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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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From the website Main St.: A newly released Harvard study indicates that the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act has given Wall Street an advantage over Main Street - the opposite of what was intended. Two researchers at... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at CL&P Blog
The Wall Street Journal's "Pharmalot" reporter Ed Silverman reports on a bill introduced in the California legislature that is aimed at elucidating the mysteries of prescription drug pricing: As the prices of prescription medicines strain budgets, one California lawmaker wants... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at CL&P Blog
From the Bangor Daily News: A federal judge has overturned Maine’s first-in-the-nation law allowing residents to purchase medication by mail from other countries. U.S. Chief District Judge Nancy Torresen’s ruling Monday comes more than a year after several Maine pharmacy... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at CL&P Blog
From the New York Times: After two years of imposing increasingly stiff penalties on automakers that overstate their fuel economy ratings, federal regulators on Monday said they would tighten guidelines used in determining the mileage advertised to consumers. Next year,... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at CL&P Blog
Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Chairman Richard Cordray spoke yesterday at a meeting of the National Association of Attorneys General. His remarks are posted here. Chairman Cordray discussed CFPB's efforts to address deceptive marketing, debt traps, "dead ends" (a discussion of... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at CL&P Blog
Read Warren: Wall Street using small banks to weaken rules in today's The Hill. Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2015 at CL&P Blog
The Federal Trade Commission announced its annual summary of activity enforcing the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act: Over the past year, the Federal Trade Commission has continued its vigorous work on behalf of U.S. consumers suffering from unlawful debt collection... Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2015 at CL&P Blog
Yesterday, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau released "a report highlighting the top complaints for reverse mortgages. According to the report, consumers are frustrated with their loan terms, servicer runarounds, and foreclosure problems. To help consumers who already have a reverse... Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2015 at CL&P Blog
Business groups such as the Chamber of Commerce are pushing the Federal Communications Commission to loosen standards under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act -- the law that bars unwanted telemarketing calls and junk faxes. If the groups are successful, the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2015 at CL&P Blog
The Washington Post has two articles today about regulation (or lack of regulation) of sharing services like Uber and Airbnb. In an article entitled "Uber might actually want regulation. Here’s why," the Post reports: Though they are loath to admit... Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2015 at CL&P Blog
The New York Times reports today: The New York State attorney general’s office accused four major retailers on Monday of selling fraudulent and potentially dangerous herbal supplements and demanded that they remove the products from their shelves. The authorities said... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2015 at CL&P Blog
"Troubled by consumer complaints and loopholes in state laws, federal regulators are putting together the first rules on payday loans aimed at helping cash-strapped borrowers avoid falling into a cycle of high-rate debt," the New York Times reports this morning.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2015 at CL&P Blog
car title loans are marketed as small emergency loans, but in reality these loans trap borrowers in a cycle of debt. A typical car title loan has a triple-digit annual interest rate, requires repayment within one month, and is made... Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2015 at CL&P Blog
Here are recent announcements relating to the work of the Department of Justice's Consumer Protection Branch: January 27, 2015 Peruvian Man Sentenced for Defrauding and Extorting Spanish-Speaking U.S. Residents through Fraudulent Call Centers January 21, 2015 United States Files Enforcement... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2015 at CL&P Blog
Even when names and other personal information have been stripped from big data sets, as few as four pieces of random information may be enough to identify a specific person, according to a study to be published soon in the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2015 at CL&P Blog
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau yesterday proposed changes to its mortgage rules "to facilitate responsible lending by small creditors, particularly in rural and underserved areas," according to the CFPB press release. If finalized, the rule will increase the number of... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2015 at CL&P Blog
From Politico: The White House is preparing to send a sweeping online privacy proposal to Congress that would restrict how companies like Google and Facebook handle consumer data while greatly expanding the power of the Federal Trade Commission to police... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2015 at CL&P Blog
News outlets have covered the prospect of legislation to weaken the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and undo reforms of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. See, for example, here, here, and here. The new Congress, however, is... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2015 at CL&P Blog
The Hill reports: College students would be protected from dubious credit card, debit card and checking account offers under new recommendations from the Obama administration’s top consumer watchdog. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is considering new guidelines to help... Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2015 at CL&P Blog
"There have been powerful reminders in recent days that the financial system needs more regulatory vigilance, not less. But they come just as Republicans are setting their agenda in Congress, complete with vows to weaken the Dodd-Frank reform law." So... Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2015 at CL&P Blog
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau this week finalized changes to the “Know Before You Owe” mortgage disclosure rules. The changes were proposed in October and address (1) when consumers will receive updated disclosures after locking in an interest rate and... Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2015 at CL&P Blog
Reporter Linda Greenhouse had this op-ed in yesterday's New York Times about issues that have arisen and will remain if the Supreme Court strikes down state bans on gay marriage. She notes a "a pipeline’s worth of cases in which... Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2015 at CL&P Blog
The Federal Trade Commission yesterday issued a study on credit report accuracy. The study found that "most consumers who previously reported an unresolved error on one of their three major credit reports believe that at least one piece of disputed... Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2015 at CL&P Blog
In 2004, Costco bought some Omega watches from a third party in New York and sold them at a discount in its U.S. stores. The watches, otherwise sold only in Europe, had a small globe design on the back, and... Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2015 at CL&P Blog
Reuters has the story. Need a refresher on the Federal Reserve rule at issue? You can read the Fed's June 2011 press release and access the rule here. Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2015 at CL&P Blog