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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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A Pennsylvania appeals court yesterday reversed the sale of a home that was triggered by an unpaid tax bill of $6.30 in 2004, which with interest had increased to $235 by the time the property was sold at auction in... Continue reading
Posted Dec 12, 2014 at CL&P Blog
Yesterday, I received an email from the Consumer Protection Branch at the U.S. Department of Justice with links to recent announcements from that office. Here is what DOJ's consumer lawyers were up to in November: November 21, 2014 - United... Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2014 at CL&P Blog
In a letter today to the head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, 15 state attorneys general asked the agency to adopt rules to protect consumers from mandatory arbitration clauses in consumer contracts. "The letter, which was organized by Delaware... Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2014 at CL&P Blog
A new study has found that more than half of calls to U.S. poison control centers about energy drinks like Red Bull and Monster are for children younger than 6, some suffering seizures and heart problems. Bloomberg has the story.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2014 at CL&P Blog
A settlement obtained by the Federal Trade Commission and the Office of the Florida Attorney General permanently shuts down an Orlando-based operation that bilked seniors by using pre-recorded robocalls to sell them supposedly free medical alert systems. The FTC's press... Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2014 at CL&P Blog
The Federal Communications Commission has in recent years received several petitions concerning the Telephone Consumer Protection Act. Responding to some of them, the FCC last week issued an order confirming that all faxed advertisements must include an opt-out notice. The... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2014 at CL&P Blog
Last week, the Federal Trade Commission sued Gerber Products Co. in federal district court in New Jersey, alleging that the company deceptively advertised that feeding infants Good Start Gentle formula would prevent or reduce the risk that the babies would... Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2014 at CL&P Blog
A study released today reports on class actions that have "helped victims of corporate law-breaking and led to changes in corporate behavior that protect us all from many types of illegal conduct." Prepared by the Center for Justice and Democracy,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 15, 2014 at CL&P Blog
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced yesterday action against M&T Bank for deceptively advertising free checking accounts. As explained in the CFPB press release: The CFPB found that M&T lured in consumers with promises of “no strings attached” free... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2014 at CL&P Blog
Blogging for The Wall Street Journal, Ed Silverman reported yesterday: In response to recent reports that the cost of some generic drugs has been unexpectedly rising at a rapid clip, two members of Congress have launched an investigation and asked... Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2014 at CL&P Blog
The blog of the Legal Times reports on the status of a lawsuit challenging the District of Columbia's sale of homes that are delinquent in paying taxes. "The case doesn’t contest the city’s ability to auction off a tax certificate... Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2014 at CL&P Blog
Forbes last week had this article on class action cases. The article is surprising for its overall favorable treatment of the topic, given that, as the article states, "[t]hese sorts of lawsuits aren’t our cup of tea here at Forbes."... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2014 at CL&P Blog
In more FTC news, the agency announced yesterday that online review site Yelp, Inc., and mobile app developer TinyCo, Inc., agreed to settle separate FTC charges "that they improperly collected children’s information in violation of the Children’s Online Privacy Protection... Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2014 at CL&P Blog
From the FTC's press release: At the Federal Trade Commission’s request, a U.S. district court in Missouri has temporarily halted an online payday lending scheme that allegedly bilked consumers out of tens of millions of dollars by trapping them into... Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2014 at CL&P Blog
The CFPB announced yesterday that it is proposing to oversee larger non-bank auto finance companies, which would be a first at the federal level. At the same time, the CFPB released a report detailing auto-lending discrimination at banks. "The report... Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2014 at CL&P Blog
The Department of Justice has announced a $16.65 billion settlement with Bank of America in connection with charges of financial fraud leading up to and during the financial crisis. According to the DOJ press statement, the settlement is "the largest... Continue reading
Posted Aug 21, 2014 at CL&P Blog
AP is reporting: "President Barack Obama is preparing to sign an executive order cracking down on labor violations by companies that contract with the federal government .... In a bid to allow potential victims to have their day in court,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 30, 2014 at CL&P Blog
In 2002 and again in 2008, Congress enacted legislation requiring country-of-origin labeling (COOL) on certain foods, including meats. The 2008 statute defines country of origin as meaning, at least, where the animal has been born, raised, and slaughtered—the three major... Continue reading
Posted Jul 30, 2014 at CL&P Blog
From Food Safety News: Oregon, Washington and Vermont have filed lawsuits against the makers of the energy drink 5-Hour Energy for making “deceptive” marketing claims. More states are expected to follow. .... The suits take issue with claims about what... Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2014 at CL&P Blog
Several years ago, an attorney named James Bormes paid a case filing fee via, which the federal courts use to facilitate electronic payments. He received an email receipt that included both the last four digits of his credit card’s... Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2014 at CL&P Blog
The CFPB’s Consumer Complaint Database is a publicly accessible, online database of consumer financial complaints. It includes anonymous information about the complaints received, including the date of submission, the consumer’s zip code, the relevant company, the product type, the issue... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2014 at CL&P Blog
In March 2013, the Department of Justice revealed that it was working with banking regulators to prevent fraudsters from accessing consumer bank accounts by choking off their access to electronic payments. DOJ calls the program "Operation Choke Point." See prior... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2014 at CL&P Blog
From the CFPB's news release: Today [July 10], the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) took enforcement action against ACE Cash Express, one of the largest payday lenders in the United States, for pushing payday borrowers into a cycle of debt.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2014 at CL&P Blog
From the FTC’s press release:, Inc. has billed parents and other account holders for millions of dollars in unauthorized in-app charges incurred by children, according to a Federal Trade Commission complaint filed today [July 10] in federal court. The... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2014 at CL&P Blog
The June 17 edition of the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) included an article on an “emotional contagion” study conducted for Facebook. For the study, researchers randomly chose more than 680,000 Facebook users and altered their... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2014 at CL&P Blog