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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 Federal Trade Commission announced today that it will host a workshop "to examine competition, consumer protection, and economic issues raised by the proliferation of online and mobile peer-to peer business platforms in certain sectors of the economy, often referred... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at CL&P Blog
Huffington Post yesterday published a lengthy article about regulation -- or lack thereof -- of food additives by the Food and Drug Administration. The bottom line: Critics of the system say the biggest concern, however, is that companies regularly introduce... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at CL&P Blog
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the Navajo Nation yesterday filed suit to shut down a tax-refund scam that allegedly preyed on tribe members in New Mexico by prodding them into high-cost tax-refund-anticipation loans. Consumerist has the story. Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at CL&P Blog
Below are recent announcements from the Department of Justice's Consumer Protection Branch. April 13, 2015 Quality Egg, Company Owner and Top Executive Sentenced in Connection with Distribution of Adulterated Eggs April 13, 2015 California Man Sentenced to Prison for Odometer... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at CL&P Blog
AP, via The Washington Post, reports that President Obama is threatening to veto two bills that, he says, would undermine the Dodd-Frank financial reforms. "One of the bills would exempt some borrowing fees from an existing law aimed at protecting... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at CL&P Blog
The New York Times today has an editorial on regulation of dietary supplements and industry capture of the agency. The editorial begins: The Food and Drug Administration’s lethargic regulation of dietary supplements containing a dangerous stimulant described in recent reports... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at CL&P Blog
The California Department of Business Oversight announced this week that it has launched an initiative with Bing, Yahoo and Google to halt advertising by unlicensed payday lenders. When the DBO identifies unlicensed online payday lenders, it issues cease and desist... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2015 at CL&P Blog
The FTC's press release explains: The Federal Trade Commission and the Illinois Attorney General’s Office have obtained a court order temporarily halting a fake debt collection scam located in Aurora, Illinois, a western suburb of Chicago. The defendants are charged... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2015 at CL&P Blog
The Third Circuit Court of Appeals this week reversed the dismissal of a class-action case alleging violations of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act by Bank of America and a law firm. The plaintiff alleged that the bank and firm,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2015 at CL&P Blog
Reuters explains: The ruling by the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reverses more than $800,000 in damages from R.J. Reynolds and Altria Group Inc unit Philip Morris USA Inc awarded in 2013 to Earl Graham, whose wife Faye, a... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2015 at CL&P Blog
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau yesterday filed a lawsuit against the leaders of a robocall debt collection operation, their companies, and their service providers.The CFPB explained: The debt collectors, using various aliases, allegedly deployed automated calls to threaten, harass, and... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2015 at CL&P Blog
The Federal Trade Commission announced three settlements yesterday: • The FTC announced a settlement with Network Solutions LLC over charges that the company misled consumers who bought its web hosting services by promising a full refund if they canceled within... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2015 at CL&P Blog
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau announced today that it is launching a nationwide effort to advance financial education in schools. The Bureau is publishing “Advancing K-12 Financial Education: A Guide for Policymakers,” a resource guide which contains strategies for furthering... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2015 at CL&P Blog
The Washington Post concludes that industry claims that state laws requiring food labels to disclose a products contains genetically modified ingredients would cost families $500 more in groceries each year are wildly exaggerated. The article is here. As the article... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2015 at CL&P Blog
"Given the many billions of dollars financial companies have paid in regulatory and legal settlements related to the mortgage crisis, how much money has actually found its way into the pockets of investors harmed by their actions? "Less than you... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2015 at CL&P Blog
From the New York Times this morning: An agreement announced Monday by the New York State attorney general and GNC, the nation’s largest specialty retailer of dietary supplements, should provide protection against fraudulent herbal products that don’t contain the ingredients... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2015 at CL&P Blog
From an EarthJustice press release issued this morning: Today, a broad coalition of health, firefighter, consumer and science groups filed a petition asking the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) to ban four categories of consumer products—children’s products, furniture, mattresses and... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2015 at CL&P Blog
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau yesterday announced that has initiated enforcement action against a nationwide debt collector National Corrective Group and its chief executive officer for using deceptive threats of criminal prosecution and jail time to intimidate consumers into paying... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2015 at CL&P Blog
Two editorials yesterday about the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau proposal to regulate payday lenders. (Our post about the proposal, with a link to it, is here.) A New York Times editorial gives strong support for the proposed rule: The Consumer... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2015 at CL&P Blog
The Huffington Post reports today: Facing the prospect of imminent oversight by a newly created government regulator, the much-reviled payday loan industry’s lobbying machine surged into action. The campaign to blunt the power of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau included... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2015 at CL&P Blog
The New York Times reports today on financial companies' use of forced arbitration provisions to eliminate servicemembers' rights. Over the years, Congress has given service members a number of protections — some dating to the Civil War — from repossessions... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2015 at CL&P Blog
Fair Warning reports today on online website selling used cars by matching buyers with car owners. Claiming not to be car "dealers," the sites do not necessarily comply with consumer protection rules that apply to traditional used car dealers. Read... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2015 at CL&P Blog
"Since 2005, student borrowers have been unable to discharge their private student loans through the process of bankruptcy. But that could soon change after a group of [13] senators introduced a bill aimed at addressing the current student debt crisis... Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2015 at CL&P Blog
The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports: The Food and Drug Administration is again warning consumers of dangerous weight loss supplements that contain pharmaceutical drugs, including the weight loss drug Meridia, which was pulled from the market in 2010 for safety reasons.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2015 at CL&P Blog
The Federal Trade Commission and Consumer Financial Protection Bureau have reauthorized their memorandum of understanding. The memorandum outlines the working relationship between the two agencies and is designed to coordinate efforts to protect consumers and avoid duplication of enforcement and... Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2015 at CL&P Blog