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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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NPR reports on the Trump Administration proposed rule to allow nursing homes to require new residents to agree to arbitration as a condition of admission. A rule issue under the Obama Administration barred nursing homes forced arbitration agreements for nursing... Continue reading
Posted 10 hours ago at CL&P Blog
Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Director Richard Cordray has an op-ed in the New York Times today, explaining the importance of the CFPB rule barring class-action bans in forced arbitration provisions.His conclusion: "A cherished tenet of our justice system is that... Continue reading
Posted 10 hours ago at CL&P Blog
From The Hill: The public has filed over 20 million comments to the Federal Communications Commission over its plan to scrap the net neutrality rules. It's a record for FCC comments and more than five times the number filed on... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at CL&P Blog
We have blogged before about the Third Circuit’s demanding “ascertainability” standard for class certification, which poses a class-action barrier unsupported by the rule. See here, here, and here. The Third Circuit yesterday issued another opinion on the topic, this time... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at CL&P Blog
Uber Technologies, Inc. has agreed to implement a comprehensive privacy program and obtain regular, independent audits to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that the ride-sharing company deceived consumers by failing to monitor employee access to consumer personal information and by... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at CL&P Blog
The Washington Post reports: According to Zillow, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has concluded a two-year investigation into the company’s “co-marketing” arrangements that allow mortgage lenders to pay for portions of realty agents’ monthly advertising costs on Zillow websites. In... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at CL&P Blog
Financial Times reports: One of the Federal Reserve’s top policymakers has attacked attempts to reverse the post-crisis drive for tougher regulation, calling efforts to loosen constraints on banks “dangerous and extremely short-sighted”. Stanley Fischer, the vice-chairman of the Fed’s board... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at CL&P Blog
Premiums for the most popular health insurance plans would shoot up 20 percent next year, and federal budget deficits would increase by $194 billion in the coming decade if President Trump carries out his threat to end certain subsidies paid... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at CL&P Blog
The Center for Auto Safety, the nation’s leading independent non-profit organization providing consumers a voice for auto safety, quality, and fuel economy, has announced the appointment of Jason K. Levine as its new Executive Director. Mr. Levine succeeds Clarence M.... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at CL&P Blog
From an op-ed by Janis Kestenbaum, formerly of the Federal Trade Commission, in The Hill today: While children may be fans of talking dinosaurs, robots and stuffed animals, the federal government appears to have its concerns. At least that is... Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2017 at CL&P Blog
From the New York Times: When you wash your hair, clean or moisturize your skin, polish your nails, or put on makeup, deodorant or sunscreen, do you ever think about whether the product you’re using may do more harm than... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2017 at CL&P Blog
The Washington Post reports: The heat on Wells Fargo over its auto lending business has intensified, with customers filing at least three lawsuits, politicians calling for hearings and a bank regulator issuing a subpoena for records. Wells Fargo, still trying... Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2017 at CL&P Blog
Lots of editorials and op-eds on consumer issues lately. In The Hill today: Congress this summer is considering whether to pass legislation that would fundamentally damage the ability of the Federal Trade Commission to protect consumers from pyramid schemes. As... Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2017 at CL&P Blog
The Chicago Sun-Times urges "Congress should side with consumers, not with what it says in the fine print, and abandon its efforts to repeal the rule." Fine print has never been the friend of consumers, and in recent years the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2017 at CL&P Blog
The New York Times reports that the Food and Drug Administration has warned Congress that it is frequently finding contamination, illegal ingredients and other problems in the soaring quantities of imported cosmetics, and that it has limited resources to inspect... Continue reading
Posted Aug 2, 2017 at CL&P Blog
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau today issued a bulletin warning companies about tricking consumers into expensive pay-by-phone fees. The CFPB is concerned about companies potentially misleading consumers about the purpose and amount of certain pay-by-phone fees or keeping them in... Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2017 at CL&P Blog
A coalition of 20 Attorneys General sent a letter today urging U.S. Senate leaders not to repeal the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s Arbitration Rule, which stops companies from forcing consumers to sign away their legal rights. The press release of... Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2017 at CL&P Blog
As we reported at the time, here, in 2015 the Second Circuit held that the National Bank Act, which preempts state usury laws regulating the interest a national bank may charge on a loan, does not preempt state usury law... Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2017 at CL&P Blog
The Wall Street Journal, reporting on data compiled by the National Center for State Courts, reports that State restrictions, increasing cost, and a long campaign by businesses have discouraged plaintiffs from filing tort suits. Tort cases (primarily auto, medical malpractice,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2017 at CL&P Blog
Reuter's reports that, "[a]s part of its review of Amazon's agreement to buy Whole Foods, the Federal Trade Commission is looking into allegations that Amazon misleads customers about its pricing discounts, according to a source close to the probe. The... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2017 at CL&P Blog
Discussing a resolution introduced by two Republican Congressmen to kill the CFPB's arbitration rule, Washington Post columnist Catherine Rampell observes: "For some reason, though, the idea of giving consumers the choice to participate in a court of law — a... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2017 at CL&P Blog
The White House has withdrawn or removed from active consideration more than 800 regulations proposed during the Obama administration. Among the regulations are auto safety protections, environmental protections, worker protections, and a range of others. A New York Times article... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2017 at CL&P Blog
The New York Times reports: Tens of thousands of people who took out private loans to pay for college but have not been able to keep up payments may get their debts wiped away because critical paperwork is missing. The... Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2017 at CL&P Blog
The Washington Post reports: Wells Fargo has received preliminary approval to pay out $142 million to customers affected by the bank’s sales practices scandal. A federal judge gave preliminary approval Saturday to the deal that would settle claims over fraudulent... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2017 at CL&P Blog
I try not to use the blog to tout Public Citizen's own work, but nonetheless want to provide two updates on our work to maintain protections for student borrowers in the face of a Department of Education no longer interested... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2017 at CL&P Blog