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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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The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau announced yesterday the "Payback Playbook"—a set of prototype disclosures that outline a path to affordable payments for borrowers trying to avoid student debt distress. The CFPB explained that Payback Playbook provides borrowers with personalized information... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at CL&P Blog
A new study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found a link between exposure to e-cigarette advertisements and the use of e-cigarettes by middle and high school students. The study is the first to assess the link between... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at CL&P Blog
Yesterday, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau ordered the debt collection law firm Pressler & Pressler, LLP, two principal partners, and New Century Financial Services, Inc., a debt buyer, to stop churning out unfair and deceptive debt collection lawsuits based on... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at CL&P Blog
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau today issued a report that found that attempts by online lenders to debit payments from a consumer’s checking account add a steep, hidden cost to online payday loans. Half of online borrowers rack up an... Continue reading
Posted Apr 20, 2016 at CL&P Blog
The Federal Trade Commission announced yesterday: Four companies that market skin care products, shampoos, and sunscreens online have agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that they falsely claimed that their products are “all natural” or “100% natural,” despite the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2016 at CL&P Blog
The Washington Post reports: The head of a payday lending enterprise accused of charging more than 700 percent interest on short-term loans was indicted Thursday on federal racketeering charges. Charles M. Hallinan, 75, led a group that preyed on customers... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2016 at CL&P Blog
The Hill reports: The head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau defended its record Thursday to critical Republican senators, who charged it with preferring punitive action over transparent rules and stifling the country’s credit market through unaccountable actions. CFPB Director... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2016 at CL&P Blog
In addition to the Federal Trade Commission action described in the blog post below, the FTC also announced yesterday that it is mailing 474 checks totaling more than $33,000 to consumers who lost money to a scheme that charged homeowners... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2016 at CL&P Blog
The Federal Trade Commission announced yesterday that it is mailing 1,701 checks totaling more than $596,000 to consumers who lost money to a fraudulent debt collection scheme that processed payments for payday loan debts they did not owe. In September... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2016 at CL&P Blog
In a case filed last November, mortgage company PHH Corp. is appealing the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s $109 million enforcement ruling that the company took kickbacks in violation of the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act. The case is pending in... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2016 at CL&P Blog
April 4, 2016 — District Court Enters Injunction Against Michigan Cheese Manufacturer and Its Owners to Prevent Distribution of Adulterated Cheese March 23, 2016 — Judge Orders Recall of Dangerous Magnets March 21, 2016 — United States Files Enforcement Action... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2016 at CL&P Blog
The Federal Communications Commission is encouraging companies that sell monthly Internet service to use labels that resemble nutritional-fact food labels to inform customers about price and performance of service. The FCC says that the “broadband facts” labels will help consumers... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2016 at CL&P Blog
The Federal Trade Commission has charged that Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. deceived consumers with the advertising campaign it used to promote its supposedly “clean diesel” VWs and Audis, which Volkswagen fitted with illegal emission defeat devices designed to mask... Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2016 at CL&P Blog
The Washington Post reports: The Food and Drug Administration said this month that it will delay enforcement of menu labeling rules — again — until next year. Passed as part of the health care overhaul in 2010, the rules will... Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2016 at CL&P Blog
The Center for Public Integrity reports today on the expensive lobbying effort by the big tobacco companies to fend off state taxes and regulation of e-cigarettes. Despite the tobacco industry’s tarnished public image, it is operating a powerful and massive... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2016 at CL&P Blog
The New York Times reports today: In August of 2009, after ruptured airbag inflators in Honda vehicles were linked to least four injuries and a death, the automaker quietly requested a design change and did not notify U.S. regulators, Honda... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2016 at CL&P Blog
The Department of Education announced on Friday a proposal to establish borrower-friendly processes for seeking and obtaining loan relief triggered by unscrupulous conduct by higher education institutions. The Department also proposed options to protect students from the use of mandatory... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2016 at CL&P Blog
Ralph Nader has an article on tort law entitled "Suing for Justice - Your lawsuits are good for America" in April's edition of Harper's Magazine. His conclusion: We are at a moment in our legal history at which the tort... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2016 at CL&P Blog
The Hill reports: Government debt collectors could only robocall a person three times per month and would have to stop calling when asked to do so, according to a draft proposal at the Federal Communications Commission. The FCC released more... Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2016 at CL&P Blog
Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler has circulated for consideration by the full Commission a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking "to ensure consumers have the tools they need to make informed choices about how and whether their data is used and... Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2016 at CL&P Blog
The Food and Drug Administration and Amarin, the manufacturer of a prescription fish-oil drug, have settled Amarin's lawsuit challenging the FDA's authority to restrict the company from touting its product for an unapproved use. The Washington Post reports that the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2016 at CL&P Blog
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau yesterday released its latest supervision report where the exams of banks and nonbanks resulted in the remediation of $14.3 million to approximately 228,000 consumers. In its examinations covering the last months of 2015, the Bureau... Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2016 at CL&P Blog
The Washington Post reports: A lawsuit stemming from Flint’s lead-contaminated water was filed Monday on behalf of the city’s residents against Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder as well as other current and former government officials and corporations. The federal lawsuit —... Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2016 at CL&P Blog
The Wall Street Journal reports today: President Barack Obama on Monday defended his administration’s record on financial regulatory issues and said that shadow banking, cybersecurity, and rules governing executive compensation would be top priorities during his remaining months in office.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2016 at CL&P Blog
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has announced that it is accepting complaints from consumers encountering problems with loans from online marketplace lenders. The CFPB is also releasing a consumer bulletin that provides an overview of marketplace lending and outlines tips... Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2016 at CL&P Blog