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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 yesterday released a monthly report of consumer complaints received by the agency, highlighting complaints about bank accounts and services. The report shows that consumers continue to experience problems managing their accounts. The report also highlights... Continue reading
Posted 4 hours ago at CL&P Blog
The Washington Post and AP report: About 210,000 owners of Volkswagens with 2-liter diesel engines that cheat on emissions tests have registered to settle with the company under the terms of a June court agreement. The figure was revealed in... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at CL&P Blog
The Ninth Circuit yesterday dismissed a lawsuit brought by the Federal Trade Commission against AT&T Mobility, in which the FTC asserted that AT&T illegally slows internet data speed to customers with an unlimited data plan. Section 5 of the FTC... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at CL&P Blog
Washington Post Columnist Michelle Singletary recently posted about and answered questions about IRS scams -- like those messages on my home answering machine saying that the IRS is about to initiate a prosecution over fictitious tax debt. Color of Money... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at CL&P Blog
In the wake of the flooding in Louisiana, the Federal Trade Commission has developed a series of blog posts with information for people affected by the floods and people who want to help through charitable donations. These three FTC posts... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at CL&P Blog
The Federal Trade Commission announced today: A debt collector and his companies will be banned from the debt collection business under a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission and the Attorney General of the State of New York, which charged... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at CL&P Blog
Yesterday, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau released a report on coordinated community-based efforts to prevent, detect, and respond to elder financial exploitation. According to the CFPB's press release, the "report also found that a strong collaboration among community stakeholders –... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at CL&P Blog
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Student Loan Ombudsman released a report last week on consumers complaints of servicing problems that make it difficult to get lower student loan payments tied to their income. Student loan borrowers seeking to take advantage... Continue reading
Posted Aug 23, 2016 at CL&P Blog
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau yesterday took action against Wells Fargo Bank for illegal private student loan servicing practices that increased costs and unfairly penalized certain student loan borrowers. The CFPB identified breakdowns throughout Wells Fargo’s servicing process including failing... Continue reading
Posted Aug 23, 2016 at CL&P Blog
by Jenny Hyde The Federal Trade Commission and the Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division seek public comment on a proposed update of the Antitrust Guidelines for the Licensing of Intellectual Property, also known as the IP Licensing Guidelines. The IP... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2016 at CL&P Blog
by Jenny Hyde The Federal Trade Commission has sued 1-800 Contacts, the largest online retailer of contact lenses in the United States, alleging that it unlawfully orchestrated and now maintains a web of anticompetitive agreements with rival online contact lens... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2016 at CL&P Blog
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau yesterday finalized new measures to ensure that homeowners and struggling borrowers are treated fairly by mortgage servicers. The updated rule requires servicers to provide certain borrowers with foreclosure protections more than once over the life... Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2016 at CL&P Blog
National Mortgage News reports: The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau added its voice Tuesday to a chorus of other regulators in calling for sustainable foreclosure relief when the Home Affordable Modification Program expires at yearend. The bureau released "guiding principles" for... Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2016 at CL&P Blog
The Hill reports that the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission on Friday told phone companies that they should start providing free technology for their customers to block robocalls and spam texts. Last year, The Hill explains, the FCC told... Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2016 at CL&P Blog
Time has this article, reporting that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau "has reshaped the mortgage market and issued hefty penalties. But there is much to be done." Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2016 at CL&P Blog
The U.S. Department of Education yesterday outlined a series of enhanced protections and customer service standards to guide the future of federal student loan servicing practices. The policies were outlined in a memorandum to Federal Student Aid (FSA) and developed... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2016 at CL&P Blog
A Washington Post story today, entitled "Did your college mislead you about job prospects? It might become far easier to have your loans forgiven," explains: A little-known rule called Borrower Defense to Repayment, which is making its way through the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2016 at CL&P Blog
July 15, 2016 - District Court Enters Permanent Injunction Against Minnesota Food Manufacturer and Company’s Managers to Prevent Distribution of Adulterated Food Products July 12, 2016 - Residents of Three States Charged with Unlawful Sale of Dietary Supplements July 11,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2016 at CL&P Blog
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau announced yesterday that it has ordered Santander Bank, N.A. to pay a $10 million fine for illegal overdraft service practices. Santander’s telemarketing vendor deceptively marketed the overdraft service and signed certain bank customers up for... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2016 at CL&P Blog
The Hill reports on the new federal GMO-labeling bill, which has drawn praise and criticism. A bill to create a federal labeling standard for foods with genetically modified ingredients and block states from issuing their own laws sailed through the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2016 at CL&P Blog
The Washington Post reports: After months of debate over the Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization bill, and at an apparent impasse over privatizing air traffic control, Congress has settled on a compromise — with some unexpected benefits for the average air... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2016 at CL&P Blog
Of the dozens of vehicles — small S.U.V.s and midsize cars — whose headlights the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has tested this year, only one has been rated “good.” That was a 2016 Toyota Prius V. The best any... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2016 at CL&P Blog
Data compiled by the Auto Insurance Center shows that in states with tougher driving laws, fewer motorists die in auto accidents. Comparing speed limits, teen driving restrictions, and seat belt laws in the states, the Auto Insurance Center found a... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2016 at CL&P Blog
The Washington Post reports today: Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and other Senate Democrats are calling on federal regulators to step up efforts to protect consumers from educational programs that engage in fraud and deceptive marketing, in light of the ongoing... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2016 at CL&P Blog
Study results released yesterday by the FINRA Investor Education Foundation found that, although Americans as a whole are feeling less financial stress, making ends meet remains a daily struggle for millions — particularly women, millennials, African-Americans, Hispanics, and those lacking... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2016 at CL&P Blog