashing, money orders, and credit repair. The report shows that consumer complaints about these types of... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at CL&P Blog
The Federal Trade Commission press release explains: For the first time, identity theft victims can now go online and get a free, personalized identity theft recovery plan as a result of significant enhancements to the Federal Trade Commission’s IdentityTheft.gov website.... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at CL&P Blog
Consumer Reports released this week a survey of consumers understanding of "natural" on food labels. The report found that almost two-thirds of consumers are misled by foods labeled as “natural.” Of 1,005 adults polled in December, more than half incorrectly... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2016 at CL&P Blog
The Federal Trade Commission announced today: The [FTC] has filed suit against the operators of DeVry University, alleging that DeVry’s advertisements deceived consumers about the likelihood that students would find jobs in their fields of study, and would earn more... Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2016 at CL&P Blog
Over the past day, we have seen lots of articles on yesterday's decision in Campbell-Ewald v. Gomez. Our own coverage is here. Most simply describe the decision, but here are a few that add some commentary: A nice editorial in... Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2016 at CL&P Blog
The Washington Post reports: Goldman Sachs said Thursday it will pay roughly $5 billion to settle federal and state probes of its role in the sale of shoddy mortgages in the years leading to the housing bubble and subsequent financial... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2016 at CL&P Blog
The Federal Trade Commission reports that pharmaceutical companies entered into substantially fewer potential pay-for-delay patent dispute settlements in fiscal year 2014. Under such settlements, brand-name drug companies pay generic companies to delay entry of less costly drugs onto the market.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2016 at CL&P Blog
Vox has this article by writer Harold Pollack on the CARD Act, the credit-card industry, and the value of paying off credit cards every month. Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2016 at CL&P Blog
On Monday, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau released its annual report to Congress on the work of the agency from October 1, 2014 - September 30, 2015. If you missed it then (as I did), the report is here. Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2016 at CL&P Blog
The Federal Trade Commission had a busy yesterday, settling charges in three separate matters, as described in these FTC press releases: FTC Secures $4.4 Million From Online Payday Lenders to Settle Deception Charges Dental Practice Software Provider Settles FTC Charges... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2016 at CL&P Blog
The Wall Street Journal reports today on the enforcement actions taken yesterday by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and puts them in context of CFPB's upcoming payday lending regulation. The article is here. (Subscription may be required.) Continue reading
Posted Dec 18, 2015 at CL&P Blog
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau today took separate actions against a company and an individual that resold sensitive personal data to lenders and debt collectors, allegedly exposing millions of consumers to harassment and deceit. In a complaint filed in federal... Continue reading
Posted Dec 17, 2015 at CL&P Blog
The Federal Trade Commission today announced a settlement providing for the largest monetary award ever obtained by the FTC in an order enforcement action: LifeLock will pay $100 million to settle contempt charges that it violated a 2010 federal court... Continue reading
Posted Dec 17, 2015 at CL&P Blog
The Federal Trade Commission has announced that Wyndham Hotels and Resorts has agreed to settle FTC charges that the company’s security practices unfairly exposed the payment card information of hundreds of thousands of consumers to hackers in three separate data... Continue reading
Posted Dec 11, 2015 at CL&P Blog
NPR reports: The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has imposed a $70 million civil fine on the parent company of Chrysler for failing to report safety data. A statement from the agency said Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, or FCA, has acknowledged... Continue reading
Posted Dec 11, 2015 at CL&P Blog
This week, the the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau filed a federal complaint against a Massachusetts debt collection firm called EOS CCA for reporting and collecting on old cellphone debt that consumers disputed and EOS did not verify. The company also... Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2015 at CL&P Blog
In a class action against Mattel, two mothers allege that the talking Hello Barbie doll invades children's privacy by recording their conversations and storing them in the cloud. Courthouse News reports: Mattel says on its website that Hello Barbie complies... Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2015 at CL&P Blog
A report from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau released yesterday details how the Credit Card Accountability Responsibility and Disclosure Act (CARD Act) has helped reduce the cost of “gotcha” credit card fees by more than $16 billion. "Since the reform... Continue reading
Posted Dec 3, 2015 at CL&P Blog
Courthouse News reports: After passing some of the strictest legislation in the nation regulating soda and other sugary drinks, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors on Tuesday unanimously voted to repeal a ban on soft drink ads on city property.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2015 at CL&P Blog