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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 has taken action against a former Wells Fargo employee for an illegal mortgage fee-shifting scheme. The CFPB found that David Eghbali referred a substantial number of loan closings to a single escrow company, which shifted... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at CL&P Blog
This week, the Federal Trade Commission and the State of Florida fled cases against two operations charged with running phony student loan debt relief schemes, and the FTC settled a case brought earlier this year against a operators of a... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at CL&P Blog
The Food and Drug Administration today finalized a new food safety rule under the landmark, bipartisan FDA Food Safety Modernization Act. The rule requires companies in the United States and abroad to take steps to prevent intentional adulteration of the... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at CL&P Blog
ThinkProgress reports: Bank of America does not have to pay a $1.3 billion penalty assessed years ago, an appeals court ruled Monday. A jury found the megabank guilty of fraud in 2013, after Department of Justice (DOJ) officials decided not... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at CL&P Blog
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit yesterday affirmed its 2014 holding that a debt collector violates the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act when it files a proof of claim in a bankruptcy case on a debt that... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at CL&P Blog
The Washington Post reports today that DeVry University and the University of Phoenix will stop using pre-dispute mandatory arbitration clauses that bar students from filing class-action lawsuits or otherwise taking their grievances to the courts. The story is here. In... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at CL&P Blog
The Food and Drug Administration today finalized a rule with requirements for a new nutrition facts label. The FDA has this blog post about the new label. Here is a comparison of the old and new labels: Links to the... Continue reading
Posted May 20, 2016 at CL&P Blog
Legislation announced Wednesday by Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and Rep. Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) aims to put an end to consumer uncertainty about whether or not their food is safe to eat. With the Food Date Labeling Act, they have proposed... Continue reading
Posted May 20, 2016 at CL&P Blog
The Washington Post reports: Amid a massive frozen foods recall involving millions of packages of fruits and vegetables that were shipped to all 50 U.S. states, Canada and Mexico, authorities who want to stem the listeria-linked illnesses and deaths worry... Continue reading
Posted May 20, 2016 at CL&P Blog
The Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation held a hearing yesterday entitled “The Telephone Consumer Protection Act at 25: Effects on Consumers and Business.” The committee website described the topic as: The hearing will examine the Telephone Consumer Protection... Continue reading
Posted May 19, 2016 at CL&P Blog
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau report finds that one-in-five borrowers who take out a single-payment auto title loan have their car or truck seized by their lender for failing to repay their debt. According to the report, more than four-in-five... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2016 at CL&P Blog
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau filed suit this week against All American Check Cashing, Inc., which offers check cashing and payday loans, and its owner, for allegedly tricking and trapping consumers. The complaint alleges that All American tried to keep... Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2016 at CL&P Blog
The Second Circuit Court of Appeals held yesterday that a class-action lawsuit against the Department of Education by former students of a now-defunct for-profit beauty school can proceed. The students sued the Department for aggressive collection tactics against students who... Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2016 at CL&P Blog
Payday lenders will lose access to Google’s biggest online ads network in mid-July. From that point on, search results pages will stop displaying paid marketing from payday lenders. ThinkProgress has the story. Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2016 at CL&P Blog
A recent Consumer Reports survey of 1,005 adults found that more than half of consumers seek out foods with the word "natural" on the label, often in the false belief that the foods were produced without genetically modified organisms, hormones,... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2016 at CL&P Blog
Think Progress reports that traditional are planning to jump into the market for low-rate loans after the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau finalizes rules on payday and auto title lending. Relying on an American Banker article (subscription required), it says that... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2016 at CL&P Blog
The Federal Trade Commission has charged the operators of dozens of companies with deceiving consumers by using fake newspaper subscription notices. According to the FTC’s complaint, through a complicated web of companies, the defendants send consumers “Notice of Renewal/New Order”... Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2016 at CL&P Blog
Marketers of green coffee bean extract weight-loss supplements, male enhancement products, and skin care products will forfeit assets totaling approximately $9.2 million, and have already turned over a Ferrari to settle the Federal Trade Commission’s court action brought against them... Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2016 at CL&P Blog
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 Apr 29, 2016 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 Apr 26, 2016 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 Apr 26, 2016 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